YAP Theatre Company is opening its doors to young adults aged 18-21, by offering them the chance to join the chorus of The Beggar’s Opera as part of their 2011 theatre project.
Rehearsals will begin on 3 February 2011 and will include acting and dance workshops as well as regular group singing classes to be led by Janice Thompson, local singing teacher and Director of the JP Performance Trust.
“The team behind YAP includes local theatre professionals who have studied and worked within the arts. Everyone within the creative team lives locally to Swindon and wants to share their experience and knowledge with young performers who are preparing to start their careers or continue to higher education.” said Matt Fox, producer and writer for YAP .
“Despite the economic downturn, the theatre scene in Swindon is still thriving and there is so much opportunity for young people who want to follow a career in the arts. YAP is normally only open to the older members of the JP Performance Trust, but this year we wanted to extend the opportunity to young adults in the local community, so they can not only be a part of a great production, but can also learn a specific style of musical theatre.”
The rehearsals and workshops will run over 20 weeks at St. Joseph ’s College, ending with a performance at the Swindon Town Hall Studio Theatre on 22 and 23 July 2011.
The Beggar’s Opera is known to be the first ever musical and was written by John Gay in 1728. The show will be adapted for today’s audiences with an updated script, written by Matt Fox and new musical arrangements provided by Jessie Thompson, Musical Director for YAP .
If you are aged 18-21 and would like to audition to take part in the Beggar’s Opera project, contact YAP on 01793 709722 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly sessions will cost £5.00 and will run from 8.00pm until 10pm on Thursday evenings.
YAP Theatre Company is committed to producing innovative performances of challenging musical theatre, working on both established pieces and newly commissioned works.
YAP is affiliated with the Janice Thompson Performance Trust, a Swindon based educational charity, whose aim is to promote, improve, develop and widen public education and appreciation of vocal music through classes, workshops, music recitals and concerts.
For further information visit: www.jtptrust.org