LATEST NEWS

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Vivo D'Arte are thrilled and proud to announce that conductor and coach, Audrey Hyland, and director, John Ramster, are joining forces to stage Mozart's The Magic Flute returning to the atmospheric Frogmore Paper Mill this summer 2017.

Audrey Hyland, who was musical director for Vivo's previous production of La boheme, is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music where she works with both singers and accompanists. She also works with the National Opera Studio and the Covent Garden Young Artist Programme, London. John is a director and has worked on West End shows, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House. John has worked with directors such as Peter Sellars, Trevor Nunn and Sir Peter Hall and is a visiting tutor for the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at Covent Garden.

We have been overwhelmed by the response to our audition date, with over 100 applicants, and will be announcing our cast very soon.

 

 

OLIVER!

We have now cast our production of Oliver! and are busy preparing for the summer rehearsals. With a cast of over 100 young people this is one show not to be missed. Tickets available here.

 

 

 

 

 

WEST SIDE STORY "Excellent production"

- Rupert Sharp, Music Theatre International

We returned to Frogmore Paper Mill in April 2017 with our production of West Side Story. We were blown away by the response to our show. With every performance sold out and standing ovations we could not have wished for more. Our talented cast of performers who worked tirelessly during the intensive 10 day rehearsal and were an absolute dream to work with. We can't wait to return to the mill later this year.

 

 

 

RENT - "An absolute triumph "

- Catherine Bray, Film4

 

 

 

 

 

La bohème - "Absolutely stunning"

- Impropera.co.uk

It is hard to put into words our feelings after two weeks at the Frogmore Paper Mill producing two amazing shows including our first opera. The feedback for both productions has been overwhelming and a testament to the hard work of our talented cast and the team supporting them. We can't wait for our next projects to begin!

 

September 2016

 

 

THE WIZ - "Stunning Production"

- Muddy Stilettos

"Vivo D’Arte is an amazing company, working with theatre arts students or recent graduates — as well as local youngsters — and staging some stunning productions" Muddy Stilettos July 2016

 

July 2016

 

 

 

PREVIOUS NEWS

 

SWEENEY TODD - "Immersive theatre at its best!" - Watford Observer

Creating a unique promenade, immersive theatre event in a victorian paper mill was never going to be easy but we are thrilled with the show we produced and the amazing response from the audience:

"Vivo D'Arte never cease to amaze me with their brilliant productions"

"f the purpose of theatre is to give an audience a memorable, enjoyable, moving experience (which I believe it is), rather than to impress critics, then last night scored 10/10."

"But there were no weak links. Great for us, the audience, and quite unusual in any show at any level."

"Totally blown away by Vivo D'Arte's Sweeney Todd"

"One of the best performances I have ever seen"

"Incredible!"

"Probably the best night out in ages. Better than most West End shows"

"wonderful performances, inventive set, and superb ensemble work."

"Absolutley outstanding!"

"one of the most thrilling theatrical experiences I've ever had"

"what a stupendous performance! Such incredible value for money"

"another fantastic production. I was scared, I was mesmorised, I laughed, I was in awe. Thank you for a great night out and one I didn't go to London for"

April 2016

 

 

THE VIVO AWARDS

We are holding our first VIVO AWARDS NIGHT on 28th November 2015 celebrating the shows we have produced over the past year. For more information and tickets please email tickets@vivodarte.co.uk

September 2015

 

 

 

OLIVER!

A talented cast of young people aged between 6 to 30 years old performed to packed audiences at the Watford Palace Theatre. Standing ovations at every performance were testament to the high quality production. For some of our cast this was their first experience of performing on stage alongside some more experienced performers. Working together they created a truly wonderful production of Lionel Bart's much loved Oliver!

August 2015

 


PARADE

Parade was performed by a cast of mainly adult performers many of whom are graduates, or studying at college or intending to study performing arts. Performing at Watford Palace Theatre, this highly talented cast created some phenomenal theatre with singing and acting of exceptional quality. With standing ovations at every performances we were overwhelmed by the positive response from our audiences who took to social media to express their appreciation:

"an absolutely incredible production!"
"It really was fantastic and better than many many professional productions.”
"Parade was amazing! My legs were shaking and I cried like a child"
"thank you for making something so flawless"
June 2015

OUR HOUSE

Our production of Our House was performed at the Theatre, Rudolf Steiner in Kings Langley. The cast of young people aged 12 to 18 years performed this high energy, fun-packed musical entertaining audiences over 4 days. Our stunning set included a full-sized Morris Minor car.

April 2015





WINTER CONCERT

Over 60 of our most talented performers took part in a Winter Concert at the Court Theatre in Tring in December 2014. A programme packed full of performances from previous shows including Les Miserables, Noah the Musical, 13, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray and many more. The cast also performed songs from productions planned for 2015: Our House, Parade and Oliver. Some of our students who are applying for colleges and universities also performed audition songs. A packed audience gave them a resounding standing ovation.

January 2015




HAIRSPRAY

A talented cast of performers aged from 14 to 28 rehearsed over 7 days to create a simply superb production of Hairspray the Broadway Musical. Critically acclaimed and standing ovations at every performance reflected the high standards we aim to achieve.

August 2014





PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

A two week intensive rehearsal period for ensemble and three for principals culminated in four superb performances of The Phantom of the Opera at the Theatre, Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley. All performers were aged just 13 to 20 years old and have received rave reviews following the shows.

August 2013





13 THE MUSICAL

A two week intensive rehearsal period with four performances of 13 the Musical at the Theatre, Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley for young performers aged 12 to 15. Behind the scenes participants helped create the set, stage manage and learn many aspects of putting on a production. We also included rehearsals for our youth band who accompanied the show.

August 2013





NOAH THE MUSICAL

Our second full-scale musical production at the Theatre, Rudolf Steiner School. A cast of over 40 young people aged 10 to 20 performed and worked back stage on Noah the Musical to create a highly acclaimed production. Noah the Musical was written and composed by Ian Gower and Rob Alderton who both worked with us on this project.

April 2013




LES MISERABLES

Our first main production was held in August 2012 at the Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley. The two week workshop for young people aged 11 to 19 culminated in four highly successful five star reviewed shows.

August 2012