Villains, Poems and Yellow Chairs Go Travelling From GM, Alicia Wyatt

July has been a busy time at CYT and we have spent the entire month working on all of our remaining productions for the year. We commenced the month with our 13 – 17 years cast of versions of us working with their co-directors Jess Baker and Jamie Winbank and playwright, Emily Sheehan for the second creative development. Over the three days, the cast explored the concept of the differing versions of ourselves that we become according to whose company we’re in. Through these developments, the cast are working with their directors and playwright to develop a new fictional work. 

Alongside this creative development, we also commenced our final rehearsals for The Verbatim Project. With another season at the Canberra Theatre Centre before we headed on tour, our cast were thrilled to be back together, working on this beautiful production. You can read all about our tour below!

The July school holidays also meant it was time for the Winter Holiday Workshop for 7 – 12 year olds. Our young artists worked with CYT alumni and tutor Casey Elder for five days where our young people explored character work, focussing on what it means to be a villain! This resulted in some very amusing characters presented in their performance to family and friends on the last day of the Workshop!

Semester 2 Workshops have now commenced for both our Gorman Arts Centre and Primary School Workshops. It is wonderful to see everyone back in their Workshops excited for the remainder of the year. We are thrilled to welcome new young artists and their families to CYT as well as welcoming new tutors to the company. Pablo Latona is tutoring our Turner Thursday Workshop and Zoe Swan is working with our Lyneham School young artists. We also would like to welcome back Errenn Ball from maternity leave who is tutoring the North Ainslie Primary School Workshop and the 13 – 15 Years Ensemble. Here is to an exciting and creative Semester 2!

Finally, we are excited to be heading into production for The Company Ensemble and their new work, poem every day. Information about tickets and performances can be found below and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Keep warm everyone! 29 days until spring, (but who’s counting!!)

Production Season at CYT! From GM, Alicia Wyatt

It is the busy season at CYT! While the days are getting shorter and colder, things are definitely warming up, bursting with creativity and energy here at CYT!

This week we have welcomed CYT Alumna, Emily Sheehan and award winning playwright, to work with twelve young people for the upcoming production of versions of us. Alongside Co-Directors Jess Baker and Jamie Winbank, the cast have been participating in an intensive three-day creative development process. This fictional new work will explore the differing versions of ourselves that we become according to whose company we’re in.  Rehearsals will continue for this amazing new work in September with the performances taking place in October. We can’t wait to see this new work!

Next week begins the intensive rehearsals for The Verbatim Project. We are excited to present a new development of this remount after a year of growth from our cast. Many of you saw this beautiful work last year, but there a few changes, so we know you don’t want to miss out on seeing the cast of ten young people and six GOLD Company Members! See below for ticket details.

Our Winter Holiday Workshop starts next Monday where 15 young people aged 7-12 years will be working with CYT Tutor, Casey Elder. Our holiday programs are designed to build confidence and fundamental skills in voice, movement, character and story and we can’t wait to see their performance on their final day.

Semester 2 Workshops are already filling up fast! Workshops commence Monday 24 July for both Primary School and Gorman Arts Centre Ensembles, so head to the CYT website to secure your enrolment and avoid disappointment.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our CYT families who support our young people during production time. With numerous rehearsals and meetings that are often scheduled, we appreciate the time taken to ensure everyone is at their rehearsal on time and ready to create!

Such a busy time at CYT and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Production Season at CYT! From AD, Katie Cawthorne

We’re already at the end of Semester 1, how did this happen???

We’ve seen amazing End of Semester performances at Gorman Arts Centre this week, two nights of clever new theatre created by seven year olds all the way up to 18 year olds, displaying diversity, intense focus and a clear desire to say important things about our place in the world. Thank you to our wonderful tutors who worked so hard to give these pieces life and guided our young artists through the semester to produce these outstanding final works.

We’re gearing up now for a string of productions at CYT. We had our first rehearsal for versions of us last weekend, with the ensemble and sense of importance around this work really beginning to strengthen. The Verbatim Project will soon go into rehearsal for our Canberra season, followed by our Sydney tour in July – tickets are now on sale for the Canberra season so get in quick! We’re coming to the end of the development stage now for The Company Ensemble show, poem every day, and rehearsals are beginning to intensify as we begin piecing it all together, ready to open at the Ainslie Arts Centre in August. CYT is literally a hive of creativity right now and it’s brilliant to be in!

