Winscombe Youth Theatre is a small Theatre Production Company and School located in the southwest of England. From these humble beginnings the group has expanded both its size and age range which now spans from the age of 4 to 21. These ages are split into 4 different classes; Early Stagers, Imps, Players and Workshop.
In its twenty years of being active, the Youth Theatre has staged well over thirty productions including adaptations of Disney’s Aladdin, self-written Pantomimes: What Really Happened to Cinders, A Trip to Transylvania, traditional musicals such as Fame, Guys and Dolls and West Side Story as well as family favourites like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Wizard of Oz.
Recently, WYT has branched into more traditional theatre like Rattigan’s Harliquinade and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, so a whole variety of theatre is covered.
Many of the shows are reviewed by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and are regularly noticed by the local media.
Students also have the opportunity to do LAMDA exams in Acting and Verse and Prose to improve and develop the acting skills as well as their understanding of theatre. LAMDA is taught from Preliminary grades up to Gold Medal.
The Youth Theatre was founded in 1990 by Theresa Hemming with a group of around twenty students. At the time, the group met in Winscombe Community Centre and the productions were shown at the local primary school. But has moved on to stage there producions at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form.