Drayton Entertainment seeks talented youngster for On Golden Pond

Is your son a character?  If so, he may have the chance of a lifetime to nurture his creativity in a professional production this spring at the renowned Drayton Festival Theatre.


Award-winning Drayton En­ter­tainment is looking for a young boy between the ages of 12 and 15, who looks and can play a 13 year old in the role of a Billy Ray, in the production of On Golden Pond.

In that story, retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend every summer at their home on Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter visits, bringing along her 13-year-old son. The relationship between father and daughter, the genera­tion gap between young and old, and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine to give the play a unique insight into the modern family.

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

An open audition will be held at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse on May 3 from 6 to 8pm. Interested performers should prepare a short mono­logue, and bring along a recent photo.

Previous acting experi­ence is an asset, but will not be re­quired.

Mustakas pointed out that there is a significant time com­mitment required for the lucky child selected to be a company member. The child will be ex­pected to attend occasional re­hearsals from May 24 through June 7.

He will then appear in every performance of On Golden Pond, Tuesday through Saturday, from June 8 to June 26 at the Drayton Festival Theatre. Parents will need to make arrangements with the child’s school to accommodate the performance schedule.

However, Mustakas noted the rewards are plentiful.

Re­search shows 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.

“A study of theatre is a study of ourselves and each other,” says Mustakas. “By introducing our children to the­atre we give them the oppor­tunity to develop interactive skills that will last a lifetime.”

“This lucky young per­former will have the chance to work with some of the most talented professionals in the industry,” says Mustakas.  “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime op­por­tunity.”

On Golden Pond is directed by Adam Furfaro, who has an impressive list of past Drayton Entertainment credits, includ­ing The Odd Couple (2009), The Drawer Boy (2008), Funny Money (2007), Corpse (2006), The Buddy Holly Story (2003 and 2006), Lost In Yonkers (2005), and The Cemetery Club (2004). Furfaro 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 audition.

Any other inquiries may be directed to Steve Roth, execu­tive producer of Drayton Enter­tainment: (519) 638-5511 ext. 245 or stever@drayton­enter­tainment.com.