We're now counting down to Orientation Day for Cats in February!
NYTC runs two OnStage training programmes each year, both ending with full-scale performances at the Aotea Centre. Cats and Shrek are our two programmes for 2018.
See details of our performances for schools.
|1st Rehearsal||11 February|
|Group rehearsals each Sunday as scheduled.|
|Lead rehearsals scheduled on Thursday evenings.|
|First Round||24 February|
|Final Round||13 & 15 March|
|Camp Adair, Hunua||6 - 8 April|
|Aotea Centre, ASB Theatre, Auckland CBD||21 - 23 June|
NYTC's OnStage is an all-access training programme for children and young adults aged between 7 - 21. You don't need to audition to be part of the chorus, and lead roles are auditioned from within the cast. Rehearsals are broken up through the day by age group, and all of the skills you need to participate in the show are taught by our experienced tutors. Rehearsals will be mostly Sunday afternoons, with lead rehearsals on Thursday evenings.
We run special performances for schools at a heavily discounted educational rate. If your school is interested in attending please get in touch. For examples of our educational packs please visit our Education Centre.
|Registration Fee||Includes show pack of t-shirt, souvenir programme, & full cast photo
$430.00 incl GST
There is an additional cost of approximately $150 for our lead camp weekend. Lead camp is for older cast and those younger cast selected as leads
Public tickets for our production of Cats will be on sale from Ticketmaster closer to show time.
The majority of our regular Sunday rehearsals take place at Ponsonby Primary School on Curran Street. When we have separate lead rehearsals, they are usually held at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School, just off the Northcote off-ramp. Occasionally due to schedule conflicts we will arrange for rehearsal to take place at another school.
We try to be as flexible as possible with rehearsals - we know you all have busy lives! Having said that, we appreciate being let know well in advance if you can't make a rehearsal - especially if you are a lead. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time to let us know. If it's a last minute emergency, you can always text the rehearsal phone - 021 112 5687. Please note this phone is only monitored during rehearsal time.
Each cast-member will have a regular Sunday afternoon rehearsal slot for the duration of the programme. These are roughly allocated by age - the younger the cast-member, generally the earlier in the afternoon their rehearsal time will be. In addition to these group Sunday rehearsals, there are extra lead rehearsals for those selected to play main roles - these are generally on a Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8:30pm.
We've based our policies around those of schools - as our rehearsals are mostly at schools, it makes sense! We take a roll at the start of each rehearsal group, so that we're aware of who is present. At the end of the rehearsal, the cast are free to leave - whether they walk home or get picked up is up to you (and them!). Should you be running late for a pick up, please just let us know. There is always a safe, supervised place where a cast-member can wait until they're picked up - we realise sometimes traffic happens! In the event that a cast-member isn't picked up, we will try to contact the family member named on their registration form.
Once we get into the theatre, we are more strict on pickup and drop off. Students 16 and over can check themselves out. Those between 14 and 16 can get a signed permission slip from their parent or care-giver, which enables them to do the same. Those under 14 will be held at the theatre until picked up by their family.
We normally do our first round of casting in the weekend following registration. Then, a few weeks later, we have our second round of casting, or "Challenge".
In the first round of auditions, we get all cast to learn a small excerpt of script and a song. We watch them all perform this to the best of their abilities, and then we put together our first cast. This allows us to start working on putting the show together, and also gives the rest of the cast an idea of the sort of person we are looking at for each role. We often run callbacks at this point, which allows us to look further at specific cast-members.
We schedule specific times for the first round of auditions for most of our cast - but we will often audition our youngest castmembers during their usual rehearsal time, as this is usually less stressful for them.
In the final round, a castmember can select which role they specifically want to audition for. Each castmember should select one role only - we will of course be considering them for other roles based on their audition regardless.
For example, if we were staging 'Hamlet The Musical', a castmember could choose to audition for the role of Hamlet. We would watch them perform the required material for the Hamlet role. We might then decide they're better placed as Rosencrantz, and call them back for that.
As we have to finalise the whole cast at this point, we normally run the final round across several rehearsals - usually a Tuesday/Thursday, and then callbacks the weekend following.
Choosing a role to audition for can be difficult. This is why in the first round of auditions, we don't make you choose - everyone from your age-group learns the same piece of script and song, and we assign the roles based on that. Once we've picked our first round cast, you can look at the people chosen, and get an idea of what sort of person we're looking at for each role.
As a general rule, it's best to pick the most challenging role you feel you can be impressive with. We will provide detailed information about each role, and the amount of singing, dancing, and acting that is required. If you're not a confident performer, it's generally not a good idea to audition for a major lead immediately.
The staff are always happy to talk to you about which role to challenge for - you can either come up and talk about it at rehearsal, or email us on email@example.com
Jonathan Alver is a multi-skilled director and producer of both stage and screen with international experience in the UK, Europe, US and New Zealand. Trained as a singer at the Royal Northern College of Music, his major directing debut came at the age of 25 when he remounted the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Showboat at the London Palladium.
Jonathan has since gone on to direct numerous theatre and opera productions around the world including Aida, La Boheme, Falstaff, Lucia di Lammermoor, Macbeth and Tosca, as well as more than 100 broadcast television hours of Shortland Street and Go Girls.
Jonathan began his long association with New Zealand in 1996, taking up the role of Artistic Director and then General Director of New Zealand Opera. Amongst his many achievements during that time he is particularly proud of establishing and delivering a ground-breaking opera outreach programme for New Zealand schools and an Emerging Artists’ Programme.
In the last ten years Jonathan has toured theatrical productions and delivered major events, co-produced Jailhouse Rock - The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End, directed television and developed his own screen and theatre projects.
Seamus is a developing professional, being mentored through his time with NYTC by Jonathan. Having come up through our programmes, he's very well equipped to be taking charge. In addition to his work with us, Seamus is currently studying at Auckland University, as well as pursuing a theatrical career.
James is a professional musician, musical director and composer, who has played and/or Musical Directed for many international touring shows and artists, including Shirley Bassey, Rob Guest, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors and Porgy and Bess. James has been actively involved in training young people in Musical Theatre since 1997.
James was part of the orchestra for Wicked at the Civic in Auckland in 2013. In 2014 James received the prestigious Benny award for "NZ Musician of the Year". In addition to his responsibilities with NYTC, James runs the Variety Voices Choir for Variety, the Children's Charity.
Hamish grew up with the National Youth Theatre Company – he performed in the very first production back in 2005 and has been involved with every On Stage Programme since. Halfway through 2013, Hamish assumed the role of Company Manager, involving him heavily in both the artistic and administrative sides of the company.
Hamish has a passion for educating young people through the art of live theatre. He has worked as a Musical Theatre teacher, Dance Tutor and Choreographer for various schools and training centres around Auckland, having choreographed shows such as Guys & Dolls, Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland. He is currently beginning his formal study to become a fully qualified Drama and Dance teacher in Secondary Schools.
Hamish is also a keen performer, having performed as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Danny in Grease, Jack in Into The Woods, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar as well as serving the roles of the Dance Captain for a production of Miss Saigon in London.
Hamish knows first hand the skills NYTC teaches young people and looks forward to seeing many of his current students gain success in the future, both on and off the stage.