The Musical Youth Company of Oxford (MYCO) is a teenage musical theatre group based in Oxford. The company was formed in 1988 and currently has over 50 members aged between 12 and 19 from all around Oxfordshire.
MYCO produces one main show per year, alternating between the Oxford Playhouse and on other Oxford theatre. Shows are staged during the Easter holidays, are always to a professional standard and always sell out! We also produce a series of concerts during the year where members showcase their vocals talent in solos and small group numbers.
MYCO has a family ethos and members participate in all our activities including shows, concerts, fundraising for local charities and workshops. It is by working together and supporting each other that we are able to reach the high standards we achieve. Many of our members go on to drama school and professional theatre work and we are proud of them, but we are equally proud of those who use skills they have learnt in MYCO to achieve in other areas. Lasting friendships are formed and a lifelong passion for the arts is ignited.
Guy has been director, musical director, choreographer or various combinations of these roles since 2003 and MYCO’s Resident Creative Director for the last 8 years. Favourite shows over the years have included a 1950s makeover of The Pirates of Penzance, Sweet Charity, Thoroughly Modern Millie and most recently an updated version of 42nd Street, set in a theatre school in NYC. This ambitious new interpretation went on to win MYCO and 42nd Street a Flame Award from NODA for ‘Inspirational Contribution to Musical Theatre’.
Julie’s association with MYCO began in 2002 when she was asked to be the vocal coach on a production of Me and My Girl. Vocal coaching turned into musical direction and before she knew it, Julie was in the orchestra pit!
Since then Julie has spent much of her free time working on productions for Oxford Operatic Society (including My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, Sound of Music and Legally Blonde) and MYCO (including Les Mis, Crazy for You, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweet Charity, Anything Goes and Guys and Dolls.)
MYCO is run by a dedicated committee of parents, former parents and others dedicated to giving young teenagers the opportunity perform.
Kelly found herself thrust into the limelight in 2016 whilst on tour in Ghost the Musical. When Sarah Harding became unwell, Kelly stepped into the lead role of Molly to rave reviews in Oxford, Leeds, Blackpool and Wimbledon. “Some people might have felt short changed that the ‘star’ name wasn’t onstage, but it was far more fun to watch a talented understudy take her chance with such power, panache and confidence. Make no mistake, Kelly Hampson will not be the understudy next time she appears at this theatre.”
Emily has continues to keep us glued to the screen with her riveting performance as Niska in Channel 4’s Humans. Having finished filming however she is keeping busy in the West End Production of Dead Funny, alongside Katherine Parkinson and Rufus Jones.
Tom has a thriving and successful career as a musical director. He is involved in the newly formed West End Musical Choir, which has performed at West End Live, and also runs a choir in Oxford (Vox Steady) and the Hazlitt Theatre choir in Maidstone. He is currently preparing for a production of Sleeping Beauty in Maidstone.