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SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Victoria Evaristo, the director of our NEW London Boot Camp

01/06/18

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 *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!

SPOTLIGHT: Ella Grace joins as Musical Director for YMT's Scotland 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 Scotland Summer Camp, taking place 6 – 11 August.

As the musical director of our Edinburgh Summer Camp this year, Ella Grace has an exceptional breadth of work under her belt. From writing the music and lyrics for an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Salome at the Walt Disney Modular Theatre, to working at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ella’s work is as technically marvellous as it is dazzling. We’re looking forward to Ella choreographing a brand-new show, The Vampire Hunters of Glasgow, at YMT’s Edinburgh Summer Camp (20 – 25 August).

An intense and creative course in singing, acting and dancing, Ella 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 Ella and the rest of the experienced creative team. 

As a composer and lyricist, she is a recipient of the Michael Grandage Future Bursaries Award. As a performer herself, Ella fronted the rock bank Hitchcock Blonde for four years. She is writing the book, music, & lyrics for Nethergate, a contemporary Scottish retelling of Peter Pan, and is also adapting Peter Pan for a theatre in the USA.

There is still an opportunity to BOOK ON to the Scotland Summer Camp to train under the direction of Ella 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, London 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: 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).

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