Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre

History

 

AYMT was founded in 1992 by Angela Campbell and Karen Berry, who saw the need for an elite musical youth theatre in Aberdeen. A compilation of "songs from the shows" was performed at the College Of Education Drama Studio. Kenny Hossick joined them for the inaugural “Bye Bye Birdie” in the Arts Centre.Two years later Shirley McGill came on board to direct  “Salad Days”.

 

After “Bugsy Malone” and “Annie” and to accommodate the large number of young people wishing to join, it was decided that two groups would rehearse the same show and so the complete double casting of shows began. This worked successfully for “Wizard of Oz”, “Joseph”, “Scrooge” and “Me And My Girl”.

 

There was a demand for a younger group and so Junior AYMT was born. “Dazzle” was the first junior show followed by “The Rocky Monster Show” and many other successful productions.

 

An intermediate group was established to give the maximum progressive training to members. So with “Summer Holiday” the “Ints” arrived.

 

This 3 tier structure with separate production teams is the structure that functions very successfully today.

 

Over the last 23 years we’ve had many highlights. Performing “Les Miserables” in HMT to full houses in 2007 is one. Scooping the British premier of “Tale of Two Cities” in 2010 is another.

 

As AYMT continues to thrive, we see many ex members working professionally in the theatre world, on the west end stage, behind the scenes, in advertising and in education. We are delighted to hear of all of their successes.

 

Everyone in AYMT, members, tutors, stage crew and production team are passionate about their role in the team, and that makes AYMT the vibrant and thriving youth theatre it is today.

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The Company 2014/15