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Drew Taylor - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT Blog - Photo: Blazej Marczak

'Be prepared for anything...' - Drew Taylor

17/02/16

Glasgow-based writer and theatre-maker Drew Taylor offers his views on auditions and who you should be checking out!

Drew has worked with YMT several times over the last few years, including last year's zombie-musical The Coorie Cave... or... How to survive a zombie apocalypse and come out singing as well as a workshop week in Alicante! He has LOADS of exciting stuff planned for 2016, so make sure you check out his website.

The Coorie Cave - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT

The Coorie Cave... Or... How to survive a zombie apocalypse and come out singing, 2015. Photo: James Taylor-Wilson

How to prepare for an audition:

Read through everything that has been sent to you! Twice! Wear suitable clothing so that you can move around if necessary! Get some good sleep the night before and allow more than enough time to travel to the location!

Top Tips for auditionees:

We want to find the best possible people for the YMT Company, which means people that can deliver the goods, who can adapt their performance to what we're asking for and... fundamentally... that you are a team player. Be friendly, but not over eager; know when chattiness goes into idle waffle and be prepared for anything...

Favourite show?

Particularly In The Heartland / Architecting / MissionDrift - The TEAMFake It 'til You Make It - Bryony Kimmings and The Lion King.

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What/who should young people research in the arts?

Definitely check out the TEAMBryony KimmingsThe Royal Court Theatre London and Perfect Pitch - they develop brand new musicals.

Favourite Food?

My mum's Spaghetti Bolognese.... and Haribo...

Ideal holiday:

When HOT: nothing, sat by a pool. When COOL: sightseeing and exploring a new culture. Also, San Francisco is my spiritual home.

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THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?

SCONE GONE!

Make sure you check out Drew's website for all his incredible upcoming projects.

Lindsay Atherton - YMT Alumni - Youth Music Theatre UK

An interview with Lindsay Atherton

11/02/16

Fresh from performing in CATS at the London Palladium, we chat with YMT Alumni Lindsay Atherton about her experience!

I did The Chosen Room (2008), Eight (2009), A Song for Eurydice (2010), Korczak (2011). The most influential for me was my last, Korczak, when I played Golda Linska at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. We had hollocaust survivors watch us and the last show had a standing ovation that wouldn't let us leave until we did an encore. Incredible.

Lindsay Atherton and Joel Fisher - Korczak 2011 - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT Alumni

Lindsay Atherton and Joel Fisher, Korczak 2011, Rose Theatre Kingston 

Do you still keep in contact with any YMTers?

One of my best friends was made at the first show I did in Dublin. We're still 'sisters' from 'the wee girls room'.

Why should people get involved with YMT?

You become part of a family that creates magic. What can beat that? I grew up and learnt so much from each show and my confidence soared.

What would your dream role be?

My dream role is Christine in Phantom of the Opera. I actually just ticked a dream (Rumpleteazer in Cats as 1st cover at the Palladium), which was pretty incredible.

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Favourite Shows?

Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Cats, Les Miserables, In The Heights!

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Tips for auditions:

Absolutely don't care what anyone else thinks. Follow your impulses.

What/who should young people research in the arts?

Show - Hamilton. Choreographer - Drew McOnie. Company -  Really Useful Group (RUG).

Favourite food?

Pizza!!

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Ideal holiday?

Half insane water sports and climbing and half beach, tanning... Food. Great food must be involved.

THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?

Scone-gone. Never should it sound like stone.

Lindsay will soon be starring in Starlight Express in Germany! Follow her on Twitter: @linzathy

Ellie Jones - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT

'Be yourself. Be brave. Be silly.' - Ellie Jones

09/02/16

Director Ellie Jones gives her thoughts on auditioning for YMT.

Ellie Jones has been part of YMT for a few years now, having directed According to Brian Haw (2013), Vanishing Point (2013), Miss Interpreted (2014) and last year's Dirty Stop Outs (2015). She'll also be directing this year's Fight Like a Girl (our women's boxing epic) at Dean Clough Halifax. 

Tips for auditionees:

I want to find out who you are, what you feel comfortable doing and how keen you are to try new things. Be yourself. Be brave. Be silly. Failing spectacularly is better than barely attempting something you can't do. In fact, I rather love that in a performer. Remember when you come into the room that we are all in it together. We can't do anything without you and all we want is for you to feel safe enough to join in and play with us.

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Favourite show?

Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha and Floyd Collins.

What/who should young people research in the arts?

Follow your interests. If you like a composer/performer/director/writer's work find out what else they've done. Some places/companies I love: Battersea Arts Centre, Southwark Playhouse, Manchester Royal Exchange, Improbable, Goat and Monkey, Kneehigh.... I could go on...

Favourite food?

Champagne. And Strawberries.

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Ideal holiday?

Sailing... or any place I don't have to take the kids.

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THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?

Scone (gone) obviously. I'm a southerner with a very middle class grandmother.

YMT Auditions are taking place NOW - book here.