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Be a Part of YMT's First Instagram Giveaway!

02/10/18

For the launch of YMT's National Auditions 2019, we're giving away a FREE pair of auditions for you and a friend in an Instagram Giveaway! Come and try out YMT’s immersive Audition Workshop – and reach for the stars!

In Jan & Feb, we are visiting 23 cities across the UK and Ireland in search of talented 11-21 year olds to take part in our spectacular season of productions in summer 2019. YMT Auditions are group workshops led by a professional Theatre Director, Musical Director, and Choreographer, who are searching for the stars of tomorrow.

To entre, head on over to out Instagram @ymtuk (https://bit.ly/2zNj9yt) and follow the steps below.

1. Follow our page @ymtuk and like the giveaway post 
2. Comment and Tag your musical theatre bestie in the coments
***For an extra entry: Repost on your Instagram page, captioning #YMTAuditionGiveaway.
3. Check out the Terms & Conditions here. 

- Entries must be received by Monday 15th October at 11:59 PM.
- There is one prize to be won – a pair of audition slots in the same audition workshop, for you and a friend, in one of the 23 audition cities which YMT is touring to in Jan & Feb 2019. Winning this competition does not cover any fees associated with taking part in a 2019 YMT summer show, should you or your friend be successful at getting a place in the company after the free audition workshop. The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and non-exchangeable and there is no cash alternative offered.
-The winning pair will be selected at random, messaged and announced within a week of the closing date.
-This giveaway is not affiliated or sponsored by Instagram in any way.

And that's a wrap for YMT's 2018 Summer Shows! Here's what you missed...

03/09/18

SEVEN full-scale shows within SEVEN weeks. Led by different industry-renowned creative teams. Taking place at multiple professional perfroming spaces and theatres across the UK. Performed by the young and outstanding talent of tomorrow. And over 5000 tickets sold! This is Youth Music Theatre UK's Summer Season 2018 wrapped up! 

This weekend saw the close of our final show of the summer, A Winter's Tale, at the Rose Theatre Kingston. In celebration and reflection of the wonderful season we've had, we've chosen some pictures and review highlights to share with you all! 

Paperboy
26 - 29 July, Lyric Theatre Belfast

Youth Music Theatre UK - Paperboy (2018)

'West End transfer shouldn’t be out of the question for Paperboy' (Irish News).

'There is a line a minute to bring a smile to your face' (Culture Hub).

'Charming and Imaginative' (The Stage).

 

Help! Get Me Out of This Musical
10 - 12 August, South Hill Park Arts Centre

Youth Music Theatre UK - Help! Get Me Out of This Musical (2018)

'[The cast of] HELP! Get Me Out of This Musical...Nicholson describes in his programme note as “disgustingly talented”. On the strength of this impressive performance, I am inclined to agree' (Musical Theatre Review).

 

Cautionary Tales
11 - 12 August, Barbican Theatre Plymouth

Youth Music Theatre UK - Cautionary Tales (2018)

No Man's Land (Dance Connection 4)
18 - 19 August, Halifax Square Chapel

Youth Music Theatre UK - No Man's Land (2018)

'The cast has to be absolutely committed to the drama to be convincing, and they are – in spades' (Musical Theatre Review). 

WILD

24 - 25 August, Barbican Theatre Plymouth

Youth Music Theatre UK - WILD (2018)

Barrack Room Ballads
24 - 26 August, The National Army Museum

Youth Music Theatre UK - Barrack Room Ballads (2018)

'It’s an impressive, quite original theatrical idea which sits conceptually, and very thoughtfully, somewhere between Cats and Oh, What a Lovely War! Well done, Youth Music Theatre UK' (Musical Theatre Review). 

A Winter's Tale
30 Aug - 2 Sep, Rose Theatre Kingston

Youth Music Theatre UK - A Winter's Tale (2018)

West End Leading Man George Rae joins creative team on YMT Boot Camp.

12/06/18

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 London Musical Theatre Boot Camp, taking place 13 – 18 August!

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.  During this course, George Rae will be running several workshops that especially focus on the skill of acting through song.

 

 

George has an impressive background performing in popular West End shows and tours including The Frogs, The Lion King, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fame, A Slice of Saturday Night and The Mikado.  Not only has he performed in many notable shows, but has actually received recognition for his roles.  George gained three best actor award nominations for his portrayal of Otto Kringelein in Grand Hotel , received best supporting actor for his part in Noises Off, and was featured by Mark Shenton in his ‘The Best Leading Men in UK Musical Theatre’ list.

As an established performer, George’s experiences will make the Boot Camp extremely valuable for those who participate. 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.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the London Musical Theatre Boot Camp to train under George and other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited!

YMT present a rehearsed reading of A Teenage Opera with cast of Alumni

The show is A Teenage Opera and it has been nearly 50-years in the making

04/11/16

Last week was bursting with activity at Lyceum Theatre's Ambassador Lounge as YMT produced the first rehearsed reading of A Teenage Opera to an invited audience. This ground-breaking work began its life in Abbey Road Studios in 1967, when composer Mark Wirtz penned what was to become the first rock opera concept album.

YMT's Associate Producer, Matthew Johnson, talks to us about how it all went down

I packed the keyboard, music stands and amp into the back of an Uber. 
“Where are we going?” asked my driver.
“To the Lyceum Theatre!”

