Palace youth theatre

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.

Redditch Borough Council’s Youth Theatre and Arts Officer Liz Tabberer said: “There are many, many opportunities for members of the Palace Youth Theatre to be involved in productions. We have great fun in the shows and they are a great privilege to be a part of, especially performing on the Palace Theatre Stage. Do you want to make new friends, build confidence and try something new – what are you waiting for? Come and get involved!”

Anyone interested in auditioning should register by emailing their name, age and parent or guardian’s email address to pyt@redditchbc.gov.uk and they will be sent an application pack.

Youth theatre sessions for young people, which are run in groups according to age and requirements, take place at the Palace Theatre on weekday evenings during school term time.   

The sessions offer something for everyone and include performance techniques, improvisation, sets and costumes, script work, movement pieces, vocal performance and lots more.

Successful auditionees will be enrolled in the ‘On Stage’ PYT group which is subject to termly fees in January and April. Fees are £94 (full price), £70.50 (25% Active Redditch Card) or £47 (50% Active Redditch Card) per term. Please note that prices are subject to change.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at the Palace during term times, along with a few extra rehearsals during the holidays.  Once cast, the members become part of the ‘OnStage PYT Group’ and the show takes place over two terms. The whole cast MUST be available for rehearsals during show week.

For more information contact the Palace Youth Theatre.