Welcome

About

Winscombe Youth Theatre, was founded 29 years ago by Theresa Hemming with a small  group of students. The group started at Winscombe Community Centre and staged their first productions at the local primary school.


Since then, the group has expanded both in size and age range (which now spans from 4-16yrs.)  WYT has staged well over 40 productions in the last 29 years, including “Guys and Dolls” “West Side Story” “Fame”, “Little Shop of Horrors” “Annie” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” “Aladdin” “Our Day Out” and “The Wizard of Oz.’” WYT has also branched out into traditional theatre staging productions such as Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and “Blood Brothers” by Willy Russell.


WYT is affiliated to NODA. (National Operatic and Dramatic Assoc) Classes are held on Saturdays at Churchill Academy and students are taught all 3 disciplines of drama, singing and dance by a small team of qualified dedicated specialist teachers. The aim is to build confidence and self- esteem within a fun environment. Students learn to express themselves and develop their full potential. They are introduced to the various techniques of acting and learn to project their voices and communicate effectively. They work in small groups, pairs and individually in role plays, improvisations and various dramatic situations.


Private Tuition for LAMDA Exams and Arts Festivals

Our LAMDA teacher offers private and semi-private lessons to prepare for LAMDA Examinations and Arts Festivals in Acting and Verse and Prose at a subsidised rate to WYT students. Taking part and preparing for LAMDA Examinations and Arts Festivals assists in development of confidence, communication skills and appreciation of the written word. They introduce the students to a wide range of writers and dramatists. Students working with Miss Hemming have achieved 100% pass rate with Merits and Distinctions and have entered local Arts Festivals in most age categories since 2000. For further information please email Miss Hemming directly on stagepost@hotmail.co.uk.


Theatre trips are organised on a regular basis.


Past students have progressed to drama school and university to pursue their theatrical studies and have secured places at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, The Cygnet Training School, Exeter, The Drama Centre London, East 15 Acting School London, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, Rose Bruford College, The Actor Works Drama School, Italia Conti Theatre School and various universities studying Performing Arts and Theatre and Film Studies. 


“Whether it is a hobby or leads to a career on the stage, WYT is a fun relaxed environment which gives knowledge and experience to its students” - Jo, past student

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Staff

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Theresa Hemming - Principal

Theresa trained at Birmingham School of Drama and did a Post Graduate  course at Birmingham University. She has taught Speech and Drama in  schools in the Midlands and South West of England for many years.


Theresa first became interested in the  Theatre at the age of 11 years and regularly took part in Drama and  Music Festivals in the Midlands. Upon graduation she worked in the  theatre in the Birmingham area and London. She taught EFL at Berlitz  School of Languages in Birmingham and London for over 5 years where she  also trained teachers and assessed students.

She  has appeared in many leading roles with operatic and drama societies  including Lichfield, Sutton Coldfied and Weston Operatic Societies and  has directed for various groups up and down the country. Theresa founded  WYT in 1990 and now spends her time teaching Drama in local schools and  running the Winscombe Youth Theatre.

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John Butler - Drama Teacher

John Butler trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the  University of West of England where he achieved his degree in Fine Art.

He is Chairman of The Wayfarers Drama Club in Weston-Super-Mare and is a founder member and trustee of "Theatre In The Hut" WSM.


He has produced for Worle Operatic Society such shows as "Die  Flaudermaus", "White Horse Inn" and "Orpheus In The Underworld", Over  the years he was produced classical plays including "The Cherry  Orchard", "The Ideal Husband", "School For Scandal" and "The Rivals".

With WYT he has directed such productions as "Oh What A Lovely War", "Dracula", "Blood Brothers" as well as various pantomimes. As well as  directing, John also designs and paints the sets for the shows and  prepares students for LAMDA exams up to Gold Medal.

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Flora Lacy - Dance Teacher

Flora-Kate Lacy was originally trained in classical ballet at Churchill Ballet School, where she performed in festivals at Weston Playhouse and took all RAD examinations to Grade 8 and started teaching at the ballet school alongside the principal.  She studied GCSE Dance at Churchill School, which then encouraged her to take her qualification further to A-Level.


