Each year the Greely Players make available bursaries to high school graduates in the Ottawa area to continue their studies in the performing arts. These awards are made in July/August of each year. Potential applicants should check our website in May/June of each year for application requirements.

2018 Bursary Application Requirements

Applicants must;

1. Be less than 25 years of age on September 1st 2018.

2. Either;
   a) Live in the Osgoode ward of the city of Ottawa
   b) Be a past or present member of the Greely Players (either onstage, or backstage, or in the Orchestra)

3. Be attending, been accepted for, or have applied for, a performing arts course at a post-secondary institution. In the latter cases, applicants must provide documented proof of acceptance with the application or as soon as possible thereafter. (Performing arts may include music, theatre or dance or backstage skills such as sound, lights, set design, etc.)

4. Provide at least two (2) relevant written references and contact details of the person providing the reference.

5. Provide a c.v. indicating past achievements, including specific details of those in Performing Arts, and a brief statement of why you deserve a bursary.

6. Be willing to attend a short interview if called for.

7. Submit a completed the application form and associated documentation, on or before June 15th, 2018 to;

   Joel Rahn - Bursary Coordinator
   4636 Sugar Maple Dr.
   Ottawa, On
   K1V 1Y6

If you have any questions, contact Joel at the above address or by telephone at 613-822-4746, or by email at bursary@greelyplayers.ca .
See Bursary Application Form (PDF) at this link.

A PDF version of the rules for application can be found here.

Our 2016 Bursary Winners

Cameron Plant

Manotick resident Cameron Plant is heading off to Humber College for the Radio Broadcasting program. He followed his father Tom and sister Claire onto The Greely Players’ stage when he took on the role of “Augustus Gloop” in the 2011 production of Willy Wonka. The next year he returned with as “Friedrich” in The Sound of Music, and in 2013 was a chorus member in The Wizard of Oz.

“Because my family were involved in community theatre, I saw how much fun they were having so I decided to give it a try,” explained Cameron. “I was not successful the first time I auditioned for a show, but as I gained confidence, I tried for the role of Augustus with the German accent, because it really appealed to me.” It didn’t hurt that he had the accent down perfectly.

Cameron enjoyed being on stage so much he attended Canterbury High School’s Drama program, as well as two years of the Stratford Shakespeare Summer Program.

Cameron credits his time with The Greely Players as the inspiration to pursue the arts. “I would have never been inspired to do so had it not been for the initial spark that The Greely Players gave me. The Greely community introduced me to the world of the arts and the passion that goes with it. I am very grateful for that.”

Taryn Waldorf

Taryn Waldorf knew early that she loved music, as her grandmother taught piano, and her dad is a drummer in a band and her mom plays the saxophone. “I just started singing and never stopped,” she said with a smile.

She joined The Greely Players in grade 8, taking on the role of “Louisa” in The Sound of Music. She returned for Once Upon a Mattress and in 2015 was cast as “Wendy” in Peter Pan. Taryn explained that she was encouraged to audition for Canterbury’s Drama program, and has never looked back. She will be attending York University’s School of Arts in the Theatre program.

Taryn is an accomplished young lady as she has taken 7 years of vocal lessons, 5 years of dance, plays piano, saxophone, soccer, speaks fluent French and maintained a 92 average during high school. As if this weren’t busy enough, she has also managed to take on roles with other theatre companies alongside of her extensive work as a CHS Drama student.

“I am looking forward to this next exciting stage in life,” Taryn adds.

Sonja Peters

Sonja Peters joined The Greely Players in 2011 playing “Veruca Salt” in Willy Wonka. She was lucky to have participated in a drama program in her elementary school, where she caught the bug for performing.

She has performed in numerous vocal competitions and was the recipient of a Kiwanis Scholarship for Voice.

A graduate of Canterbury High School’s Vocal Music program, Sonja will be attending Wilfred Laurier University for Music. She might eventually be interested in getting into music therapy, but she’s going to wait and see where her interests lead her.

Sonja said, “I want to make a difference in the world through music and performing and reaching out and touching souls. Music gives a true sense of community.”

Matt Chin

North Gower resident Matt Chin was a graduate in South Carleton High School, where he was introduced to dance, and eventually won the Emily Keogh Dance Leadership award in his final year.

He joined The Greely Players on stage with his mom Julie in in Anne of Green Gables. The following year he played the Prince in Cinderella and rounded off his Greely stage appearances as “Scarecrow” in The Wizard of Oz.

“With The Greely Players I learned the basics of performing,” explained Matt, “including how to work with a cast, and of the professionalism that is expected when interacting with fellow performers, directors and production team members.”

Matt completed a degree in nursing at U of O, but all the while performing was his love. He appeared in six Orpheus productions, including a lead in A Chorus Line. He also attended two Broadway Experience courses in New York City during the summer and has now been accepted into the prestigious Sheridan College Music Theatre Performance program.

We know he has the drive and talent to succeed as he pushed toward his goal of appearing on a professional stage.

Cameron Plant, Taryn Waldorf and Sonja Peters receive their bursary awards from Greely Players President Joan Bruce-Nibogie on August 24, 2016. Absent was the 4th award winner, Matt Chin.

Former Burary Winners

2015 Bursary winners Emma Grant-Zypchen(L), Nicole Ford and Kristy Hagerman. (Morgan Piironen and Claire Leslie-Turnbull absent)

2014 Bursary winners Caelan Roberge-Toll(L) and Keara Leibovitz(R)

2013 Bursary winners Troy Arsenian(L), Carolyn Farnand(R) and Peter Klassen (absent)

2012 Bursary winners Stephanie LaRochelle and Natalie Hart

2011 Bursary winners Mychele Lebrun, Adam Robillard(photo!), Diana Farnand, Kyle Burghout, Maria Warren, Jesse Gervais, Michelle Stewart and Jose Fernandez(absent)

2010 Bursary winners Christina Deaville and Kaitlyn Pyett

2009 Bursary winners Austin Lamarche

2008 Bursary winners Marianne Moore, Emil Briones and Kristen Cooke (photo not available)

2007 Bursary winners Catherine Martel, Sonya Matoussova and Caitlin Stewart

2006 Bursary winners Lesley Raven

2005 Bursary winners Sarah-Mae Pyndus, Leah Cogan, Stephanie Geary and Ian Quane

2004 Bursary winners Tristan Boucher and Gareth Thomas

2003 Bursary winners Lynn Peterson and Tanya Sylvester

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