The Lion and the Tin Man high-five audience members as they make their way to the stage

Schools

The Outreach programme from the National Youth Theatre brings musical theatre to the schools of Auckland. As the culmination of our training programme, NYT mount two large scale productions each year. Our school matinee performances enable large educational groups to attend these productions. In 2019 we enabled more than 11,000 students to see Annie & The Wizard of Oz at the Aotea Centre, fully funding half of them including transportation. For many of them this was the first time they had ever seen live theatre – for some it was the first time they had been into the city at all. The experience of seeing their peers onstage is hugely aspirational – we then follow up with each school with the option of scholarships for deserving participants.

Our next production, Disney's "The Little Mermaid", will be performed in November 2020, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th. For booking information please contact us on schoolbookings@nytc.co.nz There are two performances on each day, at 9:45am and 12:15pm. If your group includes families who would find it financially prohibitive to attend, please contact us for information on our complete sponsorship packages, which include transportation.

Recent Productions

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz followed the yellow brick road to the Aotea Centre in November 2019. Have a look at some of the cast and costumes

Annie

Annie was produced in June 2019 at the Aotea Centre. We hadn't performed it for 14 years - Annie was also our second ever show in 2005.

Shrek the Musical

Shrek saw us return to the Civic Theatre, to our biggest schools audience yet - over 7,000

Cats

Cats was hugely successful for us. We recorded the iconic song "Memory" with some of our cast.

Peter Pan - A New Musical

Peter Pan was written by our own Director and Musical Director, Jonathan Alver and James Doy. This world premiere was our most popular production of the last ten years. You can see some highlights here.

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