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Drayton Entertainment seeks talented youths for fall production of Peter Pan

ST. JACOBS - Local youth will be flying high this fall with Drayton Entertainment’s heav­ily anticipated production of Peter Pan.

An open audition will be held at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse on Sept. 27 at 6pm to cast several notable roles in the beloved British pantomime.

The theatre company is looking to cast an 8 or 9-year old boy to play Michael, the youngest of the three Darling children, and a 12 to 14-year-old to play John, the middle child of the Darling family.  Additionally, six boys between the ages of 8 and 14 may be cast as The Lost Boys of Never Never Land.

Interested performers will be taught a song at the audition, and must bring along a recent photo. Previous acting experi­ence is an asset, but not re­quired.

“This is a wonderful ex­peri­ence for any child, whether it’s a building block in their career or simply for their personal de­velopment,” said Drayton Entertainment artistic director Alex Mustakas.

He noted there is a sig­ni­fi­cant time commitment required for the children selected to join the professional cast of perfor­mers.  They will be expected to attend a number of rehearsals Nov. 1 through 16, followed by the production’s five week engagement, Nov. 17 through Dec. 19.

Mustakas readily admits it is a substantial time commit­ment, but said the rewards are plentiful. Research shows  that through the performing arts children are able to learn such skills as self-confidence, co-operation, understanding of peers, and above all, a renewed sense of self. By developing positive skills in children today, they may become the produc­tive adults of tomorrow.

“These young people will have the chance to work with some of the most talented pro­fessionals in the performing arts, and learn about the in­dus­try while entertaining thous­ands of theatregoers,” said Mustakas. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Peter Pan is directed and choreographed by Trudy Mof­fatt, who has led each of Drayton Entertainment’s an­nual holiday pantos: Robin Hood (2009), Cinderella (2008), The Christmas Show (2007), and Aladdin (2006). Moffatt will be in attendance at the audition.

The St. Jacobs Country Playhouse is located at 40 Ben­jamin Road East, in Waterloo. No appointments are necessary – Mustakas encourages all interested children to attend the open audition. Any other in­quiries may be directed to Executive Producer of Drayton Entertainment Steve Roth at 519-638-5511 extension 245 or stever@drayton­enter­



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