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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge thank you goes to all our members and supporters, and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year!