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Performing Arts

Musical Theatre Performance

Musical Theatre Ensemble 101

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.

Musical Theatre Ensemble 201

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.

The Musical Theatre Company

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.

Summer Musical Theatre Camps

Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy’s week-long Summer Camps give performers a chance to have fun, meet new friends and gain new skills while learning about blockbuster musical theatre shows! By studying a different, age-appropriate musical each week, participants will build on the fundamentals of singing, movement and scene work to help develop a better understanding of reading sheet music, vocal production, choreography, and creating dynamic characters. Running weekly from June 27 – Aug 19, 2022.

Acting

Private Acting Tutorial

Students of all levels of experience are welcome to enrol in Private Acting Tutorials. These 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.

Improv 101

“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.

Improv 201

“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

Scripted Acting 101

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.

Scripted Acting 201

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

The Drama Company

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.

Audition Skills

Audition Binder 101

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.

Audition Binder 201

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

Singing & Musicianship

Private Vocal Tutorial

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.

Group Vocal Technique 101

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.

Group Vocal Technique 201

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.

Choir

Adult/Senior

Adults at all levels are welcome to enrol in The Adult Choir. Instructors will use choral music across multiple genres to guide choir members through a variety of vocal techniques in a group setting. Learn basic breath control, harmony singing and tone matching, while fostering teamwork and building confidence in this relaxed and supportive environment of like-minded people.

Choir

Family

Students of all ages and levels are welcome to enrol in The Family Choir. Our goal is to cultivate a multi-generational community in an open and welcoming environment. Instructors will use choral music across multiple genres to guide choir members through a variety of vocal and performance techniques in a group setting.

Stage Combat

Stage Combat

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.

Masterclass Series

Masterclass Series

Our Masterclass Series provides weekly drop-in intensives with access to advice, insight, and training from esteemed theatre professionals. The wide range of topics will include voice-overs, directing, musical directing, choreography, magic, puppetry, marketing and self-promotion, representation, body positivity, and more.

Writing

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.

All Access / Special Needs

All-Access Class

Youth

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.

All-Access Class

Adult

All bodies and ages are welcome to enrol in our All-Access Class, which is designed specifically for people 19 years and older 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 individual participants. By celebrating diversity and self-confidence, this class will give everyone a sense of accomplishment and community.

Pre-School

Caterpillar Preschool Program

18mos - 7yo

Our Caterpillar Preschool Program is a diverse, music theatre-skills based program for children ages 18 months to 6 years. We believe that children learn through experience – and with us, children will be able to experience learning through their bodies so they can remember it in their minds. Our integrated approach to learning offers an active curriculum which allows children to develop a love of music, dance, and character-based interaction while developing social skills and talents at a young age.
During each lesson, children will participate in creative dance, movement, and storytelling while enjoying music and drama lessons filled with imagination and creativity. The goal of the four-level program is to enhance each child’s overall development by advancing gross and fine motor skills and improving social, cognitive, and emotional awareness in an environment of affection, support, encouragement, and understanding.

See classes by age for more information.

Grandfriends

Grandfriends is for Grandparents and their Grandchildren, ages 1 to 5 yrs, to imagine and play together in a guided, 45-minute class. In addition to having tons of fun, little ones will improve their coordination and basic motor skills while being exposed to a variety of great music. This class is a wonderful option for families who have children of various ages who wish to attend the same class. All of our movement, music, and play will include modifications for all ages aimed at strengthening family connections.

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.