The YPT Theatre Company stages performances in a 148 seat auditorium located on the corner of Lindsay and Lawson Streets, Hamilton. Productions provide performance opportunities for YPT Theatre School Students and Adult Members.
YPT offers a range of productions per year. The first production, with a short season early in Term 1, is usually a performance opportunity for senior student (Years 10 to 12). Productions opening in school holidays are open to all Theatre School students who meet the audition criteria and are for more general audiences.
Lindsay Street Players
Lindsay Street Players (LSP), an ensemble under the umbrella of YPT, caters for YPT young adult members who are keen to continue to participate in productions. LSP productions include works more suited to mature audiences. For insurance purposes, LSP members must also hold current YPT Adult Membership.
Production Information Meetings and Auditions!
Involvement in productions is open to financial YPT Student and Adult Members. Acting roles are determined through an audition process. Prior to auditions, a Audition/Production Information Meeting is held for parents and students considering participation in the production. Production specific requirements, Commitment Forms and audition material will be available at this meeting – attendance at the meeting is an audition eligibility requirement.
Students involved in productions must continue to attend classes during the rehearsal phase and the production period. It is policy that students establish an good attendance, behaviour and participation record in Theatre School classes before they become eligible to audition. Auditioning is voluntary. YPT members accept that all casting decisions are at the discretion of the Director/s. Further information is available in the Audition Policy.
Parent commitment to productions
As YPT is a voluntary, not for profit, community organisation, we rely on parents to assist with productions. There are no extra charges levied to support productions. Parental commitment for productions includes:
- attending the Audition/Production Information Meeting, and
- making or altering their child’s costume using materials and patterns provided by the Theatre,
- assisting with one or more of the following tasks during rehearsal and performance phases, ie. set construction and dressing; Bump In, Canteen, Box Office, Front of House, Publicity, Dressing Room and Stage Door supervision.
Following the Audition/Production Information Meeting, parents sign a Production Commitment Form which their child brings to auditions. Approximately one month before the production opens, parents confirm their availability to assist with specific tasks by adding their name to the Parent Roster.
During the performance season, a useful measure of parental assistance is to be rostered for at least half the number of shows in which their child is performing.
Bump In: One or two weekends before a production begins, finishing touches are made to the set, costume and dressing rooms.
Bump Out: After the last show, usually on the final night, the set has to be dismantled, lights pulled down, costumes packed and distributed for laundering, dressing rooms cleaned and a general tidy up completed to make the theatre ready for the next production.
Parent responsibility for students between classes, rehearsals and performances
Students participating in morning classes may also be involved in afternoon rehearsals and/or afternoon and evening performances. Parents are responsible for transporting students between venues.
The Theatre is closed between afternoon and evening performances. Students are not permitted to stay at the Theatre between shows as there is no supervision in place. It is absolutely essential that parents arrive at the Theatre on time to pick up their children after the evening performances. In case of an emergency, parents should contact the Theatre.
Student commitment to productions
Children’s theatre productions open in the autumn, winter and spring school holidays. Prior to the production opening, rehearsals are held each Saturday afternoon, after theatre classes, for about ten weeks.
Productions open on the first Monday of the school holidays with performances from Monday to Saturday of the first week of the holidays and then each Saturday for approximately eight weeks – a total of about twenty two performances. Each child in a production will usually be involved in at least eleven performances.
Involvement in a production can be a commitment for parents and children of up to eighteen weeks.
Students must commit to:
- observe theatre rules of behavior and to accept instructions and advice from the director/s, wardrobe coordinator and other appointed officers
- attend the Production Information Meeting
- attend all scheduled rehearsals and performances
- be punctual in arriving for rehearsals and performances
- contact the YPT Office (preferrably by email) to notify any planned absences and/or explain unplanned absences.
Student Safety – Sign In and Out
All parents and volunteers must sign in each time they enter and sign out each time they leave the Theatre.
During the initial rehearsal period, the Directors record cast attendance and punctuality in a Production Student Roll.
During final rehearsals and performances at the Theatre, cast and crew must enter and exit through the Stage Door on Lindsay Street where they must sign in when they arrive and sign out when they leave the Theatre.
The Sign In and Out policy is a fire safety and child protection measure. When scheduled fire drills are undertaken, the Sign On book is used to call the roll. Should an emergency occur, this book becomes an essential tool in making sure that everyone is safe.
During final rehearsals and performances at the Theatre, cast, crew and volunteers should Sign In and Sign Out at the Stage Door entrance on Lindsay Street.