Dead Men’s Wars

Dead Men’s Wars was a huge success! We had six amazing performances here in Australia before the core actors went to Wellington and did another eight that were received brilliantly. It was a very intense few weeks, with 7 hour days, six days a week before we opened at The Street and our actors took the entire experience in their stride, working as hard as any professional in the industry. A huge congratulations to all involved, creative team, actors, CYT office staff and all our supporters at CYT who came to see the show. We now have the most wonderful partnership with our sister company Long Cloud Youth Theatre – watch this space for future collaborations!

New Patron

Our new patron for CYT was revealed on opening night of Dead Men’s Wars – Senator Katy Gallagher. Katy gave a wonderful speech saying she was the “two P’s” a Patron and a Parent, as her daughter is a budding actor in our workshops. I’d like to welcome Katy and say that we are so very excited at CYT about our bright future with her on board.

Boogong at Googong!

Last week I had the pleasure of working with nine of our amazing teen artists as they developed material for a four hour roving Halloween performance in Googong. Each was in charge of sourcing their own costumes and developing their own characters of zombies, witches or mad scientists. Professional make-up artists came in on Saturday afternoon and covered them in amazing designs, bites and gashes before they travelled out to Googong in various parents’ cars for the festival. I was so impressed as I watched our artists interacting with the thousands of festival goers, dancing a Thriller flashmob, weaving spells in a cauldron full of dry ice and scaring grown adults in the graveyard! Not a single performer dropped their character or gave less than 100% even as they got to their fourth hour of performing. Googong want them back next year, amazing works you guys!

End of Semester Performances

End of Semester performances took place at Gorman Arts Centre this week and they were fantastic! These are the second End of Semester performances I have seen now and I am most impressed with the development I have seen amongst every single one of our young artists since the beginning of the year. It has been wonderful to see each and every one of you raising the bar and reaching further as you develop as artists. Thank you to all of our hard working tutors who give so much to CYT and endure sleepless nights as we get closer to performance time!

Primary workshops’ End of Semester performances are coming up at the end of November, our Tuggeranong Ensemble will perform in December and then it’s time for our Christmas Garden Party! We’ll be launching our 2016 Artistic Program AND our new logo! We look forward to seeing all our members there and of course parents are most welcome too.