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).
“It gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my abilities” – Annabel, 12, talks about attending YMT’s Musical Theatre Summer Camp Last Year!
With the summer fast-approaching, it isn’t long until YMT’s Musical Theatre Summer Camps return for another fantastic season! For anyone who isn’t aware, participants of our Musical Theatre Summer Camps create a brand new show on a fun-filled 6 day residential project – providing intense, creative training in the performing arts for ANYONE aged 11-17. This is led by a team of top theatre professionals who have a wealth of experience in West End, Fringe and touring theatre.
In anticipation for this, we thought we would catch up with Annabel, 12, who attended our Surrey Summer Camp in 2017.
“To be able to put your own piece of theatre together in just one week is amazing”
Annabel was extremely keen to give other potential participants of the course an insight into just how much she enjoyed it, and how much she learned from it.
“I would have no hesitation in recommending this to everyone who has an interest in performing or who would like to understand more about how a piece of theatre is put together. It gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my abilities. Everyone was so supportive and professional”
Since taking part in one of our Summer Camps, Annabel says it “gave me the confidence to apply for a 13+ drama scholarship, which I did achieve, and YMT certainly played a big role in this”
Annabel now has an agent and is pursuing a career in performance, but also believes the summer camp provided her with everyday life skills, such as “being confident, learning how to mix with new people, people of different ages, and those from people from different backgrounds”
Talking more about the variety of other young, like-minded people she met at the camp, Annabel told us “What first struck me was that there not only kids from the UK but some had travelled from Egypt, Malta, France and Belgium to attend the course - that's dedication for you and also shows how valued the course is too”
Since leaving the camp, Annabel is “still in touch with many of the kids that attended the course and we still all support one another through the ups and downs of a performer’s life”
She says “YMT is like one big family and it’s great to be part of that family”
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.
“I would describe my experience at YMT to be one of the best times I had that year”
YMT Alumni and current original cast member of the West End’s critically-acclaimed Hamilton, Christopher Tendai, shares his own YMT experience and audition advice to young performers. His past theatre credits also include Jesus Christ Superstar, In the Heights and Hairspray, whilst he has worked in Television for Strictly Come Dancing, The Brit Awards and Rita Ora.
“Don’t be nervous auditioning when you can show everyone how talented you are! Just be yourself!”
“For people that want to be a part of YMT is to just go for it! This is your chance to better your craft and find out more about musical theatre.”
“What sets YMT apart is that it focuses on people’s individual strengths and incorporates that. I remember I got dance captain for the show we did and I couldn’t be happier! Other people incorporated playing guitar and singing acapella. Instead of everyone being the same, they relished in peoples individuality.”
If you’re lucky enough to get tickets, you can still catch our alumnus, Christopher, in Hamilton on the West End.
So as Christopher says, just go for it and book an audition for YMT before it’s too late! This is the last weekend of auditions and our audition team will be in Belfast, Liverpool, Sheffield, Southampton, Leeds London and Oxford.
Book a slot HERE and kick-start your musical theatre career with YMT.
YMT participant Patrick, 19, from Abingdon has performed with the company for 8 years, since he was 11 years old, and his past productions record is quite impressive. Last summer he played the lead in our 2017 adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, at Winchester Theatre Royal; a dark love story that unfolds into tragedy and murder.
“My favourite part of the show was the music, having Pippa (the composer) present and writing new music as the show was being rehearsed was really exciting”
This project in reality started a couple of months earlier at the casting, three days in half-term, which was a great chance to meet the cast and creative team. The cast immediately clicked at this point, meaning that when we arrived in August for three weeks of intensive rehearsals we were already good friends. I was fortunate enough to be cast as Angel Claire, which was a wonderful part to develop over the three weeks. Personally my favourite part of the show was the music, having Pippa (the composer) present and writing new music as the show was being rehearsed was really exciting, and as my character was only really in the second act of the show, it was a wonderful opportunity to jump into the orchestra pit and join the band (which I got to do in all the actual shows).
“We had a wonderful group of chaperones, and our Musical Director Cillian was always able to offer advice”
It was great to be with a wonderful group of cast and creatives, and there was never time to be bored, we had a wonderful group of chaperones, and our Musical Director Cillian was always able to offer advice. The most exciting part of this show for me was split between the casting weekend and the opening night, where in the former there was the sense of anticipation for the show we were going to create, and in the latter the climax of the project and finally getting to show our family, friends and the public what we had been working on, which we were all so proud of.
“I remember being incredibly nervous, but I have since learnt there is absolutely no reason to be”
When I first did the YMT auditions (at the age of 11) I remember being incredibly nervous, but I have since learnt there is absolutely no reason to be. Taking the form of a several-hours workshop, you're surrounded by a group of others doing exactly the same as you and with their own strengths and weaknesses - personally I always dread the dance section, but the key is always to just throw yourself into it and then if, like me, you still look ridiculous, you at least look ridiculous but entertaining.
Throwing yourself into it, I would say, is the most important thing to do in the audition - and take risks, be the first to join in with the MD when they're trying to get everyone to talk with their tongues stuck out their mouths, don't hide behind others in the acting.
“The key is always to just throw yourself into it”
I would absolutely recommend the YMT auditions to absolutely anyone, if even one of the Acting/Singing/Dance triumvirate appeals to you, it’s a chance to give the others a go, or if you've already caught the bug for being on stage then it's an opportunity to get yourself onto one of YMT's wonderful projects or skills courses to further develop your love for performing.
YMT National Auditions 2018 are taking place all across the country from 14 January to 18 February. BOOK NOW and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to work with leading theatre professionals.
Cillian Donaghy, our brilliant Musical Director, whose credits include productions of The Mikado, Annie, Oliver!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and who is on the panel for YMT's Auditions 2018, is sharing his audition tips:
For anyone taking part in the YMT National Audition Tour this year, the best piece of advice I could give is to have fun!
When you walk into an audition room just remember the audition panel want you to be the best you you can be and if you do your best, what more can you ask for?
Everyone, including professionals, gets nervous for auditions so don’t let that stop you from enjoying your experience.
When choosing something to present to the audition panel, make sure you pick something you love and are confident performing.
It is much better to pick something simple and execute it well, than something difficult that you will worry about on the day of your audition.
So enjoy the experience and don’t forget to smile!
YMT National Auditions 2018 are taking place all across the country from 14 January to 18 February. BOOK NOW and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to train with leading theatre professionals.