Every year at Felsted, the Performing Arts Department encourages suitable actors and musical theatre and technical pupils to put themselves forward for auditions with the nationally renowned National Youth Musical Theatre (NYMT), British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT) & National Youth Theatre (NYT). These bodies select talented young people (14-26 years old) across the UK to join their company and thereafter they can participate in theatre, music and film based projects with industry professionals.
The projects take place in the holidays and are opt in; this has enabled Felstedians to balance their academic and family lives, selecting the projects that inspire them and fit in with their lives. NYMT, BYMT & NYT have been the launch pads for many of our most famous UK artists, alumni include Ed Sheeran, Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matt Smith, Sam Smith and Idris Elba (plus, many, many more). Some Felstedian actors are still preparing their self tape auditions for NYT as the deadline is 23rd March, however some of our Musical Theatre pupils have already completed online auditions and had call backs for further auditions.
Congratulations to Amelie L and Alex T-A on call backs for NYMT and Jude L for his BYMT call back.
Last Sunday I participated in the National Youth Musical Theatre recall for the two shows; ‘Ragtime’ and a new musical ‘A Kiss For Cinderella’. Initially it was a really intimidating process of meeting all the new participants who had already joined previous years ago, as well performing monologues and songs, but I soon found that all of the other participants were just as nervous as I was and were all extremely kind and inviting. Throughout the six hour audition process, we bonded with each other as well as with the teachers, we acted out scripts from the musicals, sang audition songs and danced sequences from the shows. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the process and meeting new people who also have a passion for theatre.
During Half Term I took part in an online audition workshop for National Youth Musical Theatre. The workshop was three hours long and consisted of acting and dancing. Prior to the audition I had to submit a self tape of myself singing a musical theatre piece. The online audition was a great experience, I was apprehensive but soon settled into the session and found all the coaches to be supportive and encouraging. Whilst there were other participants, we were not really able to interact with each other; however it was reassuring to see that I was not alone.
After the audition my expectations were low, as I wasn’t sure that my performances had been strong, I was just happy to have had the experience. I was therefore very surprised to be invited to attend an in person recall in London last weekend for an NYMT production entitled ‘A Kiss for Cinderella’. I was sent a selection of songs to work on, along with several scripts to familiarise myself with. This event was attended by around 25 other young people, from across the country. I really enjoyed this experience which began with a workout, followed by a dance session. I then sang a piece entitled ‘Soup’ which was tricky, especially as I had only had a couple of days to work on it. We finished with some acting, and were asked to read the introductory section of the script in groups of six. The whole audition process was enormously enjoyable and also a fantastic learning experience.