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Open Auditions for 'Goodnight Mr Tom'

Redditch’s budding young stars will be able to audition for parts in the Palace Youth Theatre Group’s (PYT) summer performance of the classic ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’.

PYT will be performing the Samuel French version of this show which includes some singing and dancing numbers and is based on the classic book by Michelle Magorian. It will be performed on the 12th, 13th and 14th July with rehearsals starting in January.

The group is inviting children and young people aged 8-18 to join the youth theatre for the chance to get involved in their July production at open auditions at Redditch’s Palace Theatre on Tuesday 19th December. Auditions will run from 5pm - 6:15pm for 8-11 year olds and 6:15pm - 8pm for 12-18 years.

Auditionees need to prepare a short (30s-1min) section of any song they like, which they can do acapella or to a backing track, to perform for the audition. The acting element of the audition will be in the style of a workshop so does not need any preparation improvisation and script work will be done on the night.  If there is anyone that doesn’t want to sing there are plenty of non-singing parts which they can be considered for.

Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

 

 

The Palace Youth Theatre (PYT) has been established since the 1970’s and is still going strong. Since it began, the Youth Theatre has welcomed thousands of young people from across the Borough and currently has around 70 members aged between five and twenty five.  We run weekly sessions during term time - Spring (Jan), Summer (April) and Autumn (Sept) and extra specialist courses throughout the Summer Holidays.

PYT have performed many shows on the main stage of the Palace Theatre, including Sweeney Todd, Jungle Book, Alice In Wonderland, Bugsy Malone, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz.  As well as performing on the main stage, the Youth Theatre makes use of the Palace Theatres studio space ‘The Room Upstairs’, performing many experimental and small scale productions as well as creating outdoor performances for public events.

To join PYT you do not have to have masses of stage experience or be overflowing with confidence, you just need a positive attitude and be willing to work hard whilst having lots of fun!

 

 Take a look at the sessions on the tabs above to see which group is the right one for you

Rise and Shine 5-8 Years, Out There 8-18 years, On Stage 8-18 years, AIM 16+ years

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Wednesday 13th December 2017

Dear Parent / Guardian

Palace Youth Theatre (PYT) – Changes to Concessionary Card

Redditch Borough Council is committed to delivering a coherent, supportive and inclusive approach to how we charge residents, community groups and sports clubs for the services that are provided through Leisure and Cultural Services.

As a consequence we are writing to you to make you aware of a significant change taking place in early 2018 in the concessionary card operated by Leisure and Cultural Services.

The current Reddicard will no longer apply after Sunday 7th January 2018.

A new concessionary card is being introduced and be will called ‘Active Redditch’ and will come into operation from Monday 8th January 2018 and will be available to purchase from Tuesday 2nd January.

All residents wishing to apply for a concession will need to purchase a card from the Abbey Stadium. Cards cost £9.99 each and run for 12 month period.

People receiving any of the following will be eligible to receive a 25% discount on the standard termly fees -

-Universal Credit (In Work)

-Housing Benefit

People receiving any of the following will be eligible to receive 50% discount on the standard termly fees -

-Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)

-Income Support

-Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)

-Universal Credit (Out of Work)                                                                                                                  

-Incapacity Benefit

-PIP

An additional 10% discount is available for one sibling attending the same sessions, this will cover all PYT activities.

 

Most people will not have to take any action with the new Active Reddicards and will see that there is no real change in what they are paying for PYT sessions

 

The new fees per term will be as follows

 

Full Price

Active Redditch

   

25%

50%

Rise and Shine

£37.20

£27.90

£18.60

Out There

£74.30

£55.80

£37.20

AIM

£74.30

£55.80

£37.20

On Stage

£94.00

£70.50

£47.00

On Stage and Out There

£151.40

£113.55

£75.70

 

Should you need to discuss this further please contact Lizzi in the first instance with any related issues.

Yours sincerely

Lizzi Tabberer                                                                                        Huw Moseley

Youth Theatre and Arts Development Officer                                          Arts Development Officer

l.Tabberer                                                                       H.Moseley

Rise and Shine

5-8 year olds

Tuesdays 4-5pm

Costs per 10 week term £37.20 Reddicard, £27.60 Concessionary Reddicard, £55.60 full price

These sessions focus on drama games and techniques, preparing its members to move onto the Out There and On Stage groups where they will be given the opportunity to audition for and take part in main stage shows.  The group is led by Jo Higgitt who has loads of experience running Early Stages Workshops for Stagecoach in Leamington Spa and Warwick, as well as performing with local group Jest-A-Minute.

 

 

Out There

8-12 years Tuesdays 5-6:30pm

12-15 years Tuesdays 6:30-8pm

15-18 years Tuesdays 8-9:30pm

Palace Youth Theatre Out There focus on core skills and learning in depth drama techniques. Out There sessions are led by Simon Hall, a professional working actor, singer, dancer and drama teacher and will look at various skills such as devising, script work, story telling, movement based drama and group work.  Not only will the core group prepare its participants for auditions and performance work but it also helps with communication skills and confidence. Out There also take part in community and outdoor performances for the general public.

Costs per 10 week term £74.30 Reddicard, £55.60 Concessionary Reddicard, £111.40 full price

 

On Stage

8-18 year olds

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (5:30-8:30pm for principles)

On Stage is the Youth Theatre’s main performance group.  Auditions are held in December for a main stage show and rehearsals start in January running right through until July. 

The Sept-Dec term is a smaller scale performance which is usually performed in ‘The Room Upstairs’ in December. This term is open to anyone and does not require an audition.

Costs per 10 week term £94.00 Reddicard, £70.50 Concessionary Reddicard, £141.10 full price

AIM - Adventures in Movement

16-30 year olds with learning disabilities

Wednesdays 5-6:30pm 

Costs per 10 week term £74.30 Reddicard, £55.60 Concessionary Reddicard, £111.40 full price

Aim is the youth theatre’s branch for young performers aged 16-30 with Learning Disabilities. The group is led by Kevin Hunton who has been trained and mentored closely by Richard Hayhow of Shysters Theatre Company. Aim create highly physical, devised work and perform in the Palace Theatre’s ‘Room Upstairs’ as well as touring other venues, stunning their audiences with their unique performance and workshop styles.

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