The Grand Opera House Summer Youth Production presents The Wizard of Oz


As 200 talented 10-18 year olds prepare to follow the yellow brick road onto the Grand Opera House stage this summer, Phoenix Natural Gas has been announced as partner of Northern Ireland’s largest youth theatre project.


Over 300 young people auditioned for roles in the two-week project that will culminate in five performances of The Wizard of Oz, one of the most popular musicals of all time, from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 July 2018. The aim of the Summer Youth Project is to offer young people the chance to develop their skills in acting, singing and dancing, as well as to build confidence and make new friends.


Michael McKinstry, Phoenix Natural Gas Chief Executive Officer said, “Phoenix Natural Gas has been a long standing supporter of the arts in Northern Ireland and we are delighted to partner with the Grand Opera House and aspiring young actors from across the province in this large youth theatre project.


“The Grand Opera House is a fantastic venue for young actors to experience performing in as part of a major production and Phoenix Natural Gas is very proud to support the show. We look forward to a strong and creative partnership together.”


Ian Wilson, Chief Executive of the Grand Opera House adds; “My colleagues and I are extremely proud of the Theatre’s Summer Youth Project which offers young people the opportunity to work with a professional creative team, as well as our vastly experienced technical crew in mounting a major musical.


“The partnership with Phoenix Natural Gas will enable us to stage the biggest production in the Summer Youth Project’s history and we are extremely grateful to Phoenix Natural Gas for its support.”




For more information, please contact Ciara McCoy at the Grand Opera House by email at or phone (028) 90 277725.