The 10th anniversary of the The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition and the Stiles + Drewe Prize is to take place on 15th May 2016 at the NOVELLO THEATRE in London.
Hosting this special gala event will be JULIAN OVENDEN, star of Downtown Abbey as well as Sunday in the Park with George (Théâtre du Châtelet), Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse) and Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.
Among the glittering line-up joining chairman EDWARD SECKERSON in the jury will be Sondheim Society patron JULIA MCKENZIE, lyricist DON BLACK, actress SOPHIE-LOUISE DANN (below) and MD JASON CARR. Musical director for the event will be MARK WARMAN, making his SSSSPOTY debut, and directing proceedings will be CHRIS HOCKING.
The Student Performer of the Year competition this year had a record 80 applicants from the UK’s musical theatre colleges and courses, all of whom were auditioned by Edward and Mark at The Poor School in March. The final 12 will be competing for a £1,000 first prize, with the runner-up receiving £250. Previous finalists have included Broadway star Cynthia Erivo and Hollywood’s Taron Egerton, winner of the 2011 competition.
The Stiles + Drewe Prize supports and develops new musical theatre writing via its two distinct arms. Recognising an outstanding song from a new musical, the winner of Best New Song receives a prize of £1,000 to put towards developing their work. This year, Stiles and Drewe will launch their inaugural MTI Mentorship Award, supported by Music Theatre International. One new musical and its writers will be selected to receive mentorship over a 12-month period, culminating in an industry showcase.
Tickets are available at via Delfont Mackintosh or through the Box Office: 0844 482 5170
Members and students will be emailed separately with a dedicated booking link that has a Society discount applied, and a password for those who wish to make telephone bookings.
STEPHEN SONDHEIM SOCIETY STUDENT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR and STILES + DREWE PRIZE
WHERE: Novello Theatre, Aldwych, London WC2B 4LD (currently home to Mamma Mia!)
WHEN: 15 May 2016
DURATION: 2hr 30 mins including interval
|Courtney Bowman||GSA University of Surrey||Boston, Lincolnshire|
|Emily Day||Performance Preparation Academy||Portsmouth|
|Lauren Drew||Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts||Port Talbot|
|Abigail Fitzgerald||Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts||Newport, South Wales|
|Dafydd Gape||Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama||Cardiff|
|Kirsty Ingram||Arts Educational Schools||Wellingborough|
|Eleanor Jackson||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School||Brachnell|
|Edward Laurenson||Guildhall School of Music & Drama||London|
|Callum McGuire||Oxford School of Drama||Leek, Staffs.|
|Adam Small||Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts||Northwich, Cheshire|
|Tabitha Tingey||The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland||Bishop’s Stortford|