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:

• 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 (see song guidelines below)
• 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.

MONOLOGUE GUIDELINES

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!

 

SONG GUIDELINES

The panel would like you hear you sing a song. Preparing your own song in advanced 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 can be accompanied or unaccompanied and can be of any type - it doesn't have to be musical theatre. It can be folk, pop, choral, opera, a hymn, rap, traditional Irish or Scottish, whatever shows you off best. If you have sheet music bring.
  • Choose no more than 60-90 seconds (roughly) of your song. 
  • You don't need to memorise the whole song, just the section of the song you intend to sing (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.
  • If you'd like some ideas, we have listed below some musical theatre songs.

 

Song Ideas

BOYS SONGS:

1. ‘Tonight At Eight’ from She Loves Me Lyrics by Sheldon Harnik, music by Jerry Bock

Listen on YouTube - Download sheet music

2. ‘What You Own’ from RentWords and music by Jonathan Larson 

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3. ‘Santa Fe’ from NewsiesLyrics by Jack Feldman, music by Alan Menken

Listen on YouTube - Sheet music can be purchased here

4. I Won’t Send Roses from Mack & MabelLyrics and music by Jerry Herman

Listen on YouTube - Sheet music can be purchased here

5. ‘Lost In The Wilderness’ from Children of EdenMusic and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Listen on YouTube - Sheet music can be purchase here

6. ‘Stars’ from Les MiserablesMusic by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Listen on YouTube - Sheet music can be purchased here

GIRLS SONGS:

1. 'How ‘Bout A Dance' from Bonnie & ClydeMusic by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black

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2. ‘Someday’ from The Wedding SingerMusic by Matthew Sklar, lyric by Chad Beguelin

Listen on YouTube - Sheet Music can be purchased here

3. ‘Somewhere’ from West Side StoryMusic by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

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4. ‘Mama Who Bore Me’ from Spring AwakeningMusic by Duncan Sheik, lyrics by Steven Sater

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5. ‘I Will Prevail from WonderlandMusic by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy

Listen on YouTube - Sheet music can be purchased here

6. ‘Lost In The Brass’ from Band GeeksLyrics by Tommy Newman, music by Tommy Newman and Gabby Alter

Listen on YouTube - Sheet music can be purchased here

ALTERNATIVE SONGS:

1. ‘Where Is Love’ from OliverLyrics and music by Lionel Bart

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2. ‘Naughty’ from Matilda Lyrics and music by Tim Minchin

Listen on YouTube - Sheet music can be purchased here

3. ‘When I Grow Up’ from MatildaLyrics and music by Tim Minchin

Listen on YouTube - Sheet music can be purchased here

4. ‘Electricity’ from Billy ElliotMusic by Elton John, lyrics by Lee Hall

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5. ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ from HairsprayMusic by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

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6. ‘Not While I’m Around’ from Sweeney Todd - Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

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BEST OF LUCK at your Audition!