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 Pippinis 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!
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!
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!
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 email@example.com or on the contact form here for more info.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.