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Fall Session Classes

ACT! SING! MOVE! LAUGH! LEARN!

We’re thrilled to announce our Fall Session weekly classes! Our 12-week long Fall Session is for anyone who wants to express themselves through the performing arts.

EARLY BIRD PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL JULY 31!

“We believe that participation in arts education is a fantastic way to develop creativity, imagination, confidence, focus, accountability, and the ability to apply constructive feedback… all while having a ton of fun and meeting new friends!”

Read more about our Academy Mission & Core Values.

Location: Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy (145 Northfield Dr W, Waterloo)
Term: Tuesday, September 10th – Sunday, December 1st, 2024
Early Bird Pricing Available Until July 31st: $172.80 + HST (that’s just $14.40 per class!)
Regular Pricing: $216 + HST ($18 per class)

Interested in more than one? Class schedules are specially designed to allow students to participate in multiple types of classes if desired. 10% off family and multi-class discounts are offered at registration.

We strive to ensure that everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, is able to participate in Academy classes. Inquire about our flexible payment plans and financial assistance programs.

Don’t miss out on 12 weeks of theatre fun and friends! We can’t wait to spend the Fall Session with you at the Youth Academy–where you belong!

To learn more click on the specific age below

Fall Session Classes


Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre Class students will be invited to participate in a public performance following the conclusion of the fall session. This showcase will also include the Drama Company and Musical Theatre Company participants.

Parents and/or guardians will be informed once tickets are on sale.

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.

This class is offered for Kids, Youth, Teens, and Adults.

*No application required

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.

*Resume Submission Required. If selected, you will be sent a link to register.

Click here to apply for Musical Theatre 201


Family Music Theatre

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.

Click here to register


Scripted Acting

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.

This class is offered for Kids, Youth, Teens, and Adults.

*No application required

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.

*Resume Submission Required. If selected, you will be sent a link to register.

Click here to apply for Scripted Acting 201


Improv

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.

This class is offered for Kids, Youth, Teens, and Adults.

*No application required

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

*Resume Submission Required. If selected, you will be sent a link to register.

Click here to apply for Improv 201


On Camera Acting

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.

This class is offered for Kids, Youth, and Teens.


Magic, Juggling and Puppets Oh My!  

Students aged 11+ are invited to join master illusionist DJ Carroll and special guests for this fast-paced, action-packed class that 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.

This class if offered for Youth and Teens.


Props Making

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.

This class is offered for Kids, Youth, Teens, and Adults.


INTRODUCING COMPANY CLASSES!

We’re thrilled to welcome our first ever auditioned Drama and Musical Theatre Company Classes.

The Drama Company and Musical Theatre Company will each present a 30-minute program as part of a public performance following the conclusion of the fall session. This showcase will also include all Musical Theatre Classes.

*Attendance at the technical rehearsals and performances are mandatory for the Drama Company and Musical Theatre Company participants.

Parents and/or guardians will be informed as soon as tickets are on sale.

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.

The Drama Company will present a 30-minute program on Sunday, January 12.

Click here to learn more

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.

The Musical Theatre Company will present a 30-minute program on Sunday, January 12.

Click here to learn more


The Caterpillar Program

Our Caterpillar Preschool Program is a diverse, music theatre-skills based program for children ages 18 months to 7 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, theatre-based 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 games 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.

Classes offered through this program include SKIPPERS (18 months to 3 years), SWALLOWTAILS (3 to 4 years), ANGELWINGS (4 to 5 years), and MONARCHS (6 to 7 years)

Click here to learn more


Show Tunes Wellness

Personal transformation and FUN for all ages and stages of life! If you love Broadway Show Tunes and Movie Musical Hits, whether you want to stretch or sweat, our Show Tunes Wellness classes are here to help.

Show Tunes Stretch
Adults of all levels of experience are welcome to join us for Show Tunes Stretch! This one hour class will guide you through a variety of yoga-inspired stretches – all set to a relaxing repertoire of Broadway show tunes. This class seeks to bring harmony to the body by linking movement and breath resulting in greater peace of mind.

Show Tunes Sweat
Adults of all levels of experience are welcome to join us for Show Tunes Sweat! This one hour class will include a warm-up, an easy to follow cardio dance combination, and a cool down and stretch – all set to your favourite Broadway show tunes. Get sweaty with us as we sing, laugh and dance – it is the most fun you will ever have while working out!

For more information, visit Show Tunes Wellness


Session Testimonials

“Learning from these incredible, professional actors and hearing their journeys and advice was really inspiring. All of a sudden, things seem possible for her in new and exciting ways. I can’t thank you enough.”

– Parent

“Because of the acceptance and inclusivity he experienced at the Academy, we really felt that we had gotten our son back after a long season of very difficult times. The Pandemic was particularly hard on him and we believe he finally found his place and his people. Thank you for your leadership and passion.”

– Parent

“The building is such a welcoming space and really feels like a second home to my child! Everyone was so friendly and kind throughout the weeks and super welcoming to the parents too. We’ll be back!”

– Parent

Conduct Policies

Please refer to our DEYA Code of Conduct to familiarize yourself with our conduct policies prior to the start of classes.

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.