Talk Is Free Theatre is inviting local youth from Barrie to be part of a unique musical experience.

Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Michael Torontow

Staged outdoors in Springwater Provincial Park, Young Company members will work alongside the professional cast and be part of choreographed numbers and other activities.

Into the Woods intertwines the stories of beloved Brothers Grimm’s characters as they search for their ‘happily ever after’. Creative team and cast members include artists who have worked across North America and abroad for other acclaimed theatre companies including The Stratford Festival, The Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions and more.

Rehearsal Dates:

Saturday August 14 from 10am to 6pm

Sunday August 15 from 10am to 6pm

Monday August 16 from 11:30am to 8pm

Tuesday August 17 from 10am to 8pm (includes dress rehearsal)

Wednesday, August 18 from 9am to 2pm and 3pm to 8pm (includes preview performance)

Performance Dates:

August 19 – 21 from 3pm to 7pm


  • Must be between 12 and 18 years of age.
  • Absolute commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule above.
  • An interest in at least 3 areas of the arts (i.e Acting, Directing, Design etc).
  • A mask must be worn at all times, unless the staging can facilitate social distancing on stage and mask might be removed by permission.
  • An emergency contact who is able to pick up the Young Company member in an emergency within an hour, unless the member is of age.
  • Comfortable working closely with fellow Young Company members and, occasionally, interacting with the adult cast.
  • Agree to Covid-19 testing, administered twice a week by TIFT Health Co-ordinator.
  • Being open to the creative process.

We welcome all individuals from diverse backgrouns to apply. Priority will be given to applicants who speak at least one other language (other than English) fluently.

Submissions are open from now until July 26, 2021. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview on July 26. Only 10 members will be selected.

Download the application form HERE.

The Young Company experience continues…

 Following Into the Woods, the Young Company will also have the opportunity to participate in creating an original theatrical production with YouthDome for those wishing to continue.

 What is YouthDome?

 Young Company members will write, rehearse and perform a new play using the diverse range of languages they possess. Without using a common language to communicate, YouthDome will celebrate linguistic diversity and challenge the Young Company to explore how to create an impactful theatre experience that goes beyond language barriers.

For more information and to apply, please contact:

Richard Varty
Director of Outreach
Talk Is Free Theatre
705-792-1949 ext. 123

Talk Is Free Theatre is dedicated to providing opportunities for enthusiasts of all ages to learn about and explore the theatre. We offer a broad range of educational and outreach programs.

Whether you are a teacher looking to bring the magic of theatre to your classroom, or know a youngster who would benefit from our theatre camps, TIFT has something for you.

With programs and classes are suitable for every age and every level of experience!

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