Young People’s Theatre Newcastle


Top 5 Musical Theatre Albums as voted by YPT Kids!

2 minute read // Published by Young Peoples Theatre, August 2020

We love Musical Theatre here at YPT! See below for our Top 5 Musical Theatre Albums as voted by YPT students.

1. Hamilton
Winner of 11 Tony awards including Best Musical and Best Score, Hamilton has been an international mega-success and our students have been loving it since Day 1. This revolutionary album is a must listen to for all, whether you like Musical Theatre or not. Hamilton is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, an American founding father and uses a mix of genres to create a dynamic musical!

2. Come From Away
Come From Away is an incredibly heart-felt musical, about a small town called Gander dealing with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Also winner of Best Score at the Tony Awards, this Musical was one of the shows our students saw on our 2019 Performing Arts Trip to the UK. If you haven’t listen to this album, well you’ve been living under a rock… (pun intended)

3. Hadestown
Also winner of Best Score at the Tony’s, Hadestown is the story of the greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and going to the underworld. The beautiful score captures your attention and as a mostly sung through production, you can listen to majority of the show by listening to the cast recording.

4. Les Miserable
Our kids love a classic! Les Miserable, which is celebrating 45 years as a musical is a favourite of our YPT kids. This completely sung through musical, set in 19th Century France is also a Tony Award Winner for Best Score and an international success.

5. SpongeBob the Musical
This fun family friendly show is often a favourite in Musical Theatre Classes. The 2016 show will have you smiling for days. The interesting part about this show is that each song is written by a different composer and explores many different genres and all 20 of the composers were nominated for Best Score at the Tony Awards. Don’t be a simple sponge, get onto this cast album!

We hope you enjoyed our Top 5 Albums as voted by YPT Kids. Happy Listening!

10 reasons every kid should do Drama!

3-5 minute read // Published by Young Peoples Theatre, July 2020

Drama students and drama teacher know that the theatre is a place of creativity, belonging and fun. Aside from being an activity that we love, drama develops important life skills and strong personal qualities. Whether you’re into Shakespeare or Hamilton, drama classes teach you valuable lessons that extend way beyond the auditorium seating. Here’s 10 reason why every kid should do drama!

    Would you stand on stage in front of a large group of people and sing, dance or act? I am guessing for most of you it would be no. But for a drama student, absolutely, it’s the best part! Drama gives student’s confidence to shine, it develops them not just as performers but as people and allows them to trust their instincts and believe in themselves.
    Or as we call it in the theatre an ‘Ensemble’.  Team work makes the dream work in all areas of life areas of life and the collaborative nature of theatre is no different.
    Every drama kid has missed out on a role they really want to play. Whether it’s the lead role in a production or the ‘leader’ in a class game, drama students learn to grow, cope with rejection and try again next time.
    And not only did that disappointed kid deal with not getting their dream role, they also happily are cheering on the person who did.
    Drama students learn how to get their chosen message to others through verbal and non verbal communication. They have to negotiate in group work, make decisions and problem solve. Sounds hard? Not at all, in Drama it’s part of the fun!
    Drama keeps your imagination active well past your years of playing tea parties in the backyard.
    Every drama class gives students both direct and indirect feedback on our performances. Not only do drama students learn to accept feedback, they learn to apply it. Its’s called taking direction in the theatre, and it is a valuable life lesson.
    Drama would be a whole lot less dramatic without emotions. Imagine watching a play where no one expressed any emotion! Boring! Not only do drama students learn about emotions they learn to express them onstage and then talk about it!
    Drama is all about being in the moment, with so much screen time for children, drama is a welcomed and entertaining break and time to play and create!
    Drama friends are friends for life. Not only drama friends will the share a love for theatre but they will accept and respect each other. Drama creates powerful bonds and that’s why theatre’s are more like a homes. It’s a community. It’s a family. And that’s the real theatre magic.

If you are looking for Drama Classes for your child. Look no further than Young Peoples Theatre. We are not-for-profit community organisation that has been providing high quality and affordable tuition for over 70 years. Enrol or enquire at