International Choreographer Alicia Frost trained at Toronto Dance Theatre, Laban and Royal Academy of Dance is on the Audition panel for YMT’s National Auditions 2018.
Alicia is currently working as an Animateur for Rambert Dance Company. Her credits include Salome and Carmen at Royal Opera House, Boccanegra and L’assedio di Calais at English Touring Opera. Alicia worked with YMT this summer creating the vibrant dance choreography for the production of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, which was performed in September at Theatre Royal in Winchester.
Alicia’s Audition tips for you are:
1. “Performance is key and more important than technique”
2. “Enjoy it! If you are- we are! and you’ll be remembered“
3. “Be expressive and original in your creative choices. We’re looking for contributors!”
4. “Have fun!”
Thanks to Alicia for these really useful Audition tips. We wish all participants the best of luck for YMT National Auditions 2018.
YMT National Auditions 2018 are taking place all across the country from 14 January to 18 February. Book your Audition now and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to work with leading theatre professionals such as Alicia Frost.
Tess of the d’Urberville will be performed in April at The Other Palace in London. Booking details will be updated soon.
YMT participant Hannah talks to us about her first audition experience and where she has gone from there
It had always been my desire to go into performing even though I was too scared to study it!
I remember my first audition with YMT very clearly, I was incredibly nervous, as although I had always wanted to go into performing, I never had the guts to gain the experience. Two minutes into the audition my nerves went and I felt completely at ease; the panel were so friendly and made the experience enjoyable and I didn't feel pressured or worried about making a fool of myself in the slightest.
I decided to book because it seemed like the perfect opportunity to regain some confidence I had lost, and it had always been my desire to go into performing even though I was too scared to study it! I remember feeling excited and anxious when I received the confirmation email, but looking back it's one of it not the best decision I've ever made!
YMT make their auditions fun and not scary in the slightest
Be yourself! There's only one of you in the whole world, as well as in the audition room! Nerves are natural of course, but know that by being yourself, you immediately have an advantage over everyone, no matter what your experience. And try to enjoy it too! YMT make their auditions fun and not scary in the slightest, so see it as a workshop rather than an audition, it really helps with nerves!
Just do it
Just do it. And keep going. Don't deny this industry of you and your incredible talent, it needs you just as much as you need it!
Hannah Jones, performed in YMT's, A Teenage Opera, 2017 and Yorkshire Skills Course, 2016, Hannah is currently studying at Leeds Trinity University.
Youth Music Theatre UK's National Auditions for Performers and Musicians are open for applications, take a look at the list of dates and locations on our website here. Audition to be part of an incredible summer season of new music theatre and star in a brand-new show!
I chose to do YMT purely for enjoyment as I love playing in pit bands and it seemed like a great experience
Thank you to Molly for sharing this really inspiring story with us, and best of luck at Uni!
I wanted to share something about my experience with YMT that has been super important and great for my life!
I was part of the production of The Legend of White Bear Lake last year (before starting my final year of A Levels), I played clarinet and bass clarinet in the band. The show was incredible, it was inspiring to be with such talented musicians and creative people – especially Caroline Wigmore (writer) and Gen Green (composer) and the whole creative team.
I chose to do YMT purely for enjoyment, as I love playing in pit bands and it seemed like a great experience. I had no idea until two months later, when I received a certificate through the post, that we would receive Grade 8 Musical Theatre in Production for being part of the show!
Prior to that, I had been really struggling with what to do at university – I loved music but since I hadn’t done the A Level it wasn’t really an option for me. There was nothing else that really appealed, so I was going to leave applying to university until next year – until I got that certificate in the post. This made me realise that Music at university was an option as I now had a grade 8 qualification! This made me so happy, and I started researching universities straight away. I am really happy to say that I received offers from 4 universities to study Music, and this is basically all down to YMT. Molly Clark, YMT Company of 2016
YMT MUSICIAN AUDITIONS are now open for applications email firstname.lastname@example.org to book and for further information, more info can also be found here. YMT PERFORMER AUDITIONS are open for booking too, dates and locations are listed on our website here.