Time and cost commitment of local youth theatre groups

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Time and cost commitment of local youth theatre groups

Post by Hilltop » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:04 pm

Hello, just have a question to hear other’s views on this. My DD auditions for a few local youth musical theatre groups but mostly just gets into the chorus/ensemble. Some of these cost quite a bit of money and have high time commitments and we’re coming to the view that if she doesn’t get some sort of role, then it’s not worth her doing it. I just wondered what others views on this? She spends a lot of time in lessons so we’re having to prioritise, but I don’t want her to miss out on experience if she doesn’t do theatre shows. She’s doing BYMT in the summer for a second year but won’t be doing it next year.

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Re: Time and cost commitment of local youth theatre groups

Post by islandofsodor » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:18 pm

I think it depends on the group. Ds is in a youth theatre company and has had roles ranging from the lead to chorus. The group is very good at giving everyone plenty to do and putting little cameos in. He’s happy just to be in the show regardless of role.

He tried another group and it was entirely different. The chorus were there really just to sell tickets and there was lots of hanging round. He won’t be doing that one again.
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Re: Time and cost commitment of local youth theatre groups

Post by Rose20 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:05 pm

I agree! Very much depends upon the group. Some can have a youth club feel with hanging around chatting to friends, and others much more hard working allowing everyone to learn complex routines and harmonies. Both types of group suit different kids and their goals.
Regarding costs, in my experience, if you try cities or large towns near where you live they will often have youth groups that attract large amounts of youths wanting to audition (sometimes having to reduce the number to 1 or 2 hundred to make it manageable). The costs for these groups seem to be minimal despite very good quality shows. In these groups ensemble will be sought after and well worthwhile in my opinion.

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