Young Company

2024 Young Company Production


Adapted and Directed by Marcus Lundgren
August 14 – 17, 2024 – Lighthouse Theatre, Port Dover
Meet Pinocchio, the enchanting wooden puppet with dreams as big as his heart! Carved by the kind toymaker Geppetto, Pinocchio embarks on whimsical adventures, accompanied by his trusty conscience, Jiminy Cricket. But here’s the twist – his nose grows when he fibs! From the lively streets of his village to the magical wonders of Pleasure Island, Pinocchio learns valuable lessons about honesty and friendship. With a sprinkle of fairy dust and a pinch of laughter, Pinocchio shows that being true to yourself makes for the best story. So, gather ’round for a tale filled with joy, courage, and the magic of becoming a real boy!

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Audition Information

Auditions for the 2024 Young Company production of Pinocchio will take place on May 22, 2024 from 5PM to 8 PM at Simcoe Little Theatre. Interested? Book your audition time by calling the Port Dover box office at 519-583-2221 or sending an email to Please prepare a song, monologue or poem to perform at your audition. See you in May!


What is the Young Company?

Our Young Company, founded in 1995 by Robert More, is a program that gives participants an incredible glimpse into what being a professional actor is all about, from the audition process to the rehearsal hall and then performing on the Lighthouse Theatre stage.

The group assembles at Simcoe Little Theatre, which is used as the rehearsal space, for a three-week rehearsal period in July and August, which also includes team-building exercises and introductory theatre training. The cast, supported by Lighthouse’s team of professional technicians and designers, then moves to the Lighthouse stage in Port Dover and entertains audiences from across the region. Many Young Company graduates have gone on to study theatre arts post-secondarily, and some have continued on to professional careers in theatre, while others, who’ve chosen different career paths, include our Executive Director, Nicole Campbell, and Norfolk County Mayor Amy Martin!

Who can be involved in the Young Company?

Anyone aged 11 to 17 with a passion for theatre. Experience is not required; we encourage all interested to audition!

How do I become a member?

Come to one of our audition dates and show us your creativity!  Whether you come with a prepared song, poem or monologue, this is your opportunity to show us your talent.  We have a limited number of cast members, so if you don’t get a role this year, please do not be discouraged – there’s always next year!

About the Director: Marcus Lundgren

Marcus is delighted to return to beautiful lakeside Port Dover for his 21st season with Lighthouse Festival and his 20th season as the Director of the Lighthouse Theatre Young Company. He is the Artistic Director of the “nearly world-famous” DuffleBag Theatre, now in its 30th season, and has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam.


Cast & Crew of Sleeping Beauty: 2017 Young Company production

For more information about the Young Company, please contact our Port Dover Box Office at or call 519-583-2221.