Wasn’t 2016 a massive year?!

We began the year working with our youngest group of artists and Noa Rotem, Butoh specialist, creating the extraordinary Butoh Project in just 24 hours. Our audience was blown away leaving the theatre uplifted and emotionally connected to this special work.

Heading into the colder months, we began work on the exceptional piece, The Verbatim Project. Performed in July, after months of development, our cast of 13 -15 year olds and the GOLDs honestly shared their own stories, discovering that no matter what age, the experiences we have are all connected because we are human. CYT was overwhelmed with the response from the wider Canberra community and are thrilled to be programmed for 2017 for the Australian Theatre for Young People, (ATYP) taking The Verbatim Project to Sydney next year. This has not been possible without fundraising and the incredible support of our CYT community. We can’t thank you enough and feel emotional just thinking about it!

There was little time for rest and August was spent rehearsing intensively, after five months of preparation for Antigone – The Greek Project. There were many challenges during the final rehearsals for this work and the professionalism exhibited by our Company Ensemble demonstrated the care and passion our young artists have for CYT. Again we had a sold out season and received rave reviews for this unique interpretation of a well known classic.

These productions would not have been so successful without the commitment of our Technical Theatre Team, who brought each piece to life with outstanding stage management, lighting and sound design.

Alongside all of these amazing productions, our Workshops Program continued to provide vital opportunties for our CYT artists to develop their skills in theatre making and theatre thinking with our exceptional tutors. The recent End of Semester performances were the strongest we have seen and and we can’t wait for what is in store for 2017!

This year we also created two new works for the Multicultural Festival and performed at the Boogong Halloween event in Googong. We ran a Masterclass in audition techniques for young people wishing to pursue a career in the industry. In November four incredible female leaders from the 13 -15 and 16 – 18 year Ensembles worked with BIGhART to share performance training skills with a group of young indigenous women.

CYT staff also had the pleasure of experiencing many productions throughout the year with a group of impassioned senior students from high schools and colleges, sharing their love of the theatre.

We all know CYT would not exist without the huge support base we have from our young artists, their families, our wider community, tutors, board and office staff.

Thank you for an unforgettable year! We can’t wait to see you all at the Christmas party to celebrate!