MusicWorks|StageWorks Call for Applications

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2018 MusicWorks|StageWorks Call for Applications

Guelph youth are invited to showcase their talents and skills in the sixth installment of MusicWorks|StageWorks, River Run Centre’s hands-on performing arts mentorship program.

The program, supported by TD Bank Group, is open to all youth, ages 13 to 19, 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 will be accepted online beginning Monday January 29, 2018 until Monday February 26, 2018. Anyone with questions about the program or application process should contact

Program Details

Under the guidance of River Run’s technical, programming and marketing staff and with support from the Guelph Youth Council, 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. (All content in performances must be suitable for a family-friendly audience.)

NEW for 2018 – River Run Centre is pleased to announce the very talented Nathan Coles, a Guelph musician and multi-instrumentalist with extensive experience in musical composition, microphone technique and public performance, will join our team as a mentor during dress rehearsal to enlighten and inspire student’s creative flare.

Who can apply

All youth, ages 13 to 19, are invited to complete and submit the artist application form by Monday, February 26, 2018.

How to apply

2018 Artist Applications are being accepted online. Hard copies of the application form can also be made available upon request. Anyone with questions about applying should contact Melissa Kempf 519-837-5662 extension 2589 or Application deadline is Monday, February 26, 2018.

Selection Process

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.


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

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

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

• Tuesday, April 10 – mentoring and technical rehearsal
• Tuesday, April 17 – mentoring and dress rehearsal
• Tuesday, May 1 – free public performance
• Wednesday, April 11 – mentoring and technical rehearsal
• Wednesday, April 18 – mentoring and dress rehearsal
• Wednesday, May 2 – free public performance


TD Bank
Guelph Youth Council