Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre

 Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre is for young people aged 10 – 18yrs with a passion for theatre. Our programme gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in singing, dancing & acting in a fun and friendly environment.
As well as the weekly meetings there are regular opportunities linked to our main house programme to see shows and take part in other events.
Over the year all participants are supported to gain an Arts Award. These are accredited awards that focus on developing artistic skills and knowledge of the arts world.

Earl Carpenter, Patron of Mayflower Musical Youth TheatreEarl Carpenter,
Patron of Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre

Earl Carpenter
Patron of Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre


Earl Carpenter, Patron of Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre

Earl Carpenter has more than 20 years’ experience in the musical theatre industry and has played principal and title roles in a number of shows
including the 25th anniversary touring production of The Phantom Of The Opera, We Will Rock You, Evita and the original 25th anniversary
touring production of Les Misérables.

Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre chief executive said: ‘Earl is one of the most experienced performers who started out his career in local
amateur productions in Bournemouth and Southampton, and is the perfect inspiration for all the young people who are members of the youth
theatre. It would be amazing to think that some of these young people will be as successful in their careers as Earl and return one day to
lead a company in a show on Mayflower Theatre’s stage.’

Earl said: ‘...Having this platform to impart what I’ve learnt about the musical theatre industry over the last 20 plus years and with
Mayflower Theatre supporting youth theatre as it does, this is a great opportunity and I look forward to achieving what this honour dictates.’


Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre has grown every year and we are building on that success this year to bring you the best possible offer!
Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre gives local young people the chance to:

  • Learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Achieve an Arts Award
  • Perform
  • Membership of Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre will also entitle you to:
  • 10% discount on any other education workshops
  • Annual backstage tour of Mayflower Theatre
  • Advance notice of any casting taking place in the area that we are aware of
  • Trips, outings and unique opportunities
  • Mayflower Theatre Youth Membership

Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre members will also receive a branded t-shirt.
Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre consist of four groups:
Limelights: School years 6-7 | Tuesdays 6.00pm-7.45pm
Footlights: School years 8-9 | Tuesdays 7.45pm-9.30pm
Spotlights: School and college years 10-11 | Mondays 6.00pm-7.45pm
Starlights: School and college years 12+ | Mondays 7.45pm-9.30pm

Each group focuses on developing acting, singing and dance skills. We also give opportunities throughout the year linked to the visiting companies that form Mayflower Theatre’s programme.
This coming term we will link the work in sessions with Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella and Les Misérables.

We meet at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College on Hill Lane.
In addition to these exciting opportunities, the members of Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre will get a chance to audition to be a part of our annual production. The production will take place during Easter school holidays and will rehearse on Thursday evenings, separately from the regular sessions. This means that if you are in the production you also come to the regular sessions so that you don’t miss any opportunities! Auditions to get into the production will be held during the autumn term. This year we will be presenting our MMYT production at Bitterne Park Sixth Form Theatre on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April.

  Standard Pricing - £180 per participant per term

We are pleased to announce that there are £90 bursary places available on application. These must be applied for every term and are not guaranteed for the whole year. These can be awarded on a financial or talent basis. Applicants applying for a bursary should complete their application four weeks before term starting accompanied by a deposit payment of £90.00. You will be notified by the beginning of the term whether your application has been successful.


To book your place, please phone our box office on 02380 711811. If you have any further questions you can email us.


We will be undertaking a refurbishment of our Grade II listed auditorium in summer 2018. Please consider a donation to our auditorium appeal. Your help is essential in securing our future.



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