YMT Auditions 2016

Rachel Birch-Lawson - Youth Music Theatre UK

Meet the 2016 Auditions Team - Rachel Birch-Lawson


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.

Favourite show?

It changes all the time. One of the best pieces I’ve seen recently was Peeping Tom’s 32 rue Vandenbranden. I also loved Slava’s Snow Show for its epic special effects!

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!

Favourite food?

Avocado. Also olives.

Ideal holiday?

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)?


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Richard Healey Photos

Meet the 2016 Auditions Team - Richard Healey


Musical Director Richard Healey chats about YMT's 2016 National Auditions

Richard Healey is an MD, Composer, Arranger, Vocal Tutor and Music Supervisor-extraordinaire! He's been involved with YMT for many years and we're thrilled to have him on our 2016 National Auditions tour! 

Training: Southampton University (BA Music), Trinity Guildhall (Voice), Bournemouth University (MA Multimedia Design for Film & TV), Cambridge University (PGCE Music)

What tips do you have for auditionees?

Be yourself. You are unique. Show us your passion for what you do & leave your inhibitions behind. Everyone is equal & nobody is being compared - we are simply looking to reward your strengths, not uncover your weaknesses.

Why should people get involved with YMT?

Get involved to learn, to grow, to laugh, to cry, to sing, to move, to act, to be humbled, to inspire, to create, to be challenged, to feel empowered, to be different... Oh & to eat biscuits. Lots of biscuits.

What is your favouite show?

Difficult question... So many different shows for so many different occasions. But three very contrasting shows that had a massive impact on my teenage self were, in no particular order, Showboat,  Barnum and Into The Woods.


What/who should young people research in the arts?

Plough your own furrow. It's not wrong to like classics, or populist shows/individuals but find your own reasons for loving them, not other people's. Similarly challenge yourself. Rather than seeing the same show for the third time, see the one you know nothing about.

Favourite food?

Roast Lamb. Or Bakewell Tart. Or sometimes Sushi. Or fresh peas & butter. Wait no, avocado & poached eggs. Actually, just butter. Although I couldn't live without bacon. No, dark chocolate. Wait, chilli & basil ice cream. Or chorizo. With squid. And pan-fried cod loin. Hang on, spinach. Although freshly baked bread can't be beaten. Dammit, why is there so much nice food?!


Ideal holiday?

Skiing or Disney. Wait - skiing IN Disney. Result.


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

Scone (stone). Obviously. I'm from the Northwest. Scone (gone) is simply blasphemous.

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YMT National Auditions 2016 - Youth Music Theatre UK

YMT National Auditions 2016


Join the YMT 2016 Company - the adventure starts here...

YMT will be back on the road at the end of this month until February 2016 in the UK's largest search for young talent! We're holding 29 Auditions in 25 venues across the UK and Ireland, from Inverness to Plymouth, Derry to Colchester and all that's in between. AND Busted star James Bourne and Olivier nominee Elliot Davis will be at our first audition in London on Saturday 28 November! BOOK HERE.

We are looking for actors, singers and dancers as well as musicians to join the YMT 2016 Company and star in one of eight brand new musicals next summer including: What I Go To School For - the Busted musical at the Theatre Royal Brighton written by James Bourne and Elliot Davis. What I Go To School For marks the third project between Bourne, Davis and YMT after the Olivier Award-nominated Loserville the Musical and Out There (recently seen at the Tristan Bates Theatre London).

James Bourne - YMT Auditions - Youth Music Theatre UK - Year 3000 the Busted Musical

Other shows in YMT's 2016 Summer Season include a dazzling musical adaptation of The Great Gatsby, a women's boxing epic Fight Like a Girl, an Irish Warrior tale The Frenzy of Sweeney (Buile Shuibhne) at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, a contemporary dance opera The Dark Tower, an ancient Greek adventure Trojan Women! plus devised work in Plymouth and Aberdeen.

Performer Auditions are three-hour group workshops led by a professional director, choreographer and musical director (this year's team: Pete Gallagher, Stuart Harvey, Rachel Birch-Lawson, Vincent Manna, Sonum Batra and Richard Healey). Auditions are open to absolutely anyone aged 11-21 and no previous experience is necessary PLUS you don't even have to prepare anything - just bring yourself along!

Musician Auditions are slightly different - we're looking for musicians aged 11-21 who play ANY instrument at a Grade 7 standard. You'll need to prepare two contrasting pieces that last no longer than two minutes and the MD will then have a chat about your musical interests.

Performer Auditions can be booked online, over the phone or by post. Musician Auditions can only be booked over the phone - please call Richard Cross on 020 8563 7725.

Our 2016 Auditions Locations: Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Colchester, Derry/Londonderry, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hull, Inverness, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Oxford, Plymouth, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Southampton and Stockton.

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