Festival Theatre seeks talented youngster for production of The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom

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.

Drayton Entertainment is looking for a pre-adolescent boy between the age of 8 and 11 to play the role of a young Stompin’ Tom Connors in its production of The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom.

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

An open audition will be held at the Drayton Festival Theatre on April 9 from 6 to 7:30pm. Interested performers should prepare a short monologue, and bring along a recent photo. Previous acting experience is an asset, but not required.

Mustakas is quick to stress that there is a significant time commitment required for the child selected to be a company member.  He will be expected to attend occasional rehearsals for a two-week period, April 22 through May 3. 

The child will then appear in every performance of The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Tues­day through Saturday, May 6 to May 31.  Parents will need to make arrangements with the child’s school to accommodate the performance schedule.

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,” said 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. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The Drayton Festival The­atre is located at 33 Wellington Street South in Drayton.  No appointments are necessary – Mustakas encourages all interested children to attend the open audition.

Any other inquiries may be directed to Steve Roth, by calling 519- 638-5511 ext.245.