The High School Project

Fostering the next generation of Canadian Theatre Artists

Since its establishment in 1998, the Grand Theatre’s High School Project (HSP) has provided unparalleled theatrical training and mentorship to the next generation of Canadian theatre artists. The only program of its kind in North America, this unique and empowering program has been the launch pad for notable theatre artists, such as: Mark Uhre, Jonny Wexler, Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane, Trevor Patt, Aiden deSalaiz, and Mallory Brown.

What makes the Grand’s program different than any other in the country? Its 360-degree and confidence-building approach to theatre-based training. The HSP offers an exceptional opportunity for students to receive education and hands-on training in the working environment of a professional theatre. High school students from London and area are mentored by professional artists and coaches in all departments (performance, stage management, props, wardrobe, scenic art, sound, orchestra, photography, and marketing) culminating in a production staged in the Grand’s 839-seat theatre: the Spriet Stage. The initiative provides leadership, creative skills, and communication aptitude that serve these students on and off stage - in every area of their lives.

2022 High School Project

Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Saccha Dennis


  • Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will all take place, in person, at the historic Grand Theatre – located in beautiful downtown London at 471 Richmond Street.
  • Onstage Auditions were held from April 23 to May 15.
  • Music auditions were held on May 14.
  • Backstage interviews were held from May 17 to 18.
  • Rehearsals begin August 8, 2022.
  • Performances will be held LIVE on the Grand Theatre’s Spriet Stage from September 20 – October 1, 2022.

What is the price we must pay to achieve our dreams and fulfill our deepest wishes? In Into the Woods, everyone’s favourite storybook characters come to life on stage in an enchanting tale about the pursuit for “happily ever after” and the dark consequences of chasing a wish.


  • The HSP is open to any high school student from the London area who will be enrolled in High School, or High School level training, in the fall of 2022.
  • Students are welcome from any school or district, as well as those who are homeschooled.
  • There are no costs associated with participating in this program.

Registrations are now closed



(Acting, Singing & Dancing Performers)

Registration is closed. Our show has been cast!

Students interested in performing on-stage auditioned for the Director, Music Director, and Choreographer by presenting a song and monologue, or two contrasting songs.



Registration is closed. We have found our musicians!

There are limited positions available in our Orchestra for the production of Into the Woods.



Registration is closed. We have assembed our Backstage crew!

The Grand's Production Department interviews students interested in any of the Backstage placements, such as: wardrobe, props, scenic art, stage management, sound, photography, and marketing.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Breanne Ritchie at britchie [at] grandtheatre [dot] com or 519-672-9030 x224.


The Grand Theatre gratefully acknowledges the 2022 High School Project Sponsors:
Season Sponsor


Title Sponsor

Western Fair District

Make A Difference Youth Programs Sponsor


HSP Program Sponsor

Westminster College Foundation

Program Sponsors
Thames Valley District School Board
London District Catholic School Board


For a list of past High School Project productions, click here.


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