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 one 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 vocal 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 MYCO (including Les Misérables, Crazy for You, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls and Godspell), as well as for Oxford Operatic Society (including My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, 42nd Street, Sound of Music, Legally Blonde and Sister Act).
MYCO is run by a dedicated committee of parents, former parents and others dedicated to giving young teenagers the opportunity to perform.
India graduated from LAMDA last year and has recently finished a tour of Scotland in Eddie and the Slumber Sisters, produced with the National Theatre of Scotland, a whimsical, heart-warming fable that blends music, magic and imagination.
Emily appeared on our TV screens as Stacey in the hugely popular BBC sitcom Outnumbered and as Simone Al-Harazi in the thriller series 24: Live Another Day. In 2017, she appeared in the BBC1 Christmas special of The Miniaturist. Meanwhile, her first major supporting film role came in the 2014 comedy film The Inbetweeners 2 and in 2015 she began playing Niska in Channel 4’s hit series Humans.
Tom has a thriving and successful career as an actor and musical director. He has recently appeared in the revival of Salad Days at the Union Theatre in London, as well as being part of the cast of the glamorously feel-good musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.
During the summer of 2018 he was the on-stage musical director for a brilliant actor-musician revival of Sweet Charity at Newbury’s Watermill Theatre.