At MYT we don't just build great shows, we build great kids.
While we come to rehearsal to put together a great show, our true goal is to help our students become outstanding individuals. A show stopping performance is a byproduct of the unique learning environment created by the MYT Staff. As educators, the staff teaches dance, voice, and acting, in addition to teamwork, confidence, and respect.
The MYT Staff
MYT is a musical theatre program for youth and teens that stages eight productions a year. Each production offers a unique experience to help our actors and actresses grow both on stage and off.
In the spring, youth and teens work together on the same production. The staff creates an environment of teamwork that allows performers to act alongside their peers (casts are usually divided by elementary, middle, and high school) while supporting the other casts in the ensemble. This provides our younger students with the best role models and our older actors with leadership opportunities.
In the summer and fall, productions are divided by grade level, allowing the staff to work on age-appropriate skills with show material performers find enjoyable and challenging.
The Meriden Youth Theatre at the YMCA is committed to involving and educating Connecticut youth, ranging in age from 5-19, through musical theater. Over the past 23 years, MYT has played an important role in the lives of many young artists, teaching participants not only how to sing, dance, act, and direct, but also how to communicate, tolerate, and to be self confident. MYT's mission to to train and educate today's youth to become confident leaders of tomorrow, is guided by the following principles:
1. Casting all who audition or wish to participate
2. Providing a positive environment which promotes teamwork, communication, and accomplishment
3. Recognizing the diversity in participants and audiences
4. Realizing it's now how big a part you get, but how big you make your part!
MYT Audition Policy
It's not how big a part your get, it's how big you make your part.
During auditions students may use their scripts and sing along with the rehearsal track or accompanist. We sometimes allow students to select a part or parts in which they are interested to begin an audition. No role, however, is ever promised or guaranteed. All students must be prepared to sing and read for all parts in a show. An audition is not a read through, and students should act and sing in character and with enthusiasm. Casting is based on current auditions, not past musical theater experience or roles. The audition format will be determined by the director based on the cast and type of show. Auditions may be scheduled individually or in groups.
Every Child Gets A Part:
Participating in a MYT show develops confidence, communication skills, and a sense of community. We evaluate auditions in relation to other auditions and in the context of the entire production. We look for qualities and chemistry that are important to each child’s growth and to the growth of the cast as a whole. We strive to create a strong, cohesive cast, while focusing on each individual performer. The decisions of the directors are final, and we expect all parents and guardians to provide positive reinforcement to the children regardless of the role for which they are selected. As we always say, “It’s not how big a part you get, it’s how big you make your part!”
MYT Attendance Policy
The Importance of Attendance:
While most theater groups or school productions have several rehearsals throughout the week, MYT only rehearses once on Saturday mornings. As a result, each rehearsal covers a lot of important material each week. While the MYT Staff encourages students to participate in a wide range of a activities, they expect that when it comes to Saturday mornings, the show takes priority. A production is a commitment to yourself, the staff, and your fellow actors and actresses.
1. All conflict forms are due prior to auditions. Performers with three or more absences during rehearsals and production week will not be considered for major roles.
2. All performers who are offered major roles will be expected to accept their role with a signed conflict form. If four rehearsals are missed, for whatever reason (scheduled or unscheduled), the role may be offered to another performer.
We encourage and applaud our performers who participate in multiple activities, sports, and clubs. Please be diligent when filling out your conflict form by checking against schedules of sports, school events (chorus/band/drama/graduation), and any other activities your child participates in. Once you turn in your conflict form, it is expected that you have committed to MYT on those days.
Dress Rehearsals and Performances:
Attendance at all dress rehearsals and performances is mandatory. Since performance dates and dress rehearsal dates (always the week before a show) are known before auditions, all conflicts (including sports/rehearsals) should be dealt with in advance so the performer can attend all rehearsals and shows.
Missing a dress rehearsal counts as an absence. See #2 above for our attendance policy.
Students in grades K-12 will all ranges of musical ability and experience are welcome to join the Meriden Youth Theatre. Our students grow musically and as individuals under the direction of our talented staff and unique teamwork between children of all ages.
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