The Society can now announce the names of the the 12 successful students to make it through to the finals of the 2016 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition and the Stiles + Drewe Prize. The lucky dozen, whittled down from the 80 who entered the heats, will face a jury headed up by Edward Seckerson on 15 May 2016 in London’s West End. MD’ing the afternoon will be Mark Warman, with Society Patron Julia McKenzie on hand to award the £1,000 first prize.
The 12 SSSSPOTY finalists are:
Congratulations to all those who made it, and a big thank you to all 80 students who travelled to The Poor School in London for the heats. Edward and Mark had a daunting task selecting the final 12. The weighting this year is much more towards the female entrants, reflecting the quality on offer during the heats; guiding their decision was not the need for an even male-female balance but simply the 12 best performances on the day.