10 years nurturing talent
Many young people often struggle to come out of their shell.
Making a speech, singing in front of a crowd or stepping up on stage can be a daunting prospect but there is one programme trying to make a difference.
The National Youth Theatre Company has been helping kids find their own voice for the last 10 years.
The programme was established in 2005 to offer young people an opportunity to participate in performing arts training.
‘‘It’s crazy, it doesn’t feel like it’s been 10 years,’’ general manager James Doy says.
‘‘I was involved at the start of it all . . . we decided the time was right for a big company that did this sort of thing.’’
Up to 220 students stand centrestage in two full-scale musical performances at the Aotea Centre each year. Organising this many people could be seen as a major headache but Doy says it’s worth the effort.
‘‘It has a real family feel for the kids,’’ he says. ‘‘They all come together with this love for what they do.’’
For its 10th year the theatre company decided to go big, taking on Seussical and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
With their rendition of Seussical set for July 3 to 4, the theatre company is in full rehearsal mode.
Scarlett Jacques and Beanie Bartlett of Remuera, along with Lucy Taylor of Mt Eden will be performing the role of Cat in the Hat for the upcoming musical.
Each role in the musicals can be cast to several members so that every performer has a chance on stage.
Doy says the idea is to bring kids out of their shell.
‘‘It’s great that some kids come in and get involved straight away,’’ he says.
‘‘But it’s the ones that come in, start at the back and slowly work their way forward. They really grow. That means the most.’’