YPT has a long established Theatre School which offers a structured developmental program allowing young people to follow their interests and to develop theatre skills. There is no audition process for entry to the Theatre School and no prior performance experience is required. There are usually two class groups timetabled for each year at school, eg. Class 3.1 and Class 3.2. These groups are not graded. The number of students enrolled in the Theatre School is limited in order to give all students an opportunity to participate in at least one production each year.
YPT is for all children interested in theatre/drama. Our expectation is that children make a commitment to attend classes and that they do so on a regular basis. There are no classes during school holidays.
In deciding to come to Theatre classes, we ask children and parents to consider the family commitments. Parents need to be available to get their child to class on time each week and students may need to make choices about the activities in which they are involved, ie. Saturday sporting commitments often clash with YPT classes.
How can I join the Theatre School?
Waiting Lists are kept for each class. If classes have a full quota of students and a place is available on the Waiting List, prospective students may complete a Waiting List Form. These forms are available at the Office only- they are not available on the internet nor are they posted, faxed or emailed. Parents are asked to complete the form at the Office. New students are not required to supply evidence of performance ability and there is no entry audition. All new students and those placed on Waiting Lists are provided with a YPT Information Sheet.
YPT enrols students from Year 2 to Year 12 at school. Students in Year 1 may put their name on a Waiting List for the following year. Students are placed in Theatre School classes according to their year at school, ie. a Year 4 school student is placed in a Year 4 Theatre School class. Vacancies are filled from the Waiting List in order of placement on the list. Only students enrolled in the Theatre School are eligible to audition for YPT productions.
What do I need to know about Theatre School classes?
The majority of the classes are held on Saturday morning for 90 minutes, i.e. from 9.00 to 10:30am or from 10:30am to 12:00. Senior classes are held on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings between 6.00 and 7.30pm. Year 3 students may choose to attend on either Saturday morning (9.00 to 10.30am) or Tuesday afternoon (4.00 to 5.00pm) class. The Year 2 class is held at the Theatre on Tuesday from 4.00 and 5.00pm.
Musical Theatre classes are available to currently enrolled YPT students, ie. the class is an extra and not an instead of! These classes are held at the Theatre on Monday and Tuesday afternoon – refer to Class Timetable for details.
Singing lessons are also available to currently enrolled students. Please email the Office for more information.
Students must be punctual in arriving at classes as late entry is disruptive to the class. Regular attendance is required to maintain a place in class. Attendance of less than 75% of classes could result in a student’s place not being available in the following semester. The attendance rule is also an eligibility criteria for students considering auditioning for productions and for Student Associate Membership in the senior years. Leave of absence may be granted for special circumstances such as family holidays and prolonged illness but not for weekly commitments such as sport or performing with other local theatre companies. Parents are asked to contact the YPT Office (Ph: 4961 5345) to notify of a planned absence or to explain an unplanned absence.
What should students wear to classes?
Students are required to wear a black YPT logo T-shirt, leggings, shorts or trousers and soft, enclosed flexible footwear. Dresses, skirts, short shorts, heeled, strappy shoes/sandals and thongs are not suitable. For safety reasons, tutors may limit the activities in which students may engage if they are inappropriately attired.
What are the Theatre School Fees?
Fees, set by the members, are adjusted annually. Fees are paid in advance on a semester basis – a semester being two school terms.
What do parents need to know about classes?
Parents are asked to drop their child not more than 10 minutes before classes are due to start and to pick them up within 10 minutes of finishing time. With the exception of specially organised events, family members are not permitted to observe classes. This policy is to ensure that students are allowed to develop their skills without the pressure of being observed by adults.
Students participating in Saturday morning classes may also be involved in Saturday afternoon rehearsals and/or afternoon and evening performances. Parents are responsible for transporting students between venues, as necessary. The Theatre is closed between the afternoon and evening performances. Students are not permitted to stay at the Theatre between performances.
How do I maintain my place in class once I am enrolled?
Once a student is enrolled, they maintain their place in class for so long as they conform to Theatre School rules regarding attendance and behavior. Students complete re-enrolment forms and pay fees twice a year, ie. once per semester.
How do I re-enrol?
YPT Theatre School works on a semester basis with enrolments scheduled twice a year. Re-enrolment Forms are posted to home addresses towards the end of the Terms 2 and 4. The Enrolment Form and the fee must be returned by the specified date which is prior to the start of the following semester. If students decide not to return for the following semester, they are asked to contact the Office before the end of the current semester. This allows us to make an offer to a student on a Waiting List.
What is Student Associate Membership?
Student Associate membership allows YPT students, who are in Year 12 at school, to maintain their links with the theatre while studying for the HSC. Years 12 students who meet the following criteria may be considered for Student Associate membership:
- enrolment in Theatre School classes for at least two years at the time of application,
- an attendance record of 75% of classes per year for at least the previous two years, and
- demonstrated commitment to YPT productions as cast or crew over the previous two years.
Student Associate members may be eligible to audition for productions. Student Associate Membership application forms are available at the Office.