Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Auditions for The Wizard of Oz

King’s Wharf Theatre announces auditions for Toto and Munchkins!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

PENETANGUISHENE – Do you have a child with their sights set on the stage? Award-winning Drayton Entertainment is once again reaching out to the community to involve local youth in its season opening production of The Wizard of Oz, which runs from June 7th through July 2nd at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene.

An Open Audition will be held on Saturday, April 9th at Penetanguishene Secondary School (51 Dunlop Street) to cast boys and girls in grades five through ten to play the part of the munchkins in one of the greatest family musicals of all time. Auditions begin at 12:00 p.m. No appointments are necessary, however the aspiring young performers should be prepared to sing “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”. Performance experience is an asset, but not required. A passion for theatre is the only prerequisite! Hopeful munchkins are asked to bring a recent photo and comfortable clothes and shoes for the movement components. Please note that due to the nature of the role, height may be considered in casting.

“There is outstanding talent in this community,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “We are delighted to give our youth the opportunity to appear on stage and work side-by-side with professional actors.”

Perhaps you also have a pooch with pizazz? Not only will youngsters from the area have a chance to act in this beloved Broadway musical, but Drayton Entertainment is also looking for a special Toto to join Dorothy and her pals on there quest for the emerald city.

“We are inviting dogs that reflect the size and type of canine that appeared in the classic film to audition for the part of Toto,” says Mustakas. “We're looking for pets with potential. They don't have to be professionally trained however, there is a significant time commitment required of the owner and the dog that is selected for this production.

An Open Audition for small dogs weighing less than 30 lbs will be held on the same day, Saturday, April 9th at 3:30 p.m. at Penetanguishene Secondary School. Auditioning dogs must be well behaved, house trained, and capable to obey simple commands. Both the dog and owner must be available for all rehearsals in May and all performances from June 7th through July 2nd.

For more information, including a complete list of audition requirements and song lyrics, please visit

A downloadable audition form is available at

For further inquiries, please contact Steve Roth, Executive Producer for Drayton Entertainment at 1-855-drayton (372-9866) ext. 245.

This production of The Wizard of Oz is directed by Adam Furfaro, who has helmed numerous productions including Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story, The Odd Couple, On Golden Pond and Separate Beds for Drayton Entertainment.

The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all time classic 1939 Hollywood film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy. “Over The Rainbow” won the 1939 Academy Award for Best Song. L Frank Baum wrote the first 1903 stage version of his 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This production features such beloved songs as "Over The Rainbow", "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead" and "If I Only Had A Brain."

The Wizard of Oz is proudly sponsored by RBC Royal Bank and Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies. Media Sponsors are B101 and the Barrie Advance. The Design Sponsor is 91.5 The Peak FM.

The Wizard of Oz runs for four weeks only, June 7th though July 2nd. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office (705) 549-5555 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

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For more information please contact: Valerie O’Brien, Marketing Manager

(519) 638-5511 ext. 235 or email

Ontarians with Disability Act

Are you aware of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act?
Will you and your staff be trained to comply with the Customer Service Standards under this Act by January 1, 2012?
There is still time to register for our Spring Workshops.
Introducing the AODA: How to Comply with the Accessible Customer Service Standards
This one hour session is designed for Business Owners & Managers. We will review the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & will walk you through the steps of compliance. Examples of Customer Service Policies and ‘Next Steps’ will inform you on your responsibilities to be compliant by January 1, 2012.*
Date: Wednesday, April 13th from 4-5 p.m. (Pre-register by April 8)
Cost: $20.00 per person (Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Members’ special price)
* This is an AODA & Accessible Customer Service Standard overview and is not a compliance session.

AODA Customer Service Compliance Session

This two hour session is designed for decision makers, staff, and volunteers and serves as Accessible Customer Service Compliance Training under the AODA. Participants will become more aware of disabilities, barriers, & will learn how to communicate with people with disabilities.

Date: Tuesday, April 19th from 1-3 p.m. (Pre-register by April 15)

Cost: $30.00 per person (Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Members’ special price)

Pre-registration required for all workshops. Minimum of 4 participants.
Workshops will be held in the Boardroom at 850 Hartman Drive, Midland

Please call 737-3263 ext. 226

Independent Living Services exists to provide support and services to people with physical disabilities or limitations in Simcoe County, to assist them to lead dignified, productive and independent lives. "Opening Doors & Minds” is our commitment to work with the community to increase opportunities for participation, making Simcoe County a welcoming place for all citizens. For over 30 years, ILS has “opened minds” in Simcoe County. Our experienced & enthusiastic facilitators offer informative & interactive presentations that facilitate AODA compliance.

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 Circle of Honour Philanthropy Awards

The Huronia Community Foundation encourages you to celebrate philanthropy in our community by nominating a deserving person or group to be recognized for their philanthropic contributions. Any resident or anyone of the community may submit the nomination of a deserving person or group for this Award in one of the following categories:
Review the categories, complete the questionnaire and submit your nomination by April 1st , 2011 to: Huronia Community Foundation, 357 King Street, Midland ON L4R 3M7 or by email:

o Business Award

This Award is to be presented in recognition of a Huronia Community business that has demonstrated outstanding financial support and community involvement in philanthropic causes. Motivation of others to take leadership roles will also be recognized.

o Philanthropic Group Award

This Award is to be presented in recognition of a Huronia Community Service Club, Religious Organization, Not-for-Profit Organization or Granting Foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward local philanthropy.

o Individual Award

This Award is to be presented in recognition of a Huronia Community individual philanthropist for his/her exceptional financial commitment to our community and their skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of local charitable causes.

o Youth or Youth Group Award

This Award is to be presented in recognition of outstanding leadership in fundraising on the part of a Huronia Community youth (5 to 18 years of age) or a college or university student. This Award will foster the next generation of philanthropic leaders and will help to broaden public awareness of the importance of giving.

Nomination & Submission Criteria

Please read all four questions before beginning the nomination and complete all of the questions. Where appropriate please include specific examples while completing each section. The nomination should be limited to two pages.

Nomination Form

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