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11-13yo

Summer Camps

Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy’s Summer Camps give young performers a chance to have fun, meet new friends and gain skills while learning about blockbuster musical theatre shows! Attendees will build on the fundamentals of singing, acting and movement by learning production numbers, solos, scenes and monologues from a different, age-appropriate musical each week throughout the summer. All of that plus improv theatre games, crafts and making new friends who love musical theatre as much as you do!

FAMILY DISCOUNT: 10% discount for each additional member of the immediate family from the same household.
FREQUENCY DISCOUNT: 5% discount on weekly tuition when you register for 3 weeks or more.

Summer Camp

June 27 - July 1

Matilda: Join us to learn more about the musical story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

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Summer Camp

July 4 – 8

School of Rock: Come jam with us! As a class of straight–A pupils turn into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band!

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Summer Camp

July 11 - 15

Mary Poppins: Join us for a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure as Mary Poppins must teach the family members how to value each other again.

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Summer Camp

July 18 - 22

13: Join the geeks, posers, jocks, beauty queens, and wannabe’s of middle school. New student Evan Goldman needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain… or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!?

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Summer Camp

July 25 - 29

Seussical: Join Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters as they transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

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Summer Camp

Aug 1 - 5

Camp Rock: Get ready for a rockin’ summer, as two bands battle it out in a classic story of rivalry and power. Based on the hit Disney Channel movies, “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”.

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Summer Camp

Aug 8-12

Newsies: Travel back with us to turn-of-the century New York City! When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

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Classes Booking as Single Appointments

Private Acting Tutorial

Youth In Person

Students of all levels of experience are welcome to enrol in Private Acting Tutorials. These 30-minute sessions are recommended weekly or bi-weekly. Instructors will help to set goals and choose appropriate material that suits the student’s age and vocal style while building physical and intellectual responses to text. They’ll be guided through a variety of acting techniques that will allow them make clear choices for their characters by analyzing the emotional and intellectual content of the text, and improve confidence as a solo performer.

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Private Vocal Tutorial

Youth In Person

Students of all levels of experience are welcome to enrol in Private Vocal Tutorials. These 30-minute sessions are recommended weekly or bi-weekly. Instructors will help to set goals and choose appropriate material that suits the student’s age and vocal style while analyzing emotion, interpretation and vocal phrasing. They’ll be guided through a variety of vocal techniques including vocal warm-ups, pitch/range and breath control to build vocal strength and improve confidence as a solo performer.

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Classes Booking Per Term Starting September 2022

All-Access Class

Youth In Person

All bodies and abilities are welcome to enrol in our All-Access Class: Youth. The All-Access Class is designed specifically for people under 18 years old with any disability or special needs. The curriculum, based on authentic self-expression found through movement, music, acting and theatre games will be created to accommodate the needs of the specific students. By celebrating diversity and self-confidence, this class will give students a sense of accomplishment and community.

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Audition Binder 101

Youth In Person

Beginning musical theatre students looking to feel more prepared for future auditions are welcome to enrol in our Audition Binder class. In a small group, students will be given 2 solos and 2 monologues from age and level appropriate repertoire to workshop one-on-one in a safe, supportive group setting. Instructors will help develop a better understanding of creating believable characters in extraordinary circumstances within an audition setting.

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Audition Binder 201

Youth In Person

Advanced musical theatre students looking to feel more prepared for future auditions are welcome to enrol in our Audition Binder class. In a small group, students will be given 2 solos and 2 monologues from age and level appropriate repertoire to workshop one-on-one in a safe, supportive group setting. Instructors will help develop a better understanding of creating believable characters in extraordinary circumstances within an audition setting.
*audition required

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Group Vocal Technique 101

Youth In Person

Students of a beginner level are welcome to enrol in Group Vocal Technique 101. Instructors will use choral music across multiple genres to guide students through a variety of vocal techniques in a group setting. Students will develop skills including breath support, diction, harmony, sight singing, pitch and range. By collaborating with a community of like-minded artists, students will improve their confidence for live performance within a safe and supportive environment.

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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Group Vocal Technique 201

Youth In Person

Students of an advanced level are welcome to enrol in Group Vocal Technique 201. Instructors will use choral music across multiple genres to guide students through a variety of vocal techniques in a group setting. Students will develop skills including the continued exploration of breath support, diction, harmony, sight singing, pitch and range with an added focus of anatomy and vocal health, simple melodic embellishment, flexibility, control and stamina. By collaborating with a community of like-minded artists, students will improve their confidence for live performance within a safe and supportive environment.
*audition required

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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Improv 101

Youth In Person

“Yes, and….!” Beginner students will explore acting through improvisation, non-scripted storytelling, and drama-based games, all while learning through play, imagination and spontaneity. Students will learn to create characters from a place of instinct and physicality in a safe, collaborative space.

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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Improv 201

Youth In Person

“Yes, and….!” Advanced students will explore acting through improvisation, non-scripted storytelling, and drama-based games, all while learning through play, imagination and spontaneity. Students will practice being present in the moment, taking risks, creating trust, and finding agreement in a safe, collaborative space.
*audition required

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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Musical Theatre Ensemble 101

Youth In Person

Musical Theatre Ensemble is for anyone who loves to sing, dance and act! This is our introductory triple threat class. Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of age-appropriate musical production numbers from Broadway shows. Building on the fundamentals of singing, dancing and acting, students will develop an understanding of choreography, reading sheet music, vocal production, and creating dynamic characters within the ensemble.

