MusicWorks | Stageworks Returns Offering Mentorship to Youth
from the City of Guelph
Once again, River Run Centre and the Guelph Youth Council of the City of Guelph have teamed up to offer MusicWorks|StageWorks. This is a unique hands-on performing arts mentorship program focused on the art of putting on a professional-style show.
All youth, ages 13 to 19, interested in gaining new skills and taking part in a public performance are invited to apply. The mentorship program offers aspiring performers real life experience in concept development, production and stage presence, and is inclusive of music, theatre, spoken word, dance, short film and comedy.
Under the guidance of River Run’s technical, programming and marketing staff, and with support from Guelph Youth Council members, participants will learn about the various aspects of building a successful show such as staging, flow, self-promotion, transitions and professionalism.
“Thanks to TD Bank Group, this is the fourth year we’ve been able to offer this exciting learning opportunity,” says Danna Evans, the City’s manager of theatres and civic events. “We’re thrilled to help Guelph’s youth showcase their talents.”
Rehearsals are scheduled in mid-April for two weeks, and the program will culminate in public performances in the first week of May to celebrate National Youth Week.
MusicWorks | StageWorks has showcased musical acts ranging from solo performers to full bands, as well as dance groups, monologues, and scenes from plays. The program is also open to short films, stand-up comedy, etc. If you or someone you know would be interested, please read below, or download the pdf Information Sheet
If you are a youth aged 13-19, please complete and submit the ARTIST APPLICATION FORM by Monday, February 29, 2016 (All content in performances must be suitable for a family-friendly audience).
How to apply
A jury comprised of members of Guelph Youth Council and River Run staff will assess the applications and determine the program and line-up of performers. As this is a hands-on learning opportunity, priority will be given to first-time applicants.
River Run technical, programming and marketing staff will work with two teams of students. Participants will learn about the various aspects of building a successful show such as staging, flow, self-promotion, transitions and professionalism. The program is inclusive of music, theatre, spoken word, dance, short film and comedy.
Rehearsals and performances will take place at River Run Centre in the Co-operators Hall.
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
Each performer or performing group is required to commit to one of the rehearsal and performance schedules below (rehearsals and performances are after school hours and in the evenings).
- Tuesday, April 12 – mentoring and technical rehearsal
- Tuesday, April 19 – mentoring and dress rehearsal
- Tuesday, May 3 – free public performance
- Wednesday, April 13 – mentoring and technical rehearsal
- Wednesday, April 20 – mentoring and dress rehearsal
- Wednesday, May 4 – free public performance
For more information, contact:
Jen Rafter, Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Public Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629