Pippin – August 2017
Directed/Designed by Thomas Kershaw-Green, Produced by Darcy Power
Pippin – Chloe Taplin
Leading Player – Lekita Davies
Fastrada – Emma Woods
Charlemagne – Jade Harris-Tyler
Lewis – George Tompkins
Berthe – Amelia Bower
Catherine – Charli Cox
Theo – Abigail Tilston
Peasant – Sahan Hiddalarachchi
Noble – Beatrice Benedek
AVYT Variety Show – July 2017
AVYT rally the troops again for another stunning evening of musical theatre numbers and fun
The Producers – August 2016
4th-6th August 2016
Directed by Bea Beard and Hannah Goodwin, Produced by Darcy Power
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of mill
ions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding
a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.
Max Bialystock – Thomas Kershaw-Green
Leopold Bloom – George Tompkins
Franz Leibkind – Haden Spence
Roger De Bris – Tom Hodge
Carmen Ghia – Joey Watson-Smith
Ulla – Rhiannon Whale
Bum – Susannah Bance
Bag Lady – Beatrice Benedek
Blind Violinist – Stuart Taylor
Nuns – Amelia Bower & Madeleine-Storm Dorothea Hall
Street Cleaner -Josh Tyler
Workman – Sahan Hiddalarachchi
Mrs Marks – Susannah Bance
Hold-Me, Touch, Me – Emma Kniebe
Jack Lapidus – Stuart Taylor
Donald Dinsmore – Madeleine-Storm Dorothea Hall
Jason Green – Sahan Hiddalarachchi
Ticket Taker – Amelia Bower
Gunter – Josh Tyler
Guard – Susannah Bance
Judge – Felicity McCourt
Jury Foreman – Amelia Bower
Prison Trustee – Josh Tyler
First Nighters – Alice Ashwell, Thomas Hodge, Emma Kniebe, Haden Spence, Joey Watson-Smith, Rhiannon Whale
Little Old Ladies – Alice Ashwell, Susannah Bance, Beatrice Benedek, Amelia Bower, Madeleine-Storm Dorothea Hall, Felicity McCourt, Kelly Nicholas
Accountants – Sahan Hiddalarachchi, Thomas Hodge, Haden Spence, Stuart Taylor, Josh Tyler, Joey Watson-Smith
AVYT Showcase – May 2016
Standard Delivery – February 2016
5th February 2016
Loserville – August 2015
6th – 8th August 2015
Directed by Rachael Brown and Produced by Hannah Austin
The year is 1971. Michael Dork and his computer geek friends are attempting to send the first ever email. With Sci-fi plot lines, 70s styling and high energy music Loserville, written by McBusted member James Bourne and his mate Elliot Davis, promises to be an upbeat, funny and entertaining show. The slogan used for the musical is “I guess it really pays to be a slacker…”, and the story is centred around 17-year-old Dork, who is called a nerd, geek and slacker by others. Socially marginalised by the entire school and constantly picked on by Eddie, the coolest boy in school, Michael is desperate to find his ticket out of Loserville. But when stunning new girl Holly arrives, Michael is introduced to a whole new world of cool.
Michael Dork – Haden Spence
Lucas Lloyd – Joey Watson-Smith
Francis Weir – Gus Kerr
Marvin Camden – Darcy Power
Holly Manson – Emma Kniebe
Eddie Arch – Tom Hodge
Huey Phillips – Sahan Hiddalarachchi
Wayne Pagoda – Stuart Taylor
Leia Dawkins – Kayley Rose Canfield
Elaine Friend – Leigh Batson
Samantha Powden -Amelia Bower
Marina/Davina Glen – Alice Ashwell
Ensemble – Darcy Power, Alice Ashwell, Amelia Bower, Kayley Rose Canfield, Leigh Batson, Tom Hodge
The Drowsy Chaperone – August 2014
Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th August 2014
Directed by Hannah Veysey and Tom Hodge
Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellarson
This show is a delight and seeks purely to entertain. It begins with a some-what eccentric, die-hard musical theatre fan that wishes to share his records with the audience. As the music plays, it bursts to life right in his living room and the fun begins.
The show tells the story of a Broadway Starlet, Janet Van De Graff, who wishes to give up her life on the stage and marry and incredibly rich, oil tycoon. The show is full of a variety of dynamic and charming characters, which each bring something different to the table. The Drowsy Chaperone is homage to American musicals of the jazz era and has won two Tony Awards, not to be missed.
Man In Chair – Joey Watson-Smith
The Drowsy Chaperone – Bea Beard
Janet van de Graaff – Stephanie Palmer
Robert Martin – Josh Packham
George – James Young
Aldolpho – Haden Spence
Mrs. Tottendale – Emma Kniebe
Underling – Josh Mallalieu
Feldzieg – Dave O’Hara
Kitty – Beth Rigby
Trix – Tilly Beard
Gangster 1 – Amelia Bower
Gangster 2 – Jonah Lamond
An Evening With AVYT – July 2014
Saturday 26th July 2014
Grendon Underwood Village Hall & Aylesbury Vale Youth Theatre Presents… An Evening With AVYT!
