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National Youth Music Theatre :: 2018 Season :: Auditions

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Take your place in 40 years of musical theatre history by auditioning for the award-winning National Youth Music Theatre.

In the summer of 2018 NYMT will stage four new productions, including a new commission, and a workshop production of another new musical in development.

VIDEO: Follow Gloria's  NYMT experience from audition to the first night.

Gloria Obianyo describes the NYMT experience from audition to the first night. To find out more about auditioning for the National Youth Music Theatre visit http://www.nymt.org.uk



Commissioned by NYMT for the 2018 Season

Based on the short story by Washington Irving
Book by Helen Watts, Music & lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer

New England, 1820: A body is laid to rest in the shadowy town of Sleepy Hollow. The grieving widow stands alone at the graveside, and the townsfolk talk in hushed tones of the strange events that led her to this place; tales of witches and ghouls, of wailing banshees and headless horsemen, and of course the tale of the enigmatic Ichabod Crane - once merely a man, but now a man become a legend. 


Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Book & Lyrics by Ben Elton

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. The award-winning musical follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers from both sides of the religious divide during “The Troubles” in 1960s Belfast.

Under the watchful eye of team coach Father O’Donnell, John and Del both show enough promise to pursue careers as professional footballers. They’re just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more than girls and football. When they find love with their girlfriends Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the events that engulf their community and, as time passes, each has to decide whether or not to follow their hearts.

Ben Elton tells their story with wit and compassion, while Lloyd Webber’s evocative score combines heart-searing ballads and stirring anthems with the sounds of Ireland. This powerful and passionate musical is a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.


Première of new musical

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Book & lyrics by Carl Miller
Music & lyrics by Marc Folan
Additional lyrics by Adey Grummet

A Little Princess tells the story of Sara who has been left at a London boarding school for girls by her wealthy father, Captain Crewe. With his ‘Little Princess’ under the care of Miss Minchin, Crewe returns to India to control his business. As Sara befriends many wonderful characters at the school through her incredible imagination and amazing stories, Miss Minchin grows to dislike her immensely.

When news arrives that Captain Crewe is dead, Miss Minchin robs Sara of all her possessions and sends her to the attic to spend her remaining days as a scullery maid. Cold, hungry and tired, Sara must count on everything she has inside her, and what truly makes a little girl a princess, if she is to pull herself from the muck of late 19th century London and survive her riches to rags story.


A MAJOR HERO (working title) 
Première of new musical

Book and lyrics by Adam Johnson
Book, music and lyrics by Henry Roadnight

Timmy Thompson just wants to be a normal kid. There is only one thing stopping him. He has the super power to turn everything he knows into a musical. The minute Timmy starts dancing, or singing, or whistling, so does everyone else, and his parents have had enough. It’s time for Timmy to do what all other super powered children must do, go to Hero High, a school for supernaturally gifted children. Finally, Timmy might be accepted, all the other pupils will be freaks just like him, but his musical power is too much even for them. The Headmistress threatens to expel him and use the dreaded special switch, a switch that when pulled, removes a pupil’s powers forever. Timmy will never be a hero.

However, across the horizon, the evil Miss Menace and her useless sidekick Mr Plop are plotting to take over Hero High. They are going to use the special switch for their own villainous plan, and force all the pupils to pull it so that only Miss Menace may be the most powerful woman in the world.

With Miss Menace and Mr Plop on their way to destroy Hero High and every last pupil within its walls, Timmy will have just one chance to prove that he is a hero and, most important of all, that it’s not so bad being different.


Residential workshop of new musical

Book and lyrics by Timothy Knapman
Music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe

The premise is that, far from being a dangerous predator, the wolf is actually the protector of the forest and of all the creatures in it (the three little pigs, Red Riding Hood and the rest). The villain of the piece is Chip P McWoodcutter, a charming (but evil) American property developer who wants to cut down the forest and build a town in its place. Through various dastardly means, Chip undermines and smears the wolf so that his friends turn on him and chuck him out of the forest. The wolf has to save them and the forest before it’s too late, but...

This, the second in our series of developmental workshops for new British musical theatre writing.

There will be many roles for young people across the entire age range of 10 to 23 years, and we shall be looking for musicians, stage crew and assistants to our creative teams, too.