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Associated Studios - Auditions!

02/02/16

One of Britain's leading performing arts schools is now auditioning!

Associated Studios will prepare you for a competitive yet thrilling business and inspire you as a performer. You will be working with practitioners who have an extraordinary wealth of knowledge." Sir Tim Rice, Patron

The Associated Studios is one of Britain’s leading performing arts schools, a registered charity that is committed to the training and continued professional development of aspiring as well as established performers in the disciplines of Acting, Musical Theatre and Opera. The Studios have the Patronage of Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Timothy West, Rory Bremner and Jeremy Herrin. TO BOOK AN AUDITION EMAIL: info@associatedstudios.co.uk

4 MONTH PART TIME FOUNDATION COURSE IN MUSICAL THEATRE

Starting in February 2016 ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT! This Foundation course focuses on developing the performers’ vocal, acting and dance skills, whilst developing as versatile, ‘triple-threat’ performers, with a view to further training after the course. This course is ideal for Dancers and Actors who want to break into Musical Theatre.

7 MONTH PART TIME COURSE IN MUSICAL THEATRE - Starting in September 2016

This course is for performers who want to continue training or refocus their careers whilst having free time for Edinburgh Festival and the Panto/Christmas Concert Season. Throughout the course you will work with well-known industry practitioners including Directors, Musical Directors, Casting Directors, Agents, Writers and Performers. During the course we will focus on building a suitable audition repertoire folder in addition to honing your craft. This 7-month Musical Theatre Course finishes with a showcase cabaret for industry guests.

1 YEAR FULL TIME COURSE IN MUSICAL THEATRE - Starting in September 2016

This 32 week course offers intensive practical training in singing, acting and dance/movement, all the skills required to become an outstanding, versatile ‘triple-threat’ musical theatre performer. The course also offers one-to one singing lessons and termly projects including an in-house production, creating a concert/cabaret and recording in a studio. The course focuses on building the vocal, physical and mental stamina required to succeed in a competitive business. This intensive year of study culminates with a West End showcase performance to which industry professionals including agents and casting directors are invited.

ALL NEW 2 YEAR FULL TIME DIPLOMA IN MUSICAL THEATRE - Starting in September 2016

This Diploma-course offers two years of intensive practical training in singing, acting and dance/movement, all the skills required to become an outstanding, versatile ‘triple-threat’ Musical Theatre performer. The course focuses on building the vocal, physical and mental stamina required to succeed in a competitive business and also offers one-to one singing lessons and termly projects including an in-house production, creating a concert/cabaret and recording in a studio. The course focuses on building the vocal, physical and mental stamina required to succeed in a competitive business. All students will take part in a West End showcase performance to which industry professionals including agents and casting directors are invited.

Each term students will concentrate on a specific project that has been designed to enhance their skills, repertoire and resources. Students will develop professionally and personally, and will work with established Directors, Musical Directors, Casting Directors, Agents, Writers, Composers and Performers.

4 MONTH PART TIME OPERA COURSE -Starting in September 2016

This 4 month part-time Opera Course is designed to allow talented singers a period of intensive study and development of the skills required to pursue a career as an opera singer.

1 YEAR FULL TIME OPERA COURSE -Starting in September 2016

The program will focus on the all-round performer, with a significant focus on acting and stagecraft as well as vocal mastery, technique and stamina. Participants will develop their vocal and dramatic skills with eminent industry practitioners including conductors, performers, language specialists, repetiteurs, directors, agents and specialised coaches. One-to-one coaching sessions are included as part of the course.

More information can be found on the Associate Studios website: http://www.associatedstudios.co.uk/ 

Luke Bayer

An interview with Luke Bayer

01/02/16

Mountview graduate and YMT Alumni Luke Bayer offers his thoughts on joining YMT!

I played Logan Carter in both productions of Out There (2011 and 2012). I had the BEST experience doing YMT; I met so many amazing people who I'm still great friends with now and I learnt so much from the fab creatives I was lucky enough to work with!

Do you still keep in contact with any YMTers?

YES! I am great friends with so many of my YMT friends and I still keep in touch with the creatives too who are always happy to help and give guidance when I need it.

Why should people get involved with YMT?

