About Central Hall Musical Society
CHMS is the University of York’s leading musical theatre society. Alongside many one-off performances at local and uni events and the best, all-singing, all-dancing socials in York, we perform three book musicals each year to the highest standard (our production of ‘Legally Blonde’ won the Love York Award for Best Large Scale Event). In addition, we perform two huge musical theatre showcases every year, all profits of which go to charity. Every auditionee is guaranteed a place in the cast so there are opportunities for everyone, whatever their age, stage and experience! The production teams for all our productions and showcases consist entirely of students, so there are plenty of opportunities on- and offstage every term of every year. We also host exciting workshops led by industry professionals (most recently, we were joined by Layton Williams) and some amazing theatre trips! We run weekly dance fitness classes and, on occasion, we have also taken student-written musicals to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Rehearsals for our productions are based around cast and prod team availability. Book musicals tend to rehearse three to four times per week, while showcase schedules are less intense.
Our weekly dance fitness classes are held every Tuesday evening.
Keep an eye on our social media for more details about when, where and how to get involved!
CHMS membership covers involvement on- and offstage for the whole academic year. Auditions for our book musicals are open to everyone at the university, though casting will be based on the requirements of the script etc. Everyone who auditions for our Autumn and Summer showcases is guaranteed a part in the cast, so everybody gets an opportunity to perform with us, whatever their ability level. Our workshops, socials and dance fitness classes are also open to all students, though members often receive discounts to these as well as discounted ticket prices for our shows. Membership can be bought through the YUSU website and anyone can sign up to our weekly mailing list at Freshers’ Fair or by emailing [email protected].
Keep an eye on our social media for more updates (search ‘Central Hall Musical Society).