During the holidays - Run the show! - Score Backstage Access to the Montréal Science Centre

    MONTREAL, Dec. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Beginning December 28, the Montréal
Science Centre invites young people backstage and lets them run the show! On
until January 6, 2008 (closed January 1), the Backstage Access event invites
both go-getters and the idly curious behind the scenes and lets them explore
the wonderful world of entertainment, by witnessing a technical rehearsal that
is better than the real thing!

    Behind the scenes!

    With Backstage Access, young people gain A-list access to all the
technical wizardry involved in creating a show from the ground up. For
example, they get to handle the lighting equipment, create sound effects on
the sound console, probe the inner workings of loud speakers or raise and
lower the flies. They can also use a surface made up of interactive tiles to
unleash video projection effects (flames, waves of water and rock videos) and
make their own stage with a robotized model. Backstage Access allows them to
invade the house from top to bottom and let their creativity be their guide.

    Centre stage!

    Once they've had a chance to view, touch and experiment, a seasoned stage
director puts the kids through their paces! With the assistance of an event
co-ordinator and under the watchful eye of a real production assistant, they
finally put their talents to the test and get to run the show! The apprentice
technicians help mount a stage production with their family and friends
watching them and applauding their efforts.

    When:     December 28 to January 6 (closed January 1)

    Hours:    11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Where:    Montréal Science Centre

    Discover the NEW Montréal Science Centre and IMAX(R)

    Backstage Access is included in the Exhibition package, which also gives
visitors access to all the new interactive exhibition rooms - Mission Gaia,
Imagine!, idTV and Science 26 - as well as two temporary exhibitions, Odyssey
of Light and Salt Essentials, and the Snowbirds interactive movie game. Also
playing during the holidays at the IMAX(R)TELUS theatre: Sea Monsters 3D and
Santa vs. the Snowman 3D.

    The Montréal Science Centre opened on May 1, 2000, and is now one of
Canada's major cultural institutions. As part of the Quebec Tourism Awards,
the Centre earned the Best Tourist Attraction award in 2001 for its innovative
features and the quality of its infrastructures. In 2005 and 2006, the Centre
also won the Award of Excellence, given by the Société des musées québécois
(Quebec Museum Society), for its Autopsy of a Murder and X-treme Rotation
exhibitions. Since the Centre first opened, over 2 million visitors have
enjoyed its activities and high-quality educational programming, designed to
interest young people in science and technology careers.
    The Montréal Science Centre wishes to acknowledge the participation of
the National Theatre School of Canada and to thank Les Productions GRM inc.,
the main partner for the Backstage Access event, and TELUS, Pfizer and
Hydro-Québec, its presenting partners.


For further information:

For further information: Information: Catherine Giroux, Media Relations
Co-ordinator, Old Port of Montréal Corporation, (514) 283-8085,
cgiroux@oldportofmontreal.com; Source: Old Port of Montréal Corporation

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