Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our Mission Statement:

    The Youth Production Company is run by a fully qualified Music and drama teacher (who also holds a current Victorian Teachers Registration) with a genuine love for children and the arts. Our aim is to educate youth in the performing arts while rehearsing and performing a show. Children (and their parents) will always be treated with the utmost respect and care and will be nurtured in a learning environment at all times. Our passion for the arts will be evident as will our standard of excellence.
  • Where do we perform?

    Our 2017 production will be held at The Phoenix Theatre located at Elwood College, Elwood.
  • Where do rehearsals take place?

    Our rehearsal venue is the Buckley Park Bowls Club, located at 111 Cooper St, Essendon.
  • When are the rehearsals?

    Rehearsals for each show will be: Juniors: Tuesdays: 5pm-7.30pm Seniors: Wednesdays 5pm-8.30pm There will be three additional rehearsals on Fridays, 2nd, 9th and 16th September.
  • Where do I find out about auditions?

    Auditons will be advertised on this website, on our facebook page, on The Theatre People Website and on the Starnow website.
  • Will all teachers have a working with children check?

    Yes, definitely.
  • Will there be a cost involved in being in a production?

    We wish we didn't have to, but such is the nature of a show! Just like any other learning institution, there will be a weekly fee payable either in instalments or up front, which will cover insurance, rehearsal hall rental and production costs. These details will all be available when auditioning for a show.

Testimonials

Firstly a huge thankyou to you and your amazing supportive creativity personality and the effort you put in for this truly remarkable show.
Kye would be ecstatic to perform in HSM 2!
He is now addicted and saddened that he won’t see his fellow cast peers.
We would most certainly commit to another schedule for him to live out his dreams.

Thank you again for making his debut so memorable and exciting for him.

Michelle Stanley

My daughter Ariana has had an amazing experience being a part of High School Musical run by Helena Chayna. From beginning to end it has been professional and organized.

Ariana absolutely adored working with Helena and learnt so much in the process and cannot wait to be part of another one.

As a parent I also found Helena to be approachable, professional and wonderful to deal with all the way through the months of rehearsal.

I was so impressed with the quality of the show itself. My daughter has been in a number of amateur productions and I can definitely say this was one of the best.

Thanks so much Helena for all your passion and hard work it really showed in the outcome with such an amazing show.

Luana Rigazzi

Can’t thank you enough for the time and work you put in with Mia and the rest of the kids who performed in the recent production of High School Musical. Your positive attitude and energy is so refreshing and so professional. What a wonderful opportunity you offered these children to build their confidence and to provide them with an experience with like-minded children of all ages in a safe and fun environment.
Warm wishes for all your future endeavours.

Lisa Bizzotto

Thanks Helena for putting on such a great show!!

Max had a great time – I think this show is the one where he most enjoyed attending rehearsals. This tells me you had a great group of kids and you must have worked them hard. The proof of the teaching is in the performance. I am guessing the average age of the leads was around 14 – it really was an amazing performance considering this. There were also plenty of future star among the youngest performers. A great job casting too!

I think the whole cast got along incredibly well, considering there are always so many big personalities. Congratulations on your success both on-stage and back-stage. Max thinks you are very cool.

Hope to catch up later this year.

Kim Collins

When I first met Helena at my audition for High School Musical, I could just tell that she was a very kind and welcoming person, and I was right. She really put so much effort into the production and was so thoughtful of everyone in it. Whenever anyone had a question or problem she always answered, and made everyone feel very confident when it came to show night. I have been in productions before and when it’s the first show I’m always really nervous and scared something bad will happen, but for this show, I had no nerves because I knew that everything would go well because of all the amazing work Helena had put into it. Every Thursday night was a fun and informative experience, I learnt so many new acting techniques, my dance improved and there were many great singing tips, all of these things I will remember forever. The show was very professional and I enjoyed it so much, I wish it had never ended. Thank you Helena for this experience and I’m so happy we get to do it again, you have taught me so much and my confidence on stage has grown after being in this production.

Ariana Rigazzi

One of the highlights of my performing experience in ‘High School Musical Jr.’ would have to be working with Helena Chayna, the director and producer of this production. She gave me the experience of a lifetime by giving me a lead role in this production, and I will never be able to repay her.

Helena was such a welcoming and kind director. She had such control over our entire cast and you could see how much she cared about every one of us. She was supportive of each of us, assisting us so we could be the best that we can be. The amount of motivation, dedication and determination that woman has, being able to pull off a show like this in the time period she was given, is inspiring.

I have learnt so much from Helena over the past few months and hope that she continues to pass on her wisdom and knowledge of the performing arts for many years to come.

Elise Kurvink

Supportive, enthusiastic and a genuine love of working with young people.
Professional in approach to all parents and cast members.
Willingness to share own knowledge, skills and talent with everyone involved and make each person feel special and talented.

Clare Chalmers

Helena is very professional person and certainly knows what she is doing.
She is always enthusiastic and creative with her ideas.
She is a very good Musical Theatre Director; with the ability to run a tight schedule and support and encourage all cast members at the same time.

Mackenzie Farran

Firstly we would like to thank you for such a wonderful show, you have directed the kids with so much calm and professionalism. You were always positive and very encouraging. Emilia had a fabulous time and we are looking forward to many more shows with you in the future.

Claudia Callero

My daughter (9 years old) was recently lucky enough to be a part of the cast for High School Musical Junior. I‘d just like to say how much she thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, made lots of friends and learnt so much about what it takes to put on a show like this. The teachers are all highly experienced and showed support for all the cast. The atmosphere was one of everyone working together as a team and no one person was more important than the other – they all did an amazing job”.

GIOVANNA, Carina’s mum