WOW Youth Musical Theatre is an educational charity that develops the confidence, teamwork and talent of 10-18 year olds by performing high quality, award-winning musical theatre. A professional creative team sets each production to the highest standards and ‘show week’ gives members the unforgettable experience of performing to large theatre audiences with professional musicians, sound and lighting.
At these shows, WOW raises hundreds of pounds for charities through bucket collections. In addition, WOW regularly performs cabarets in the community to support other charities’ fund-raising.
WOW relies on ticket sales for the vast majority of its income. It is operated by a committee of unpaid volunteers who give freely of their time and also act as trustees of the group’s charitable status.
How to Join
WOW holds annual auditions for new members, either after the April or November productions. There are usually up to a dozen places available for children aged between 10 and 18 years old, although this varies from year to year depending on the number of leavers. We may invite one or two young performers who excel during our Summer Workshop Week to audition for WOW ahead of the scheduled dates.
Those coming to audition will receive a Summary of Expectations setting out what is expected of a WOW member and highlighting the level of commitment required.
At the audition workshop(s) the Musical Director teaches up to three songs, one of which must be performed at the audition. Furthermore, a member of the Creative team teaches one or two short dance routines, one of which must be performed at audition (Click to view examples from previous auditions). The candidates are also asked to prepare and perform a short drama piece or monologue of their own choice lasting no more than one minute.
The Audition panel, which includes the Chairman and Creative Team from the workshops, will be looking for a good voice, musicality and an ability to move well (they do not necessarily have to be trained dancers) and of course a degree of presence and potential. Some members have taken more than three attempts to gain acceptance into WOW and this highlights the sort of determination and enthusiasm that we are looking for.
WOW depends on the support of a large number of volunteers. Listed below are some in key roles.
|Trustees / Executive Committee|
|President (ex-officio)||Janet Stockley|
|Business Manager||Jane Hurdiss|
|Safeguarding Officer||Kirstie Purnell|
|Health & Safety||Jim Tampin|
|Deputy Stage Manager||Rod Pattinson|
|Trustees||Jaime Guercio, Samantha Lucken, Melanie Moore, Christine Taylor|
|Press & Publicity Officer||Vacancy|
|Performance licensing for children||Vacancy|
|Minutes Secretary||Ali Cairney|
|Fundraising and Other Roles|
|Fundraising Chair||Kevin Butcher|
|Head of Wardrobe||Kayla Frampton|
|Chaperone Coordinators||Kate Richardson and Julie Southorn|
WOW was formed in 1982 after a highly successful production of ‘Oliver’ by the Weymouth Operatic Society (WOS). Two of the WOS members, Pauline Wootten and Janet Stockley, were asked to form a junior society and Janet Stockley is still actively involved with the group as President. The purpose of the group was to develop an environment in which young people could learn and enjoy all aspects of Musical Theatre and carry this into their adult lives.
WOW has gone from strength to strength over the past 38 years and has enjoyed many notable successes which you can find under ‘Productions‘ on the site menu.
WOW purchased it’s own premises in 2003 and now rehearses at 25/27 Park Street, Weymouth. There is a public car park very close by. The building now houses the extensive WOW wardrobe which has been built up over the years. Our regular rehearsal night is Tuesday. We are not currently able to receive visitors due to the Coronavirus pandemic.