We caught up with Lottie to hear about her YMT experience of Summer Camps and Projects
This was the best decision I made!
My first experience with YMT was in 2015 when I auditioned for their summer season, it was my first time doing group auditions like that - I didn’t get in but decided to do one of their Summer Camp Courses instead. This was the best decision I made!
It was my first ever residential theatre course and it was absolutely amazing! I met some amazing people and had a brilliant week, I learnt so much and feel that it led to a real ‘step change’ for me.
Each time I’ve been involved with YMT it’s got bigger and better
In 2017 I successfully auditioned and performed in YMT's Jabberwocky and that was even more amazing! Each time I’ve been involved with YMT it’s got bigger and better and I think that’s partly because I learn so much each time and get new opportunities!
To everyone who loves musical theatre
I’d recommend YMT to anyone who loves theatre and performing or putting a show together, to anyone who has a desire to work in the industry in the future, who wants to have a great time with like-minded people during the Summer holidays, to everyone who loves musical theatre (and is the right age!)”
Follow in the footsteps of Lottie and many other talented young people and book on to a Summer Camp today. Open to ANYONE aged 11-17, participants take part in an intense, fun, creative training course in the performing arts by putting on a brand new musical show within a week! This year, YMT’s Musical Theatre Summer Camps are coming to Hertfordshire, Leeds, Wiltshire, Edinburgh, Surrey and London. BOOK NOW WHILE SPACES LAST!
Youth Music Theatre UK has an unwavering reputation for creating the brightest new musical theatre projects and courses, led by trailblazing creative teams from West End, Fringe, Repertoire and Broadway theatre. And in the year of our 15th anniversary, this is no exception, especially in the case of our *NEW* Musical Theatre Boot Camp taking place 13 – 18 August in London.
The YMT Musical Theatre Boot Camp comprises 60 hours of intensive tuition, rehearsals and masterclasses spread over a 6-day residential retreat, aimed to equip you with the unique skillset and knowledge needed to be competitive and to excel in the theatre industry. Whilst the course is beneficial for everyone, it is particularly beneficial for those interested in auditioning for drama school or conservatoire at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, which is why we believe Victoria Evaristo is the perfect candidate to direct the course.
Victoria brings to the table a wide array of experience in the theatre industry. As a Guildhall School of Music and Drama alumna, she has performed as an actor herself at many renowned theatres, such as the Hackney Empire, Royal Court Theatre Liverpool, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Everyman Theatre Liverpool and MANY more. Not only has Victoria made her mark in the UK, but she’s showcased her talents across Europe, Africa and the U.S.A.! She has even performed a one woman show entitled, “Ma Joyce’s Tales from the Parlour” at the world famous Eidinburgh Festival.
However, it is Victoria's experience in teaching and directing which will make the course unqiue and valuable for those who participate. She has led classes at mnay leading instititutions, including Italia Conti academy, Sylvia Young theatre school, Royal Central School of speech and drama, Identity Drama School, Big Foot theatre company, City University and numerous other places. In addition to all of this, she privately tutors students and professionals on audition prep, voice and script work.
Victoria will use her expertise to test your skills during the new 6-day, intensive residential Boot Camp. During the course, participants will have the opportunity to explore different approaches to making new music theatre and cross arts developments, including styles used in physical theatre, mask and Commedia dell’arte, as well as traditional musical theatre and performance techniques. Victoria will give you the tools you need to confidently apply to drama school or conservatoire.
There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the London Musical Theatre Boot Camp to train under the direction of Victoria and the other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited!
The YMT Experience - I've made friends for life and connected with people in a way I didn't know was possible
Just ahead of our National Auditions Tour 2017 we talk to recent company members and get their insider views on what it's like to be part of YMT, and the impact the experience of participating in our programmes has had on their lives.
Charlotte Emerson | YMT Performer 2012 - 2016 | "the possibilities of who you can meet and what you will learn are limitless"
I have performed in three different productions with YMT and they have all been hugely educational and great fun. One of the things I love about the company is that no two productions are the same; they are hugely varied in style, theme and rehearsal process. I've made friends for life and connected with people in a way I didn't know was possible, through a two or three week rehearsal period.
My favourite thing about my time at YMT is that you are treated as a professional company would be. Rehearsals are intense and disciplined which means that the standard of work produced is consistently high. I am currently in my first year of drama school and I believe YMT has been the single biggest factor in preparing me for the intensity of the work required in this challenging industry.
In addition to improving me as a performer, YMT has helped me grow as a person. It has changed my outlook on the world for the better giving me a more informed perspective on significant issues that face the world we live in.
Working with industry professionals has been a huge learning curve, and the support and guidance I received from the Directors, Choreographers and Musical Directors has improved my knowledge and confidence for life.
I would absolutely recommend the YMT experience to anyone who is interested in performing, it makes you a better person and performer and the possibilities of who you can meet and what you will learn are limitless. It is an invaluable, life changing experience.
Taha Elamin | YMT performer 2015 | “The whole thing was like a roller coaster ride, full of excitement”
I was in the Midnight Flower Press in Plymouth, summer of 2015. What is great about YMT is they take into account all your ideas, so you feel that you are part of the making of the production. The whole thing was like a roller coaster ride, full of excitement and it helped me with my future audition in the West End as Bruce Bogtrotter in Matilda the Musical for which I was contracted from Jan to Sept of 2016. I’d definitely recommend YMT to anyone of my age group (12yrs) with an interest in performing arts, as it is a unique experience and you get the opportunity to work with like-minded talented young people.
Step forward onto the stage and kick-start your career in performing arts with YMT. Auditions are booking now, from Sat 21 Jan - Sun 19 Feb 2017, touring 24 cities from Inverness to Plymouth and London to Dublin and Belfast, and everywhere in-between. Take a look at the full list of dates and times here.
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If you see an advert on our website for Theatre Tokens then go ahead and click it! Tokens can be used in over 240 venues and they have no expiry date (see, they’re perfect, right?). They’re also accepted all over the UK and can be redeemed in person, by phone or by post.
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Our friends at the NYO are auditioning!
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain comprises of 164 musicians aged 13 - 19 years old, from a variety of backgrounds and from every corner of the UK. We welcome applications from teenage musicians who play to Grade 8 distinction or equivalent standard, have a passion for orchestral music, a taste for adventure and great team spirit.
We are also recruiting talented teenage composers for a year of immersion in orchestral and creative opportunities.
Auditions are FREE, located across the country, with travel bursaries available. The audition experience aims to be positive, friendly and constructive and all auditionees will receive a workshop and written feedback. Bursaries are also available to cover the full cost of membership.
Being part of NYO is a fantastic opportunity for talented young musicians to take their music making to the highest level. They will work with world-class tutors and conductors, play in the UK’s greatest concert halls and forge lifelong friendships with like-minded musicians.
Visit our website - nyo.org.uk/apply-for-nyo-2017– to learn about the audition process, discover what bursaries are available and hear advice from NYO musicians and tutors about preparing for auditions.
Applications close 1 June.