Talented youth in the spotlight at River Run

Mentorship program hosts free performances for National Youth Week

April 26, 2016, Guelph, ON – Guelph’s youth performers will showcase their talents in two different shows at River Run Centre on May 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. during National Youth Week. The shows are part of MusicWorks|StageWorks, a mentorship program presented by River Run Centre in partnership with Guelph Youth Council and sponsored by TD Bank Group. Now in its fourth year, the program offers youth, aged 13 to 19, real-life experience in putting on a professional-style show, from concept development to performance. The two evening performances showcase close to 50 performers, including singers, dancers, guitarists, pianists and various bands.

Members of River Run’s technical, programming and promotional staff have been working with participants in preparation for the shows.  As part of the process, the performers learn the essential elements of producing a show, such as, staging, flow, self-promotion, transitions and sound checks.

“We are always amazed by the professionalism and ownership the youth demonstrate,” says Danna Evans, Manager of Theatres and Civic Events for the City of Guelph.  “Both the Youth Council members and the performers continuously rise to the occasion during the program and the culminating performances are proof of that.”

Admission is free to each performance. Seating is general and on a first come basis.

Guelph Youth Council is a group of local volunteers (ages 13-19) that aims to preserve and enhance youth culture in the community. The group serves as liaison to City Council, offers leadership training, plans youth-based activities, and advocates on behalf of youth.

National Youth Week, running May 1 – 7 every year, is dedicated to the celebration of youth and their active participation and contributions in their community. Whether it is recreation, drama, sport, dance, civic engagement, art, volunteerism or leadership, every day young people are involved in meaningful activities during their discretionary time. National Youth Week is a time to honour their involvement and to profile the issues, accomplishments, and diversity of youth, across Canada.

For more information

Jen Rafter
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629
jen.rafter@guelph.ca