The heats for the 9th Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition (SSSSPOTY) were held on 15th March at the Royal Academy of Music. Some 72 students auditioned for the judges Ed Seckerson and Stephen Ridley, who had a really difficult job selecting the finalists. Accompaniment was provided by Jan Winstone apart from those students who brought their own pianists.
Many colleges ran their own internal Sondheim competitions to decide who was going to represent them at the heats and once again the standard was very high.
The finalists are:
|Leah Barbara West||Arts Education Schools|
|Ewan Black||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
|Erin Doherty||Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|
|Grant McConvey||Guildford School of Acting|
|Nick Shirm||Guildhall School of Music & Drama|
|Emily Onsloe||Guildhall School of Music & Drama|
|Natalie Thorn||PPA (Performance Preparation Academy|
|Charlotte Vaughan||Royal Academy of Music|
|Luke Farrugia||Royal Central School of Speech & Drama|
|Corey Jones||South Gloucestershire & Stroud|
|Lydia White||West End Masterclass|
Further details of the competition are on the SSSSPOTY 2015 page
The following photographs show a few of the students going through their paces in front of the judges.
All photographs copyright David Ovenden