The Hazlitt Youth Theatre started life in September 1997 as a weekly workshop for 11-18 year olds. Since then, HYT has expanded dramatically and now consists of nearly 200 members, aged 6-18 years.
Each week members attend a workshop dedicated to the learning of different aspects of the theatrical world including; acting, performing arts, improvisation, devising, text work, theatre styles, film, stage combat, mime and a whole lot more besides. In recent times members have devised and produced their own work and learnt the basics of lighting and sound design.
All members are invited to take part in numerous productions and events throughout the year including theatre trips, both locally and into London to see professional productions. These trips can sometimes include a backstage tour of the particular venue or a workshop with some of the cast from that production.
HYT aims to provide an exciting and broad look at the imaginative world of theatre and gives young people a chance to form new friendships, gain in self-confidence and most importantly have fun. So if the theatre is something you are interested in, HYT is the place for you.
HYT produces a large number of shows and projects throughout the year. Previous productions include
|The Snow Queen||Play||December 2015|
|Drama, Baby||Play||August 2015|
|Daisy Pulls it Off||Play||August 2015|
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Play in a week||August 2015|
|Go Legal||Musical in a week||August 2015|
|Fantastic Mr Fox||Play in a week||February 2015|
|Alice in Wonderland||Play||December 2014|
|Little Shop of Horrors||Musical||October 2014|
|Hairspray Vs Grease||Musical in a week||August 2014|
|James and the Giant Peach||Play in a week||August 2014|
|Punk Rock||Play||August 2014|
|Mobile Phone Show||Play||August 2014|
|The Tales of Dr Seuss||Play in a week||February 2014|
|The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe||Play||December 2013|
|Our House||Musical||October 2013|
|Victim, Sidekick, Boyfriend, Me||Play||August 2013|
|The Wizard of OZ||Play in a week||February 2013|
Here is what some of the members, parents and friends have to say about us:
“The talent and confidence shone through and made the evening the great success it was” Cllr. Mrs. Denise Joy, former Mayor of Maidstone
"HYT is extremely well organised, professional and great fun" Mrs. Green, Parent.
“During my time at HYT I have had a lot of fun! I have also learnt a great amount, not only about drama and the theatre, but also life skills that could only be taught at the Hazlitt. But the best thing...meeting a load of great people”. Will Hodges - Current Member.
“There is nowhere else locally that has given me the great opportunities to perform on stage and in such a professional environment. I love being a member of HYT, it’s such a brilliant place to be”. Laura Fawcett - Current Member.
“HYT is like family to me, it's a place where you can feel completely at home whilst learning new skills but also having immense amounts of fun. The opportunities and the friendships I have found won't be forgotten in a hurry." Charli Weston - Current Member.
If you would like to join the Hazlitt Youth Theatre please download and complete the application form here
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