This had been our office for the last week as we prepared our rehearsed reading. Our 20-strong cast had been given only four days to get a brand new musical off the page and in front of an invited audience of producers, agents and friends. The show is A Teenage Opera and it has been nearly 50-years in the making.

Michael Bradley, fresh from dilivering the musical direction for The Busted Musical: What I Go To School For, took the mixed cast of YMT Alumni and young people through a speedy vocal warm-up. Meanwhile, Writer/Director, Pete Gallagher, made a few last-minute adaptations to his inspired new script. 

Barely a few months earlier, Pete had come to YMT with a vision for transforming the world’s first rock opera from a concept album to a fully-staged piece of music theatre ahead of its 50th Anniversary in 2017. Today, this new production was going to be heard for the first time.

YMT Alumni rehearsing A Teenage Opera

Standing quietly next to the action was the man himself, Mark Wirtz – creator and composer of A Teenage Opera at the Abbey Road Studios back in 1967. He and his wife, Amanda, had flown all the way over from Atlanta, USA, to assist the massive transition from album to performance.

It wasn’t too long before the room filled with anticipation from an excited audience. Mark was joined by Keith West and the ‘Corona Kids’ – a well-overdue reunion of the voices from the original album. The lights dimmed, music blared, and the story of Grocer Jack in A Teenage Opera finally began.

Composer Mark Wirtz with Keith West - A Teenage Opera presented by YMT

Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT - Ben Statham

A reflection on #YMT2016 by Jon Bromwich

07/09/16

YMT's 2016 Summer Season of New Music Theatre has now finished! Our Executive Producer, Jon Bromwich, reflects on the last few weeks.

I love the last bank holiday weekend of August: the culminating weekend of the YMT season. It’s a chance to look back on a wonderfully intense, inventive and imaginative collection of new music theatre. This year, down in Plymouth, there was a real Bank Holiday pearl in the form of The Legend of White Bear Lake, a beautifully lyrical work set in the forests of North America. Somehow it seemed fitting that the approach of the autumn, the new school term, would be marked by a work celebrating the seasons and the ever changing patterns of human and animal life.

The Legend of White Bear Lake - Gemma Ward

Before that we had some our best ever reviews for The Dark Tower at the Bussey Building in Peckham:

This is probably the biggest musical theatre event of the year…It is exhilarating. It is startling. It is also the boldest, most original score you will hear this summer, apart from Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s 1970, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. This incredibly wonderful work deserves the close admiration and encouragement of all arts organizations who want to support and be a part of the most exciting development in musical theatre in this country in years. We need to try and catch up with the awesome pace that YMT is setting. Read the full review. 

The Dark Tower - Leanne Dixon

That ‘awesome pace’ included the new Busted musical What I Go to School For at the Theatre Royal Brighton featuring some truly breathtaking performances – watch this space for the next generation of BRIT award and Olivier winners. The show is already optioned for professional development and we expect to see it on the West End stage at some point in the future...

In Trojan Women we tackled asylum stories, women escaping war and abuse, and took Theresa May to task for her attitudes to immigration. Also exploring serious matters, we looked at how female boxing can become an outlet and catharsis for the frustrations and energies of damaged youth in Fight Like A Girl - perhaps not the usual fare of musicals - but important nonetheless and an antidote to the vacuity of much commercial musical theatre. Fight Like A Girl, which was performed at the textile factory Sunny Bank Mills, also garnered five-star reviews

Fight Like A Girl - Ben Statham

In MAELSTROM we explored - through a devised rehearsal period - the deep bonds between Scottish and Norwegian legend and music while in The Frenzy of Sweeney we modernized an ancient Ulster legend transforming it into a drama on the streets of Belfast.

Every year we ask Trinity College London to assess our work under their Musical Theatre in Performance certification and this year was no exception to the rule that every YMT production received a Distinction at Grade 8 – the highest available before BA or Diploma qualifications. Indeed, one examiner commented that the production she saw displayed a group of mostly 14-19 year olds working at Diploma and Post graduate level. Most astonishingly, our production of The Great Gatsby received a remarkable score of 99/100 – just part of that ’awesome pace’ that the YMT Company is setting.

The Great Gatsby - Stuart Harrison

And the Trinity assessments are mirrored on our Summer Skills Courses where Distinctions at Grade 6 are the norm. Over 200 young people took these courses in 2016 and, along with our After School Clubs, it’s an area of growth and innovation for YMT.

Each year we ask 300 young people to set the bar high and achieve the (almost) impossible – the highest quality productions rehearsed in ten-hour days with a creative intensity unparalleled elsewhere in the world of theatre training. We ask our young people to take part in a process of making new theatre with the best practitioners in a way that no other organisation can match.

There are too many people, places and things to thank individually here but this summer we asked over 150 creative, technical and pastoral staff to join us and make the YMT 2016 Summer Season of New Music Theatre happen. Thanks to all of them and also to those who came to watch any part of our great creative festival. We are continually amazed by the support and dedication from parents, carers, teachers, families and friends and we are so grateful for all your efforts in making the summer possible. 

Thank you and we look forward to working with you all again next year! 

Jon Bromwich
Executive Producer

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