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    Local Youth: 2020 MusicWorks|StageWorks Call for Applications!
    Local Youth: 2020 MusicWorks|StageWorks Call for Applications!

    31 Jan 2020

    MusicWorks|StageWorks, River Run Centre’s hands-on performing arts mentorship program, invites Guelph youth to showcase their talents and skills on stage! Supported by TD Bank Group, the MusicWorks|StageWorks is offered in partnership with the City of Guelph and the Guelph Youth Council.

    MusicWorks|StageWorks is open to high school students ages 13 to 18, who are interested in gaining new skills and taking part in a public performance.

    If you’re an aspiring performer, or know of someone who is ready for a real life experience in production, concept development and stage presence, this is a unique learning opportunity you don’t want to miss!

    Applications are now open until Monday February 24, 2020. Anyone with questions about the program or application process should contact Nicole Neufeld at

    Here’s what a past participant had to say:

    “MusicWorks|StageWorks is an incredibly important program to run in this community. When I helped out, I was amazed by the talent of the youth that were showcased. I learned so much about how to organize a professional style show and met some amazing youth in the process. One a cappella group really astounded me. The power of youth is often underestimated, and I think that this event demonstrates perfectly how important it is that we provide a platform for youth to shine. All we need is the opportunity to achieve greatness, and MusicWorks|StageWorks is that opportunity.”

    Program Details

    The program is inclusive of music, theatre, spoken word, dance, short film and comedy. (All content in performances must be suitable for a family-friendly audience.)

    Participants work with the River Run Centre technical, programming and marketing staff and with support from the Guelph Youth Council, to learn about the various aspects of building a successful show.

    Returning in 2020 – River Run Centre is pleased to announce the very talented Nathan Coles will join our team as a mentor during our dress rehearsal days to enlighten and inspire student’s creative flare. Nathan is a Guelph musician with years of composition and performance experience.

    Who can apply

    All youth, ages 13 to 18, are invited to complete and submit the artist application form by Monday, February 24, 2020

    How to apply

    2020 Artist Applications are being accepted online. Hard copies of the application form are available upon request. For questions, please contact Nicole Neufeld 519-837-5662 extension 2589 or Application deadline is Monday, February 24, 2020.

    Selection Process

    A jury of Guelph Youth Council members and River Run Centre staff assess applications to determine the program and line-up of performers. As this is a hands-on learning opportunity, priority will be given to first-time applicants.


    Rehearsals and performances take place at River Run Centre in the Co-operators Hall.

    Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

    Rehearsals and performances take place after school hours and in the evenings. Each performer or performing group is required to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules below.

    Tuesday, April 7 – mentoring and technical rehearsal
    Thursday, April 16 – mentoring and dress rehearsal
    Tuesday, April 28 – mentoring and dress rehearsal
    Tuesday, May 5 – free public performance


    Wednesday, April 8 – mentoring and technical rehearsal
    Wednesday, April 15 – mentoring and dress rehearsal
    Wednesday, April 29 – mentoring and dress rehearsal
    Wednesday, May 6 – free public performance

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