The David Beach Youth Competition
The David Beach Competition for Musicals is a victim of its own success! The numbers of entries each year, boosted by an increasing number of Youth Productions, has become almost unmanageable for the small team who organise and judge the competition, and a decision was made at the 2018 AGM to set up the Youth Competition as a separate entity.
With immediate effect The David Beach Youth Competition will be open to any Musical in which all those performing on stage are 18 or under on opening night. Any adult involvement will have to be limited to the Production Team or backstage.
Very little will change otherwise. The year will start on the 1st December and end on 30th November, and the Youth Presentation Evening will be just as glitzy, and held at the Cricket Club in April - a month after the David Beach. Obviously the first of the new Presentation Evenings will not be until April 2020, after a full year of entries. Cast members U21 in David Beach shows will still be eligible for nomination and awards at the March Presentation Evening, and there will be new categories for Youth performances at the April Awards. This page will be updated as details become available.
Chris Bailward, who currently adjudicates for the David Beach, will take over as Moderator for the David Beach Youth Competition, and though we expect there will be new adjudicators attending just the youth shows, some of the current panel will do both as well. Angie Hurdman will take over as Coordinator for the David Beach while Di Dean will coordinate the new Youth Competition, and there will be separate entry forms.
The on-line entry form for the David Beach Youth Competition, which goes direct to Di Dean as well as to our diarymaster and to our Treasurer, can be downloaded here. Alternatively please email her to request a printable version which you can then send in the post.