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Youth Musical Theatre Program

Youth Musical Theatre Program

Enhance your musical theatre skills and HAVE FUN alongside others who share the same dreams.

Now in its fourth year, the Drayton Entertainment Youth Musical Theatre Program is an auditioned training program designed to cultivate community, encourage leadership, ignite imagination, and boost confidence, while providing aspiring young performers with the opportunity to learn from professional theatre artists and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. Students train with passionate industry professionals in singing, dancing, acting, audition technique and technical theatre.

The YMTP curriculum is made up of repertoire drawn from popular Broadway shows – past groups have worked on excerpts from such exciting shows as Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Newsies, Kinky Boots and many more! Each year, students have also had the opportunity to attend guest artist workshops to learn more about the professional theatre world.

Explore the program offerings below and join us for an exciting summer of performing arts education. Auditions will happen in February. Click here for details.


2019 Youth Musical Theatre Programs

Waterloo Region

One Week Program

Age Group: Pre-Teen (Ages 8 – 12)
Location: Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge
Program Dates: Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a showcase at 4:00 p.m. on the Friday.

Age Group: Teen (Ages 13 – 18)
Location: Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge
Program Dates: Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a showcase at 4:00 p.m. on the Friday.

Two Week Pre-Professional Production Program

Age Group: Teen (Ages 13 – 18)
Location: St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
Pre-Professional Production Program: Legally Blonde JR. in Concert
Program Dates: Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 23 (two weeks) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a performance on the last Friday evening.

The Pre-Professional Production Program gives teen performers hands-on insight into how a musical is cast, rehearsed and performed while they work with a professional creative team to produce a concert version of Legally Blonde JR. Associate Artistic Director David Connolly will direct and choreograph the production. Connolly’s impressive résumé includes work on major musicals like the pre-Broadway production of First Wives Club and numerous Drayton Entertainment productions like Mamma Mia! and Hairspray!.

About Legally Blonde JR.
Legally Blonde JR OMG! Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by glittery pink storm in this fun and upbeat junior adaptation of the hit film and award-winning Broadway musical. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Grand Bend

Special Program

Based on the success of our pilot program with The Little Mermaid last year, participants of the Huron Country Playhouse Youth Musical Theatre Program will perform as the Children's Chorus in the Drayton Entertainment Production of Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto running in Grand Bend this season. This very special opportunity allows participants to apply the skills learned at YMTP to a professional musical.

Program Location: Huron Country Playhouse
Age Group: Pre-Teen/Teen (Ages 9 –15)
Program Dates: Participants of this program must be available from Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 3 for the training week AND from August 5 to August 31 for performances of Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto.


One Week Program

Age Group: Pre-Teen/Teen (Ages 9 – 17)
Location: James Keating Elementary School, 20 Lorne Ave, Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1B2
Program Dates: Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a showcase at 4:00 p.m. on the Friday.



One Week Programs
$395+HST (One week)
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Two-Week Pre-Professional Production Program
$750+HST (Two weeks)
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. until after the 7:30 p.m. performance

Payment Policy

Tuition includes program fee, a Drayton Entertainment theatre performance, and program T-shirt.
Full payment is required upon acceptance in order to hold a space.
Note: A fee of $20 will be charged for all NSF cheques.
Written notice is required for all training session withdrawals.

Refunds and Withdrawals

  1. If a student withdraws from a session eight weeks in advance of program start date they will receive a refund minus a $50 non-refundable administration fee.
  2. If a student withdraws from a session four weeks in advance of program start date they will receive a refund minus a $100 non-refundable administration fee.
  3. If a student withdraws from a session two weeks in advance of program start date they will receive a refund minus a $200 non-refundable administration fee.
  4. No refunds are issued if a student withdraws with less than two weeks to the start of the program.
  5. No refund will be offered if a student leaves once the program has begun.

Any student whose behaviour is deemed inappropriate by staff will be issued a warning with guardian notification. Should the behaviour continue after the warning, the student will be dismissed from the program with no refund.

We reserve the right to cancel entire program due to low enrolment. In that case, all participants will be fully refunded.

Top Up Your Tuition

We believe the arts should be accessible to everyone regardless of financial position. Students who are accepted into the program may choose to "top up" their tuition to assist other disadvantaged students (anonymously) who are unable to afford the program fees. Because of this generosity, we are able to offer select students financial assistance in order to attend the program based on demonstrated need.

Tuition subsidy support for programs at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge generously supported by:
Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation   

YMTP Testimonials

YMTP Testimonial

An Incredible Program!

"What an incredible program!!! We couldn't ask for a better experience for our children! Our children left this camp inspired, passionate and more in love with music, dance and theatre than before!!! I am still in disbelief that it is offered so close to home! That makes my heart happy!!"
YMTP Testimonial

Friendships Were Made!

"Friendships were made and the kids were in such a safe place to express their interests, take risks and have fun."
YMTP Testimonial

Theatre is a Cool Place!

"While our son has always enjoyed his many friends who have a wide variety of other interests, he was thrilled to be surrounded at YMTP by other kids who he said, "were just like him". 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. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for that. Programs like YMTP give kids, especially boys, the valuable message that theatre is a cool place to be!"
YMTP Testimonial

Love, Love, Love!

"Love, love, love, the improv opportunities that help the kids to think on their feet as much as become comfortable in their skin as performers."
YMTP Testimonial

It's OK To Be Different!

"The staff involved had an incredible ability to push the kids outside of their comfort zones to try new things and take risks, and most of all, they were able to teach all these kids that it’s OK to be different, and to embrace those differences and to just be their dramatic selves.  And the kids that were there with her?  Amazing.  They made her realize there are in fact like-minded people, and that she does fit into this world. So, for our family the musical theatre camp was so much more than “just a camp”.  It helped my daughter pick up and dust herself off, and move forward from a troubled time."
YMTP Testimonial

Felt The Most At Home Here!

"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."