There are many ways to be involved with Viva
Be in a show!
Viva produces plays and musicals for all ages throughout the year. We hold open auditions for each show which means that anyone is welcome to come along and try out, providing they meet the age criteria for the particular show. Visit our Tickets page for all upcoming auditions.
Once auditions have taken place and the roles have been cast the rehearsal process begins. We usually rehearse twice weekly, usually one mid week evening and one weekend session. Each show has its own rehearsal schedule depending on the availability of the creative team.
A rehearsal process is usually 2-3 months, working towards the Show Week. Each show is normally performed several times over the course of the week including weekend matinees.
Produce or Direct a Show
Anyone can apply to produce or direct a show or put forward a proposal for a future production.
Whether you want to put on a musical or a play, something for young people or adults (or both!) the Viva Theatre Council will consider all ideas and applications.
To perform in or direct a Viva show you will need to become a member.
Annual membership is £50 and runs from 1st September-31 August. A show fee is also required for performers to help cover the costs of putting on a show. This is £50 for musicals and £30 for plays.
Weekly Saturday Youth Theatre Classes (Reception – Year 9)
Join Viva Youth in our brand new theatre to sing, dance and act on a real stage every week! Announcing the new Viva Saturday Theatre School for ages 4-15 years! Each week students will be on the stage experiencing a variety of theatrical disciplines taught by our fully qualified staff. This will include acting, dancing, drama, singing, choreography, musical theatre, stagecraft and much more. Students will regularly showcase their work in the new Viva Theatre and have plenty of chances to perform to a real audience in our brand new, state of the art auditorium. We also aim to encourage key life skills including leadership, teamwork and self-confidence alongside their technical abilities.
All sessions run from The Viva Theatre:
Viva Class 1, 11.15am – 12.00pm
£45 per term
Viva Class 2, 11.15am – 12.15pm
£55 per term
Viva Class 3, 12.15pm – 1.15pm
£65 per term
Performing Arts Holiday Workshop (ages 5-12 years)
Viva has been running holiday performing arts workshops since 2019 and each one is based on a hit stage musical (previous workshops include Matilda, The Lion King and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
The workshops take place at The Viva Theatre over three days and are open to children aged 5-12 years on a first come first served basis. On the final day children will showcase their work to friends and family on the main stage at The Viva Theatre.
The cost of the workshop is £65 which includes two tickets to the showcase and a personalised T-Shirt.
There are many volunteering opportunities involved in putting on a show, both in the run up to a performance and during show week.
The Viva Theatre Box Office, Bar or Front of House Volunteer Team
If you enjoy working as part of a busy team and love a showbiz atmosphere then joining of Front of House team could be for you! Front of House duties include welcoming customers, taking tickets, working on the bar and selling programmes.
Please complete the form below to show an interest in volunteering. We shall then contact you with further details. If we do not have any volunteering opportunities available, we shall inform you but if requested keep your details on record in case of a vacancy in the future.
Viva Community Projects
Over the past 20 years Viva has successfully delivered a range of community or heritage projects.
Volunteer roles can include archival research, gathering and curating images, carrying out oral history interviews, editing and transcribing oral history interviews, manning exhibition stalls or supporting the Viva Office.
All involved in the work of Viva youth activities are called to recognise the unique status of children. There is a special need to respect them as individuals and protect them in their vulnerability.
There are regulations covering children working in entertainment. This covers children from birth to end of compulsory school leaving age. Children in entertainment can be looked after either by their own parent or a licensed chaperone.
Adults wishing to become a licenced chaperone will undertake an evening’s training with Cambridgeshire County Council the cost of which is covered by Viva.