On December 9th, South Essex Community Council’s (SECC) Newcomer Youth co-wrote and performed a play at the Bank Theatre in Leamington. “Beyond A Christmas Play“ was a hit among theatre goers with over 100 people in attendance. “It was a high energy, fun play that showcased their attempts at writing a play as well as performing it. The Bank Theatre is so pleased to give new Canadian youth the opportunity to be creative in this way,” said Board of Director Barbara Martens.
The youth delivered the production in a variety of medium including acting and singing. Carolyn Wiens, Department Coordinator for Language and Settlement Services at SECC commented that “this is a huge undertaking for these young people. Singing and memorizing lines is difficult for Canadian youth. These individuals had an additional language barrier. Several performers exhibited strong musical and acting skills. It’s wonderful to see them expressing themselves so freely.”
The Newcomer Youth Program offers youth the chance to grow their leadership skills, access mentorship opportunities, assistance with homework and become aware of Canadian cultures and experiences.