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

Performances for 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 at the Aotea Centre and a shorter OnStage production at the BNZ Theatre, Due Drop Events Centre, Manukau.  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 OnStage production, Alice The Wonderland Musical school performances (3 performances) are scheduled for Thursday 28 November, 9.45 am and 12.15 pm and Friday 29 November, 11.30 am - 2024 at the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre. Our next shorter OnStage production , Disney's The Lion King Jr. school performances are scheduled for Monday 02 September & Tuesday 3 September,  10.30 am and 1 pm.
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If your school 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


After lockdowns, interruptions, Zoom rehearsals & two postponements over the last year, we finally made it on stage with OLIVER! Presented at the Aotea Centre in June/July 2022.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

A welcome return to the stage, "Beauty and the Beast" was presented at the Aotea Centre in June 2021.

Due to Covid-19, we were unable to run any schools performances in 2020

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