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SPOTLIGHT: Award-winning composer Tim Gilvin to lead YMT's Wiltshire Summer Camp.

08/05/18

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 Wiltshire Summer Camp, taking place 30 July – 4 August.

As the musical director of our Wiltshire Summer Camp this year, composer and lyricist Tim Gilvin has worked extensively as a music leader and pianist with professionals and young people alike. For his musical, Stay Awake, Jake, Tim won The S&S Award 2014, which is one of the UK’s most prominent prizes for new musical theatre writing, as well as being nominated for 5 Broadway World Awards. We’re looking forward to Tim directing our very own Treacherous Tales & Famous Pirates at YMT’s Wiltshire Summer Camp (30 July – 4 August).

An intense and creative course in singing, acting and dancing, Tim will put the 11-17 year olds through their paces by directing them in a brand-new musical in a week. Building confidence and developing key performing arts skills, the young people will excel under the direction of Tim and the rest of the very experienced creative team. 

Tim’s songs have been played on the BBC and Channel 4, and one of his songs, ‘A Bigger Smile’, was performed at the Garrick (West End) in 2015 as part of the shortlist for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize. He is currently workshopping his show Kate and the Devil at Manchester Royal Exchange, as well as completing a commission for a new musical.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the Wiltshire Summer Camp to train under the direction of Tim and the other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited! We also have camps this year in Edinburgh, Leeds, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London. If you are too old to attend any of our Summer Camps, but are interested in being trained by our industry professionals, consider booking on to our London Boot Camp (13-18 August for ages 17-21).

SPOTLIGHT: Welcome our London Summer Camp Choreographer, Lizzie Crarer.

07/05/18

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 Summer Camp, taking place 20 – 25 August.

As the choreographer of our London Summer Camp this year, Lizzie Crarer has an exceptional breadth of work under her belt. From running her own performance company (Heroine Projects Presents), to being a member of the renowned laboratory theatre ensemble, Eden’s Cave, Lizzie brings outstanding innovative techniques and experimental visions to her creative work. We’re looking forward to Lizzie choreographing our very own RESITANCE musical at YMT’s London Summer Camp (20 – 25 August).

An intense and creative course in singing, acting and dancing, Lizzie will put the 11-17 year olds through their paces by directing them in a brand-new musical in a week. Building confidence and developing key performing arts skills, the young people will excel under the direction of Lizzie and the rest of the experienced creative team. 

Lizzie has also assisted in directing plays at the Salisbury Playhouse and National Theatre, along with performing herself in productions such as Hamlet, Othello, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Theatre Royal Haymarket, to name a few. Lizzie is also part of Bath’s Natural Theatre Company, which specializes in outdoor and site specific performance.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the London Summer Camp to train under the direction of Lizzie and the other creatives, but be sure to book soon as spaces are limited! We also have camps this year in Wiltshire, Edinburgh, Leeds, Hertfordshire, and Surrey. If you are too old to attend any of our Summer Camps, but are interested in being trained by our industry professionals, consider booking on to our London Boot Camp (13-18 August for ages 17-21).

SPOTLIGHT: Meet our Hertfordshire Summer Camp Director, Simon Kane.

04/05/18

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 Hertfordshire Summer Camp taking place 30 Jul - 4 August.

Having trained at the University of Bristol and one of USA’s leading music conservatoires, the College-Conservatory of Music, Simon Kane’s work is as technically superb as it is stunning. From Infinite Joy at Southwark Playhouse to Robin Hood at Cohen Theatre, Simon will now be directing MI 5PY at YMT’s Hertfordshire Summer Camp (30 Jul – 4 August).

An intense and creative course in singing, acting and dancing, Simon will put the 11-17 year olds through their paces by directing them in a brand-new espionage-themed musical in a week. Building confidence and developing key performing arts skills, the young people will excel under the direction of our experienced creative team.

Along with being the Assistant Director for international theatrical productions such as Seussical in Honk Kong, Simon has also assisted in directing West End hits The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ and In The Heights. He was also part of the critically acclaimed project, Theatre Uncut, at London’s famous Young Vic. As a film producer/director, he was worked for clients including The BRIT Awards, The Times and The Sunday Times.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the Hertfordshire Summer Camp to train under the direction of Simon and the other creatives, but book quick as spaces are limited! We also have camps this year in Edinburgh, Leeds, Wiltshire, Surrey and London. If you are too old to attend any of our Summer Camps, but are interested in being trained by our industry professionals, consider booking on to our London Boot Camp (13-18 August for ages 17-21).

