Auditions for entry will be a two-part process, with a video submission followed by a live audition.
The deadline for videos from late applicants has been extended to Thursday 30 June.
The live auditions will be held at the Royal Academy of Music on the first two weekends of July 2022. All applicants will need to complete both the recorded and live elements of the audition.
Below are a few tips to help you make your self-taped audition:
- Decide where you will make your recording – somewhere with natural light, where we will be able to see you clearly. Use a neutral backdrop – a blank wall works best.
- Turn the TV off, turn off computer notifications, silence your phone and shut the windows. Nothing ruins a self-tape more than car alarms or sirens.
- Use your iPhone, iPad, laptop or similar device to record with. The frame should be from the chest up and the camera should be at eye level. Be still and keep it simple – too much movement is distracting.
- Don’t overthink it. Be as prepared as possible when you start taping (memorised choices that you are comfortable and familiar with), so that you don’t waste time. Do two or three takes of each song or bit of text and pick the best one.
- Watch it back before sending. You never know if there will be a tech problem. If you are using a backing track or a live accompanist, please ensure we can hear you clearly above the accompaniment and that the balance is in your favour.
- Do not use any added reverb or pitch correction software.
- Relax and have fun! The wonderful thing about self-taping is you can do it until you get it right.
- Two contrasting songs, preferably with one song from the musical theatre repertoire. Singing to live accompaniment or backing tracks is preferred, but unaccompanied (a cappella) submissions are also allowed. You will not be penalised if you sing unaccompanied.
- A piece of text under one minute, preferably memorised, which could be a monologue, poem or paragraph from a story.
- A short, videoed explanation of why you’d like to join Junior Academy Musical Theatre. We want to see your personality, so please keep this spontaneous and unscripted.
- A short, unscripted answer to one of the below questions:
- How would your best friend describe you, both good and bad?
- How do you like to spend your free time?
- What makes you happiest?
Your answer should be no longer than 45 seconds. Do not script it! Keep it as natural, spontaneous and light-hearted as possible. Ideally, have another person ask you the question live after you've pressed record. We’d like to hear what else you enjoy outside of musical theatre, so please do not make any reference to singing, dancing or acting in your answer.
- A headshot photograph (head and shoulders) taken on your phone.
Live auditions will consist of a group workshop and will include singing, acting games and movement. We will provide music ahead of time for a short piece of ensemble musical theatre repertoire that everyone will learn and perform, both in a group and individually. Details to follow.
We will have already heard your selected songs and spoken text in your video audition. The purpose of the live audition is to see how well you work as part of a team, and to hear you sing and speak in person. Wear clothing you can move in comfortably – a tracksuit and closed-toe trainers are ideal.