Based in Godalming, Surrey, England, GTG is the biggest community theatre company in the area. We produce three main productions a year in the Spring, Autumn and at Christmas.
We stage musicals and pantomimes in the professionally run Ben Travers Theatre at Charterhouse School and plays at Prior's Field School, Godalming. We provide training for young people through our Youth Theatre Group.
THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND
by Tom Stoppard
Prior's Field School Theatre, Godalming
2nd - 5th November
Director: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Ben Travers Theatre, Godalming
14th - 20th December
Director: Ellie Cahill-Nicholls
Musical Director: Bob Good
Choreographer: Phoebe Barrow
The New 'Half A Sixpence' musical
by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh
Ben Travers Theatre, Godalming
28 March - 1st April 2023
Director: David Dray
Musical Director: Steven Bean
Choreographer: Alison Chapman
COMMUNITY THEATRE AT ITS BEST!
GTG is awarded NODA Accolades of Excellence for our filmed productions of
TWO and EIGHT and our pantomime Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood
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The late Desmond Holt founded The Youth Centre Theatre Group in 1964.
The productions became grander and the "youth" got older, and so eventually the group was renamed Godalming Theatre Group (GTG).
GTG is known for producing some of the finest community theatre in Surrey.
Our season is built around a major spring musical, an autumn play, and a Christmas pantomime or show.
Managed by experienced volunteers, we aim for professional standards and invest in challenging and adventurous productions. These are staged mainly at the Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse School, Godalming.
Many of our past drama productions have won festival awards for directing, acting or technical excellence. We have staged Old Time Music Halls and Musical Reviews across southern England, and we have performed in Augusta, USA, and also in Godalming’s twin towns, Mayen in Germany and Joigny in France.
Anyone over the age of 14 is welcome to join GTG. Performers audition for each production; other members are involved in administration, technical support or backstage.
We run a weekly Youth Theatre Group for people from age 12 to 21.
They learn performing skills, take part in workshops and master classes, perform green room productions, and go on theatre visits and backstage tours. Many of them take part in GTG's main productions.
Performers aged 16 or under are subject to the same licensing laws as professional theatre. In our case, they are licensed by Surrey County Council and are in the care of registered chaperones during performances. GTG provides an excellent grounding for people who want to venture into professional theatre. Some have gone on to full time training and are now working in the profession.
GTG is a Registered Charity:1131714. GTG is a member of NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association).
Ben Elton is President of GTG
He performed in a number of our productions in his youth; most notably as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!
Directed by Spencer Cummins, Filmed and Edited by Keith Thomas, Sound by Mike Wheeler
Anyone can audition for a GTG production. Principal and ensemble performers are equally as important in our productions.
We cast people who can give full commitment to rehearsals and have the passion and energy to deliver a great performance.
We usually cast people of all ages for the ensemble, although not all productions are suitable for children below the age of 16.
Principal performers are cast according to their ability and skills, as well as experience and looks.
Spring musical and Christmas show rehearsals are usually every Monday and Wednesday evening, and some Sundays. They take place at the Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre, Godalming.
Autumn play rehearsals are usually every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and some Sundays. They take place at various local venues.
We stage our Spring musical and Christmas productions at the Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey. It is a professionally run theatre with audience seating for approximately 240. We stage our autumn plays at Prior's Field Theatre, Godalming.
Anyone performing in a GTG production pays a membership fee. Membership fees help to offset the cost of running GTG and staging our productions - including general administration, rehearsals, and insurance for everyone performing or working backstage. In some productions there may be an additional charge for script hire or purchase.
GTG PRODUCTION TEAM
There are plenty of jobs to do in a GTG production, including scenery construction and painting, stage crew, lighting or sound crew, costumes, props, make-up, child chaperones.
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GYTG is the youth section of Godalming Theatre Group
The Godalming Youth Theatre Group meets every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm - 7.45pm during school term time, at the Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre, Crown Court Car Park, Godalming, Surrey.
We aim to provide training and education in every aspect of theatre. Classes are run by experienced members of Godalming Theatre Group, and are supplemented by sessions run by professionals in their field. When time and other commitments permit, the Youth Group aims to perform in local Drama Festivals and stage 'Green Room' productions.
GYTG members are aged between 12 and 21. Entry is by audition. As well as enjoying the weekly classes, members can audition for any production staged by Godalming Theatre Group where juvenile characters are required. They can also enjoy any of the group's social activities.
Classes and Workshops
Acting for camera
We also organise
Green room productions
Performing in GTG shows
Read what our GYTG parents say about GYTG:
“You have successfully taken a small boy that was terrified of standing in front of anyone and brought him out his shell.”
“Wow what an awesome green room evening! I was so impressed with the talent and level of professionalism in the room!”
“My daughter has greatly benefited from attending GYTG I think in confidence, ability and having fun. Getting the part of Prospero in the school production next week I'm sure learning at GYTG has helped.”
“it was wonderful to see. They all looked so happy and confident.”
How to join GYTG
If you live within a 20 mile radius of Godalming and would like to find out more about joining GYTG, please complete the 'Contact' form below and click 'Submit'. This will send an email to the GYTG leaders David Dray and Madeline Gibb, who will respond to you as soon as possible. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have your parent's permssion to apply.
If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a membership fee.
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