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Audition preparation: BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

This page gives you all the information you need for preparation for your Audition for BA (Hons) Musical Theatre. It is essential that you read all of the sections carefully. We also recommend reading our general tips on how to prepare for your audition. Auditions are being held on campus, but we understand that finding the money to travel can be difficult. That’s why we’re offering a few options to help support you.

  1. Applicant Travel Support Fund – we understand that visiting campus for your audition can be important in making an informed decision about where you want to study which is why we’ve created the Applicant Travel Support Fund to support applicants in this process.
  2. You can also audition by preparing a filmed response to some short tasks. Please get in touch with with the email subject line ‘Online Audition’ if you would prefer to send an online submission.


Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time. We expect your visit to take no longer than three hours.

On arrival please make your way directly to the main foyer area of The Arts Centre (building number 5 on our campus map).

A member of the Creative Arts Team will be on hand to greet you. If, for any reason, you are going to be late, please let us know by calling 01695 650950.

Drama students practice on the stage of The Studio Theatre

‘‘The best advice I could give someone attending an audition is to be yourself. The tutors want to see who you are and what you can bring to the course.”

Nevaeh (Drama student)

Essential preparation

Your audition will consist of a practical group dance workshop and an individual ‘acting through song’ audition.

You should make sure you wear suitable clothing that will enable you to move freely (no jeans, skirts, etc.). Changing rooms are available for you to use if you would prefer to bring your movement clothes with you and change into them before the workshop.

You will need to prepare a song in advance, please bring a backing track. You can bring your backing track on any of the following media: memory stick, CD, MP3 player. Whilst YouTube is a great resource, it sometimes takes time to load so it is advisable to download any backing tracks in advance of your audition.

We suggest that you avoid contemporary songs such as “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress and songs from Hamilton. Please choose a song with a simple structure for example in a Legit Style (your Lecturers and Teachers will help you with choosing a song in this style). It’s all about showcasing your voice, so please think about your audition song. Our advice is to sing a simple song well.

Your workshop and audition will last for approximately two hours.

Following that you will have the opportunity to tour the department’s facilities and to look at examples of accommodation. We also hope to make other parts of the university available to you on the day so that you can get a feel for what campus life at Edge Hill might be like.

We want you to ask questions. To help you find out everything you might need to know about the work we do here in musical theatre, staff and student ambassadors will be available during the course of the afternoon so you can have a chat with them about the musical theatre programme and the musical theatre student experience.

What to bring with you

There are various items you will need to bring with you on the day:

  1. Photographic ID
    Please bring with you photographic ID (i.e. current valid passport or photo-card driving licence). If you have any questions about your ID, please contact the Admissions Team on 01695 650950 prior to your audition.
  2. A Passport-sized (approx.) photograph
    Please bring with you a small photograph of yourself, approximately passport sized (45mm by 35mm). You need to write your name and UCAS Personal ID number on the back.
  3. Additional supporting evidence
    If you have any additional supporting evidence (i.e. additional references, evidence of work experience, etc), that you would like to show, please bring this with you on the day.
  4. Parking notice*
    If you are travelling by car you will need to display your parking notice clearly on your dashboard and you will be directed to any available spaces when you arrive at the main entrance. Please download a copy, print and bring this with you.
  5. Pens
    Please bring a couple of pens with you.

*Whilst every effort will be made to ensure you have access to parking, please build in sufficient time to park off-campus should you need to. You can check for details of local parking facilities online.  Should you need to park in nearby Ormskirk, it is just a short walk to campus or a quick bus ride using the Edge Link bus service.

What happens after your audition?

Following your audition, we will let you know the result as soon as reasonably possible, normally within 10 working days.

Following the audition, you will receive written confirmation of the decision reached by the audition panel. If you are successful and are made an offer, the letter will advise you to log in to UCAS Track to check the specific conditions of your offer. If you have any queries regarding your offer conditions, you must contact the Admissions Team immediately and certainly within 14 days of the offer being made.

Try not to be too disappointed. We will notify UCAS and include individual feedback detailing the reasons for the decision to help you prepare for any future applications you may decide to make, and we would always encourage you to reapply in a later cycle.

Any questions?

If you have any questions or special requirements that you would like to discuss with us prior to your interview you can contact us in the following ways: