Have you ever felt nervous about an audition before? Or perhaps, this is your first audition and the nerves are almost too much to bear? Well, at YMT we take extra care to ensure that our audition process is cultivated in a welcoming and encouraging environment. Our inclusive workshop style auditions ensure that all ages and all experience levels feel comfortable and welcome in order to ensure the best possible performance from our young performers.
Below is a testimonial from a past participant, 13 year old Nico Shaw, about his audition experience with YMT
“When I got into the audition room there were about 20 teenagers, boys and girls, all with the same uneasy expression on their faces.
The examiners were not what I was expecting; I thought they would be sternly watching for our every mistake and making our nerves even worse, but instead, they were friendly people who smiled and helped us to relax.
We started off with some dancing, it was good fun, and it helped that all of the teachers came round and suggested things that might help us improve.
Next was singing, the teachers sometimes stopped us to tell us to do something differently but they managed to do it in a way which did not make you feel they were being critical. The atmosphere was encouraging and I felt that they just wanted us to do well, I began to relax and was able to do my best.
The final stage of the audition was the acting part. This was amazing: we acted out our pieces and then everyone joined in making it feel like real life; the audition room melted away and we were all absorbed into each-others work.
I would like to say a massive thanks to the teachers who stopped me from feeling nervous and made my National Youth Theatre Audition an unforgettable experience.”
After his YMT audition, Nico went on to be cast in one of our summer shows, Cautionary Tales. Don’t let nerves keep you from auditioning with YMT, take the leap and book your audition slot now. You never know where it could take you.
To book your audition space, and find out if YMT is coming to your town, visit our website here! Hurry, spaces are filling quickly!
Our friends at the NYO are auditioning!
The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain comprises of 164 musicians aged 13 - 19 years old, from a variety of backgrounds and from every corner of the UK. We welcome applications from teenage musicians who play to Grade 8 distinction or equivalent standard, have a passion for orchestral music, a taste for adventure and great team spirit.
We are also recruiting talented teenage composers for a year of immersion in orchestral and creative opportunities.
Auditions are FREE, located across the country, with travel bursaries available. The audition experience aims to be positive, friendly and constructive and all auditionees will receive a workshop and written feedback. Bursaries are also available to cover the full cost of membership.
Being part of NYO is a fantastic opportunity for talented young musicians to take their music making to the highest level. They will work with world-class tutors and conductors, play in the UK’s greatest concert halls and forge lifelong friendships with like-minded musicians.
Visit our website - nyo.org.uk/apply-for-nyo-2017– to learn about the audition process, discover what bursaries are available and hear advice from NYO musicians and tutors about preparing for auditions.
Applications close 1 June.
Choreographer and Dance Artist supremo RACHEL BIRCH-LAWSON talks about what she's looking for from our 2016 auditionees
Training: I trained at London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) and then on Dance Beyond Borders in Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and the UK. I’m freelance, so I work all over the place. A lot of my work is now based in Kent, but I tour nationally and have lived and worked across Europe and Africa.
What are you looking for from auditionees?
Willingness to have a go! I’m most interested in the energy and commitment you bring. It’s not about shapes and positions, but about intention and throwing yourself into the experience.
Tips for auditionees:
Work hard, but don’t take it too seriously - it’s a fun day and I always notice people who are enjoying themselves.
Why should people get involved with YMT?
It’s a unique opportunity to be part of making something special - and to come together with other young people with shared passions.
What/who should young people research in the arts?
Try everything, see as much as you can! Don’t stick to one genre or only watch shows you know you will enjoy - try things that you’re not certain about. You might learn something new!
Avocado. Also olives.
Something with adventure - maybe learning to kite surf somewhere with warm water.
THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?
January and February saw YMT's largest-ever national auditions tour where we auditioned over 1,300 incredibly talented young people!
After 27 audition days in 24 cities all across the UK, now begins the monumental task of deciding who will be placed on one of our exciting summer productions.
We would like to thank everyone involved in putting together our auditions tour: young people, parents, practitioners, office staff, theatre staff and everyone else! Thank you!
Here are some tweets and photos of the journey:
We are extremely excited to announce our national auditions tour 2014!
We would LOVE to see many talented young performers and/or musicians aged 11-21 at one of our audition dates. Our 2014 tour will take place next January and February and our teams will travel to 22 cities across the UK. Auditions take the form workshops lasting two and a half hours and places are limited but we will be holding up to three sessions per city. So, now it’s over to you to sign up for your chance to audition for a part in a YMT production.
We will be pulling out all the stops for our 2014 programme as it shall be our 10th anniversary year! We will be presenting at least eight productions in cities from London in the south to Aberdeen in the north. Our programme of productions announced so far for 2014 include Macbeth, Miss Interpreted and Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music. Our full programme will be released within the next few months.
YMT productions are two-week residential projects that take place all around the country. There is no need to prepare anything for your workshop audition however here’s some great advice from YMT Practitioner, Yael Loewenstein (auditions panel 2013).
- Arrive prepared: dressed appropriately and a bit early to do a personal warm-up.
- Remember the panel wants to like you!
- Have a 'yes' attitude and be prepared to try new things.
- Remember everyone is in the same boat: everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Share your strengths and have the attitude of improving in weaker areas.
- Ask questions
And if you want some more tips and advice, watch our alumni talk about their experiences at YMT - singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Channel 4's Fresh Meat actress Charlotte Ritchie and Loserville the Musical’s Richard Lowe.
Wishing you lots of luck and we look forward to seeing you at your YMT audition!