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Young immigrants stage play about discrimination

A group of local immigrant girls has been busy writing scripts and creating dances for an original production that will be part of an upcoming event marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Their production, RiseUP!, began as a series of drama workshops at the Guelph Public Library. The workshops were part of Immigrant Services’ youth program Youthopia, funded in part by the Guelph Community Foundation, a news release said.
The workshops, led by drama facilitator Mary-Anne Kashat, included drama fundamentals such as tableau, mime, movement, voice, role playing and improvisation, it said.
The workshops led to a small but dedicated group of young immigrant women coming together to find ways to express themselves through the dramatic arts.
The youths will perform their show March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.
The event will also include a video from Immigrant Services’ “Digital Journeys” series and a special appearance by Kitchener-Waterloo-based spoken word artist and musician Janice Lee.
For more information on the RiseUP! project, visit or email

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