Our Primary School Workshop Programs are rehearsing intensely for their End of Semester performances soon and we can’t wait to visit and see what they’ve prepared.

Don’t forget, the enrolments for Semester 2 are now on sale for Gorman Arts Centre Workshops and in two weeks for our Primary School Workshops. Be sure to go to our website so you don’t miss out on a place!

Enjoy the foggy mornings!

The Verbatim Project at Canberra Theatre Centre From AD, Katie Cawthorne

Cold!!! It’s here. Every year I forget about this bit, and then I remember that’s why we plan so many fabulous things over Winter to keep our minds off the chill!

We are very excited to announce that The Verbatim Project will be having another Canberra season in 2017! The Canberra Theatre Centre will be hosting our show in the Courtyard Theatre for two performances only before we travel to Sydney for our season at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). We know how many people missed out on seeing the work last year and we’re thrilled that they now have the opportunity to see it. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Preparation for The Verbatim Project tour has begun. Last week Alicia and I went to Sydney to see the space we will be performing in at ATYP. There will be some rearranging of the original work to fit into this new space but our brilliant cast and creative team will have it totally under control after a week of intensive rehearsals in July. Tickets are on sale through ATYP and they’re really starting to sell, so if you’re planning on going up to Sydney to see the show, book now!

Auditions for our final show of the year, versions of us, are taking place this week. We are so happy to announce our Co-Directors for this project – Jess Baker and Jamie Winbank, who will be collaborating with Playwright and CYT alumna Emily Sheehan and the cast, to develop this fantastic new work. Our first creative development is coming up in July and we can’t wait!

Stay warm and enjoy the autumn colours!

i’m me festival fabulousness!! From GM, Alicia Wyatt

March has truly been a remarkable month, particularly for our incredible 7 – 12 year old CYT artists. Last Friday, Gorman Arts Centre was transformed for the evening into a lantern filled, twinkly light spectacular! The i’m me festival took place over four hours, where 31 of our 7-12 year olds performed seven brand new works in a number of spaces across the centre. Our sold out crowd had the chance to see very different pieces, all devised by our young people, under the guidance and support of our brilliant Directors. Under the changing night’s sky, audiences could see each work on a rotational basis, all while devouring crepes from our friends, Le Breton Crepes and making gorgeous flower crowns with A forager’s heart.
The evening culminated with all of our performers’ voices, moving us across the grass to the first public reading of SKYWHALE A PLAY FOR TEN CHILDREN by playwright, Julian Hobba and directed by CYT’s Artistic Director, Katie Cawthorne.

We would like to take this opportuntiy to thank all of our Directors for their incredible work and dedication throughout this development process, Jessica Baker, Errenn Ball, Tracy Bourne, Claire Granata, Anna Johnstone, Stefanie Lekkas, Kitty Malam and Ruth Pieloor, Working to a very short deadline was never a concern and all produced incredible works based on the voices of our young people.

We must also thank our amazing Advanced Technical Team members, Ethan Hamill and Brynn Somerville, supported by Kimmo Vennonen. Their professionalism ensured the smooth running of the festival. We were also thrilled to have our event supported by older artists in our CYT community with Charlotte Palmer undertaking work experience as an emerging director, Yarno Rohling performing as a guitarist for the performance The Boat, Ted Stewart providing the beats to keep us dancing into the night as our resident CYT DJ and Elektra Spencer assisting with front of house. 

Finally we would like to thank our friends at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres for all their constant support for this event as well as the Capital Arts Patron Organisation and the Canberra Weekly Award that provided assistance for our Directors.

Most importantly, Katie and I would like to thank our wonderful CYT community and parents for supporting the festival and all of our young artists. It was brilliant to see so many happy faces throughout the evening, as well as many parents and friends busting out some awesome dance moves at the end of the night!

We can’t wait to see you all at our next CYT event!