Investing in Saskatchewan's Youth

Government of Canada announces two-year funding for the Persephone Theatre Youth Series

SASKATOON, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing $46,000 ($23,000 per year) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to support the Persephone Theatre Youth Series. Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), announced the funding today on behalf of Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

These funds will enable the Persephone Theatre to present its 8th and 9th professional theatre series for young people. The series, held in a professional venue, includes activities such as student workshops and post-presentation discussions. The Persephone Theatre also provides schools with curriculum-related study guides.

Quick Facts

  • The Persephone Theatre Youth Series is the only series in Saskatchewan that presents theatre written for young audiences on subjects that matter to them.
  • Each season, the Youth Series presents at least three Canadian plays and one international play.
  • The Youth Series is presented at the Broadway Theatre and Rawlco Radio Hall.

Quotes

"Giving young people an opportunity to get involved in the arts is essential. The Persephone Youth Series engages youth by focusing on their interests. This will help ensure the arts continue to thrive for future generations."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Persephone Theatre Youth Series plays an important role in our city's arts scene. It offers exceptional performances to Saskatoon's young theatre-goers, and I am proud that our Government continues to invest in this unique program."
Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin)

"This great financial investment and belief in our programming for young people from the Government of Canada makes us very proud. It helps to ensure that along with the wonderful shows we produce for young people, we are able to bring high-quality theatrical productions from all over the country to benefit the youth and families of Saskatoon."
—Hugh Neilson, General Manager, Persephone Theatre

Associated Links
Persephone Theatre
Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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