SPOTLIGHT: Introducing our Scotland Summer Camp Director, Matthew Eberhardt

04/05/18

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 Scotland Summer Camp taking place 6-11 August.

Having directed operas, musicals, and new writing for new plays, Matthew Eberhardt is looking forward to directing the cast of a brand new musical show, The Vampire Hunters of Glasgow, at YMT’s Musical Theatre Summer Camp in Edinburgh.

Instead of Opera North, Grange Park Opera or Opera Holland Park, to name a few, Matthew will be travelling to Edinburgh this August to direct the cast of our Scotland Summer Camp. An intense and creative course in singing, acting and dancing, Matthew will put the 11-17 year olds through their paces by directing them in a brand new musical put on in a week.

Matthew has directed Trouble in Tahiti (Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre and on tour), Legally Blonde (Putney Arts Theatre), and is currently Assistant Director for upcoming West End show Kiss Me, Kate, which will also be playing at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Leeds Grand Theatre. He has collaborated with revered theatre artists such as Aletta Collins, Annabel Arden and Luke Sheppard, and is looking forward to leading YMT’s Scotland Summer Camp this August. 

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the Edinburgh Summer Camp to train under the professional guidance of Matthew and the other creatives, but book quick as spaces are limited! We also have camps in Hertfordshire, Leeds, Wiltshire, Surrey and London. If you are too old to attend any of our Summer Camps, but are interested in being trained by our industry professionals, consider booking on to our London Boot Camp (13-18 August for ages 17-21). 

Youth Music Theatre UK - Sophie Rose Miller

Starting at YMT’s Summer Camps and treading the boards ever since, Sophie Rose Miller talks about her journey!

03/05/18

The countdown is on to YMT’s exciting Summer Season, 2018, which includes the return of our acclaimed Musical Theatre Summer Camps (previously Summer Skills Courses). A residential project for 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! All YMT courses are led by a team of top theatre professionals who have a wealth of experience in West End, Fringe, International and touring theatre, making the courses, as Sophie says, “an invaluable experience for any young performer, and I honestly don’t believe there’s a better training facility out there”.

Since taking part in YMT’s Summer Camps, as well as our shows, before eventually heading to drama school, Sophie Rose Miller has amassed an impressive repertoire in the Theatre & Film industry. She has recommended YMT to friends and colleagues over the years, and has even, as she says, “already begun preparing the next generation of YMTers by telling my goddaughters and friends’ children to do a Summer Camp once they’re old enough”. From commercials to music videos, with a project soon to be aired on Channel 4, she’s on her way to the top! Sophie is currently working on a project in the West End at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre, The Other Palace, and has a cabaret show coming to the Arts Theatre on the 11th of May called Voices of Power.

With YMT’s Musical Theatre Camps just around the corner, we caught up with Sophie to hear what she had to say about taking part in one of the camp courses: “Over the years I’ve had experience with a number of different companies, but there’s a reason that YMT is the one I always come back to… Getting to work with the brilliant creatives that YMT has made sure that everyone was focused and professional. It created an environment that I’ve otherwise only ever found in a professional adult theatre company”. Talking about the friends and skills she learned at Summer Camp, Sophie tells us, “everyone was at YMT to have fun, and I can honestly say that if you enjoy acting or dancing or singing, or all three, then YMT is the most incredibly fun company to be a part of”.

And as much fun as Sophie had at YMT’s Summer Camp, she also credits the company for equipping her with the necessary key skills required to get into drama school, stating “if it wasn’t for YMT, I might not have got into drama school. Obviously in part thanks to the incredible training I received on the courses but also more directly thanks to one of my YMT directors, Gemma Fairlie, who recommended I look into that particular school”. This year we are also running a bespoke Musical Theatre Boot Camp course for those aged 17-21, who are particularly interested in auditioning for drama school or conservatoire, with the aim of equipping them with the Skills Sophie learned on our course needed to get into drama school.

This year, YMT’s Musical Theatre Summer Camps are coming to Hertfordshire, Leeds, Wiltshire, Edinburgh, Surrey and London. BOOK NOW WHILE SPACES LAST! Don’t miss out on this fun, intensive, creative training course for building your confidence and providing you with essential performing arts skills.

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