OverviewBYU in the Theatre and Media Arts Department. The Young Company serves as a training ground for both BYU actors and directors wanting to work in theatre for young audiences. The group performs in front of on average, 23,000 young people each year, bringing live theatre to many who would not otherwise see it, using mediums such as children's theatre, mime and puppetry. The main purpose of the Young Company is to abridge classic performances, in order to be more accessible for young people. It has since expanded to include one Shakespeare and one modern play every year.
The Young Company, originally known as the “The Whittlin’ Whistlin’ Brigade,” was formed in 1975. Since then, the company has toured nationally and abroad, including the former Yugoslavia, Austria, Norway and the southern United States.
The name, Whittlin’ Whistlin’ Brigade was taken from LDS Church history. In the 1840’s, early church members built the city, Nauvoo, Illinois, from reclaimed marshland at Commerce, Illinois. “Nauvoo” meant “City Beautiful,” and its purpose was to remain a place safe from political injustice and social persecutions in their desire to practice their religion. Unfortunately, it was to no avail, and persecution continued to increase. In the midst of these conditions, and as an attempt to protect their property and their lives, a troop of boys armed with jack knives and sticks formed what was called the “whittlin’ whistlin’ brigade.” Whenever a suspicious individual came to town, the group would surround the stranger, not saying anything, and would whittle and whistle until the stranger became uncomfortable and left. This small and courageous action was enough to prohibit unwanted intruders from lurking on the sidewalks of Nauvoo.
Over a hundred years later the name resurfaced as the name of the acting troupe of BYU, comprised mostly of undergraduates, who have taught and delighted students of all ages through live performances. The company was formed by Dr. Harold Oaks in 1974. In 1983, the name was changed to The Young Company at the request of BYU administration. Permission was being sought for a company tour to Yugoslavia and Austria with the play Patches of Oz, representing the University. The administration was seeking title clarification and felt “The Whittlin' Whistlin' Brigade” was not an easily recognizable name, thus was born The Young Company.
|1975||The Emperor's New Clothes||Abraham & Isaac: The Akedah|
|1978||Androcles and the Lion||Mormon Montage|
|1981||Beauty and the Beast|
|1982||The Marvelous Land of Oz||Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
|1983||Patches of Oz||Cinderella|
|1984||The Meiser||Winnie the Pooh|
|1986||Androcles and the Lion|
|1987||Sir Gawain and the Green Knight|
|1988||The Land of Everywhere|
|1990||Tales from 1001 Nights|
|1991||And Miles to go Before I Sleep|
|1992||The Purple Fan|
|1993||Step on a Crack|
|1995||The Reluctant Dragon|
|1997||The Arkansas Bear|
|1998||Step on a Crack|
|1999||The Yellow Boat|
|2001||Taste of Sunrise|
|2003||Grimm Tales||As You Like It|
|2005||Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse||Hamlet|
|2007||King Lear||The Jungle Book|
|2008||Pericles||Good Night Moon|
|2009||The Tempest||A Thousand Cranes|
|2010||The Taming of the Shrew|
|2012||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow|
|2013||Henry V||The Nightingale|
- Crow, Ruthanne Lay. The Memory and the Legacy: The Whittlin' Whistlin' Brigade - The Young Company 1974-2001. Diss. Brigham Young University, 2002. Provo, Utah.
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- The Daily Herald - Women take center stage in BYU Young Company's 'Henry V' (7 Feb 2013)
- The Universe - The Y Company brings Shakespeare to a younger audience (5 Feb 2013)
- YNews - "Henry V" in theatre for young audiences production at BYU (24 Jan 2013)
- The Universe - Weekly five: BYU shows to watch for this semester (8 Jan 2013)
- The Daily Herald - Youth should fall in love with interactive 'Sleepy Hollow' (18 Oct 2012)
- Y News - BYU's Young Company offers "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (12 Oct 2012)
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