People should get involved with YMT because it is SO much fun! You are creating a new piece of work with like-minded people! You meet people that you wouldn't know if you weren't given a chance like YMT! The whole process is so much fun and I'm so sad that I'm now too old to do YMT! I've been recommending it to so many people since I did it; I can't recommend YMT highly enough!

What would your dream role be?

Ooo that's a tough one! I'm gonna give a couple of options as I think they're so different. I'd love to play Gabe in Next to Normal, that's definitely a dream role... And I'd love to play Angel in RENT if that ever comes back to London *crosses fingers*

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Favourite Shows?

My favourite shows... Miss Saigon, Next to Normal, Hamilton and Kinky Boots!

Tips for auditions:

Don't compare yourself. You and only you can offer what YOU have to offer. Wow, that was a lot of YOUs! But it's true. You are unique! You've also gotta have a positive mindset and accept that sometimes things don't go your way but that's cool because something else is coming for you. Be confident, make bold choices and enjoy it!

What/who should young people research in the arts?

Definitely check out Hamilton the Musical if you haven't already- I'm hooked!

I'm a big lover of new Musical Theatre and love 'Perfect Pitch' and new contemporary writers. Find a song on YouTube you know and like, then see what comes up in recommended... That's a really great way of finding new material and new artists you like that you aspire to. Another great website for new MT rep is New Musical Theatre. Definitely check it out!! It's ace!

http://thingofnewyork.tumblr.com/post/123236252472/history-has-its-eyes-on-you

Favourite food?

ITALIAN! Pizza!

Ideal holiday?

NEW YORK CITY (I've just been for the first time and LOVED IT!) I love a hot holiday too... The Caribbean would be nice!

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

Scone as in (gone)... I'm a northern boy!

Check out Luke's YouTube channel! 

Rachel Bird - Youth Music Theatre UK - YMT Alumni

An interview with Rachel Bird

29/01/16

Currently training at Guildford School of Acting, YMT Alumni Rachel Bird chats about her YMT experience.

I've been with YMT since 2005 starting with a Skills Course and then went on to do Last Tango (2006), Great Expectations (2007), Endangered (2008) and then finally Macbeth in (2012) - my last one before I became too old! Each one has been as great as the last if not better each year.

Youth Music Theatre UK - Rachel Bird - YMT Alumni

(Rachel as Hecate in Macbeth, 2012)

Do you still keep in contact with any YMTers?

Yes I still talk to a number of people from Macbeth, Endangered and Great Expectations. But also the creative teams - namely, Stuart Harvey, Rachel Birch-Lawson, Peta Lily, Gerry Flanagan and Annemarie Lewis Thomas.

Why should people get involved with YMT?

It's a company that allows you to be who you are, to be creative by inputting to the project. You can share your own talents and be inspired by others in a comfortable, supportive environment.

What would your dream role be?

My dream role right now would be Molly in Ghost. But when I'm old would be Miss Hannigan in Annie.

Favourite Shows?

Ghost, Dogfight, In the Heights, Loserville, Bring it On: the musical, Next to Normal, Showboat, Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun. And so many more...

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Tips for YMT Auditions:

Be yourself. That's who they want to see. Try not to present them and idea of what you think the panel want. They want to see your talents and what you can individually do. Also enjoy it. It's workshop based for a reason. So that you can relax and have fun.

What/who should young people research in the arts?

National Theatre Connections plays (it's always young people performing them), Danielle Tarento (a producer of lots of new musicals), Katie Lipson (Aria Entertainment, again lots of new musicals), Benjamin Newsome (Casting Director). Also read the West End Producer's book; it's very good and very funny. If you are someone that is wanting to go and train in Musical Theatre, when you go to see a show always look in the programme at where they have trained because that can always help you with your choice of schools. Look at who went there and what they are doing now.

Favourite food?

Roast Dinner. Preferably Toby Carvery all you can eat.

Ideal holiday?

Somewhere hot with sand and sea. Maybe Bora-Bora but I do love Cyprus.

http://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/comments/3u2wug/bora_bora/

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

Scone (gone) for one, scone (stone) for more then one!

 

Fight Like a Girl - Youth Music Theatre UK

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL - by Nick Stimson

27/01/16

Award-winning writer and Associate Director of Theatre Royal Plymouth, NICK STIMSON, chats with us about YMT's new musical FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, which will premiere at Dean Clough this summer.

