New Lambton theatre project provides creative outlet for youth

Lambton Young Theatre Players past show. (Submitted photo courtesy of Nancy Keys)

A group of young talent will showcase their creativity at community halls this spring in productions created by themselves, for the most part.

Lambton Young Theatre Players (LYTP) has started a new initiative called the “LYTP Collective Creation Project”.

Artistic Director Nancy Keys said 20 people between the ages of 12 and 18 will be cast to create and perform two new plays for young audiences in May.

“[The plays] are going to be loosely based on fairy tales but the stories are going to be all their own and then we will be presenting them to three or four different local communities,” said Keys.

“I believe the performances at the moment will be in Petrolia, Wyoming, and Corunna, and possibly Dresden. We’re going to be doing eight performances altogether.”

Although Keys will be on hand to help the young performers, having them write the plays is new and exciting territory for LYTP.

“We’ll be working with the kids for probably about three months in order to create the plays. They do have to audition,” she said.

Auditions will be conducted in person in Petrolia on January 24 and 25. Auditions can be booked by calling 226-932-7262.

Rehearsals will be held at Lambton Central Collegiate & Vocational School. COVID-19 protocols will be “strictly adhered to” during rehearsals and performances. There will be a $250 registration fee for successful applicants and participants must be fully vaccinated.

Keys said it has been a difficult time for theatre kids and they’re anxious to get involved in mainstage shows. The performances “in-the-round” will be supported with portable sound and lights.

“This works for us because numbers can be lower in terms of audience participation and yet we can still afford to put the play on,” said Keys.

Performance dates for the Collective Creation Project will be announced at a later date.