WONDERLAND features 26 young performers, ages 8 – 12, who have worked together to create a show for their friends, family and community. WONDERLAND, a modern spin in the tradition of pantomime, combines audience interaction, music, comedy and dance, and is suitable for audiences from the very young to the young at heart. The play is directed by Paul Belanger, and features sets by Mark Pilon, musical direction by Erin Aubrey, choreography by Kat Single-Dain and costumes by Jodi Jacyk (The Playhouse).
About Project Limelight:
Project Limelight is offered at no cost to participants and is open to young people aged 8 to 15 in the DTES and surrounding areas. The first month is spent learning skills, techniques and forms of expression, including clowning, creative writing, voice work, movement and improvisation. The following three months are spent rehearsing a full-length theatrical production, leading up to a final performance on a community stage, giving participants the opportunity to showcase everything they have accomplished.
Project Limelight works with creative professionals who want to pass their skills and their passion on to the next generation by creating a fun-filled environment that inspires kids to express themselves. The focus at Project Limelight is on enthusiasm and passion, and the vision is to create a community of support for young people as they make their way through their most formative years.
The children have blossomed exponentially throughout this pilot program. Project Limelight has provided them with priceless life experience that has boosted confidence levels, communication and social skills, and has imbued a greater sense of commitment and discipline. This exposure to the performing arts has also taught them how to cooperate on an ensemble performance – and that they are all stars, they all have a story, and they are all valuable.