We have heard from Hannah Smart and Maggie Myles about what it is really like to be a member of The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede. Are you dreaming of joining The Young Canadians? Auditions for TYC begin August 25 for the 18+ new division and August 26-28 for the Intermediate and Seniors. Tuition to The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts is fully funded by the Calgary Stampede Foundation. Today we hear from Marcus Trummer and his parents.
The Trummers: Marcus has grown in many ways through his experience with The Young Canadians. He has learned to be disciplined, to work hard, to pursue excellence, focus on all of the details and push through until the very end. It is awesome that through [the Calgary Stampede] Marcus is exposed to so many professionals who all contribute to his growth. Seeing Marcus realizing his dreams of performing on stage makes us proud as we see his delight shining through.
From Marcus: Ever since I was little I’ve loved to perform. I had a lot of fun being in school plays and thought that The Young Canadians would be a good opportunity to perform some more. I was looking for a place that a young kid in Calgary could really shine. I soon found out that TYC was much more than that. From the second I stepped into The Young Canadians studios I knew it was going to be amazing and I instantly felt at home.
When I first auditioned I was nervous because I had never gone to a single Grandstand Show in my life. I had no idea if The Young Canadians would be hard or if it would be scary. But when I got up to sing my solo for the TYC staff and their smiling faces, the nerves quickly faded away. I enjoyed every last minute of the audition, including the group dance part which was my first ever dance class. After the long day, I was accepted into the program and I was extremely excited.
For the past five years I have been living out my dreams in The Young Canadians. It has definitely changed my life. Not only have I grown as a performer but I have also grown as a person. The training at times has been very tough and we are always expected to go outside of our comfort zone each and every day. The rehearsals are definitely a time commitment and we have to be prepared to say no to hanging out with our friends every Saturday and other things like that. When it gets tough there are lots of great friends around and amazing staff to help out. My favourite part is when I step out onto that Grandstand stage. All the hard work pays off and it is all worth it. That feeling of joy and accomplishment when I hear the crowd cheer is incredibly awesome!