Flora managed to achieve an A* in A-Level Dance, where she studied and choreographed Jazz, Contemporary, and Ballets Russes dances for her qualification. Soon after, her career  as an aerobic gymnast kicked off, Flora became a qualified gymnastics  helper and she was awarded with a place on the National team as a  gymnast in 2009. During this year Flora competed all over Great Britain,  Slovakia, Austria, France and Las Vegas where she came sixth in the  World Series for her age category as part of a trio. After achieving  this, she decided to become a teacher, and studied both Music and  Primary Education at Froebel College in the University of Roehampton.  Flora graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree during the summer  of 2014.

Music and  Dance have always been a passion of Flora’s; she has grown up on the  stage not only as a performer, but also as a teacher in the wings!

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Maria Hemming - Drama Teacher

Maria joined our teaching staff a number of years ago. She has a degree  in Politics and International Relations from Southampton University and a  PGCE from Southbank University, London. She started her acting career  in WYT playing numerous roles in our annual productions(Guys and Dolls, Fame, Little Shop of Horrors and West Side Story), taking Lamda examinations and entering various drama and dance festivals in the South  West.


Maria has performed in  productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and  has stage-managed a number of productions including Romeo and Juliet  (at Abbeyfest in London), Dracula and Aladdin. She worked as a comedy  agent in London working with Russell Howard, Frank Skinner, Harry Hill  and Al Murray.Following this she worked on the final Harry Potter  film(The Deathly Hallows). Currently she is an active member of WODS  (Worle Operatic and Dramatic Society) where she has performed in The  Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Natasha Green - Singing Teacher

Natasha has been performing since the age of four, following her brother both onto stage and into music. She has performed professionally and as an amateur across the South West and abroad. Favourite roles include Demeter in Cats, Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (three times so far!), Gary Coleman in Avenue Q, Sarah in Ragtime, and Mimi in Rent.


She first crossed over to the production side to Musical Direct a benefit show for BAOS (Bristol Amateur Operatic Society) in 2008, and soon after was asked to be the resident MD for Minis Theatre Club, a role she held for nearly 10 years. She also enjoys choreographing, and has choreographed shows for both youth and adult productions. She hopes to inspire a love for theatre in the students (and their parents and family) as countless others have done for her.

News

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WYT Turns 30!

To celebrate their 30th anniversary WYT presents "The Day the Doctor Visited WYT," This is a showcase of drama, songs and dances from some of the shows WYT has done over the last 30 years such as Annie, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Blood Brothers.


WYT runs on Saturdays and is based at Churchill Academy.

Murder Mystery Night!

We are holding this fundraising event on Saturday 29th Feb 2020 at 7.30pm at Winscombe Royal British Legion Function Room. Tickets are £15 per person (adults only) and include dinner, 1930s Murder Mystery Act and singing sensation Natasha T Green! So get dressed up in your favourite 1930s attire and come join in the fun!


For more information or to book: 01934 843952 or email stagepost@hotmail.co.uk.

Past Students

STEFANIE MARTINI was a member of WYT for many years. She graduated  from RADA last year. In March she can be seen as Mary Thorne in the new  ITV drama DOCTOR THORNE, and is currently shooting EMERALD CITY for NBC.

Credits Include:

  • EMERALD CITY, NBC
  • DOCTOR THORNE, BBC
  • ENDEAVOUR, ITV


DARREN  JOHN (Martyn) who joined WYT when he was 8 yrs old was a member for  many years. He's now starring in the musical "Madagascar".

Credits Include:

  • GREASE
  • STARLIGHT EXPRESS
  • SUNSET BOULEVARD
  • SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
  • THE ROLLER BOYS
  • HIGH SCHOOL ROCKS
  • 42ND ST


HARVEY ROBINSON was a member of WYT from the age of 7-18 yrs. During his time with us he played many leading roles in various musicals and plays. He went on to train at The Cygnet Training Theatre, Exeter.

Credits Include:

  • JERUSALEM AT THE ROYAL COURT THEATRE, WEST END AND BROADWAY
  • BARDOLPH’S BOX (UNITY THEATRE)
  • WE ARE ONE (WEST END)
  • WHAT YOU WILL (SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE)
  • THE CURING ROOM (PLEASANCE THEATRE, EDINBURGH)
  • DUSTY (CHARING CROSS THEATRE)
  • CHARLIE’S AUNT (NATIONAL TOUR)
  • THE RIVALS (NATIONAL TOUR)
  • MOVING THE WORLD (BIKESHED THEATRE
  • NORTHANGER ABBEY (TOUR)
  • LITTLE RED AND THE BIG BAD WOLF (UNITY THEATRE)