VDL's January 2020 Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Performing Arts Summer School




TYU aims to be a place of enriching and challenging opportunity for young theatre makers. We place a high value on creating a friendly, supportive and respectful family at each camp and within the wider TYU community. Young people from all over Victoria have been attending TYU camps since 2008.

During this camp the participants will be led by a team of directors and other creative artists to work towards the three public performances of The Grumpiest Boy in the World by Finegan Kruckemeyer at the West Gippsland Arts Centre (WGAC), in Warragul. Our Leadership Team this year includes Sarah Hartnell - Performance Coordinator and Eliza Bain - Production Coordinator, and Joanne Watt - Camp Coordinator, with the directorial and production teams soon to be confirmed.

About our week: Whilst in Melbourne we will catch a show together at Arts Centre Melbourne and stay the night at Urban Camp. After workshops on Sunday 12th we will travel by V-Line* to Allambee Camp, near Yarragon, which will be our home for the rest of the week. From Monday morning each day will be spent at WGAC, with workshops including casting process, script work and character development, followed by rehearsals for The Grumpiest Boy in the World. Public performances will then be held in the 200 seat Theatre 2 as shown above. On Monday 20th we pack up at Allambee Camp and say goodbye to our newly found friends - until next time at least!

This TYU Summer Performance Camp is suitable for young actors (aged 14-22) with previous performing arts experience through community theatre, education settings or learning in the private sector. We are able to host a maximum of 40 participants so get in quick!

We can offer this amazing experience at such a low price thanks to the generous leaders who volunteer their time and skills, and with the support of The Victorian Drama League Inc., Bendigo Bank’s Trafalgar and District Community Bank, Baw Baw Shire Council, Arts Centre Melbourne and West Gippsland Arts Centre. Please note, the full attendance fee must be received by December 20th, 2019. Some scholarships of up to $250 are available to subsidise the costs for participants on a case by case basis. To apply for these subsidies the Participant is required to write a Statement of Interest and provide a character reference or letter of support from their drama teacher or community theatre leader/director. Please refer to the Registration Form and then contact the Camp Coordinator if you require further information.

Please use this link to register online
https://form.jotform.co/TheatrecraftYouthUnlimited/tyu-summer-2020-Application-Form

and pay the minimum $250 deposit before November 30th 2019 (unless places filled prior to this date). We recommend that for Participants under 18 years of age, the Participant and their Parent/Guardian fill this form in together as it requires input and signatures from both parties.

Upon submission of this application form we will be in contact as soon as possible with confirmation of your place and an email with a Confirmation Pack following by 9th December. This information includes a draft schedule, what to bring, where/when to meet in Melbourne and details of our confirmed Leadership Team.

For more information regarding TYU or the Summer Performance Camp 2020 please contact Joanne Watt - Camp Coordinator at tyu@vdl.org.au or call 0408 366 481.

*Please Note: Price does not include use of public transport around Melbourne or the V-Line trip to Yarragon. You will need a Myki card preloaded with a minimum of $15 for concession or $30 for full fare (price correct as of 17/10/19, check closer to date for Myki fee changes).



Please contact the Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Co-Ordinator, Joanne Watt 0408 366 481
email summerschool@theatrecraft.org.au to receive updated information


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New Testimonials from Winter 2015:

"The judgement-free community was a great place to try new things and find your feet a little more as an actor." Lauren, Albury Wodonga

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Other testimonials:

"When I did my first summer school, I was incredibly shy and nervous.
But the teachers and the way the program is structured made me feel very comfortable and more confident in my abilities.
The program is also great for building team work skills and long lasting friendships."
(Myra Claire - program participant)

"I have been involved in the VDL Summer School for 3 years and this year for the first Winter School and I have absolutely loved every moment of it.
Each program has assisted in improving my acting, singing and overall stagecraft skills immensely.
Each year takes me into a theatre world that I constantly look forward to being a part of and I get to develop life long family-like relationships."
(Stephen Loftus - program participant)

"The inaugural Winter School (2014) was a raging success.
To put a show together in just four days, no matter what your age and level of experience,
is remarkable and a testament to the kids involved. We had such positive feedback from the audience.
There is nothing more rewarding to me than working with a group of young people who desperately want
to be involved in theatre and to learn but perhaps don't have the opportunity anywhere else. The VDL School is fabulous."
(Kellie Tweeddale - program team member)



Please contact the Theatrecraft Youth Unlimited Co-Ordinator, Joanne Watt 0408 366 481
email summerschool@theatrecraft.org.au to receive updated information


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