Our team is lead by a professional director, professional music director, and assisted by other experienced and talented members of ESPA. Our shows and workshops are also aided in production by West End and industry professionals from diverse fields such as theatre, dance, puppetry, opera, magic and illusion, stage combat and circus skills.
Early in the year we run a series of Weekend Workshops (suspended due to covid-19 currently) which teach a range of performing arts skills from acting to dancing to music and much more. Our Summer Production is a fully staged musical rehearsed and performed during the school summer term and summer holiday. Our performers receive over 60 hours of intensive musical theatre training and perform at the 400 seat Harlequin Theatre, Redhill. Productions are also aided by professionals in the field of sound, lighting design, stage management, and a professional orchestra to ensure our young performers get the highest possible standard of life in the theatre.
Many of YESPA's alumni, as well as current members, have gone on to work as singers, dancers, actors, directors, and musicians in West End shows, including Les Misérables, Wicked, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and School of Rock, national touring productions, on television and radio, and performed as members of the National Youth Theatre.
Whenever possible, young people are invited to perform alongside adults in main ESPA productions, and in 2004 an initiative was developed to create performance opportunities solely for children and young adults. And so began YESOS with a production of Stiles and Drewe's Honk!. In 2014 YESOS celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which included the company's first relaxed performance matinee, adapted for disabled audiences and people with Autism Spectrum disorders. In 2018 YESOS staged their production of The Phantom of the Opera in honour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 70th birthday celebrations.
2019 saw a year of change and YESOS officially became Youth East Surrey Performing Arts. (YESPA)
The YESPA Ethos
YESPA was created with the aim to inspire young performers and potential future professionals about life in the theatre, to aid and develop personal and creative skills, and to work and socialise with other young people in a fun and hard working environment. It is this ethos of creativity, fun, and hard work that drives the company forward.
Our young performers are given the confidence to interact, work with, and perform to their peers, all the while striving towards the highest possible performance standards.