BACKSTAGE ACCESS: From Saturday, December 26, 2009, through Sunday, January
3, 2010 (Closed on January 1) the Montréal Science Centre invites youths
backstage to take control of the show!

MONTREAL, Dec. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - From Saturday, December 26, 2009, through Sunday, January 3, 2010 (Closed on January 1) the Montréal Science Centre invites youths backstage to take control of the show! Backstage Access opens the back door to all those who wish to explores the secrets of stage technology by welcoming youths and allowing them privileged access to all technical equipment used to produce a show. Here's a special chance for Montréal Science Centre visitors to step behind the scenes of a real show! It's a real-time show and you're at the controls! Handle the projectors and sound consoles, take a shot at video mapping, meet the technical wizards and have some great science fun!

The Techniques behind a great show!

IN THE WINGS - Wow! Professional stage equipment! Try out lighting effects, learn how to work a sound console, play with black light effects, handle set changes and more.

Where: Passerelle

Take the controls!

IN THE THEATER - They're waiting for you to start the rehearsal! Guided by a professional director and stage manager, you'll become sound or lighting technicians, videographers, propmen and propwomen or mechanics. From behind the scenes or out in front, at the control console, you'll direct the effects for a scene from a spy story, a tragedy or a musical. Get ready! All the lights will be turned on ... you!

    - Scene and team changes every 30 minutes
    - Audience members may enter at any time
    - Sessions in English at 1:40 and 4:10 p.m

Where: Perspective 235 degrees

Join the pros

IN THE AUDITORIUM - Meet the showbiz pros. An interactive demonstration with technical wizards who put on some performance magic for you - before your very eyes!

You may just catch the bug!

1, 2 and 4 p.m. (French) and 3 p.m. (English)

Lasts 30 minutes.

Our guests:

    - Rigging pros: December 26, 27, 28 and 29
    - Laser pros: December 30 and 31 and January 2 and 3

Where: Espace Bernard-Lamarre


    - SOS Décors joins Backstage Access this year: find out what happens to
      the sets after a show. Check out some real-fake sets, find out what
      they're made of and decide what should happen to them afterward!
    - Puppets from the Théâtre de la Dame de Cœur: giant, techno and
      revolutionary! Watch some professional puppeteers in action.
    - A techno space where you can do some video mapping on a 3D set. Very
    - The Green Room: Take our eco-test and try to invent a green show

Backstage Access wishes to thank all its partners and collaborators of this 4th edition : National Theatre School of Canada, Equinoxe, Théâtre de la Dame de Cœur, GraviT- Zero, Laser Quatum International and SOS Décor.


Backstage Access is included in the Exhibitions package that also welcomes visitors to the new temporary exhibition: "STRANGE MATTER"

STRANGE MATTER's hands-on technologies and interactive experience let visitors of all ages investigate the structure of materials and their intriguing and remarkable properties. The exhibit captures advanced material used in high-tech fields such as the space program and cardiac surgery and reveals them in more common places, from the shoes that you wear and the dishes you eat off to the CDs you listen to and the bike or skateboard you ride! Until March 7, 2010.

    Information and ticket purchases :

December 26, 2009, through January 3, 2010 (Closed on January 1)

514-496-4724 - 1 877-496-4724 -

Become a member of the Montréal Science Centre : As a member of the Montréal Science Centre you benefit from a vast number of exclusives privileges. All year long you are able to make fascinating discoveries and explore phenomena that shape our daily lives. Join now!

    The Montréal Science Centre: a beacon within the Montréal scientific
    culture community

The Montréal Science Centre, a complex dedicated to science and technology, greets more than 700,000 visitors annually. It distinguishes itself though its interactive approach, its emphasis on innovation, and the know-how of local people. The Old Port of Montréal Corporation manages the Montréal Science Centre. As such, it is committed to the positioning of the Centre as a gathering place for scientific and technological culture that is accessible to all, interactive, innovative, surprising, educational, and entertaining.

The Montréal Science Centre wishes to thank it major partner, the Government of Canada, as well as its sponsoring partners TELUS and HYDRO-QUÉBEC.


For further information: For further information: Julie Mailhot, Press Agent, Old Port of Montréal Corporation, Off.: (514) 283-8085, Cell.: (514) 283-8085,;

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