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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Musical Theatre Ensemble 201

Youth in Person

Musical Theatre Ensemble is for anyone who loves to sing, dance and act! This is our advanced triple threat class. Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of age-appropriate musical production numbers from Broadway shows. Building on the fundamentals of singing, dancing and acting, students will develop an understanding of choreography, reading sheet music, vocal production, and creating dynamic characters within the ensemble.
*audition required

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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New Work, New Work

Youth In Person

Students looking to bring their imagination to life on stage are welcome to enrol in our Writing New Work class. Through improvisation, writing prompts, structure study and other techniques, students will collaborate with the Instructor and each other to write and create new, devised works. Students will create and present new poetry, monologues, scenes, lists, rants, letters, memoirs, and more, and exchange feedback in a supportive environment.

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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New Work, New Work

New Work, New Work

Students looking to bring their imagination to life on stage are welcome to enrol in our Writing New Work class. Through improvisation, writing prompts, structure study and other techniques, students will collaborate with the Instructor and each other to write and create new, devised works. Students will create and present new poetry, monologues, scenes, lists, rants, letters, memoirs, and more, and exchange feedback in a supportive environment.

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Scripted Acting 101

Youth In Person

Beginning acting students are welcome to enrol in Scripted Acting. Students will explore character development through text analysis techniques using age and level appropriate monologues from a wide range of published plays. Instructors will help students build physical and intellectual responses to this text and improve confidence for live performance.

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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Scripted Acting 201

Youth In Person

Advanced acting students are welcome to enrol in Scripted Acting. Students will explore character development through text analysis techniques using age and level appropriate monologues and scenes from a wide range of published plays. Instructors will help students learn to break down clues within the script, and how those clues influence the way their character walks, talks, feels, and interacts with other actors in the play.
*audition required

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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Stage Combat

Youth In Person

Students of all levels of experience are welcome to enrol in Stage Combat. Students, grouped by age, will build physical and intellectual responses to conflict while combining physical performance with emotional acting. Instructors will safely lead various forms of combat such as rolls, falls, striking and kicking, and improve control over explosive reactions, ensuring a safe transfer of energy between performers.

This class will participate in the end of term Friends and Family Showcase.

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Technical Theatre Production

Youth In Person

Students of any experience level are welcome to enrol in our Technical Theatre Production class to gain insider knowledge and appreciation of what happens behind-the-scenes. This overview training will instill practical knowledge from a different department each week: lighting design, costume design and construction, props design and construction, set design with carpentry and paint, sound design, stage management, and more.

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The Drama Company

Youth and Teens In Person

Advanced acting students, ages 11-18, are welcome to audition for our Drama Company. In this Pre-Professional Production Program, performers will gain practical insight into how a play is cast, rehearsed, and performed while they work with a professional Director to produce an excerpt of a play. They will hone acting, leadership, and teamwork skills while making friends and having fun.

This group will present an end of term performance.

*audition required

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The Musical Theatre Company

Youth and Teens In Person

Advanced musical theatre students, ages 11-18, are welcome to audition for our Musical Theatre Company. In this Pre-Professional Production Program, performers will gain practical insight into how a musical is cast, rehearsed, and performed while they work with a professional creative team to produce a concert version of a musical. They will hone acting, singing, dancing, leadership and teamwork skills while making friends and having fun.

This group will present an end of term performance.

*audition required

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Testimonials

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This environment is free of judgment and full of love. Thank you for always pushing us and reminding us how important, valued and powerful we all are.

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I can’t thank you enough for the courage, independence and kindness you help to instil in my kids.

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Although my Dad never spoke of it to Evan or me, he was a little hesitant with the dance stuff and then theatre stuff… but then he came out of the Panto that Evan was in crying, so happy that Evan had found a place where he felt like he belonged.

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As parents we got to ride this high with our son. We got to see him, for the first time, totally come into himself, for the first time, pure happiness. Something changed, he has changed….thank you.

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This was the most amazing theatre experience I’ve had to date, and I’ve had a LOT! It’s the first time I’ve felt like I really belonged because you made such an inclusive environment.

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Thank you! She walked away with more confidence about body image, an even deeper love of everything “theatre” and huge love and respect for her community!

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The patience David shows to the children is perfect! As a teacher I recognize that this man was made to work with kids!! The way he speaks to kids makes them believe they can do anything!!!

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This is where I want to be. I get to learn from Broadway performers who are performing at a theatre right next door but more importantly, I’ve made lifelong friends. Even the audition process is awesome. Drayton has helped me grow not only as a performer, but as a person.

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My son has done lots of programs and I think he felt the most at home here. The children and staff were the most inclusive of any I’ve encountered.

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Each and every day he arrived at Huron Country Playhouse, he knew he was stepping into a place where his passions and dreams were going to be honoured, respected and encouraged.

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The staff involved had an incredible ability to push the kids outside of their comfort zones to try new things and take risks. Most of all, they were able to teach kids to embrace differences and that it’s okay to be different.