Youth Theatre

Chipstead Players Youth Theatre

The Chipstead Players Youth Theatre is the junior section of the Chipstead Players, and consists of a group of enthusiastic actors, singers, dancers & backstage workers ranging in age between 7 and 18 years.  In the last few years youth theatre members have been involved in everything from panto and big musicals like “Oliver” to serious plays like “Lord of the Flies” and “The Crucible”.

How do I join the Chipstead Players?

Click on the join us page on the website and you will find a membership form – membership for youth theatre members is £10 per year.

What do I get for my membership?

You will get our regular newsletter “Noises Off” with all the news as well as auditions notices and priority ticket application which enables you to buy tickets first.  You don’t have to join to audition but do if you are in a show as cast or crew.

How do I get to be in the shows?

All shows are by open audition.  Auditions are advertised on the website and if you are a member you will be emailed them.

When are the shows?

The season runs from September to July and the programme is normally announced at the AGM in June, sometimes earlier.  There are 7 shows a year and normally the September and April productions are for the youth theatre (of different age groups) and the January production is mixed adult and youth theatre cast.  There are also often youth theatre roles in the adult productions

When are rehearsals?

Rehearsal dates and times are normally set out in the audition notice so you know in advance if you can make the commitment.  There are normally 2 or 3 rehearsals a week, one or two in the week and on Sundays.  They normally start about 3 months before the show.

Do I have to go to all rehearsals?

Directors can normally work round some unavailability of the cast for example if you have school trips, holidays or family events as long as these are not too close to the show date and are declared on the audition form.   The director will do an itemized audition schedule and it is unlikely that you will be called to every rehearsal unless you have a very large role.

What if I want to help back stage?

There are lots of opportunities to help back stage.  Please get in touch if you want to know more.
Other than the shows is there anything else?
We also run ad hoc workshops and social events for youth theatre members, some free run by volunteers and some run by paid drama practitioners for which there is a small charge.  Once you join we will let you know by email when things are coming up or they will be in the Newsletter.
If you are looking for a regular drama meet up Helen O Grady run drama workshops at the Courtyard Theatre on a Friday evening.