YMT participant Patrick, 19, from Abingdon has performed with the company for 8 years, since he was 11 years old, and his past productions record is quite impressive. Last summer he played the lead in our 2017 adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, at Winchester Theatre Royal; a dark love story that unfolds into tragedy and murder.
“My favourite part of the show was the music, having Pippa (the composer) present and writing new music as the show was being rehearsed was really exciting”
This project in reality started a couple of months earlier at the casting, three days in half-term, which was a great chance to meet the cast and creative team. The cast immediately clicked at this point, meaning that when we arrived in August for three weeks of intensive rehearsals we were already good friends. I was fortunate enough to be cast as Angel Claire, which was a wonderful part to develop over the three weeks. Personally my favourite part of the show was the music, having Pippa (the composer) present and writing new music as the show was being rehearsed was really exciting, and as my character was only really in the second act of the show, it was a wonderful opportunity to jump into the orchestra pit and join the band (which I got to do in all the actual shows).
“We had a wonderful group of chaperones, and our Musical Director Cillian was always able to offer advice”
It was great to be with a wonderful group of cast and creatives, and there was never time to be bored, we had a wonderful group of chaperones, and our Musical Director Cillian was always able to offer advice. The most exciting part of this show for me was split between the casting weekend and the opening night, where in the former there was the sense of anticipation for the show we were going to create, and in the latter the climax of the project and finally getting to show our family, friends and the public what we had been working on, which we were all so proud of.
“I remember being incredibly nervous, but I have since learnt there is absolutely no reason to be”
When I first did the YMT auditions (at the age of 11) I remember being incredibly nervous, but I have since learnt there is absolutely no reason to be. Taking the form of a several-hours workshop, you're surrounded by a group of others doing exactly the same as you and with their own strengths and weaknesses - personally I always dread the dance section, but the key is always to just throw yourself into it and then if, like me, you still look ridiculous, you at least look ridiculous but entertaining.
Throwing yourself into it, I would say, is the most important thing to do in the audition - and take risks, be the first to join in with the MD when they're trying to get everyone to talk with their tongues stuck out their mouths, don't hide behind others in the acting.
“The key is always to just throw yourself into it”
I would absolutely recommend the YMT auditions to absolutely anyone, if even one of the Acting/Singing/Dance triumvirate appeals to you, it’s a chance to give the others a go, or if you've already caught the bug for being on stage then it's an opportunity to get yourself onto one of YMT's wonderful projects or skills courses to further develop your love for performing.
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