CASTING NOW OPEN FOR MEDEA
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR OUR 2020 PRODUCTION, MEDEA.
If you're between the ages of 16 - 21 then you are eligible to apply to become a member of the Young Rep.
The production will be directed by the Worcester Repertory Company's Artistic Director, Ben Humphrey and will take place on a newly constructed stage at Huntingdon Hall, which will bring the stunning Victorian space to life in a truly unique way.
Auditions will take place on the 29th June, 27th July & the 10th August 2019.
Since the Swan Theatre, Worcester opened in 1965 there has been a youth theatre in operation. For over 50 years thousands of young people have trod the boards at the Swan and many of them have gone on to have incredible careers in performing arts, theatre, radio, TV, and film.
In 1967 - 68 the Worcester Repertory Company was formed and started to produce professional, in-house productions that gave an early home to some of the brightest names in performing arts. John Doyle, David Wood OBE, Imelda Staunton CBE, Celia Imrie MBE, Shaun Pertwee, David Harewood, Bonnie Langford, Rufus Norris and many more forged their careers with the Rep. and continue to work in theatre, film, TV and radio all over the globe. A key part of the Rep. has been its link with the Swan Youth Theatre, and many members of the SYT have made their professional debuts with the company.
To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Worcester Repertory Company and to acknowledge the fundamental link with the youth theatre a new company was formed to take a more professional approach to youth theatre productions.
RUFUS NORRIS - PATRON
The Young Rep is delighted to have Rufus Norris as our patron. Rufus is a former member of the Swan Youth Theatre and made his professional debut with the Worcester Repertory Company before going on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
"The City of Worcester would be immeasurably poorer without the Swan, and I among many others am proud to say that it has been the foundation of my artistic life. I look forward to the next 50 years with admiration and humble gratitude, and celebrate the wonderful entity that is the Swan Theatre"
Former member of the Worcester Repertory Company & Swan Youth Theatre
Patron of the Young Rep, Worcester
WHAT CAN THE YOUNG REP OFFER YOU?
The Young Rep is about more than just belonging to a youth theatre. As a member of the Young Rep you are a part of the your own theatre company, an important part of the Worcester Rep and its half a century of heritage, and a part of the future of theatre. Each year the young company work alongside our professional staff towards a main-stage production of a major work. This gives members the opportunity to experience a professional performance environment as well as contacts in the industry for the next stage of their careers. Members also receive complimentary tickets to events and productions as well as discounts on a range of products with Worcester Live Charitable Trust.
The Young Rep is not just about performing. Although the majority of our members are actors we also look to work with young people who are interested in costume, production, technical, and stage management. Each department will work with their own schedules and be headed up by a professional member of the Worcester Rep team. You don't have to be a performer to work with the Young Rep, you just have to have a focus and commitment to creating the very best theatre possible.
BECOMING A MEMBER
You must be between the ages of 16 and 21 to join the Young Rep as either an actor or a member of the production team. Entry to the company is via application and audition or interview only.
Auditions and interviews are held once a year for membership of the company and you will be expected to commit to the rehearsal schedules, production week and performance week.
WOW WOW WOW. Can't get Macbeth out of my head. The best young person's performance I have ever witnessed. Everything about it was spectacular. Could not fault one thing about the production. Well done to everyone involved.
It is the aim of the company to keep the fees as low and as all inclusive as possible. The fees you see quoted here are all inclusive of costumes, tech rehearsals, dress rehearsals and the production as a whole. It is the only fee you'll pay to be a member of the company. There are optional extras during the course of the year such as production t-shirts etc, but these will not be mandatory. It is hoped that through sponsorship and fundraising entry to the Young Rep will eventually be free and all financial barriers to this unique experience torn down.
Young Rep Membership Fee 2019-20
The fee is payable in two installments.
September 2019 - £95.00
January 2020 - £95.00
We believe passionately that the unique experience of the Young Rep should be open to anyone with the talent and desire to take part.
We are able to offer a number of bursaries and part bursaries to young people whose families are experiencing financial difficulties or are on a low income. If you are interested in the Young Rep but are concerned or unsure about the cost of belonging to the company then please get in touch with us. All information will be treated confidentially.