YIPA concerts return to Laycock St

It’s almost time for the youth of the Central Coast to showcase their talent with the Youth In Performing Arts (YIPA) Concerts.

A final list of talented performers has been selected from approximately 450 auditions, involving over 1000 performers from across the Central Coast.

Concerts will be held over four nights from May 19 at the Laycock St Community Theatre.

YIPA Director, Gary Jackson, said performances this year would feature skills in vocals, drama, bands, dance, solo instrumentals and more.

“With there being no YIPA concerts in 2020 due to COVID-19, it was great to see the young performers coming to the YIPA auditions as keen as ever,” Jackson said.

“They certainly have the desire to be back on the stage and performing for the people of the Central Coast.”

YIPA is a joint program run by the community and Central Coast Council and provides young performers with the opportunity to showcase their talents on the Laycock St stage.

Performers are under the guidance and direction of YIPA volunteers who share their experience in the performing arts.

Central Coast Council Unit Manager Leisure, Beach Safety and Community Facilities, Phil Cantillon, said YIPA provides an important development opportunity for talented young people on the Coast.

“YIPA brings young people in our region together and lets them showcase and build their talent in a supportive environment,” Cantillon said.

“This great initiative also gives the wider community an opportunity to experience some of our region’s most talented young people performing at Laycock St Community Theatre.”

YIPA concerts will be held from Wednesday, May 19, to Saturday, May 22, with shows starting at 7pm.

Tickets are available from the theatre box office, online at www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/theatres, or by phone on 4323 3233.

Media release, May 5