Packed full of singing, dancing & fun!
An evening of entertainment courtesy of Grendon Underwood Village Hall and AVYT.
An Inspector Calls – August 2013
Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st August 2013
Journeying back to 1914, JB Priestley’s classic, ‘An Inspector Calls’, will thrill audiences with its enthralling plot and searing suspense. Watch this youthful cast bring one of British theatre’s greatest works back to the stage in an intimate, local setting.
Set in the spring of 1914, the prosperous middle-class Birling family are joyfully celebrating an engagement in their comfortable family home. The family’s jovial and joyful feelings however soon disappear with the appearance of the mysterious Inspector Goole, who sends tremors through the Birling’s seemingly ideal world with the emergence of harrowing secrets buried deep within the families past.
The Drama Studio, Aylesbury Grammar School.
All Shook Up – August 2013
Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th August 2013
An exciting jukebox musical made up of the hits of Elvis, ‘All Shook Up’, takes place in 1955, in an insignificant Midwestern Town, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll.
All Shook Up includes such classics as ‘Heart Break Hotel’, ‘Jail House Rock’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. These timeless Elvis hits ensure that any audience member can fall in love with the 50s all over again.
Join Aylesbury Vale Youth Theatre at the Court Theatre, Pendley, Tring for this exciting jukebox musical. Performances will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August 2013 (including a Saturday matinee at 2pm). We are certain audience members will be tapping their blue suede shoes along to this show.
Coming into our 7th consecutive season, AVYT is a not-for-profit organisation run for and by 16 – 21 year olds in the Aylesbury Vale area.
The Importance Of Being Earnest – August 2012
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th August 2012
The famous Oscar Wilde comedy set in 19th century England is a roller coaster of a ride through fake friends to real love. As Aylesbury Vale Youth Theatre’s summer play, the show stretches from friends in the country to a baby lost in a suitcase.
The Wedding Singer – August 2012
Thursday 16th – Saturday 18th August 2012
Based on the award winning film starring Adam Sandler, the Wedding Singer is a fast paced musical comedy, which explores the life of the rock-star wannabee Robbie Hart. With an 80s rock band on the side and songs that will make you want to cry and laugh at the same time, this is sure to be a hit.
Book by Chad Begeulin & Tim Herlihy
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Begeulin
Robbie – Haden Spence
Glen – Tom Hodge
George – Tom Geggus
Sammy – Dave O’Hara
Julia – Hannah Veysey
Holly – Lucy Richards
Linda – Emily Parker
Rosie – Hannah Austin
Angie – Bea Beard
Clerk – Rachael Brown
David (Best man) – Tom Brunt
Second Waitress – Alice Ashwell
Priest – Josh Packham
Crystal – Krista Hamlyn
Mookie – Josh Packham
Donny – Joey Watson-Smith
Tiffany – Alice Ashwell
Second Waiter – Tom Geggus
First Waiter – Dave O’Hara
Shane (Donatello’s husband) – Josh Packham
Father of the Bride – Tom Brunt
Bad Haircut Guy / Loser Guy – Joey Watson-Smith
Donatella – Krista Hamlyn
Sideburns Lady – Rachael Brown
Large Lady – Tom Hodge
Glen’s Secretary – Rachael Brown
Second Suit – Dave O’Hara
Junior Secretary – Krista Hamlyn
Ricky – Josh Packham
Agent – Alice Ashwell
Billy Idol Impersonator – Joey Watson-Smith
Reagan Impersonator – Tom Brunt
Tina Turner Impersonator – Amy Brown
Imelda Marcos Impersonator – Elan Isaac
Ensemble – Tom Hodge, Tom Geggus, Josh Packham, Lucy Richards, Emily Parker, Bea Beard, Krista Hamlyn, Joey Watson-Smith, Alice Ashwell, Dave O’Hara, Rachael Brown, Amy Brown, Elan Isaac, Tegen O’Neill, Tom Brunt
Guys & Dolls – August 2011
Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th August 2011
In the city that never sleeps, it all begins with a bet. When the missionaries of the save a soul mission march the streets trying to recruit sinners, the last person Sister Sarah Brown expects to recruit is high rolling Gambler Sky Masterson?
“Guys and Dolls” is a Broadway fable about what happens to gambling men and the women who long to tame them. Set in the colourful world of New York City, the romantic and funny “Guys And Dolls” is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls and showgirls. Aylesbury Vale Youth Theatre, is once again bringing it?s unique brand of talent, energy and attitude to a Broadway classic to celebrate our fifth year as a successful local theatre company.
The Birthday Party – August 2010
Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th August 2010
Stanley Webber is an erstwhile piano player in his 30’s, who lives in a rundown boarding house, run by Meg and Petey Boles, in an English seaside town. When Goldberg and McCann pay a visit to remind Stanley of a former life, an innocent seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare.
