Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon spoke to Rebecca Trehearn about being a judge on this years The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Prize.
Hi Rebecca, thank you so much for talking to Love London Love Culture. How excited are you about being on the judging panel for The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year? I’m very excited! I can’t wait to see what the next generation of young artists have to offer.
For those who aren’t familiar with the prize – could you explain a bit more about what the prize is a recognition of? It’s an annual competition that sees twelve students from drama schools across the UK sing one Sondheim song and one new musical theatre song, composed by members of Mercury Musical Developments. £1000 in prize money is awarded to the student deemed to have best performed on the day.
How important are competitions such as this for discovering new talent? They’re incredibly important, I think. It’s a great way to introduce new artists to the industry and judging on the success rate of previous winners (Cynthia Erivo, Taron Egerton, Alex Young, Izuka Hoyle) it’s clearly effective!
If you could offer any advice to the finalists – what would you say? Homework, homework, homework. As long as you’ve prepared to the best of your ability, then there’s no reason not to get up there and enjoy it. It’s your moment and we’re all really excited to see each of you, so see it as an opportunity to share what you have to offer, rather than as a test. Try to channel any nerves into the performance and above all, have fun!
What are you most looking forward to about the gala itself? Well, it’s an afternoon full of my favourite things; incredibly talented people, new musical theatre writing and Sondheim; what’s not to like?
The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year gala takes place at the Savoy Theatre on the 10th June. To book tickets visit: ATG Tickets.