Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Yellow Door Theatre Project is holding youth auditions after receiving grants for a new musical production.
The youth-based musical-theatre non-profit received a grant of $3,500 from Niagara Investment in Culture and $2,400 from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which will help Yellow Door to put on an original musical version of the well-known fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.”
“This is exciting news for Yellow Door Theatre Project,” artistic director Andorlie Hillstrom said in a media release.
“The funding received will enable the organization to commission playwright Lezlie Wade and composer Scott Christian to begin writing a new musical adaptation.”
The musical will feature 14 young Niagara performers age 10 to 18, who are all students of Yellow Door.
Hillstrom is also looking for looking for young singers, actors and dancers to be part of a two-year program with Yellow Door, which will culminate in a livestream/in-theatre concert event on Dec. 11, 2020, at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and another in 2021.
Elisabeth Cornett, mother of a Yellow Door singer, speaks highly of the group.
“(The kids) are not getting this quality of instruction and experience — or exposure for that matter, for those interested in a future in musical theatre — anywhere else in Niagara.”
Virgil resident Michelle DuBois, whose daughter Catherine has been involved with Yellow Door for nearly four years, said, “The training she and her peers receive in the studio, which culminates in annual productions … has been extremely positive both on and off the stage.”
“Through musical theatre training, Yellow Door teaches its students confidence, public speaking, teamwork and self-discipline. It truly lives up to its reputation and provides ‘experience for life.’ The Niagara region is very fortunate to have this accessible cultural training centre right here in our backyard.”
Sandra and Lawrence Cocetti said in an email that their children Enzo and Emilia “truly enjoyed their experience with Yellow Door’s first online musical (Zoomsical) this summer. They were so proud to be part of such a fun professional and talented theatre company.”
“Cheers to all that made this happen during such times … music makes the world go round and Yellow Door made that happen and more… they created smiles and excitement in our children. We truly feel the love, passion and caring that you have for each and every one of these amazing and talented kids. Thanks for giving us hope!”
Audition details are available at www.yellowdoortheatre.com.