YMT has just wrapped up it’s 2018 Summer season and that means that hundreds of young actors have finished the summer of a lifetime! Over the course of just a few months young performers from all over the country gathered to create critically acclaimed and unique pieces of theatre, varying from well known works like Shakespeare's “Winters Tale” to new and devised pieces such as “Wild,” where students were involved in creating original this original piece of theatre from start to finish. Take a look at what one actresses tweeted about her time working on the piece "Wild" this summer with YMT.
"Just finished an amazing two week course at @ymtuk performing our devised piece of WILD #YMTWILD with an incredibly talented all womens cast and an amazing creative team. I have made some amazing friends and learnt loads of new skils it's heart breaking to realise it's over"
During their time with YMT students receive training from the industry's top professionals that allows them learn and improve their performance technique. Additionally, students were encouraged to branch out and cultivate a strong sense of creativity and community when working on the shows. Students often leave us with many new skills they can apply to their future professional careers and even more new friends that they’ll have for a lifetime. See what these students had to say about working with the actors and creative team on “Barrack Room Ballads” this past August.
@EmilyGraceActor tweeted "#barrackroomballads has been the expierence of a lifetime and I cannot thank the creative team and cast enough. I have developed not only with skill but as a person too and I cannot wait fort eh future. You're all stars and I love you all millions. Thank you @ymtuk"
@maddieematthews also added "@tmtuk never fails to be an incredible expierence. learnt so much and have met and worked with the most wonderful talented people, beyond greatful x #YMTBarrackRoomBallads @NAM_London"
“Barrack Room Ballads” was called “an impressive, quite original theatrical idea which sits conceptually, and very thoughtfully, somewhere between Cats and Oh” by the Musical Theatre Review.
Do you or someone you know what to get involved in a YMT production and spend your next summer with fellow theatre enthusiasts and professionals ? Reserve your spot now to come to one of our national auditions beginning in 2019 and earn your place in one of our many companies. Find your nearest audition venue HERE - BOOK TODAY!
Is performing not your thing? We're also looking for musicians and young people interested in technical & stage management - find more information on our Backstage Courses and Creative Trainee Schemes.
Taking place at South Hill Park Arts Centre, 10-12 August, the brand new Help! Get Me Out of This Musical is a hilariously bonkers and endearing love song to musical theatre! Littered with references (and cheeky parodies!) of our favourite West End and Broadway hits, it is an unforgettable experience for all lovers (and even haters!) of musical theatre.
And who better to ceate the music for this celebratory show other than award-winning film, TV and theatre composer, Alexander Rudd.
Alexander has been the featured UK Composer in the International Artists Workshop for the European Union. His concert works have been performed throughout Europe, UK and the U.S.A. His theatre work includes numerous commissions in the UK and U.S and collaborated on numerous musicals. Having been awarded the highest prize for composition at Trinity College of Music, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study film scoring at USC. In 2009, Alexander moved to the US to study Film Scoring at the University of Southern California's Thornton School Of Music in Los Angeles.
Having worked on the music for film hits such as Unknown (Warner Bros) (starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger), as well as having conducted music for the sensational TV series, Lost (ABC), Alexander's musical talent and skill is highly respected.
Whilst studying in LA he was fortunate enough to meet and learn from composer and songwriter Randy Newman (Joy, Monster’s University, Toy Story) who became his mentor. Alexander’s latest collaborations include an album of new songs co-written with academy- award-winning lyricist Don Black (Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun). The album entitled Stay Away From Stars was recorded with the English Session Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, featuring the vocals of Mica Paris, Mairead Carlin and Polly Gibbons and a new classical/rock album with Alex James (Blur) for Sony/ATV.
So come on down to hear Alexander's new music in Help! Get Me Out of This Musical - it's a treat you will be gutted to miss!
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.