In September 2003, members of the Georgetown Little Theatre started the Georgetown Little Theatre Youth Company to fulfill the need for a community theatre group for youth in Georgetown. In the following years, the Company produced its first annual One-Act Play Festival produced entirely by the youth to give them a chance to showcase their own talents. They continued with their spring shows allowing them to work with more experienced members of the adult company.
The Company produced its first play, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in May 2004. In 2005 audiences were transported to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina for the production of Dark of the Moon. The following year the company faced the challenge of turning the cast of 25 into a variety of insects in The Insect Play. In 2007 they were busy creating the world of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In 2008 The Georgetown Boys, written by Sam Hancock, premiered, based on a piece of our own local history. 2009 brought The Mad Woman of Chaillot; 2010 – The Crucible; 2011 – The Man Who Came to Dinner; 2012 – Pride & Prejudice; 2013 – Macbeth; 2014 – Semi-Monde. In May 2015 Peter & Wendy adapted by Cat Heaven from the classic play by J.M. Barrie was presented. May 2016 brought The Time Traveller’s Leg, a futuristic play written and directed by Taylor Grist, a graduate of the YC. In May 2017 The Canterville Ghost directed by Sam Hancock wowed the audience. We come full circle, our 15th year was the reprise of Dark of the Moon directed by Jill Pike and Taylor Grist, both of whom appeared in the 2005 production. Excited by the passion of the Youth Company, in 2019 the classic production of Twefth Night was show to audiences. Yet again a testament to the inspiration the GLTYC presents, Emily Hale and Dave Borgal assisted by David Busutil returned to take on this project. What will be in store for the 16th year of GLTYC?
The Company is an exciting way for youth ages 10-18 to learn about all aspects of theatre from writing to stage management, to make-up and more, all the while building teamwork and leadership skills.
As part of the continuing development of the GLT Youth Company, a series of workshops and other events are organized on Saturdays throughout the season.
Georgetown Little Theatre Youth Company is a vital and vibrant part of GLT, and to our knowledge is unique in community theatre in Ontario. For more information contact the Studio at 905-877-3422.