The Young Company serves as a training ground for both BYU actors and teaching artists wanting to work in theatre for young audiences. The group performs in front of 16,000 young people each year on topics that deal with everyday struggles encountered by people of all ages. For more information, visit BYU Young Company‘s Facebook page.
If you are interested in auditioning or would like to have The Young Company perform at your school, please contact Becky Wallin at (801) 229-1073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cyrano – Fall 2016
Cyrano, adapted from Edmond Rostand’s book by playwright Jo Roets, directed by Kris Wing Jennings. Running February-December 2016 Cyrano de Bergerac is a master of swordplay and wordplay, but a “magnificent Mount Everest of a nose” blocks his path to true love. From Parisian balconies to bloody battlefields, tongue-tied Christian borrows Cyrano’s words to woo beautiful Roxane—but is she falling for Christian’s looks or Cyrano’s soul? A cast of six actors breathes new life into this modern re-telling of a classic in a lightning-paced romance of duels, courage, sacrifice—and an enormous schnoz. Click to download the tour schedule and the study guide for Cyrano.
Macbeth – Winter 2017
Macbeth, adapted and directed by Teresa Dayley Love. Running February-April 2017 Macbeth is a nightmare story of listening to the wrong voices. Our production will use drumming, puppets, and masks to tell the tale: Once upon a time there was a Scottish knight, Macbeth, who was trusted by his king. He had position, money, prospects, and friends and was matched with a wife of his heart. Every day during time of war he worked loyally toward supporting his King and country. Then one day he ran into three witches who prophesied a startling future for him. . .Macbeth is told as a cautionary tale: When you mess with dark magic, you lose control with every small step away from light. You will not recognize yourself by the end. Choose light…or else!
Young Company History
Water Sings Blue – Fall 2015
Our Contemporary Company will present Water Sings Blue, based on the Kate Coombs’ award winning poetry book of the same name, directed by Teresa Dayley Love. Water Sings Blue celebrates the shore and the deep of the ocean through poetry and motion. We meet characters on the beach and characters in the sea. We become involved in their stories as we are invited to play in the sand and splash in the waves. Actors speak the poetry, but the show is highly interactive and imaginative, with lots of playful give and take between performers and the audience in this in-the-round staging. Because, bottom line, a day at the beach is full of fun! Click to download the tour schedule and the study guide for Water Sings Blue.
Twelfth Night – Winter 2016
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2015
This year our Shakespeare Company will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, adapted and directed by Nat Reed. The Bard’s popular comedy about the struggles of love comes to life at the hands—or, rather, the strings—of a troupe of handmade marionettes. Children will be captivated as they watch the antics of fairies and humans in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Click here to download the study guide for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and click here to download the tour schedule.
The Fisherman and His Wife 2014
Click here to download the study guide for The Fisherman and His Wife, and click here to download the tour schedule. The lesson plan for the workshop for 3rd graders is also available.
Fairy tale or mystery–how will you choose to see this fiction unfold? Shakespeare’s action-packed romance gets the double treatment (and a happy ending!) in two special adaptations for young people: fairy tale (great for youngsters) or noir mystery (perfect for the young-at-heart). Exploring the Bard’s themes of mistaken identity, innocence wronged, and jealousy, Cymbeline tells the story of a princess in a pickle, her banished husband, a villainous queen, and lots of mayhem in Britain. Caution–audience participation ahead!
Click here to download the study guide for Cymbeline, and click here to download the tour schedule.
Cymbeline performed January 30 – February 7 2014.
The Nightingale 2013
The majesty, grace, and poetic ritual of ancient China are vividly depicted in this engrossing tale of the emperor who neglects the lyrical song of a humble nightingale for the artificial splendor of a mechanical bird. Performed in English and Mandarin and influenced by the traditions of Peking Opera, The Nightingale invites us to ponder the true worth of the things we value most. “Do not be deceived by glitter and show. A true voice and a gentle heart are all you will ever need.”
Click here to download the study guide for The Nightingale, and click here to download the tour schedule.
The Nightingale performed September 27 – October 12 2013.