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City Varieties Youth Theatre is a fantastic way to introduce young people to the world of professional theatre through weekly workshops with freelance directors, choreographers, musicians, actors, circus artists and puppeteers. We aim to develop strong, confident and versatile young performers, and provide them with the opportunity to explore new skills in a safe and welcoming environment. 
Since launching in January 2012, our cast of young performers have wowed packed audiences with a range of shows performed at City Varieties Music Hall and the Howard Assembly Room.  Alongside a professional pit band and a full technical team, the audience were “blown away by the level of professionalism” as the company took to the stage with “Oliver!”, “Return to the Forbidden Planet” and “Peter Pan - the British Musical” to name a few. 

In July the CVYT performed a three-show run of “The Addams Family” that saw both principal casts make the City Varieties stage their own. Through the Autumn term our youth theatre will hone their performance skills and share them with us through a show at the Howard Assembly Room in winter, before a production at the City Varieties in 2017.
The CVYT Company includes young people from ages 8-21. A year with the company costs £420 (£140 per term), with bursary places available too. We always look forward to seeing them demonstrate their abilities and share the joys of drama each Saturday through term-time! 
Want to get involved? Our informal intro session for the season will be on Tuesday 13th September in the studio at Leeds Grand Theatre. If you’re interested in finding out more, coming along and having a go, please contact the Learning Team at learning@cityvarieties.co.uk or ring 0113 297 7042.

Download our information and application pack for further details.

“Smashed it! It gets better every year.”     Audience Member  

“I feel very proud to be a part of the City Varieties Youth Theatre Company because of its professionalism and amazing shows it puts on!  I have enjoyed working with the professional directors and meeting lots of new close friends with the same interests and ambitions as me. I think joining this youth theatre is the best decision I've ever made. I'm learning so much and I'm having the best time ever.”     Youth Theatre Member  

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