Youth auditions announced for Drayton Entertainment’s holiday panto in St. Jacobs

ST. JACOBS – Drayton Entertainment is holding children’s chorus auditions for Sleeping Beauty: The Panto, on stage this holiday season in St. Jacobs.

Auditions will take place at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge on Sept. 22. Advance registration is required.

Aspiring young performers, ages nine to 15, are encouraged to attend the auditions.

Dancing, singing, and acting experience are an asset and preferred.

Hopefuls are asked to learn the song indicated on the audition registration page online.

The young performers will be taught a dance combination to that song at the audition, and then perform the song and dance in small groups for members of the creative team.

For complete details, or to register, visit

“It is our pleasure to showcase the vast young talent in this community,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment.

“We look forward to giving many aspiring young performers the chance to be on stage and learn from professional artists.”

To accommodate the demands of this grand-scale production, and to provide opportunities for as many youth as possible, the chosen performers will be divided into teams and will perform in the children’s chorus on a rotating schedule with professional actors in the lead roles.

Rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty: The Panto will begin in early November at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, with remaining rehearsals and performances at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.

The production will run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 22.

Children cast in the production must attend all rehearsals and performances assigned to their team.

Based on the beloved fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty: The Panto tells the story of feisty fairies, an enchanted spinning wheel, a malevolent villainess, and a dozy princess.

When a lavish party is thrown to celebrate the birth of a princess, the exclusion of the land’s most powerful sorceress from the festivities unleashes a wrath of fury.

The vexed villainess puts a curse on the young royal – on her 17th birthday, the princess will prick her finger on a mystical spinning wheel and fall asleep for hundreds of years.

Doomed by fate, can the prince of her dreams stir her from the trappings of a ceaseless slumber?

The panto adaptation of this fairy tale is written by Caroline Smith.

Sleeping Beauty: The Panto runs from Nov. 27 to Dec. 22 at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.

Tickets are $48 for adults and $29 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more and select discount dates are $39.  HST is applicable to prices.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 519-747-7788 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).