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Summer Youth Project


About Summer Youth Project

The first Summer Youth Project took place at the Wyvern Theatre in 1994 with Bugsy Malone and was one of the first community ventures of its kind in the local area. Since then it has become an annual tradition and many young people have been involved in the Projects over the years.

The aim of Summer Youth Project is to provide up to 200 youngsters aged 9 – 21 with the opportunity to work together in a professional theatre. The two week project culminates in five performances of a full-scale musical under the supervision of a highly skilled creative team including a professional Director, Choreographer, Musical Director, Musicians and Technical team all in less than 2 weeks!

The scheme has evolved, getting bigger and brighter every year; it provides local children with a unique opportunity to take an active interest in the performing arts and is a good foundation for those wishing to further their careers in this field.  Several previous Project members have gone on to study at theatre and dance schools and have successful careers both on stage and backstage.  As well as being actively involved in the arts, it helps our young cast build confidence,  develop learning skills, unite with a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, have fun in an imaginative and creative environment, and of course, make lots of new friends!  Summer Youth Project provides a crucial artistic outlet for children during the summer holidays – ensuring they are kept entertained, off the streets and out of trouble.

Over the two week project the Wyvern comes alive to the sound of children, working incredibly hard learning their lines, rehearsing songs and practicing dance routines, all with an enthusiasm and dedication that is unprecedented. Year-on-year we receive praise for the high standards that the show ultimately produces with such a young cast and crew.

Previous Productions

1994 Bugsy Malone
1995 Annie
1996 42nd Street
1997 My Fair Lady
1998 Oliver!
1999 Me and My Girl
2000 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2001 Crazy For You
2002 West Side Story
2003 Fame
2004 The Sound of Music
2005 Guys and Dolls
2006 Annie
2007 No Show
2008 Oliver!
2009 Boogie Nights
2010 The Wizard of Oz
2011 Anything Goes
2012 West Side Story
2013 Our House
2014 Bugsy Malone
2015 Hairspray
2016 Grease
2017 Summer Holiday
2018 Oliver!

2018 Production

This year's Summer Youth Project production will be Oliver!

Summer Youth Project 2018 runs from Sunday 12 August – Saturday 25 August. You must be available for all these days. Because of the short production and rehearsal time you have to be fully committed to the show for the whole period.

Everyone who sends in an application form is invited to attend the auditions.  Please keep an eye on social media and our website nearer the date for details of what you will need to prepare for the audition and for information regarding times etc for the audition day itself.
Please note - This year the email address to send the completed forms to is : education@wyverntheatre.org.uk

Auditions will be held on Sunday 22 April 2018 at the Phoenix Theatre, New College Swindon SN3 1AH.

Download Audition Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Youth Project 2018 Auditions

You must be 9 - 21 (or 14 - 26 for technical participants) on or before 12 August 2018 to be eligible for this Project.  There can be no exceptions made on the age restrictions.
The audition/interview date is Sunday 22nd April 2018.  Please note, the auditions are being held at the Phoenix Theatre, New College Swindon SN3 1AH – full details of times etc. will be put on our website nearer the time.  Please wear comfortable clothes that you can dance in, and bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.   Please note, there can be quite a bit of waiting around as we try to see everyone.  A finishing time is hard to predict so please bring a mobile phone or a contact number so you can call home when you have finished.
Performers’ auditions
The actual format of the audition day will be posted on the Theatre website nearer the time but we plan to give everyone a chance to sing or dance by the end of the afternoon.  After this time we will only ask you to stay on if we would like to see you again for a call-back for a Principal role.  Final selections will be made as soon as possible by the Production team.  Please note, even if you are not successful for a Principal role it does not mean you do not have a place in the Summer Youth Project.   You will be notified by the beginning of June whether you have been successful or not.  Please note:  Only people auditioning will be allowed into the auditorium.
Technical Interviews
Technical interviews will also take place on 22 April 2018 – you will be contacted by the SYP Technical Coordinator David Jell to arrange a specific time for you to come in. Please note, although we have lowered the age limit from 16 to 14 for technical participants, there may be some restrictions to the roles you can undertake below 16, which will be discussed at the interviews if necessary.
You will have an informal chat with a member of our technical team.  If selected you could be involved in various aspects of putting the show together, including lighting, sound, set, props, follow spots, wardrobe, etc.  The fee for the Technical participants is the same as for onstage participants.  Please send completed TECHNICAL FORMS ONLY to Dave@wyverntheatre.org.uk.

The decisions of the Production Team on the day are final and unfortunately we cannot enter into further discussion or correspondence about them. 
Project runs from Sun 12 August – Sat 25 August 2018.  You must be available for all these days. Because of the short production and rehearsal time you have to be fully committed to the show for the whole period. All auditionees will be informed by the beginning of June whether they have been successful or not; to confirm your place a £10 deposit will be required which must be returned by the beginning of June (NB. The deposit is non-refundable).  The fee for SYP is £160 and includes a Project T-shirt, all the tuition, rehearsals and performances for the 2 weeks – the deposit will be deducted from the fee total.  All payments must be returned to the Theatre by MONDAY 2 JULY 2018.

These usually start at 10am and continue all day with a break for lunch, and a dinner break when evening rehearsals are required.  Towards the end of the Project finishing times of later than10pm are to be expected. 
The performances will take place from Thursday 23 August – Saturday 25 August 2018.  Tickets will be on sale soon.

For any further general questions please contact Nyree Kingsbury on 01793 509039 or via email on Nyree@wyverntheatre.org.uk.
For details regarding technical aspects of the Summer Youth Project, please contact Dave Jell via email on Dave@wyverntheatre.org.uk.

The Summer Youth Project is managed by the Wyvern Theatre on behalf of the HQ Theatres Trust. Charity No. 1145989.

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