Auditions upcoming for youth
Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming 2018 Youth Musical Theatre Programs and Children’s Chorus opportunities in three regions across Ontario. The award-winning not-for-profit theatre company has been steadily growing its training offerings for young performers over the past several years including launching the now popular Youth Musical Theatre Program, which will return for a third year.
“We are consistently astounded by the talent and passion we’ve seen from aspiring young artists across the province. As a professional company, we feel a responsibility to develop the artists of tomorrow,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “Our Youth Musical Theatre Program sessions and Children’s Chorus opportunities help to prepare young talent for future success and give them an inside glimpse into industry expectations.”
Auditions will be held in three cities during the month of February: Saturday, Feb. 10 in Penetanguishene, Sunday, Feb. 11 in Grand Bend and Sunday, Feb. 25 in Cambridge. These auditions will be used to determine participants for both the Youth Musical Theatre Programs (YMTP) and Children’s Choruses. Young performers must sign up in advance.
The YMTP is designed to cultivate community and collaboration, ignite imagination, boost confidence and develop a deeper appreciation for live performance. Guided by passionate theatre professionals, participants study aspects of singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre while meeting new friends with similar interests.
2018 offerings include weeklong training sessions in: Cambridge - Aug. 20-24 for ages eight to 12 and Aug. 27-31 for ages 13-18 and Penetanguishene – Aug. 13-17 for ages 10- 18.
There is a special program in Grand Bend that offers participants ages nine to 15 the opportunity to hone their skills with industry professionals during the training week and then put those skills to the test performing in two rotating teams in the Drayton Entertainment production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, alongside professional performers in the lead roles. Youth performers cast in the Grand Bend program must be available for the training week from July 23-27 and performances from Aug. 6 to Sept. 2.
Last year, Drayton Entertainment expanded the YMTP to offer a more comprehensive option; the Pre-Professional Production Program gives teen performers hands-on insight into how a musical is cast, rehearsed and performed while they work with a professional creative team to create a concert version of a musical culminating in a performance. The 2018 Pre-Professional Production is “Seussical Jr.”, a musical based on the famous stories of Dr. Seuss. This two-week session will take place in Cambridge from Aug. 21-31 for ages 13-18. Associate Artistic Director David Connolly will direct and choreograph the production. Connolly’s impressive résumé includes work on major musicals like the pre-Broadway production of “First Wives Club” in Chicago and numerous Drayton Entertainment productions like “Mamma Mia!” and the popular panto productions.
More information about the YMTP, including tuition costs and audition requirements, is available at www.youthmusicaltheatreprogram.com.
The Children’s Chorus Program offers young performers the opportunity to audition for child ensemble roles in the company’s family panto productions and select musicals alongside professional performers in the lead roles.
In the Penetanguishene area, young performers ages nine to 15 may audition for children's chorus roles in “Cinderella: The Panto”, which will be on stage at King’s Wharf Theatre from June 6-30. Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10.
In the Grand Bend area, young performers ages nine to 15 may audition for children's chorus roles in “Cinderella: The Panto”, which will be on stage at Huron Country Playhouse from July 5-22. Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11.
In the Waterloo Region area, young performers ages nine to 15 may audition for children's chorus roles in Disney's “The Little Mermaid”, which will be on stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from July 18 to Aug, 4. Youth cast in the production will be divided into teams and will perform in the show on a rotating schedule. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25.
More information about Children’s Chorus opportunities, including show dates and audition requirements, is available at www.draytonentertainment.com/auditions.
Three year funding available through united Way
It’s a new year, and with the end of the annual campaign in sight, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is looking at another important number - three years. That’s how long UWPH wants to support organizations again.
“This is our second time offering three-year funding and it has been well received,” said Megan Partridge, director of Community Impact, “Our supported partners are glad to apply only once every three years and have the stability of longer-term funding.”
On Feb. 1, UWPH opens up applications for local organizations to submit expressions of interest for Impact Funding Grants (IFG), which will be awarded in April 2019. Any charitable or not-for-profit organization that serves Perth and/or Huron Counties is invited to apply.
“We’re very excited to begin this process,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “The people of Perth and Huron have really responded to our campaign this year, so the next step is determining who will become supported partners for our 2018, 2019 and 2020 campaigns. We want all our local organizations to seize the opportunity!”
