What are Summer Skills Courses and why should I take part?
If you love being creative and exploring new ideas as well as acting, singing, dancing and generally being silly then YMT is the place for you!
YMT is the UK's most active organisation offering music theatre opportunities to young people aged 11-21. On our Summer Skill Courses - which are basically like summer camps - you'll work with leading theatre professionals (people who have worked on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, American Idiot, In the Heights, Cats, The Diary of Adrian Mole and so much more) to create something that is TOTALLY NEW! This is what's unique about our Summer Skills Courses: nowhere else can you work on something that's completely new and completely yours! PLUS, you'll get a Grade 6 Certificate from Trinity College London - a testament to the high quality of our work!
Aaron, 17 – ‘The experience was incredible. I’ve learned so much. The course gave me so much more confidence.'
You will have the opportunity to meet like-minded people and be at the centre of the creative process. We have participants from all over the world at different experience levels - and that's great! You'll learn so much not just from our professionals but also from each other. The exciting thing is meeting someone who loves musicals and theatre just as much as you! So many other companies do Annie or Oliver, Spring Awakening or West Side Story - and that's fine - but now's your chance to be part of something different. You'll have the chance to shape and develop a new piece, offering ideas for movement, direction and lyrics.
Courses are intense, but they're also incredibly fun and informal. You'll also be staying in some really amazing places too - like Fettes College, rumoured to be JK Rowling's inspiration for Hogwarts or beautiful boarding schools like Rugby School, Lockers Park and Warminster School.
Ayesha, 20 – ‘I can’t recommend these courses enough. I had so much fun working with an amazing team and meeting so many lovely people.'
We're running seven Summer Skills Courses in 2016 - all across the UK - and each course will take inspiration from a different theme. This year's themes cover classics like Shakespeare's The Tempest and Arthur Miller's The Crucible. We'll also be exploring Wes Anderson's zany comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won four Oscars back in 2014. Other themes include vampires, suffragettes, protesters, the Jazz Age and FANDOMS like Harry Potter, Pokémon, Beyoncé, Dr Who, Star Trek, One Direction and lots more.
YMT is dedicated to offering young people unrivalled opportunities in the arts and now's your chance to join the UK's leading music theatre company and follow in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith.
David, 11 - ‘Thanks for this amazing opportunity. I have made so many new friends and I love it here so much I am definitely coming back!’
Rugby School, Warminster School, Fettes College and Lockers Park.
Take a look at one of our Summer Skills Courses from last year.