EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS… Young Company

The Blyth Festival Young Company is a summer drama intensive which provides young people aged 13-19 the opportunity to learn from experienced theatre professionals as they create and prepare a play for production. The Young Company program begins July 25, with performance dates August 23 to 25. There are no registration fees, and all interested individuals are welcome. For more information, please call 1.877.862.5984.​

For the 2018 season, the Blyth Festival Young Company is creating HC Kid, working with Toronto-based emergent director/playwright Curtis te Brinke (a Clinton native, and distinguished young company alumni).

HC Kid will be an original creation, entirely devised and realized by the participants. Working from local rumour, history, myth, and sheer reckless speculation, teens involved will be encouraged to engineer a story as completely familiar and totally implausible as any they have ever heard told growing up in Huron County. Through the use of interviews, local research, and unabashed imagination, HC Kid gives the delightful and dangerous answer to the all-too-common question: what’s it like growing up in Huron County?

The Blyth Festival Young Company is open to youths aged 13 – 19. It is FREE to participate. Creativity begins July 23. Performance dates are August 23, 24, 25 (subject to change).​

ORIENTATION in Blyth Memorial Hall. July 16 at 7pm. Meet the director, co-ordinators and cohorts, ask questions, and learn about this summer’s production.

Young Company Alumni

Realizing young dreams

Severn Thompson – After spending many summers as a member of the Blyth Young Company, Severn went on to perform in three seasons at the Blyth Festival. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory and has performed in various theatres across Canada including several seasons at both the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. Severn was back at the Blyth Festival, directing Beyond the Farm Show in 2013, starring in Seeds in 2015, and co-creating and directing The Pigeon King in 2017.

Geoffrey Armour – A Goderich native, Geoff has completed his training at George Brown theatre school, has studied at Lécole International de Théatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has traveled the world creating, teaching and performing. Geoff was the directorof the Young Company in 2015.

Kendra Fry – Kendra learned the professional ropes as a stage manager. Past General Manager at Theatre Passe Muraille, Kendra is now the General Manager of Trinity-St.Paul’s United Church.

Sam Sholdice – Starting onstage with the Outdoor Donnelly’s, Young Company and The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom, Sam is now a rising composer, musical director and sound designer, working with companies across Ontario. Sam debuted his first musical, PROGRAM, at the 2011 Summerworks Festival in Toronto. Sam was Sound Designer for Blyth’s Beyond the Farm Show and studio series production, Falling: A Wake in 2013 and wrote the music for 2015’s Fury.

Lisa Hood – Lisa graduated from the University of Toronto/Sheridan and was the General Manager for the Livery Theatre in Goderich. Lisa was the Marketing & Publicity Coordinator at the Blyth Festival in 2013. Lisa now teaches drama at Central Huron Secondary School.

Heather Thompson – Heather began at the Blyth Festival on stage with the Young Company, the Outdoor Donnelly’s and 2005’s The Thirteenth One. She became an apprentice stage manager at the Blyth Festival and is now a professional stage manager, having worked with the Shaw Festival, Factory Theatre, Opera Atalier, Theatre Smith Gilmour and others. Heather was Assistant Stage Manager for Beyond the Farm Show and Garrison’s Garage in 2013 and Production Stage Manager in 2017.

Summer drama day camps for kids ages 5 – 12

Collaborate, create, pretend, invent, explore!

The workshop will aim to teach participants skills and abilities that they will be able to apply to the dramatic arts, and will include improvisation, physicality, script creation, theatrical design, and performance preparation. Throughout the week, they will learn a variety of techniques to ‘warm-up’ and prepare themselves physically and vocally. We will also play a variety of games that will relate to various elements of the theatre, as well as work on creating set and costume designs for a variety of different stories and settings. The ultimate goal at the end of the week is for the participants to lead each other through the activities they have been learning over the week, preparing them for a short performance which will be created over the course of the week by the participants. The material the performance will be created from will be a familiar story or concept such as a fairy tale or fable.

For more information or to register call 1.877.862.5984