Preparation for YMT Auditions 2019
If you have done auditions before, please note that this year we have slightly changed the format of YMT auditions for 2019.
When you attend a YMT Audition in 2019
You will start by playing some mad and energetic games to get the day off to a good start
You will take part in a group dance and have the chance to show the team some improvised movement.
Your group will learn a song together
You will be asked to sing EITHER the song you just learned OR one you have prepared from the SONG LIST HERE.
We will look at your acting skills through a performance of a short monologue which you will have chosen and prepared in advanced. (see song monologue below)
If you have not preparred anything, do not to worry, just come along and join in, we will have plenty of material avaliable.
The panel would like you to prepare a monologue of your choice:
- Your monologue can be taken from a text, musical, play or film / TV.
- The choice of monologue doesn't have to be from a musical but must be from a published text (stage or screen), so it CAN'T be something you have written yourself.
- If possible, we would like it to be from a piece written in the last 50 years, so the text should be post 1969.
- The piece should be between 60-90 secs in length, you will be cut off if any longer as we do have a lot of people to see.
- Remember that a number of people auditioning, who could be in the room when you perform your speech, will be under 16 and so please be considerate of language and content.
- Try and find something that suits you, shows you off, something you enjoy and find interesting - remember if you can connect to the piece it is more likely that the audience and panel will too.
If you don't know where to go, then a good starting point is to look at the National Theatre Connections Monologues: Speeches for Young Actors. Alternatively search monologues on google!
Again, if you have not preparred anything, do not to worry, just come along and join in, we will have plenty of material avaliable.
The panel would like you hear you sing a song. Preparing your own song in advance is optional as you will all learn a song during the audition and you will be welcome to sing that song if you wish.
- If you wish to sing a pre-prepared song, it must be one of the songs in the list below
- Please sing just the section of the song as detailed on the lyric sheet HERE
- You don't need to memorise the whole song, just the section of the song on the sheet (no more than 90 seconds)
- Remember the focus of the preparation should be on learning the music, learning the lyrics and practising how to tell the story of the chosen song.
As part of this year’s audition, you are being asked to prepare a section of a song to sing as a solo. If you do not choose one of these songs, you will still be able to sing a song that will be taught to everybody on your audition day. Pick and learn - from memory - just ONE SONG from any of the following three lists of songs. The three lists are:
1. GIRLS Songs originally written for the Female voice
- NEVER ENOUGH (from ‘THE GREATEST SHOWMAN’)
- SUDDENLY SEYMOUR (from ‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’)
- I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT (from ‘MY FAIR LADY’)
- SHE USED TO BE MINE (from ‘WAITRESS’)
- PUT YOUR RECORDS ON (by CORINNE BAILEY RAE)
- I KNOW THE TRUTH (from ‘AIDA’)
- I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE (from ‘BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL’)
2. BOYS Songs originally written for the Male voice
- TEN MINUTES AGO (from ‘CINDERELLA’)
- PILATE’S DREAM (from ‘JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR’)
- PERFECT (by ED SHEERAN, ONE OF OUR MANY ALUMNI AND NOW OUR PATRON!)
- JOHANNA (from ‘SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET’)
- THIS IS THE MOMENT (from ‘JEKYLL AND HYDE’)
- CORNER OF THE SKY (from ‘PIPPIN’)
3. Other options
- LITTLE PEOPLE (from ‘LES MISERABLES’)
- WHERE IS LOVE? (from ‘OLIVER!’)
- WHEN I GROW UP (from ‘MATILDA’)
- WHERE DID THE ROCK GO? (from ‘SCHOOL OF ROCK’)
Please choose ONE SONG song from any of the three lists. Please do NOT learn the entire song, just the section of lyrics included in the SONG LIST HERE.
You will be able to find the sheet music online or through music publisher. If you have any problems please call us at the office and we will help.
You do not need to bring any sheet music or lyrics with you to your audition.
Remember to try and be as confident in your performance as you can be - your audition team are looking to see your personality and acting skills in your song, not just to listen to your beautiful voice! Try to avoid copying someone you have seen on Youtube - bring your own pesonality, storyline, attitude and even your own accent.
Good luck, and most importantly of all - have fun!
BEST OF LUCK at your Audition!
Finally here again is the list of songs and the lyrics we need you to learn. If you can't find the sheet music online call the office for help on 020 85863 7725. Or simply learn the song that we teach you in the audition room.