The ‘YMT experience’ is incredibly intense and highly creative with long hours – up to ten hours of rehearsals a day. Your child will be working with industry staff who treat them like professional artists and will expect the same in return. Our projects (courses and productions) are residential, and participants live on-site with creative and pastoral staff.
Young people often tell us that being on a YMT project is like being in a bubble, remote from the real world and surrounded by like-minded people. This kind of environment, plus being away from home, enables them to build powerful, long-lasting friendships and develop their social skills such as team work, leadership, self-discipline and listening whilst building confidence and self-esteem. And of course their performance skills improve in leaps and bounds with at least 30% of our alumni going on into top level Higher Educatiion training at Drama School or Conservatoire and others taking their skills and YMT experience into other career areas, both within the creative industries and without.
Working with YMT will probably be quite different from performance experiences that your son/daughter/dependant has had in the past. We create new music theatre, so they won’t be doing familiar repertoire that they may have done at school or with their local youth theatre (e.g. Annie, Oliver, West Side Story), the cast will be contributing creatively through improvisation, lyric writing, choreographing and composing alongside our experienced artistic staff. Working with YMT is challenging, and is excellent preparation and experience for those considering a career in theatre.
Many of the productions include young people across the age spectrum – from 11-21. Others may be restricted to those over 16 because the material is of a more adult nature and some may be for just under 16s. Our open access Skills Courses are also open to anyone aged 11-21. Our projects almost always take part in school/college/university holidays, mostly in the summer. Very occasionally, a production may overlap with some school terms, but we find that most schools are happy to release pupils once they know they have been selected to join a major national company. We also take into consideration the varying term dates in Scotland and Northern Ireland when we are casting for productions.