13 entrants competed for the £1000 award, including competitors from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Chichester, Performers College, Guildhall School of Music &Drama, Arts Educational School, E.15 Acting School and one private student of an AESS member.
There was a great variety of material, showing the care the competitors had taken in compiling their 6 minute presentations. They all supported each other by sitting in the audience throughout the prize, only leaving to prepare for their own “slot”.
The adjudicator, Marilyn Cutts, gave a very comprehensive talk at the end, covering the points that she felt they could build on. Both non-competitors and competitors were given an interesting insight into the requirements of a performer.
Sarah Leonard, Chairman Elect of the AESS, thanked Marilyn and the competitors for a very enjoyable afternoon. Chris Mear, the official accompanist, and those brought in by the competitors also were thanked for their work.
The prize was awarded to Lizzy Andretta, from the East 15 Acting School, who performed “Val’s Monologue” & “Dance:Ten; Looks:Three” from A Chorus Line.
Thanks to all the AESS members and friends who were able to come and support this prize in its second year.
We are grateful to Jean Hornbuckle and Jane Roberson, the Co-ordinators. Thanks to the Sylvia Young Theatre School for hosting the competition and to the Tony Fell Trust for its generosity in sponsoring the competition.