Janey-Lynn Perrier is hoping one or a couple of her friends, through speech or poetry, will address an issue relating to sexual assault during Open Stage for the Underage at Mr. H Presents.
The Grade 11 student at Stephenville High School was involved in a silent protest at her school back in February when students were expressing concern about a male student returning to school after being charged with sexual assault.
Perrier has participated in the Open Stage for the Underage in the past, singing and playing the guitar or ukulele and plans to do the same when Mr. H Presents comes to the Second Stage at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre from 2-4 p.m. on March 10.
Perrier, who is one of two contact people in Stephenville for Mr. H (Paul Heppleston), said she has spoken to friends involved with the protest to see if they might do something.
Personally, she’s going to stick to performing and has songs by Fleetwod Mac and A-ha’s “Take on Me” in mind.
In addition to performing, Perrier is a member of the Humanitarian Club at her school and is heavily involved with the Community Youth Network.
“I’ll definitely be involved in the open stage event, singing a few songs and listening to the other talent from around the community,” she said. “I really like this event.”
The event is open to young performers of all kinds (musicians, DJs, poets, essayists and so on) and is intended to foster a supportive arts community among the area’s youth.
A volunteer project of high school teacher Paul Heppleston, a musician and life-long music lover, Mr. H Presents is designed create more opportunities for young people to experience live music, whether as performers or observers.
Mr. H has organized over 100 concerts, conferences, and open mic events in Corner Brook, Deer Lake, Pasadena, and Stephenville.