Preparation for YMT Auditions 2018

 

PARTICIPANT PREPARATION FOR YMT AUDITIONS 2018

If you have booked onto a YMT Audition for 2018 we would like you to prepare a short song and a monologue in advance. Please carefully read through the information below. Previous participants please note that this a new change to the format of the YMT audition process and it has been designed by our audition team to give everyone more time to audition and a good opportunity to demonstrate a range of skills. However, if you have not had time to prepare in advance, that is fine you can sing a song that you have previously learned and we will provide you with a monologue on the day.

PREPARE A MONOLOGUE

  • The panel would like you to prepare a monologue. 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.
  • We would like it to be from a piece written in the last 20 years, so the text must be post 1997 (nothing classical).
  • 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

 

PREPARATION FOR A SONG

Please look through the list below and choose a song either from the boys list, the girls list or from the alternative list. You don't need to memorise the whole song, just the section of the song that is outlined on the lyric sheet. The lyric sheet is downloadable by clicking on the name of the song. We have also enclosed a link to listen to the song on youtube and, where possible, included a link to download the free sheet music.

There is only the requirement to learn, from memory, the section of the chosen song. 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 have any questions or problems with the downloads please contact hannahkipling@ymtuk.org

BOYS SONGS:

1. ‘Tonight At Eight’ from She Loves Me

Listen on YouTube

Download sheet music

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnik, music by Jerry Bock

2. ‘What You Own’ from Rent

Listen on YouTube

Download sheet music

Words and music by Jonathan Larson 

3. ‘Santa Fe’ from Newsies

Listen on YouTube

Sheet music can be purchased here

Lyrics by Jack Feldman, music by Alan Menken

4. I Won’t Send Roses from Mack & Mabel

Listen on YouTube

Sheet music can be purchased here

Lyrics and music by Jerry Herman

5. ‘Lost In The Wilderness’ from Children of Eden

Listen on YouTube

Sheet music can be purchase here

Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

6. ‘Stars’ from Les Miserables

Listen on YouTube

Sheet music can be purchased here

Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

GIRLS SONGS:

1. 'How ‘Bout A Dance' from Bonnie & Clyde

Listen on YouTube

Download sheet music

Music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black

2. ‘Someday’ from The Wedding Singer

Listen on YouTube

Sheet Music can be purchased here

Music by Matthew Sklar, lyric by Chad Beguelin

3. ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story

Listen on YouTube

Download sheet music

Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

4. ‘Mama Who Bore Me’ from Spring Awakening

Listen on YouTube

Download sheet music

Music by Duncan Sheik, lyrics by Steven Sater

5. ‘I Will Prevail from Wonderland

Listen on YouTube

Sheet music can be purchased here

Music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy

6. ‘Lost In The Brass’ from Band Geeks

Listen on YouTube

Sheet music can be purchased here

Lyrics by Tommy Newman, music by Tommy Newman and Gabby Alter

ALTERNATIVE SONGS:

1. ‘Where Is Love’ from Oliver

Listen on YouTube

Download sheet music

Lyrics and music by Lionel Bart

2. ‘Naughty’ from Matilda

Listen on YouTube

Sheet music can be purchased here

Lyrics and music by Tim Minchin

3. ‘When I Grow Up’ from Matilda

Listen on YouTube

Sheet music can be purchased here

Lyrics and music by Tim Minchin

4. ‘Electricity’ from Billy Elliot

Listen on YouTube

Download sheet music

Music by Elton John, lyrics by Lee Hall

5. ‘Good Morning Baltimore’ from Hairspray

Listen on YouTube

Download sheet music

Music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

6. ‘Not While I’m Around’ from Sweeney Todd

Listeon on YouTube

Download sheet music

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Chose the song which is best for you and we wish you the BEST OF LUCK on the Auditions!