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CW Children’s drama club takes stage with two productions

The Centre Wellington Children’s Drama Club began in the mid 1970s and is made up of 43 local kids in Grades 4-8
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Children's drama club is working on two new productions.

Come on out and support our local youth talent and be thoroughly entertained by two unique and funny shows coming soon to the Fergus Grand Theatre. On April 15 the Centre Wellington Children’s Drama Club presents their custom version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Following on April 22 is their original screenplay Waiting for Goodrow, also at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“The kids are very excited to hit the stage,” said Jackie Fraser, Producer of Waiting for Goodrow. “They have been working together since September, getting to know their roles, learning their lines, and getting into character.”

The Centre Wellington Children’s Drama Club began in the mid 1970s and is made up of 43 local kids in Grades 4-8 with a passion for acting. They come together to learn, develop, and enhance their unique artistic abilities through creative dramatic expression, becoming talented and confident young people. The kids work with their director for half of the year learning and developing technique, and for the other half of the year practicing their play. The club supports and encourages members in a positive and ‘play’-ful approach. They are back with two productions for the first time since 2019.

“Our two directors, Katy Chapman and Gerard Gouthro, have adapted/written two fun and witty plays uniquely suited to the kids in the club”, said Erin Pratley, Producer of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “We are fortunate to have such creative, enthusiastic directors who make weekly rehearsals so fun and engaging for the kids.”

This non-profit club is organized through a grassroots, parent-run co-operative. Parents contribute their own skills and talents and all hands are on deck to help with the final production week and performances.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and are available online or by calling 519-787-1981.

The purpose of the Centre Wellington Children’s Drama Club is to provide an opportunity for young people to enhance self-confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, oral communication, and performance skills. Along the way they develop social skills and the ability to work in a group, and they learn perseverance and commitment to a task. Members foster an appreciation of the talents of others and, most importantly, have fun.