Dramatic Summer Prepares Sebastian For West End Debut

Many of us experience the odd drama or two over the summer holidays but for twelve-year-old Sebastian Dibb his vacation was all about making the kind of drama he loves - on stage.

Having successfully auditioned for the National Youth Music Theatre Company Sebastian has been playing in one of their four summer shows, The Piper of Hamelin. Taking on the role of the Secretary in the Mayor’s Corporation he has toured in theatres across the country from Bury St Edmonds to Kingston Upon Thames. He also received a further invitation from NYMT to take part in their forthcoming West End Anniversary Gala performance celebrating 40 years of the Company’s work. An additional week’s residential at Sevenoaks School saw Sebastian learn over twenty musical theatre numbers that have previously been performed in NYMT shows. The Gala performance, fittingly called Encore, will take place on Sunday 30 October at The Adelphi Theatre (currently playing Kinky Boots) and will star alumni such as Matt Lucas, Jasper Britton and Olivier Award winner Lily James.

Plymouth was the second venue Sebastian enjoyed for a two week residential, this time with Youth Music Theatre. Again, having successfully auditioned back in the spring he joined a cast of thirty who rehearsed 'The Legend of White Bear Lake' before performing it at the bijou Barbican Theatre to a jam packed house. Each of the three performances was well received with complicated choreography and choral work culminating in it being a suitable curtain call to the summer break.

Online rehearsals for the NYMT Gala performance are the way forward before the big day on October 30th. But prior to that Sebastian is keen to audition for Princethorpe College’s forthcoming musical theatre production of Bugsy Malone. Describing his summer’s dramatic experiences Sebastian added, ‘If I could go back tomorrow and do it all over again, I would.’

Image shows Sebastian Dibb far right playing the role of 'The Fox' in 'The Legend of White Bear Lake'.