Announcing AVYT’S Second Summer Show!

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We’re excited to announce AVYT’s second show of the year! “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a hilarious series of vignettes about the joys of modern relationships, by Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts. We’ll be rehearsing this fantastic show between the 14th and 24th of August, with performances on the 24th, 25th and 26th of August. But we can’t get anywhere without a cast! We need between 4 and 8 keen performers, and will be holding auditions in the Aston Clinton area on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of April. If this sounds like your cup of tea, just drop us an email at info@avyt.org for an audition pack.

We’re also looking for some folks to be part of the production team – just get in touch if you’re interested!

Remember: we are unique in that we charge NO fees for involvement in our productions. We only ask that you are in the age range (16-25) and want to be part of making an amazing show!

Pippin Auditions!

If you haven’t already seen our posts on Twitter and Facebook, we’ve released the audition dates for our Summer show ‘Pippin’! Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April 2017. See the image below for more information!

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If you’re interested in becoming a performer for AVYT’s exciting show this Summer then drop us an email at info@avyt.org for an audition pack!

We’re not only looking for performers! There are positions available backstage and in the production team – email us for more information regarding these roles and we can send you a production team pack!

We really look forward to hearing from you and seeing you all at auditions!

 

2017 Summer Show Announcement!

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AVYT are very happy to announce our 2017 Summer Show!

With lots of brilliant show proposals the committee eventually came to the decision to bring Stephen Schwartz’s brilliant musical ‘Pippin’ to Tring!

A Brief Synopsis
Heir to the throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfilment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). Pippin searches for his purpose in life because he doesn’t believe that he could live an ordinary life. He believes that some lives were meant to be extraordinary and that his is one of them. Does Pippin find happiness where he seeks or perhaps in a more unlikely place? You’ll have to come along during the Summer to find out!

Audition Info will be released very soon, so keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@avytheatre)

AVYT Project dates are the 30th July-9th August 2017 with Performances on the 10th-12th August 2017. We look forward to seeing you there to join us!

Looking back on AVYT’s 10th year!

Parties, presents and panto – it must be Christmas time already! As 2016 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at what has to be AVYT’s most spectacular year yet.

We kicked off our 2016 show season with a bang in February with “Standard Delivery”, where our improv troupe took to the stage to deliver a completely unscripted show, taking audience suggestions for scenes and games. This was a huge success and set the bar high for the rest of the year.

Shortly after, we held auditions for our big summer show, “The Producers”, which had our highest ever audition turnout and introduced us to many talented new members alongside lots of returning members.

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The fantastic cast and crew of “The Producers”, our main summer show!

Alongside casting the show and preparing for summer, we held our annual variety show, “A Night With AVYT”, in May. Many of our members, old and new, came together to perform a range of different acts for our audience and helped raise money towards the summer show.

We maintained our strong community ties throughout the year, and in June we performed our own version of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Hyde Heath Primary School Fete. That same month we also held our fundraising Quiz Night, which was a lot of fun and raised £200!

In July we began rehearsals for “The Producers”, our main summer show, which proved to be one of the biggest and most challenging shows we had ever taken on. Our cast, crew and production team worked insanely hard over two weeks to deliver an amazing show to the Court Theatre, which was met with a high turnout and rave reviews. It was a huge success, and most importantly, huge fun!

During our show run, we also held our second AGM, where members communicated their views and suggestions, and elected the committee for the next season. Hannah passed the role of Company Manager over to previous Assistant Company Manager, Darcy, and a whole new committee of old and new members was elected.

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“I used to be the King…”

At the end of August we held a big tea party to celebrate AVYT’s 10th birthday, where those involved throughout AVYT’s history came together for an afternoon of memories, laughs, games and cake!

Although we’d finished our summer show, 2016 was far from over for us, and in the autumn we were invited to perform as zombies at a Halloween ball for charity, as well as given the huge opportunity to dance at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, supporting the Astor Big Band on their “More Miller Magic” tour. Both of these events were extremely successful, and great experiences for all involved!

To wrap up 2016, AVYT took to the airwaves as our improv troupe appeared on Radio Christmas, delivering a hilarious, completely unscripted show to help raise money for charity.

It’s onwards and upwards for AVYT and we have big things in store for 2017. And we’re always looking for new members – if you’re interested in joining us in 2017, feel free to get in touch using our contact form here, any of our social media, or by emailing info@avyt.org.

A huge thank you goes to all our members and supporters, and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Show Week is Here!

We’ve been a bit quiet on our social media over the weekend and I thought i’d just take a mo’ to explain why.

On Friday, we had what’s called our ‘stumble run’ going through the entire show from start to finish with the actors. Quite a feat considering we only started rehearsing 4 days before! We have also had 3 get together’s of our brilliant band to go over the music together and get used to their parts.

On Saturday the cast spent the morning singing at Tesco’s in Tring, entertaining the morning shoppers and handing out some flyers. The afternoon was spent with dance rehearsals and costume fittings.

Yesterday (Sunday), was an important one, whilst the cast had a much needed rest day, the crew and production team went to the Theatre to start to set up the space. This involved arranging all costume in the dressing rooms, getting the rigging down and new lights up, constructing the set, painting (a lot of painting!), getting the sound and lighting desks up and running and maybe the eating of a few doughnuts in there just to keep us going.

We’ll share some pictures with you soon, but for now we’re trying to keep it a surprise from the cast so shhhh!

Every year it amazes me that this bunch of young people can be so professional and knowledgeable and innovative when working in the theatre, if there’s a problem we’ll stop, think about it, come up with a solution and suddenly the hive of activity is back up and running.

Today is the day when everything really starts to come together, the cast are working in the theatre from now on, the technical and stage crews working with and around them and then you throw the backstage team, band and front of house team in there as the week goes on and it all becomes a well-oiled machine.

We can’t wait for opening night! Just give us a few days to finish everything off first!

Hannah – Company Manager

Behind the Scenes with – the Stage Manager….

As we enter Day 2 or Rehearsals for our summer show ‘The Producers’; our Stage Manager – Charlotte Dukes-  gives you an insight into what it’s like working behind the scenes… 

“Hi, my name is Charlotte and I am really excited to be stage manager for AVYT’s 10th year musical, ‘The Producers’. As stage manager, my role is to source props, find stage crew and manage the running of the show.

My preparations for the show began a few months ago. I started off by reading the script and meeting with the rest of the production team to discuss ideas and requirements for the show. Leading up to rehearsals, my main focus has been to source and make props. I have also been working with other departments (e.g. Costume and technical) to help provide some of the things on my list and the cast have also kindly donated some items.

I really enjoy rehearsals, where I  bring all of the props that I have gathered so far and take notes on all aspects of the show, such as where props are set and the changing of the set itself (which is all very exciting and currently top secret! 😉).

AVYT is such a fun experience ‘The Producers’ is going to be such a brilliant show – there’s still time for you to get involved”

 

If, like Charlotte, you want to get involved we are still looking for stage hands to help behind the scenes. Send us a message to info@avt.org or on the contact form here for more info.