Youth mentorship program puts the spotlight on Guelph’s young performers

River Run Centre hosts free performances for National Youth Week

Guelph, ON April 16, 2019 – Guelph’s youth performers showcase their talents at two performances at the River Run Centre on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. during National Youth Week. The Co-operators Hall performances are presented as part of the TD Bank Group Youth Programs.

The two events are part of MusicWorks|StageWorks, a mentorship program organized by River Run Centre in partnership with Guelph Youth Council. Now in its seventh year, the program offers youth real-life experience in putting on a professional-style show, from concept development to performance.

The two evening performances showcase over 60 performers, from 19 different schools throughout Guelph and surrounding area. Members of River Run Centre’s technical, programming and promotional staff work with participants in preparation for the performances. The performers learn the essential elements of producing a show, such as, staging, flow, self-promotion, transitions and sound checks. This season, Guelph musician Nathan Coles joined the team to mentor youth in the areas of stage presence and microphone techniques.

“Every year, we are amazed by the incredible talents and dedication the youth performers bring to the stage,” says Bill Nuhn, Manager of Theatres and Civic Events. “They worked hard in preparation for these shows and it’s always exciting to have their energy at the River Run Centre. And we couldn’t do it all without the generosity of our Youth Programs Sponsor, TD Bank Group.”

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 runs May 1 – 7 every year and 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 INFORMATION

Nicole Neufeld | Program Manager, Development and Marketing
City of Guelph
519-837-5662 ext. 2589
nicole.neufeld@riverrun.ca