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It is always great to see the local community get involved in promoting and fostering creativity in those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Project Limelight Society has announced that the first session of Project Limelight, a free theatre program for youth in the Strathcona neighbourhood, will be launched January 28th 2012.

Aimed at youth who are driven to perform, Project Limelight is a free, after school program that runs three days a week. By working with professional artists and instructors, children aged 8-15 are given the skills and the space they need to explore their creative potential.

Motivated to give back, sisters Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver founded Project Limelight to support the East Vancouver community where they were raised. Donalda has worked as a CMA for years, and owned Second Avenue Studios, one of the largest casting studios in Canada. Maureen launched her career in the film industry over 25 years ago in a small office in the Downtown Eastside. Now a prominent casting director, Maureen has received an outpouring of support from her community, including the film industry. Cory Monteith, one of the stars of Glee, has supported Maureen’s vision since its inception.

“What’s unique about Project Limelight is that it gives teachers, artists and innovators the opportunity to give back to the community, while also providing new opportunities for young people.” Cory Monteith.

In 2002, Maureen co-founded a children’s theatre program on Vancouver Island, and it was this experience that gave her a glimpse of the world she wanted to create. The focus at Project Limelight is on enthusiasm and passion; no experience is necessary.

“Our hope is that every child in our program walks away with a widened circle of friends, an increased sense of self, and a heightened curiosity. Nothing would please us more than having participants come back to the program as mentors.” Maureen Webb.

Project Limelight will host an introductory workshop at Strathcona Community Centre on January 14th 2012 at 11am for interested participants. You must call to register before January 10th, 2012 as space is limited.

Project Limelight Society is a registered charitable organization that relies on generous donations from individuals and businesses, as well as corporate sponsorships and grants. For registration information, or to support Project Limelight, please visit


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