WHERE DID SUMMER GO?
ANOTHER SEASON CLOSES
It has been another fantastic summer for National Youth Music Theatre. Our 2018 season opened with a mini touring production of SUPER HERO - The Musical at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds as part of The Bury Festival before going on to Curve, Leicester and, finally, The Rose Theatre, Kingston for the International Youth Arts Festival. Written by two recent alumni, Adam Johnson and Henry Roadnight, SUPER HERO has been developed as part of NYMT's commitment to nurturing new, young musical theatre writers.
Then followed three other British musicals at The Other Palace theatre in Victoria, London where we enjoyed a three-week summer residency. A LITTLE PRINCESS by Carl Miller and Marc Folan is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This romantic, funny and thrilling drama was given an entirely new treatment, combining elements of classical Indian music and dance with a rich musical theatre score.
Then, in his 70th birthday year and in his newest theatre, the National Youth Music Theatre proudly presented Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE BEAUTIFUL GAME with book and lyrics by Ben Elton. This award-winning musical follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers from both sides of the religious divide during "The Troubles" in 1960s Belfast. We were thrilled to have Jasper Britton playing the role of Father O'Donnell, too. Jasper is a National Youth Music Theatre alumnus who spoke the very first lines in the original production of The Ballad of Salomon Pavey, where NYMT first began in 1976.
Finally, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Helen Watts and Eamonn O'Dwyer was this year's new commission. Based on the short story by Washington Irving, this exciting new musical tells of strange events, tales of witches and ghouls, of wailing banshees and headless horsemen, and of course, the tale of the enigmatic outsider, Ichabod Crane.
In addition to our series of new productions, NYMT continues to provide invaluable opportunities for young people to develop existing strengths and learn new skills through regular half-term workshops and residential holiday courses. This summer also saw a further developmental workshop of a new musical, GROWL - The True Tale of the Big, Bad Wolf, by Timothy Knapman and Laurence Mark Wythe.
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