Twelve Schools Participate in the 68th Annual Sears Ontario Drama Festival
Sears Canada CEO Doug Campbell to Attend Friday, May 9
TORONTO, May 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The stage is set for another exciting Provincial
Showcase of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival. More than 12,000 students and
teachers from 300 secondary schools across Ontario participated in District
and Regional festivals during the last few months and some of the outstanding
productions will be performed from May 7-10, at 7:00 pm, at Sir John A.
Macdonald Secondary School in Hamilton.
The following schools will perform their shows at the Sears Ontario Drama
-- May 7: Grimsby; John F. Ross; Huron Heights S.S.
-- May 8: Timiskaming District S.S.; ES publique de la Salle; Earl
-- May 9: Dante Alighieri Academy; Kingston CVI; Westdale
-- May 10: Barrie Central C.I.; Jean-Vanier; Bur Oak S.S.
Doug Campbell, Sears Canada President and CEO, is planning to attend a
Festival performance on Friday, May 9 and will provide opening remarks that
evening. The show, Disconnected, performed by Dante Alighieri Academy in
Toronto, begins at 7:00 pm.
"Sears Canada is proud to be the title sponsor of this world renowned youth
theatre festival," said Mr. Campbell. "We believe that participating in
after-school arts programs helps students learn important life-skills and
build core values that will stay with them no matter what career path they
The Ontario Festival is part of a trio of youth drama festivals, including the
Sears British Columbia Drama Festival and the Sears Atlantic Drama Festival,
each celebrating its fourth season. The Sears Drama Festivals are part of the
Company's commitment to supporting the healthy development of Canadian youth,
in particular after-school enrichment programs, which also include sponsorship
of Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, 4-H, Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada.
What began as a small Toronto presentation in 1946 has evolved into the
largest youth drama festival of its kind in the world. Four hundred
productions were presented in local area schools in February and March, and
those chosen as outstanding at the District level moved on to the six Regional
festivals, presented in April. Twelve productions were selected (two from
each region) to participate in the Ontario Showcase, held this week in
During the four-day Ontario Showcase, students receive professional guidance
through expert adjudication and have the opportunity to work with theatre
professionals in special workshops.
"The Sears Drama Festival is a well established national youth program,
enjoyed by thousands of students from across Canada and admired as a model for
student involvement in theatre," said Wayne Fairhead, Executive Director,
Sears Drama Festivals. "Our three festivals continue to grow in participant
numbers each year, and I anticipate continued growth in the quality and
variety of productions as well."
The public is invited to attend the plays, and tickets can be purchased for
only $10 for an evening of theatre. For more information please visit
About Sears Canada
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 176
corporate stores, 234 Hometown stores, over 1,400 catalogue and online
merchandise pick-up locations, 97 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide repair
and service network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive
general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.
SOURCE Sears Canada Inc.
Contact for Media: Alicia Richler Sears Canada, Corporate Communications
Wayne Fairhead Executive Director Sears Drama Festivals 416 593-9609
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