Twelve Schools Participate in the 68th Annual Sears Ontario Drama Festival Provincial Showcase

Twelve Schools Participate in the 68th Annual Sears Ontario Drama Festival 
Provincial Showcase 
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
            Haig S.S.
        --  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

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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