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ABOUT 2020 PRODUCTION FAQS

Summer Youth Project

About Summer Youth Project

Following the recent government advice to stay at home and the suspension of a number of events at the Wyvern Theatre and Swindon Arts Centre, we are very sad to announce that we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend this year’s summer youth project Fame the Musical.
 
As you can imagine, our summer youth project production is an extraordinary undertaking involving over 150 participants each year alongside all the creative and technical teams. They all work incredibly hard to produce a first-class project and show. Professional production values are paramount and given the uncertain timescales from the government; we simply won’t have the time this year to plan and prepare a project of the high-quality we pride ourselves on.
 
We hope to ring the college bell again in 2021 subject to license agreements and will be touch with you again when we are in a position to confirm our plans.
 
Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time and we hope to see you at the theatres again very soon.
 
Take care and stay safe
 
Wyvern Theatre Team

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!
2019 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2020 FAME the Musical (suspended)

2020 Production

Following the recent government advice to stay at home and the suspension of a number of events at the Wyvern Theatre and Swindon Arts Centre, we are very sad to announce that we have had to make the difficult decision to suspend this year’s summer youth project Fame the Musical.
 
As you can imagine, our summer youth project production is an extraordinary undertaking involving over 150 participants each year alongside all the creative and technical teams. They all work incredibly hard to produce a first-class project and show. Professional production values are paramount and given the uncertain timescales from the government; we simply won’t have the time this year to plan and prepare a project of the high-quality we pride ourselves on.
 
We hope to ring the college bell again in 2021 subject to license agreements and will be touch with you again when we are in a position to confirm our plans.
 
Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time and we hope to see you at the theatres again very soon.
 
Take care and stay safe
 
Wyvern Theatre Team

Frequently Asked Questions 

WYVERN FOUNDATION
The Wyvern Foundation is a charity that has been set up to advance the education and training of children and young people in Swindon and the surrounding areas by their participation and involvement with all aspects of the performing arts.  The Foundation supports the Summer Youth Project by providing bursaries (50% of the fee).  If you feel you could benefit from receiving help from the Foundation, you can apply for funding when the place has been confirmed. 
 
CHAPERONES
We are always looking for licensed Chaperones or those with a DBS certificate that would like to become a chaperone, to help with the Summer Youth Project.  If you are interested please contact Nyree as soon as possible (see contact details below).
 
REHEARSALS
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.   Please note that you will be required for every day during the project.  As it is a very tight schedule, unfortunately, we cannot accomodate any days off during the two weeks.
  

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

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