The Current Production Team.
We are always on the look out for participants in all areas of production.
The fantastic and exciting team assembled by Herne Bay YOUTH! Theatre for our up and coming production of Annie is as follows.
Director & Producer
Herne Bay YOUTH! theatre is being launched by local theatrical Producer and Director Andrew Cozens, whose theatrical career spans over twenty five years.
He has directed and produced numerous musicals including ‘West Side Story’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Crazy For You’, ‘Godspell’, ‘A Slice Of Saturday Night’ and ‘Chicago’.
An advocate of Stephen Sondheim’s work he has also staged full scale productions of ‘A Little Night Music’, ‘Company’, ‘Assassins’ and the European Premiere of ‘A Sunday In The Park With George’ to critical acclaim. It was for this production for which he received personal correspondence from Mr Sondheim thanking him for producing and directing the musical.
Andrew went on to produce Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ for the Millennium Celebrations at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Festival Hall at London’s Southbank.
Andrew is an absolute advocate of “LIVE MUSICIANS FOR ALL MUSICALS!” and uses them wherever possible in all his theatre productions.
Having previously directed professional pantomime across the UK and last year co-directing Wicked Production’s “The Wizard of Oz” at The Theatre Royal in Margate, he will be returning there as Director again this season with Wicked’s “Jack And The Beanstalk” and also presenting Theatrecraft’s “Treasure Island” in January of 2019 at The Kings Hall.
In 2018, having successfully directed two plays; “Bouncers” and “Shakers” at The Whitstable Playhouse, he then returned there in July for Theatrecraft and presented “The Who’s TOMMY” to standing ovation and rave reviews.
2019 will see Andrew direct productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar” for Theatrecraft, “Evita” for HBMTS, A Summer Herne Bay YOUTH! Theatre production of “Joseph And His Technicolour Dreamcoat” and in August 2019 ACDC Stage It Live! Summer School Show-In-A-Week productions of the classic “Bugsy Malone”.
Vikki is an Accomplished professional musician, playing Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone and singing also. Vikki gained her Upper Second Class Undergraduate Degree in Music from the University of Southampton where she specialised in Conducting and Musical Directing before gaining one of five places on the MA Musical Theatre (Musical Directing) course at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Upon graduating, Vikki has played for and musically directed many productions throughout Kent, London and the South East including two of her own self-produced professional Cabarets on The Battersea Barge in London.
Vikki plays in many function bands and is also Choirmistress and Music Group Leader at All Saints Church, Whitstable.
As well as performing, she is a passionate teacher and has taught at many institutions including the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School and has built up a successful private teaching practice of her own in Kent.
This academic year, Vikki is excited to begin her initial Teacher Training in Secondary School Music, an ambition she has wanted to fulfil for a long time.
Will is a passionate musician and performer. He started to learn the piano at the age of ten and while studying his degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, he took part in every music ensemble he possibly could, training as an orchestral percussionist just to join the orchestra. In his final year he moved from performing in both university choirs to conducting them.
Between 2013 and 2018, Will taught English at Canterbury College while musically directing and performing in musicals and pantomimes for various societies across Kent. During his recent time studying a Masters by Research in English Literature in his home county of Cornwall, he became the musical director of the choir Madrigali, a Choral Scholar of the prestigious East Choral Bach Choir and the pianist for the Early Energy Centre concert series. He also played in their bands for the musicals 13 and Peter Pan.
This next academic year will see Will return to Kent to teach English and Music in a Secondary School. He hopes that he can bring his passions for teaching and musical theatre together with Herne Bay Youth! Theatre.