Downtown Eastside youth experience theatre through Project Limelight
SFU is a key partner for Project Limelight, an innovative theatre program that helps children in East Vancouver discover their inner strengths, explore their hidden talents, develop confidence and form lasting friendships through the power of theatre.
Founded by sisters Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver, Project Limelight gives youth aged eight to 15 who live in Strathcona the opportunity to experience the magic of applause, theatrical production and creative performance at SFU Woodward's. During each four-month session, students learn skills, techniques and forms of expression, including clowning, creative writing, voice work, movement and improvisation. Then they hit the rehearsal stage, where they refine their performances and prepare to mount a full-length theatrical production with all the bells and whistles.
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. For the Iniversity, it provides a wonderful opportunity to connect bright youngsters in the community to future theatrical possibilities as well as to SFU Woodward's, one of the neighbourhood's most vibrant cultural hubs.