Young People’s Theatre Newcastle

Theatre Company

The YPT Theatre Company stages performances in a 148 seat auditorium located on the corner of Lindsay and Lawson Streets, Hamilton. Productions provide performance opportunities for YPT Theatre School Students and Adult Members.

YPT offers a range of productions per year. The first production, with a short season early in Term 1, is usually a performance opportunity for senior student (Years 10 to 12). Productions opening in school holidays are open to all Theatre School students who meet the audition criteria and are for more general audiences.

To learn more about our current and past productions at the Young People’s Theatre, please visit our production gallery. Here you can read about our recent shows and see a selection of photos from past performances.

Production info for YPT Members & Families

Production information meetings & auditions

Roles in productions are available to YPT members and students. To gain an acting role, students participate in an audition process. Prior to auditions, students are made aware of production requirements. A Production Information Meeting is held for parents and students considering participation in the production. Production specific requirements, Commitment Forms and audition material will be available at this meeting – attendance at the meeting is an audition eligibility requirement. 

Auditioning is voluntary. While students are encouraged to audition for productions, some students choose to attend classes but not become involved in productions. Students may also indicate an interest in assisting backstage or with sound and lighting.

Students involved in productions must continue to attend classes during the rehearsal phase and the production period. It is policy that students establish a good attendance, behaviour and participation record in Theatre School classes before they become eligible to audition. 

YPT members accept that all casting decisions are at the discretion of the Director/s.

The YPT Executive has overall responsibility for all productions. YPT policies and guidelines inform decisions related to all aspects of a production. Learn more about our team and management committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Criteria may vary between productions but will always include:

  • 75% attendance and an appropriate behaviour/participation in Theatre School classes
  • enrolment in the Theatre School as of a nominated semester
  • regular attendance at classes during previous and current rehearsal and performance season
  • appropriate record of attendance and participation in previous productions
  • appropriate parent support for previous productions through participation on the Parent Roster
  • parent compliance with the Working With Children legislation, ie provision of a current WWCC
  • student and parent attendance at a Production/Audition Information Meeting
  • lodgement of a parent signed Production Commitment Form at the audition

AUDITION NOTICES

At least 4 weeks prior to auditions, an Audition Notice is distributed via student email lists. The Notice covers information for students and parents specific to the production, ie audition eligibility, rehearsal/performance schedules and role descriptions.

PRODUCTION / AUDITION INFORMATION MEETINGS

At least 2 weeks prior to auditions, meetings are held to provide information sufficient for parents and students to determine if they will commit to the production. Production Commitment Forms and audition material are only available at these meetings.

CASTING

  • Student and Adult Members who meet the designated criteria for a production are eligible to audition
  • if, following auditions, the production cannot be adequately cast due to low numbers attending the audition, those attending not quite meeting the needs of the role and/or cast members withdrawing from the production, a formal second call can be made for members to audition
  • the second call, made using the YPT Office email lists should include the previously invited members plus a wider group as would meet the needs of the production.
  • following liaison with the Artistic Director and with the knowledge of the Management Committee, directors may have delegation to use discretion when casting senior productions; the expectation is that senior productions may be required to meet a higher standard of performance and professionalism than junior productions
  • Students are informed of the outcome of the auditions within 2 weeks by YPT email
  • casting decisions are at the discretion of the director and are final
  • please refer all cast enquiries and production related messages through the YPT email: ypt@ypt.org.au

Prior to the production opening, rehearsals are held each Saturday afternoon, after theatre classes, for about ten weeks.

Productions which open on the first Monday of the school holidays have performances from Monday to Saturday of the first week of the holidays and then each Saturday (and some Sundays) for approximately four weeks – a total of about eighteen performances. Each child in a production will usually be involved in at least eleven performances. Involvement in a production can be a commitment for parents and children of up to eighteen weeks.

Senior productions and the junior production at the end of the year are a shorter production season.

Students must commit to:

  • observe theatre rules of behavior and to accept instructions and advice from the director/s, wardrobe coordinator and other appointed officers
  • attend the Production Information Meeting
  • attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances
  • maintain a 75% attendance rate at their regular theatre school class
  • be punctual in arriving for rehearsals and performances
  • contact the YPT Office (preferably by email) to notify any planned absences and/or explain unplanned absences. 

As YPT is a voluntary, not for profit, community organisation, we rely on parents to assist with productions. There are no extra charges levied to support productions. Parental commitment for productions includes:

  • attending the Audition/Production Information Meeting, and
  • making or altering their child’s costume using materials and patterns provided by the Theatre,
  • assisting with some of the following tasks during rehearsal and performance phases, ie. set construction and dressing; Bump In, Canteen, Box Office, Front of House, Publicity, Dressing Room and Stage Door supervision.

Following the Production Information Meeting, parents sign and submit a Commitment Form. Approximately one month before the production opens, parents confirm their availability to assist with specific tasks by adding their name to the Parent Roster.

During the performance season, a useful measure of parental assistance is to be rostered for at least half the number of shows in which their child is performing.

YPT members pay Theatre School Fees only. There are no additional fees related to productions. See the Theatre School Fees on the Theatre School page for more fee info.

The Theatre is closed between afternoon and evening performances. Students are not permitted to stay at the Theatre between shows as there is no supervision in place. It is absolutely essential that parents arrive at the Theatre on time to pick up their children after all performances. In case of an emergency, parents should contact the Theatre.

Students participating in morning classes may also be involved in afternoon rehearsals and/or afternoon and evening performances. Parents are responsible for transporting students between venues.

YPT has a sign in and out policy for student safety. The policy is a fire safety and child protection measure. All parents and volunteers must sign in each time they enter and sign out each time they leave the Theatre.

Opening night is usually the first evening performance of each production. Cheese, biscuits and beverages are available for patrons prior to the performance. Cast members not performing on Opening Night often join the audience for the evening. Bookings are essential. All tickets on Opening Night are $22.00.

Yes. Following the final performance of a production, there is usually an informal ‘after show’ cast and crew party at the Theatre. 

YPT does NOT hold production parties in private homes. YPT does NOT sanction or supervise production parties in private homes. Families involved in YPT productions are responsible to ensure the safety of their children outside production performance hours. Families hosting private parties should be aware of their legal responsibilities in relation to the supervision of minors on their premises; the host family has the ‘duty of care’ for minors at their home. Check internet for responsible partying.

Lindsay Street Players

Lindsay Street Players (LSP), an ensemble under the umbrella of YPT, caters for YPT young adult members who are keen to continue to participate in productions. LSP productions include works more suited to mature audiences. For insurance purposes, LSP members must also hold current YPT Adult Membership.

Theatre for young people by young people
William & Betty Ford
YPT FOUNDERS