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 or on the contact form here for more info.

Musicians Wanted!

This year AVYT is putting on the Broadway Smash-hit; The Producers at the Court Theatre, Tring, performance dates are the 4th, 5th and 6th of August.

We have a Cast and a Production Team, what we need now are some Musicians!

We’re on the look out for anyone aged 16-25 who would be interested in playing in our Orchestra. Specific instruments needed are:

Violin, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Reeds and Percussion.

Our Orchestra are so important and just as much part of the team as everyone else, so we’d love it if you, or anyone you know who may be interested, got in touch through the contact form on the website, any of our social media outlets or by emailing




So far in 2016…

This year has certainly been a busy one so far for AVYT!

2016 sees us celebrating our 10th Birthday and as such there has been lots of activity going on to help us see this year through with style.

For a start, we have launched this new website which should make it easier for us to keep you updated with what’s going on this summer.

This year has also seen a series of successful activity. In February we put on our second ever Improvised Comedy Show ‘Standard Delivery’, which saw a brave team of 5 stand up in front of an audience, unscripted and unplanned, playing a series of comedy games with suggestions from our audience. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all who participated and thanks to the Aylesbury Rugby club for hosting and to Tom Geggus – the mastermind behind AVYT’s Improvised Comedy Troupe, (email if you’re interested).

Next, we held Auditions for our Summer Show, The Producers. This year’s auditions saw a wealth of new talent join the company and updates for The Producers will be appearing on this page shortly.

In May we held our Annual Variety Show, where members were able to perform an act of their choice to friends and family. We have a range of acts with some comedy, lots of solos and group numbers, some dance and music. We raise over £200 towards our summer show.

In June, a small group performed at Hyde Heath Primary School Fete, an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic, we put our own spin on things and performed ‘Alex in Wonderland’. The British sunshine held out and allowed us to perform al-fresco and it was a very fun afternoon.

Just last weekend, we held a Fundraising Quiz night, again raising over £200 towards The Producers.

Thanks all for your support so far, we’ll be introducing the team behind ‘The Producers to you all shortly and, as ever, if you’re interested in joining AVYT please do get in touch using the contact form here or

Hannah Austin – Company Manager