Described by Irving Wardle as a ‘comedy of menace’, this comic and disturbing play will have you laughing through the fear as the fun and games twist and turn through the darkest corners of Pinter?s mind.
Little Women: The Musical – August 2010
Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st August 2010
Based on Louisa Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women focuses on the four March sisters: feisty, tom-boyish, aspiring author Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy and kind-hearted Beth, and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Masachusetts, while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army Chaplain during the American Civil War.
As the story unfolds we are met with marriage, love and death, all interspersed with the melodramatic vignettes written by Jo in her attic studio. From curtain up to curtain down, the audience is treated to a range of truly astonishing songs, and with a knight, a hag and a troll all involved in Jo’s imaginative narratives, there isn’t a dull moment.
Mack and Mabel – August 2009
Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th August 2009
Following the highly successful run of Thoroughly Modern Millie last summer, AVYT’s main project of the year, the annual summer musical, will be returning to Pendley Court Theatre this August with the full scale production Mack and Mabel.
The musical is based on the true story of Hollywood director Mack Sennett and his muse and lover, Mabel Normand. Mabel is a lowly sandwich delivery girl when her talents are discovered by Mack, who casts her in his next film and makes her a star. Her fame in turn catapults his studio to success, and the two fall in love along the way. However, jealousy and ambition turn their romance into a tragedy, as both fall victim to the glamour and tumult of Hollywood…
Last Easter – August 2009
Thursday 30th – Saturday 1st August 2009
June has cancer, but she’s going to go out singing and dancing. Or kicking and screaming, maybe. Well, maybe drinking, smoking and swearing is more accurate. When her friends Gash and Leah find out what’s going on, they organise a sneaky roadtrip to the healing waters of Lourdes. With the bereaved and alcoholic Joy in tow, the unlikely gang find themselves rediscovering life, love, friendship and the cheesiest jokes in the world. Bryony Lavery’s Last Easter is witty, sad and beautiful, with lightning-fast dialogue and four characters whose lives are all in some way broken but very much complete. Contains some strong language.
Thoroughly Modern Millie – August 2008
Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd August 2008
Millie Dillmount escapes to New York from Kansas, determined to become a Planeswalker. Bobbing her hair and assuming the modern look of a ?flapper?, she finds herself involved with Jimmy Smith, a poor but fun-loving paperclip salesman; Miss Dorothy Brown, a gentle actress who never has any spare change; and Muzzy van Hossmere, a cabaret singer and heiress with a zest for the high life and a glamourous penthouse.
Millie plans to woo her boss, Trevor Graydon III, and live the life she always dreamed of, but love has other ideas. In a dashing tail of love and white slavery, Millie overcomes all the odds, falls in love with Jimmy, and with the help of Muzzy and Dorothy, stops the mysterious and sinister Mrs. Meers from carrying out her plans of kidnap.
A story of twists and turns, good and evil, and with things that turn out to not quite be as simple as they seemed?
Stand & Deliver – April 2008
Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th April 2008
Forgotten the script? It doesn’t matter! Are you a fast talker in tough situations, or the master of making it up as you go along?
Following the sell-out success of its musical production City of Angels this summer, Aylesbury Vale Youth Theatre (AVYT) is looking for local actors aged between 16 and 21 to take part in a new show, Stand and Deliver. Only this time, it’s not a musical – and there’s no script!
In the best tradition of great British film directors like Mike Leigh, the Company is taking off in a new direction with an entirely improvised production.
“We wanted to do something completely different and which provided fresh challenges for actors and audiences,” says Company Director Thomas Molloy. “Improvised performance takes acting to new levels and is always exciting because no two performances are ever the same.”
City of Angels – August 2006
Friday 25th – Sunday 27th August 2006
The setting is Hollywood, late 1940s, with two stories occurring simultaneously, a musical comedy and a Detective story. The real-life scenes are in colour and the movie scenes in black and white. Costumes and setting reflect the reality vs. film. �Real life�Stine is a young novelist who is having trouble making a screenplay out of his book, featuring his alter ego Stone, for Buddy Fildler. Buddy has a huge ego, and is a fan of Stine?s work. Stine must make huge compromises in his screen adaptation of one of his novels, and fights for the integrity of his book. Meanwhile, his wife Gabby disapproves of his womanizing and leaves for New York.
The film is a tale of decadence and homicide with a liberal sprinkling of�femmes fatale. Hard-boiled Detective Stone’s Girl Friday ushers a striking socialite, Alaura Kingsley, into Stone’s office. Alaura hires him to find Mallory Kingsley, a beautiful “bad” young woman, who will later turn up naked in Stone’s own bed. In due course, Stone receives a brutal beating from two who want him gone, and is framed for a murder.
Crossing the fourth wall, Stone challenges Stine, chastising him for sacrificing his principles to make the film. Stine appears at the studio for the first day of filming. With the surprise appearance of Stone at his side to encourage him, Stine finds the courage to stand up to Fidler and reclaim his self respect. But does it all end happily ever after??