Dereham Operatic Society Youth Theatre Company (known fondly as DOSYTCo and pronounced "Doss-it-co") was formed in 1991 as a sub group of the Dereham Operatic Society (now Dereham Theatre Company). It aims to give young people the chance to experience a wide range of skills in theatre and the performing arts and the opportunity to work in the community performing in shows for the people of Dereham and the surrounding area. There is a strong emphasis on working as a group and supporting others.
Members must be at least 7 years old on the 1st September in the year that they join and no older than 18 years old on the 1st September in the year that they join.
Each year the term begins in September with a series of workshops held on a Sunday afternoon. The workshops are an essential part of the membership and all members must have attended a minimum of 50% of the workshops to be eligible to audition for the main show. Some workshops are professionally led and others by volunteers but they are all aimed to cover a variety of topics including music, drama and dance plus some of the skills which are needed to develop techniques needed in performance.
The majority of workshops are held at the Studio which is owned by Dereham Theatre Company (click here for map/directions). Occasionally workshops may need to be held in other venues but these will be notified in advance.
The members are usually divided into groups (juniors and seniors) and the groups attend separately at stated times for the workshops. Occasionally workshops may be held for the whole company and, depending on the content of the workshop, may be held over a longer period (morning/afternoon and all day sessions). Members will be notified of these at the beginning of the new term. There is a small charge per week for workshops. This will vary depending on who is facilitating the workshop but costs are always kept to a bare minimum. In addition to this there is a yearly membership fee which is currently £15.00 (see “BECOMING A MEMBER” below).
Over the past few years our workshops have covered:
We always endeavour to vary the content of workshops to maximise the opportunity to learn new skills.
The company’s main production each year is a full-scale musical which is performed during the Easter holidays. Auditions for the musical are held in late November / early December. Only members who have attended a minimum of 50% of workshops will be eligible to audition. We cannot guarantee that all members who audition will be successful in getting into the show. Parts are cast on audition, talent and commitment.
Once rehearsals for the main show start workshops cease.
Rehearsals for the main show are usually on a Sunday (usually in the afternoon) and on a Wednesday evening, although days and timings may be subject to alteration depending on the wishes of the Director and Musical Director of the show.
Any member wishing to audition for the main show must be able to commit to attending regular weekly rehearsals whenever they are required to attend and be available for every performance. Nearer to the performance dates (usually during the 2 weeks immediately prior to the show) the number of rehearsals will increase. This is an essential part of getting the performance ready for an audience to watch and enjoy.
Cast members may be required to hire or buy any necessary librettos (scripts) or music scores. There is no charge for rehearsals.
Each year the committee are responsible for selecting the show that the company will perform. Although the show is selected in advance it is not usually announced to the company until workshops are well underway. Details of this year’s show will appear at the top of this page once it has been announced.
The shows are performed in the Memorial Hall in Dereham.
In July each year the company also stages a concert or play. All members are eligible to perform in this and only those wishing to perform solos or duets are required to audition. Rehearsals for this production usually start in late April / early May and are on a Weds evening and Sunday afternoon. A full commitment to rehearsals is required. The concert/ play is also performed in the Memorial Hall.
We operate an annual membership which starts in September (see “WORKSHOPS AND MEMBERSHIP” above). Applications for membership in September will be taken from July.
To be eligible for DOSYTCo membership you must be aged between 7 years old and 18 years old on the 1st September.
The membership year is currently Sept 2016 -2017 and any new members wishing to join will not become a member until the 1st September 2016.
Please note: unfortunately we have no places left for new members this year. However, if you wish to be considered for membership for 2017/18, please contact us and we will register your interest.
All members are required to renew their membership each year. The current cost for one year’s membership is £15. For further information please email: email@example.com
DOSYTCo (Dereham Operatic Society Youth Theatre Company) is the youth section of Dereham Theatre Company (DTCo). The society is a registered charity and is affiliated to NODA.
The day to day running of DOSYTCo is managed by the committee elected at the Annual General Meeting which is usually held in April each year.
The Youth Section Committee are all volunteers and usually have a specific role within the society. There are 2 representatives from the adult company on the committee and 2 youth representatives also who are elected by the youth members. They play a very important role in feeding back ideas from the members to the committee and helping new members to settle in. The youth representatives have to be 14 years or over to be elected. The committee are responsible for the day to day running of the company and for selecting which shows will be performed. They are also responsible for selecting a director, musical director and choreographer for the show and for ensuring that everything is properly organised to enable to show to be performed.
The committee for 2017-2018 are;
Chair - Natasha Wilson-Gotobed
Secretary - Pennie Jones
Financial Controller - Joanne Barrell
Committee Members - Su Elgood, Claire Findlay, Sandra Miller
DTCo Representatives - Heather Neave and Sophie Blanks.
Youth Representatives - TBC
Co-opted Members - Sue Cashfield, Emma Dolman, Ruth Hannent, Joanne Quirke
The DOSYTCo committee report directly to the main committee for Dereham Theatre Company.
The committee are responsible for the welfare of all members. Any issues of inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with by the committee and parents/carers will be informed. In instances where the committee feel that a member’s behaviour is unacceptable members may be excluded from the company.
If you would like more information about joining the committee we would be delighted to hear from you.
If you would like to contact DOSYTCo please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will aim to respond to all emails as soon as possible.
During workshops, rehearsals and performances all members in school year 11 and under are chaperoned. In order to comply with guidelines we are required to provide 1 chaperone for every 12 children. All of our chaperones are required to have an enhanced DBS check completed before they are able to chaperone or provide a copy of a DBS check that has been completed in the last 12 months.
During workshops, rehearsals and performances only chaperones, committee members (who are all DBS checked) and members of the production team (also all DBS checked) are allowed in the Studio (or alternative venue if appropriate).
Chaperones are responsible for ensuring that all the members are looked after appropriately whilst in the care of DOSYTCo or DTCo and will look after their general well being and report any problems to a committee member. During performances they are also responsible for escorting them to and from the stage to the dressing room.
Children will not be able to leave rehearsal premises until a parent or nominated adult is present to collect them. Children are not permitted to leave the studio or rehearsal premises during a rehearsal or workshop unless we have permission from their parent/carer.
It is vital that there is a sufficient pool of chaperones to cover all rehearsals and performances so we are always looking too recruit more parents/ carers to this role. Please contact us via email@example.com.
Each time we perform a musical, play or concert members in year 11 and below require a license to perform (please see information below from Norfolk County Council). DOSYTCo committee will complete all necessary paperwork in order for a licence to be issued but parents/ legal guardians will be required to provide a copy of each child's birth certificate or passport for the licence application and an up to date photograph. Parents are also required to sign the relevant paperwork. We will notify parents in advance when relevant paperwork is required. Members will not be permitted to perform if their licence is not issued.
Children in entertainment
Children 0–16 years and still in compulsory education (this applies until the last Friday in June of the school year in which the child reaches 16 years of age) may require a licence to perform in entertainment. This includes amateur dramatic groups, dance schools, orchestras, choirs and singing groups.
What is the duration of the Entertainment Licence?
Will a licence automatically be issued?
Do children in entertainment need to be supervised?
Parents can get involved in many ways; chaperoning, front of house, costumes, make-up, scenery building, helping backstage, advertising etc.
If you are able to help please contact us. We will be more than grateful for any offers of help no matter how small!