A bit about Dundee Schools Music Theatre...

Welcome to DSMT!

We are proud to introduce DSMT to you and can say without reservation that it is a very special place. Everyone here is passionate about what they do and dedicated to providing a first rate training and experience in musical theatre. It is that passion and dedication on which DSMT's reputation is built. We are all commited to achieving the highest possible standards. Individual talent is nurtured in a caring and supportive environment and everyone's contribution is welcome and valued.


DSMT has a long-standing reputation for providing the highest quality training to young people. Pupils work not only with experienced teaching staff but also set designers, lighting and sound engineers, choreographers, musical directors and stage managers.

The project is dynamic and engaging. Training requires hard work and dedication, but the rewards are great. Through participation, hard work and first class leadership, dreams are made and achieved. This is not only our ambition, but our promise.



Lina Waghorn


Creator and Manager

of Dundee Schools Music Theatre








Dundee Schools Music Theatre was created in 1998. It took S4 - S6 pupils from all of Dundee's ten secondary schools and brought them together to form the very first DSMT cast. In August 1999, DSMT gave its debut performance - "Guys and Dolls". The production was an instant success, selling out Dundee's Whitehall Theatre.


Due to the success of "Guys and Dolls", DSMT was asked to perform a specially commissioned show, "Our Town Story", in the Millenium Dome the next year as part of the nation's millenium celebrations.


In the years sice, DSMT has expanded considerably and now runs separate groups for S1-S2, S3-S4 and S5-S6 pupils with Back to Back for post development pupils (1st year of further or higher education). 


Dundee Schools Music Theatre aims to educate young people in all aspects of musical theatre and performance. The cast receive workshops from industry professionals in techniques such as acting, singing, dance, stage fighting, make up and hair design, costume design and circus skills. These have included workshops given by West End performer Nick Lewis, opera singer Ann-Marie Ives and Utpoia Costumes Ltd. to name but a few. 


The project also has a dedicated team of staff who work regularly with the young people.

The history of DSMT