It’s Competition Time!

Posted: 12-06-2020 - 309 view(s)

Do you love to sing, dance or act? Or maybe you love all three! Well Stockton Riverside College’s new Academy of Performing and Technical Arts is running a competition that we think you will love with free, private tuition up for grabs from APTA’s Director of Performing Arts Sara Durkin along with tickets to our first college production for you and your family.

Open to 14 to17 year-olds, we’ve pulled out all the stops and have called upon Jessica Robinson and Nathan Zach Johnson and Natasha Ferguson to help Performing Arts lecturer, Sara judge the competition.

Jessica, Natasha and Nathan are ex-Stockton Riverside College students and have gone on to star in lead roles and perform in some of the biggest theatres in the country.

Jessica has just returned from an international tour of Evita where she played the lead role of Eva Peron while Nathan is currently performing in the UK tour of Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Natasha is a record holder; she is the only person to have played all three leading roles in Wicked.

So it’s fair to say, our judges know a thing or two about performing arts so you’re in the hands of the experts.

Anyway, back to the competition. There are three categories you can enter; singing, acting and dancing  or, if you’re a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, you can enter all three categories.

Here’s how you can enter each category:

Singing: You’ll need to provide a recording of yourself singing any song from musical theatre using a backing track.

*tip* The judges will be looking for strong vocal ability as well as showing off your acting skills.  

Dance: You’ll need to film yourself dancing in any style you like.

*tip* To win the judges over you’ll need to show that you can tell a story through movement as well as showing off your technical ability.

Acting: You’ll need to film yourself performing a monologue either from a play or something original, it’s totally up to you.

*tip* The judges will be looking for real ability to deliver your monologue with truth and honesty. All entries need to be no longer than 90 seconds and all videos must be uploaded to YouTube. From there, you’ll need to ask a parent or guardian to fill in this form here and paste your YouTube link in the box.

You have until Friday 26th June to send in your video and the winner of each category will be announced the week after.

If you have any questions about the competition, you can email Sara at

Good luck!

*Please note that this competition isn’t open to current Stockton Riverside College students*

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