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Youth In Performing Arts (YIPA)


is a series of high quality variety concerts, inclusive of all types of entertainment, featuring young performers with outstanding talent drawn from across the Central Coast.

YIPA provides an opportunity for youth with outstanding talent to perform in a professional venue.

YIPA promotes and fosters the development of youth with outstanding talent through the support of adults with extensive experience in theatre and entertainment, including industry professionals.

YIPA is inclusive and helps to develop a sense of community amongst the youth of the Central Coast.

YIPA is not a competition. There is no comparison of items, individual or schools. Young people do what they like to do and do it well for the pleasure of performing in a high quality variety concert.

YIPA encourages all of the performing arts. All forms of live entertainment are catered for in each concert program.

 YIPA helps young people develop confidence in themselves and their ability to contribute to being part of a team, as the production team regard each performer as a talented artist in their own right.

YIPA helps to develop in young people an appreciation and acceptance of others through shared interests and experience.    

YIPA provides an opportunity for the wider community to see and appreciate the outstanding talent of young performers, and young performers to understand that their talent will be and is appreciated by a broad cross-section of the general public.

Who Can Enter YIPA?

YIPA is open to any performer in any style of entertainment, so long as they have reached the age of attending High School, and are no older than 21.

YIPA performers must reside within the new Central Coast LGA or attend a school within that area on a fulltime basis.

Performers may appear in solo acts, with accompanists, as a duo, or in groups. New skills are honed as young people are provided with the opportunity to accompany other performers.

Being non-school based, the program affords and encourages young people with a talent for performing from all over the Central Coast, from all educational institutions, and young people who are no longer at school. 


Important Dates

Auditions will be held during the month of March. Auditions are held in a variety of venues across the Central Coast, including Laycock Street Community Theatre, Valley View Public School, Secondary Schools, various Dance and Music Schools. Auditions are also held by arrangements in youth centres, private homes, dance studio, drama studios and anywhere else the audition panel can arrange to see performances by youth with talent.

Some of the younger/first time successful applicants will be invited to a separate rehearsal day. Here the performers will be given hands-on support, advice and sills development by trained theatre makers and entertainers, tutors in the performing arts, industry professionals and the YIPA production team.

In 2018 the four YIPA concerts will be held at Laycock Street Community Theatre from 23rd to 26th May 2017.

If you have any enquires about YIPA please contact Gary Jackson on 0449 285051 for further information. Enquiries may also be sent to youthinperformingarts@gmail.com

Click here to download the Application for Audition Form YIPA 2018