Youth Theatre, often associated with amateur productions, under rehearsed lines, a random gaggle of kids staring aimlessly into the crowd or worse still picking their noses, whilst trying to remember their lines and queues – often resulting in awkward pauses or silences!
To be fair this was my general perception of youth performances when I was growing up; and before I became involved with Youth Theatre, I have to admit to sitting through one or two of the afore mentioned performances as an adult/parent!
However, Youth Theatre in the new Millennium couldn’t be further removed from those days. Maybe it’s the birth of the reality/talent TV shows but certainly young performers aspirations are much higher than I ever remember as a young kid in a school play in the 80’s!
If you’re thinking “I like the sound of this but…..I won’t know anyone, I’m not very confident in new situations, i’ll freak out on a big stage, I’ve never performed in front of an audience…” blah blah blah…. Don’t worry, everyone feels the same way when they first join but the camaraderie and family feel within the group soon puts you at ease….and you could always bring a friend!
We also have a mentor culture within Prop Box where older members take younger or less confident members under their wing and help to work with and develop skills and confidence in small group/1-2-1 setting.
Rest assured nobody is expected to get up in the spotlight and sing a solo (unless you want to) and we will help to push you just a little to be your best but not too far out of your comfort zone that we frighten you off! Many members start off with one line and end up star of the show by the time they have a show or two under their belt!
The great thing about Prop Box Youth Theatre is that we encourage all our members to have an input into the creative process. We’ve uncovered many hidden talents such as great artists who can paint set or make props, members who have a talent for picking up technical skills such as sound/lighting and also uncovered some natural teaching abilities! Everyone gets involved (even the parents and carers) and there’s a real sense of community and belonging to a family which gives you so much pride and enjoyment when you look back at all you’ve achieved together.
Not only do we rehearse together every Friday for our latest production we are also invited to perform at workshops, carnivals and various community and charity fundraising events. We also have access to industry professionals and audition opportunities and a group of tutors with a wealth of skills and knowledge of performing arts from Directors, Actors, Dancers and Vocal Coaches…to teachers! We’ve got everything covered!
If you’d like to start your Prop Box journey – get in touch!