We're looking for a group of young people who aren't afraid of a real challenge and want to tell a compelling contemporary story in a contemporary way. It's going to be a physically and emotionally demanding show with members of the company learning how to box and all will be heavily involved in the creative process -  so, if you haven't already, you should book your audition and come join us.

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About the show:

Fight Like a Girl is the story of Shan and her younger sister Jess. Shan’s been fighting all her life. Fighting the world around her. Fighting the system. Fighting herself.

Aged just 12 and 10, Shan and Jess are removed from their abusive home by Social Services and placed into care. Once in the system the two girls lose contact with each other as Shan is moved from foster home to foster home. Each failed attempt to settle ignites Shan's aggression and a reluctance to trust those around her. Shan’s overriding wish is to be reunited with her sister but, unable to control her anger, Shan finds herself locked in a Young Offenders Institution: the end of the line. In her cell her rage consumes her and she vows to take revenge on those who have hurt her.

Back on the streets Shan encounters a group of discontented young people. Among them she recognises Zoe, a friend from the past. Zoe takes Shan to a boxing gym and suddenly Shan’s life changes. Shan's a natural. A born boxer. A real talent as a fighter. Talent enough to go to the top. So begins Shan’s journey to being a champion. Along the way she is reunited with her sister and then, quite unexpectedly, for the first time in her short life, Shan falls in love...

Every character in this show, female and male, will have a complete journey. It’s a hard-hitting show in more ways than one, full of street dance, up-tempo music, heart-breaking story and comedy, but at its heart, it's a story about love.

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Why should people get involved with YMT?

Being involved in a YMT show is the experience of a lifetime. It is very demanding but at the same time incredibly rewarding. To be involved is to shape new musical theatre. Company members will work intensively and will learn a wide range of new skills. They will also be working directly with musical theatre professionals and will discover they are not patronised but challenged to deliver performances of the highest standard.

Favourite show?

Oklahoma! 

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What/who should young people research in the arts?

Go and see the great musicals. Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Oklahoma! etc. Go and see any musical - even if it’s terrible you’ll learn something.

Ideal holiday? 

A warn and deserted island miles from a phone.

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

I’m from Devon, the home of the scone. (As in ‘gone’. Anything else is wrong.) Also it’s cream on first followed by the jam.

If you want to take part in FIGHT LIKE A GIRL or one of our other seven shows in the YMT 2016 Season, book your audition NOW!

Sonum Batra - Youth Music Theatre UK

Meet the 2016 Auditions Team - Sonum Batra

21/01/16

Composer and Musical Director-extraordinaire SONUM BATRA says what she's looking for from auditionees.

Training: I trained at King's College London and now work as Music Director for lots of different theatre companies. I'm looking to study orchestration for film next.. so watch this space!

What are you looking for from auditionees?

I like watching singers who really perform their songs with honesty and intention, rather than just standing there and singing. It's lovely watching people enjoying themselves and not being afraid to just... go for it!

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Tips for auditionees:

My first would be to NOT be nervous! Come into the workshop and enjoy yourselves. Don't be afraid to try things out of your comfort zone... oh, and pin/tie your hair back, and bring water!

Why should people get involved with YMT?

At YMT you not only get the chance to rehearse and perform a musical, but you get to be involved with the creative process. You work with composers and writers and perform a brand new piece of theatre. It's a really exciting thing to be involved in. You also get the chance to improve your skills across all three disciplines, whilst being surrounded by a room full of people who have all the same interests as you!

Favourite show? 

My all time favourites are Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods (I even wrote my dissertation on it!) I think Stephen Sondheim is an absolute genius! I'm a big fan of Punchdrunk and really loved The Drowned Man.

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What/who should young people research in the arts?

Anything that inspires you. Go and see as much different stuff as possible. Theatre companies like Punchdrunk and Phizzical are a couple of my favourites..

Favourite food?

I love Indian food... oh and hummus. I could live on the stuff!

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Ideal holiday?

Somewhere with a good hiking trail, salsa and lots of coffee - (so South America!) I think Colombia, Cuba and Argentina have to be my favourites there. Oh and I really want to go back to Israel. I have Kilimanjaro next on my list, as well as Japan and Iceland. I don't think I can pick an ideal holiday, I think I just want to see the whole world!

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

I'm northern ! Scone / gone!

Don't forget to read all our entries in the Meet the Auditions Team series and don't forget to book your audition!

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