Drayton Leisure Youth Academy declares highschool musical manufacturing

WELLINGTON COUNTY — It’s time to chop unfastened and kick off your Sunday sneakers! Saying Footloose the Musical, starring native highschool college students from Waterloo Area within the second annual Drayton Leisure Youth Academy Excessive Faculty Musical Manufacturing.

The hit Broadway present is predicated on the favored film, which follows the story of Ren McCormack, a young person from Chicago who strikes to a small city, the place he makes an attempt to overturn its ban on dancing.

The manufacturing is filled with iconic dance strikes and memorable songs together with Prime 40 hits like Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Nearly Paradise, and the present’s title tune, Footloose.

After the success of the inaugural Excessive Faculty Musical Manufacturing of Legally Blonde, Footloose will as soon as once more present highschool college students with the chance to amass invaluable life expertise by way of participation in a completely staged Drayton Leisure Youth Academy manufacturing, which is able to run on the St. Jacobs Nation Playhouse from Feb. 14 to 25, 2024.

The award-winning not-for-profit theatre firm has been steadily rising its coaching choices for younger performers over the previous a number of years, together with launching its new, state-of-the-art coaching hub, the Drayton Leisure Youth Academy. Its mission is to supply performing and technical arts coaching alternatives anchored within the Drayton Leisure model of reside theatre excellence, facilitated by skilled business mentors. This system is designed to domesticate group, incite management, ignite creativeness, and increase confidence in a socially conscious, inclusive atmosphere.

The Excessive Faculty Musical Manufacturing will provide 100% barrier-free entry to unite college students from totally different backgrounds, identities, cultures, skills and pursuits, fully freed from cost. Drayton Leisure is dedicated to various, inclusive casting with out regard to incapacity, ethnocultural identification or gender.

Auditions shall be open to all secondary college students, and each the Waterloo Area District Faculty Board and Waterloo Catholic District Faculty Board have pledged their enthusiastic help of this system. Along with all performing roles, the group may also be internet hosting interviews for backstage roles in tech departments together with lights, props, units, sound, wardrobe, and stage administration.

Affiliate Inventive Director David Connolly will direct and choreograph. Connolly’s résumé contains quite a few Drayton Leisure productions together with Kinky Boots, The Promenade, Mamma Mia!, and the favored household pantos Wizard of Oz and this fall’s Peter Pan.

“Drayton Leisure Youth Academy exhibits our dedication to nurturing the following technology of artists onstage and behind-the scenes,” says Alex Mustakas, Inventive Director of Drayton Leisure.  “The annual Excessive Faculty Musical Venture helps foster a way of belonging for a lot of younger folks. By constructing community-minded residents, we profit society as a complete.”

For this manufacturing of Footloose the Musical, Drayton Leisure is actively seeking to create a world that represents the range of Waterloo Area each onstage and off. As such, the charitable arts group welcomes and encourages younger folks of all races, ethnicities, skills, and gender identities to audition for all roles.

College students concerned with changing into a performing solid member are invited to schedule singing auditions that may happen on the Drayton Leisure Youth Academy on Sept. 14 from 5 to 9pm, Sept. 15 from 5 to 9pm, Sept. 16 from 10 to 6pm, and Sept. 17 from 10 to midday.

These auditions shall be for singing solely. A compulsory dance name for ALL auditioning performers shall be Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 9pm. Callbacks for talking roles will happen on Sept. 25 from 7 to 9pm.

College students concerned with mentoring with backstage departments are invited to schedule 10-minute interviews, which is able to happen on the Drayton Leisure Youth Academy on Sept. 26 and 27 from 5 to 9pm.

The Season Sponsor of all Youth Academy applications, together with the Excessive Faculty Musical Venture, is Heffner Group of Firms.

To schedule audition and interview appointments, and for extra data, please go to draytonentertainmentyouthacademy.com/footloose/.