Malta’s finest young artists are soon set to take centre-stage at the national theatre in two new show-stopping productions.
For one-night-only on Sunday 19 June, the Teatru Manoel Youth Talent Gala will showcase young instrumentalists, singers and dancers in an exhilarating evening of repertoire from traditional exam pieces to contemporary jazz, pop and musicals. The Gala follows an open call in 2019, which sought the most technically accomplished young artists who showed exceptional performance skills from across the Maltese Islands. Shortlisted from over a hundred applicants, the Gala cast will perform alongside guest appearances from local performing arts schools and youth groups, including Teatru Manoel Youth Opera & Dance.
From June 30 to July 3, young artists will delight audiences again in a new jukebox musical written and performed by the TOI TOI Collective, directed by Petra Sant and featuring award winning singer Sean Borg and guest artist and musical theatre soprano Rachel Fabri. Meet Cute is an unconventional romantic comedy that explores – with the help of songs from the world of musical theatre – the idea of a ‘meet cute’ scene, where two future lovers first meet under unusual, humorous, or cute circumstances.
“Supporting young talent is a core part of the work TOI TOI does at the national theatre. Turning the spotlight towards young artists in training and giving them the chance to experience the electricity of live performance in such a prestigious setting is a priceless gift,” says Kate Fenech Field, Teatru Manoel’s Learning and Participation Programme Manager. “Watching some of our youngest artists display their talents to such a high standard is a real testament to their families and teachers for supporting their skills. The wide range of music choices and technical styles makes it difficult to choose a highlight – but one thing’s for certain, there won’t be a dry eye in the house!”
Teatru Manoel CEO Massimo Zammit also highlights the critical importance of supporting young local artists, in conclusion. “Youth talent is the beating heart of our artistic community today – and it will drive its future. Through TOI TOI, Teatru Manoel nurtures and supports young artists, giving them a valuable opportunity to let their talent shine at the national theatre.”
Teatru Manoel Youth Talent Gala will perform on 19 June at 7pm at Teatru Manoel. Performances of Meet Cute are June 30 at 7pm, July 1 at 7pm, July 2 at 8pm and July 3 at 7pm, at Teatru Manoel Studio Theatre. According to current public health guidelines, no masks or vaccine certificates are required at either event. Tickets are available via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone to (+356) 21246389 or online at www.teatrumanoel.mt.