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Celebrating the success of Next Stage Youth as the company expands for its Summer Term

Posted: Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Next Stage Youth enjoyed a spectacular spring term with their outstanding production of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Audiences were wowed by the group's maturity in tackling this ambitious story which had been worked on in their 90 minute sessions each Sunday since April 2016.

Praise for the production included:
"Never less than gripping, it’s a thoroughly well told tale, with no weak links in the young cast" Philip Horton reviewing for the Bath chronicle.
"A tour de force. We loved the continual and practiced movement; and clever, polished scene and mood changes. Congratulations!"
“Wow!! What a brilliantly staged play, wonderfully engineered atmosphere and superb performances by all this talented cast with excellent confidence, delivery, tone, acting, reaction and singing and dancing to boot! Pitch perfect! This really was premier league youth drama!"

Next Stage Youth recruitment
Next Stage Youth is now recruiting for the Autumn term. Sessions start on Sunday 10th September 4.30-6pm and anyone aged 11-18 is welcome. There are no auditions and newcomers are invited to attend a couple of 'taster sessions' before committing to the company. NSY meets throughout the year on term-time Sundays. The 90 minute sessions cost £12 each, meaning the 10 week terms are £120.
If you're interested in joining Next Stage Youth for the summer term please contact Ann Ellison on 01225 428600 or email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Forthcoming productions:
His Dark Materials
As the autumn term begins, Next Stage Youth will be starting work on the company's exciting February production of His Dark Materials Part 1 & 2 adapted by Nicholas Wright from the books by Phillip Pulman. The production will be the third time Next Stage has performed this play since 2007. It will be another epic production from Next Stage Youth with so many different characters and worlds to explore. Casting will be finalised during the first half of the term so anyone thinking of joining us in September will have the chance of being considered for a part in the play, to be performed in the 2018 February half term.

Come You Giants Bursary
In May, applications for Next Stage Youth's annual bursary of £1000 will open for all members of Next Stage Youth who have been part of the company for at least 2 years. This bursary was set up by Next Stage Theatre Company in 2012 to enable talented young actors to further their training in the performing arts. We are proud to say that the CYG bursary has been awarded to 13 NSY members to date, helping to fund tuition fees, degree courses, summer schools and many other exciting experiences, all contributing to the recipients appreciation of, and development in, the performing arts. To read an article on the ways the 2015-2016 recipients have used the bursary click here.

NSY Alumni
At Next Stage Youth we take great pride in what our members do inside and outside of the company. Here are some examples of what five of our past members have been getting up to recently:
Anna-Fleur Rawlinson moved to London in 2015 to do an MA at King's College. Whilst there, she worked for the National Theatre and a company which takes theatre into primary schools. Anna-Fleur has just been offered an exciting new job as Executive Assistant to the Creative Director for a brand-new opera touring London and the world soon!
Ben Armstrong has just completed a foundation course at Birmingham School of Acting and is now auditioning at the country's major drama schools in the hopes of obtaining a place on a three year course.
Poppy Harrison has just moved to London to start her new job as Development Officer at the Bush Theatre. Poppy is also The Mission Theatre's 2017 Bath Fringe Festival coordinator.
Abi Harvey has just been offered a place on the competitive Bristol-based Big Act programme where she will be studying the performing arts for the next two years.
Ellie Williams is currently studying Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Birmingham which has been ranked as one of the top drama degree courses at a University in the country.

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