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Teens

14 - 18

Summer Camp

Now in more locations!

Musical Theatre Camps
By studying material from age-appropriate musicals, performing arts participants gain fundamental training in singing, movement, improv, and scene work. They’ll become familiar with reading sheet music, creating character and learn how to enhance their sense of focus and stage presence. Other specialty workshops will include on-camera acting technique, stage combat, puppetry, and audition skills plus virtual mentor Q&A’s.

Focus On Acting for Teens Camp
Our Focus On Acting Teens will study the fundamental building blocks for acting on stage and screen. Students will explore character development through improvisation and text analysis using age-appropriate monologues and scenes from a wide range of published plays. Other specialty workshops will include on-camera acting technique, stage combat, puppetry, and audition skills plus virtual mentor Q&A’s.

Technical Production Camp
Our Technical Production Week is for teens who want to learn more about making behind-the-scenes magic. Technical students will study set design, building and painting along with workshops in stage management, wardrobe, props, lighting, sound and more!

Pre-Professional Triple Threat Advanced Training Intensive
This auditioned course will select only 25 pre-college and college students who are serious about pursuing a career in the performing arts. Led by the Youth Academy’s Director of Education, David Connolly, students will work with highly skilled, working industry professionals to learn five unique, song and dance production numbers in addition to participating in Virtual Broadway Mentor Q&A’s and special in-person workshops in acting through song, monologue performance, audition technique, agent relations, improv, theatrical intimacy, and more.

Grand Bend, ON
Week 1 Musical Theatre: July 8 to July 12
Week 2 Musical Theatre: July 15 to July 19
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Midland, ON
Week 1 Musical Theatre: August 12 to August 16
Week 2 Musical Theatre: August 19 to August 23
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Waterloo, ON
Week 1 Musical Theatre: July 22 to July 26
Week 2 Musical Theatre: July 29 to August 2
Week 3 Focus on Acting: August 12 to August 16
Week 3 Technical Production: August 12 to August 16
Week 4 Pre-Professional Triple Threat Intensive: August 19 to August 23
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Fall Session Classes

Scripted Acting

Ages 14-18

Scripted Acting 101
Beginner acting students are welcome to enroll in Scripted Acting 101. Students will explore character development through text analysis techniques using age and level appropriate monologues from a wide range of published plays.

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Scripted Acting 201
Advanced acting students are welcome to enroll in Scripted Acting 201. 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.

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Improv

Ages 14-18

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. A great, low-stress introduction to the basics of improv in a safe, collaborative space.

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Improv 201
“Yes, and….!” This advanced level class is for students who have taken improv classes before and wish to further 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, listening, taking risks, creating trust, and finding agreement in a safe, collaborative space

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Musical Theatre

Ages 14-18

Musical Theatre 101
Musical Theatre 101 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.

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Musical Theatre 201
Musical Theatre 201 is for students who have previously studied musical theatre and love 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 beginner 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.

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Magic, Juggling and Puppets Oh My!

Ages 14-18

Students are invited to join master illusionist DJ Carroll and special guests for this fast-paced, action-packed class puts the fun in variety show FUNdamentals. Magic, juggling, puppetry, clowning and a many other surprises await students of all levels. Through step-by-step guidance and hands-on practice, students will unlock the skills to create moments of wonder and astonishment.

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On Camera Acting

Ages 14-18

On Camera Acting is designed to help young performers bring their own life and imagination to actual, age-appropriate TV, voice over and commercial scenes. All students will have time on camera and will work in an encouraging and respectful atmosphere with an experienced film/television/commercial/voice over actor instructor to learn specific and practical skills for auditioning for roles. Learning to use their instincts, adapt to different styles, and take direction are key components of this class.

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Props Making

Ages 14+

Join Logan Brideau, Master Props Maker from Hacksmith Industries, to explore the creative process of prop building during this intensive, hands-on twelve-week course. Discover how to start from a drawing or image and progress to a completed object using different materials, techniques and methodology.

Students will practice and expand on behind-the-scenes skills including how to build a prop suited to the needs of a production using different materials and techniques; create a small-scale sculpture with plasticine; build a foam prop weapon using a variety of materials and techniques; create a sampler of fake prop food and other props that are yours to keep at the end of the course.

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Family Musical Theatre

Ages 8+

Our FAMILY MUSIC THEATRE class is designed for the WHOLE FAMILY to sing, dance and have fun! This brand new, intergenerational, community-minded class is for budding musical theatre performers of any age and experience level. Participants will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of 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, all within a safe and judgement-free environment.

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Company Classes

Ages 14-18

The Drama Company
We welcome advanced acting students wishing to gain practical insight into how plays are rehearsed and performed by working with a professional director to produce an in-studio presentation of excerpts of plays.

Advanced acting teens are welcome to audition by submitting a self-tape of two contrasting monologues under 2 minutes each. In this Pre-Professional Production Program, performers will hone acting, leadership, and teamwork skills while making friends and having fun.

This group will present an end of term public performance.

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The Musical Theatre Company
We welcome advanced musical theatre students wishing to work with a professional creative team to produce an in-studio concert of favourite, challenging musical numbers and scenes.

Advanced musical theatre teens are welcome to audition by submitting a self-tape of one song and one movement piece under 2 minutes each. In this Pre-Professional Production Program, performers will hone acting, leadership, and teamwork skills while making friends and having fun.

This group will present an end of term public performance.

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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.