Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:25

Youth Talent Night a new Lyric initiative

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Thanks to the hard work of the Lyric Theatre’s Youth Talent Night Advisory Council, young people in the Southwest have an exciting new opportunity to showcase their talents to an appreciative audience every month. The theatre’s new Youth Talent Night debuts on Feb. 15, and organizers are hoping to see a lot of support.


“The Youth Open Stage was music oriented, and we do have a lot of really great bands in Swift Current, but it came to our attention that local youth have more talent to offer,” explained Sarah Houghtaling with the Youth Talent Night Advisory Council. “Jugglers, dancers, poets, and musicians all need a place to perform and foster their talent, so we thought it was a great opportunity to create a full talent night, where kids with all sorts of talents can express themselves on stage.”
Comprised of youth, Lyric members, and local music teachers, the Advisory Council provides an opportunity for those with an interest in Youth Talent Night to work together to make these changes to the event. After months of meetings and planning, the group is finally ready to start promoting their exciting new program.
“We are currently in the process of working with graphic designer Raquel Vigueras on a youtube channel, which will feature video advertisements to show the greatness of talent night,” explained Houghtaling. “We will be taking this to local schools over the next couple of weeks, to get as many youth involved as possible. We want to help them hone their talents.”
Eventually, Houghtaling added, the council hopes to start bringing in professionals — musicians, slam poets, dancers, improvisers — to work with youth in workshops. This opportunity will give these talented young people a bit of an edge, to help them take their talent from a hobby to a career.
“We’re really hoping it gives them a little bit of fire to pursue this thing they love,” Houghtaling said. “For a lot of talents, the stage is where the jobs are. Professional musicians need to learn to perform and use sound equipment, dancers need to learn how to be comfortable on different stages. This is a great way to try that out without the fear of failure.”
With no auditions, Youth Talent Night is really open to performers of any talent level and level of experience. The audience is also comprised of open, welcoming fans who appreciate talents of all kinds.
“The bottom line is, the youth of Swift Current are just really talented,” noted Houghtaling. “They are so charismatic about it, and so excited to get onstage and get this opportunity. It’s not really something you get from other open stages or talent shows. We are getting a lot of steam going for this new program, there’s a lot of excitement and we are anticipating a great crowd.”
For more information or to sign up, check out www.youtube.com/user/LyricTheatreSC, www.facebook.com/YouthTalentNight, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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