Summer Youth Project

Beck Theatre, Hayes

BT: Summer Youth Project

Summer Youth Project 2022 Returns!

This year we’ve got What You’ve Been Looking For and it’s time to Get’cha Head In The Game as we head to East High for High School Musical!

Applications are now open for the return of our Summer Youth Project. Join us for this fun two-week masterclass of singing, dancing, acting and design for those aged 9 - 19, taught by industry professionals. 

Application Deadline: Sun 3 April 2022
Auditions: Sun 1 May 2022
Project Dates: Mon 8 - Sat 20 August 2022
Show Dates: Thu 18 - Sat 20 August 2022 

Buy tickets to see the show here.


£150 (£130 for each additional sibling)

Sign up here

About Summer Project 

The aim of Summer Project is to provide local young people with the opportunity to work in a professional theatre under the supervision of a highly-skilled production team including a professional director, choreographer, musical director and musicians.

The scheme has been evolving, getting bigger and brighter every year, providing local children with a unique opportunity to take an active interest in the arts, helping to build confidence, develop learning skills and uniting a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, whilst having fun in an imaginative and exciting environment.

Over the two week project, the theatre comes alive to the sound of children working incredibly hard learning their lines, rehearsing songs and practising dance routines, all with an enthusiasm and dedication that is unprecedented. Year on year we receive praise for the high standards that the show ultimately produces with such a young cast.

Our Summer Project is self-funding and non-profit making. The ethos behind it has always been to provide the best possible experience and training at the lowest possible cost to the local young people who get involved.

Summer Project inspires children that may not have access to theatre and provides a crucial artistic outlet for them during the summer holidays – ensuring they are kept entertained, off the streets and out of trouble.

Our Director and Co-Choreographer - Bree Smith

'I am very excited to be Directing and Co-Choreographing High School Musical at the Beck Theatre this summer. This show is my childhood favourite film and musical, and I hope to create a very inclusive and exciting environment for which the participants can thrive and play with their creativity. This production will be like none you've seen before; with fresh, new innovative ideas for choreography, you won't want to miss being part of this show!'

Bree Smith comes from a professional dancing background, she is passionate about Dance and Musical Theatre; both teaching and performing. She has a wealth of experience in teaching at various Drama schools, Stage Schools, Dance Academies and Workshops bringing the most relevant industry techniques with her to all her classes. Bree graduated from Arts Educational with a BA Hons in Musical Theatre and has an Associate Degree in Street Dance teaching. 

Bree is currently appearing as Aunt Em and Glinda in The Wiz at Hope Mill Theatre. Her previous credits include: Flower in Tomorrow May Be My Last  (Union Theatre); Ensemble in Evita (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Grandma in Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East); 1st Cover Anita in West Side Story (Royal Exchange Theatre); African Villager in The Book Of Mormon (Prince Of Wales Theatre); Henrietta in Scrooge the Musical (Leicester Curve Theatre); Ensemble in Wonderland (UK Tour); Ensemble for The Olivier Awards. Other Credits: Tinker Bell in Tinker Bell the Musical Workshop (Bridewell Theatre); Dancer for ITV National Television Awards 2010; Eugenius workshop (The Palladium); Friday Night Is Music Night  (BBC Radio 2).

She has been working with young people for over ten years, choreographing and directing musicals. Her teaching experience includes working with Stagecoach, LMA, ICTHeatre Brighton, ArtsEd and BOFTA. 

Bree is excited to share her knowledge and experience with the younger generation and watch them grow and learn new skills.

Sign up to this year's Summer Youth Project here

The Summer Project is run by The Beck Theatre on behalf of HQ Theatres Trust, Charity Registration Number: 1145989  
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