IFG are intended to support ongoing programs that are part of an organization’s over-arching mission. The organizations must deliver social services in Perth and/or Huron County as well as fulfill community needs based on UWPH’s investment streams: All That Kids Can Be, From Poverty to Possibility and Building Strong Communities.
Expressions of interest can be submitted to UWPH until Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Submissions will then be reviewed based on eligibility requirements and organizations will be notified whether or not they have been approved to move on to the full application stage. This final stage will be open from Apr. 1 to May 31. Full applications will be reviewed by the volunteer-based Community Impact and Allocations Committee and final decisions made.
“Our communities have so many great organizations that deliver programs to people in times of need,” said Erb. “We’re looking forward to building a strong partnership with organizations through not only funding, but support and guidance, helping beneficial programs and services reach their full potential in our communities.”
Current supported partners and the programs and services they receive support for are listed at perthhuron.unitedway.ca, where a link to the expressions of interest process under funding, can also be found. Any questions can be directed to Partridge at 519 271-7730 Ext. 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way Perth-Huron is 100 per cent local and supports almost 50 organizations and services across Perth and Huron Counties. To help United Way support these local services, donations for this year’s campaign are gladly accepted until March 31. Call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, send mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca
South Huron Community fund
For the second time this month, a local family has come forward to invest in the long-term needs of their community
Wishing to remain anonymous at this time, a resident of Exeter has pledged a new family fund dedicated to supporting the long-term needs of South Huron. Reflecting the flexible giving options available through the South Huron Community Fund, the donor in this case has chosen to donate $1,000 annually for 10 years to create a family fund.
“This person is investing back into their home community,” said Tom Pout, chair of the South Huron Community Fund (SHCF). “By setting up an annual contribution system, our organization was able to help this individual reach their charitable goal.”
"When this family fund is established, it will begin to yield annual grants that will be disbursed by a committee of volunteers to support local priorities," added Prout. “Establishing a family legacy with our organization is easy and can be set up to benefit a specific charitable cause or the general fund supporting priorities in our community.”
Whether the priorities relate to the arts or the environment, to youth or the elderly, the SHCF is dedicated to supporting the long-term needs of our region. Funds raised create a permanent endowment that generates annual grants for local charitable organizations. A community volunteer committee is expected to issue the fund's first series of grants in the fall of 2018.
Due to their experience, commitment to projects in South Huron and for administration efficiency, the SHCF operates as part of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, which is a registered charity that can issue tax- deductible receipts to donors. Grant applications are available on the Grand Bend Community Foundation website at grandbendcommunityfoundation.ca. To learn more about our work, like us on Facebook @SouthHuronCommunityFund.
Whether it comes from tobacco, cannabis or another source, smoke is smoke and you need to limit your exposure to it.
That’s the Huron County Health Unit’s main message as it joins health organizations across the country during National Non-Smoking Week, which runs from now until Saturday, Jan. 27.
“Many of the same harmful components that are found in tobacco smoke are also found in cannabis smoke and smoke from other sources such as hookah pipes,” said Senior Public Health Promoter Angela Willert.
Reducing exposure to second-hand smoke reduces the risk of many chronic and acute conditions including asthma, respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
National Non-Smoking Week is also the last week people can register for the wouldurather…contest. This contest encourages people who use tobacco, age 18-29, to quit or cut back for six weeks for a chance to win cash.
Those who don’t use tobacco products can also commit to stay smoke-free for a chance to win. Registration closes Jan. 28 at 11:59 p.m. For more information about the contest and to register visit: www.wouldurather.ca.
Established in 1977 by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, National Non-Smoking Week is a coast-to-coast effort to inform and educate Canadians about the dangers of tobacco use, to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and to support those who currently use tobacco, to quit.
For more information on local quit smoking supports, second-hand-smoke exposure and services available, please contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or toll free at 1-877-837-6143.
COFFEE & CONVERSATION
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite all in the community to join them in some inclusive, neutral conversation over a cup of a hot brew.
“Coffee & Conversation” will be held at the Bayfield Public Library every Wednesday until March from 2-3:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors, learn about the village and share their know how with others.
The Home4Good Info Hub operates on Monday afternoons at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.
The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. To learn more visit: www.home4goodbayfield.ca.