New local theatre plans a busy first season

Above is some of the cast of the South Huron Community Theatre's production of "Aladdin," which will be presented at South Huron District High School on Dec. 2, 3 and 4.

EXETER – The recently-formed South Huron Community Theatre is busily preparing for two productions in its inaugural season, the first of which will hit the stage in early December.

Rehearsals are under way for the South Huron Community Theatre’s production of Disney’s “Aladdin,” which will be directed and produced by theatre board chair and founder Deb Homuth of Exeter. “Aladdin,” which features a cast of about 30 – mostly children – will be presented at South Huron District High School Dec. 2-4. Tickets will be available in late October or early November.

As well, the theatre is holding an audition call for “All Shook Up!” The theatre is looking for actors, dancers, singers, musicians and crew for the musical, which board member Cheryl Masson of Exeter said is a 1950s-based musical that will feature an adult cast and “lots of Elvis songs.”

Masson said the South Huron Community Theatre grew out of the community cabaret productions that Homuth previously directed. The theatre group formed in the spring and its board of about 10 has representation from various towns in the area, including Exeter, Zurich, Hensall and Grand Bend. Masson said the plan is to produce two shows a year, become self-sustaining and eventually raise funds for the community.

Regarding “Aladdin,” Masson said the theatre chose that as its first production because it will be staged just prior to Christmas and will be something that will appeal to children. Auditions for “Aladdin” were held in the spring and rehearsals started in September. Masson said the kids have been very excited and keen about the production.

Auditions for “All Shook Up!” will be held Sun., Oct. 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the South Huron Rec Centre or by appointment. Rehearsals will be held early Sunday evenings, starting Nov. 6, with the show hitting the stage May 3-6. There are about 35-40 parts available, and no experience is necessary.

The theatre explains “All Shook Up!” as follows: “Somewhere in the mid-west in the 1950s, Chad, a hip-swiveling, guitar-playing roustabout, is being released from prison. Built around famous Elvis Presley songs, a bit like a Shakespearean comedy, the plot is full of people falling madly in love but with the wrong people! By the end it all gets unravelled and yes . . . everyone lives happily ever after. The show is funny, fast-paced, and full of great song and dance.”

Those interested in booking an audition for “All Shook Up!” can email Homuth at