Next Stage Youth
About Next Stage Youth:
Launched in the same year as the parent company, Next Stage Youth has been in existence since 1994. Next Stage tutors and actors have coached hundreds of youngsters, preparing many for performances, auditions and competitions. Indeed, some of our talented young actors have gone on from Next Stage Youth to train for the professional theatre.
The emphasis is always on friendship, teamwork, support and a professional grounding in theatre arts. In any year members of Next Stage Youth have the chance to work on devised theatre, competition entries in the Mid-Somerset Drama Festival in March, and at least one full-scale production in The Mission Theatre. There are no auditions, anyone between 11 and 18 is welcome and Next Stage has a policy of using talented youngsters whenever possible in adult productions.
Next Stage Youth runs for ten-week terms (£120 per term), with each session on a Sunday from 4.30 – 6 pm at The Mission Theatre.
The summer term of Next Stage Youth commences on Sunday 23rd April where members will be working on the October production of Goodnight Mr Tom and the early 2018 production of both parts of His Dark Materials. Last term, all members of Next Stage Youth worked on a full-scale production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s version of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens to rave reviews. To read an article on Next Stage Youth’s spectacular production click here.
To download our child protection policy documentation please click Child_Protection_Policy_2016.pdf. (Adobe PDF).
What goes on at NSY?
As well as the regular weekly sessions with Next Stage tutors, students also have the chance of attending professionally led workshops. All aspects of stagecraft and dramatic presentation are explored.
Next Stage Youth regularly enters local competitions and presents public showings of its work. This year six groups from NSY competed in the prestigious Mid-Somerset Drama Festival. Read a brief report on the competition.
Youngsters are also invited to take roles alongside adults in Next Stage’s programme of challenging productions. In 2015 15 members of the Youth Company performed alongside members of the adult Company in a production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe which toured to The Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Also in 2015 Next Stage Youth produced an epic production of Peter Pan.
Come You Giants Bursary
In May 2012, Next Stage Theatre Company announced the creation of the Come You Giants (CYG) bursary open to all members of Next Stage Youth who have been in the company for at least 2 years. The £1000 grant has been set up specifically to help young and talented actors who wish to pursue further training in performing arts. Click here for an article on the ways in which this bursary has been used by recipients since 2016.
Applications are open from 1 to 31 May of each year. An article on the application process is available here.
The Bridget Casse Award for Excellence in Youth Theatre
Each year, the Next Stage Youth tutors select one member to receive the Bridget Casse Award. This is given to somebody who has shown enthusiasm, talent, a willingness to help out, a positive attitude towards fellow members, and is an asset to NSY. This was awarded for the first time in 2010 to Philip Davies, in 2011 to Anna-Fleur Rawlinson, in September 2012 to Jenny McGlynn, in 2013 to James Langley, in 2014 to Ben Armstrong and in 2015 to Amberley Couchman. The current award holder in Olivia Anniss. To read an article on the 2016 award, and to see pictures of the ceremony, click here