Are you a budding musical theatre performer aged six to 21? Do you dream of performing on a West End stage?

Organisers of the talent competition West End Calling are coming to Southampton on Saturday October 19 at The Stage Door, and they want to see you.

Now in its fifth year, West End Calling is a national singing competition for young people offering contestants the unique opportunity to audition in front of a panel of West End stars, learn from their expertise and perform live on a West End stage in the grand final in London.

A talent search with a difference, West End Calling is all about developing the skills of young musical theatre performers and giving them an experience that will boost their confidence and give them the opportunity to work with professionals. Previous winners have also received prizes such as a performing slot at West End Live in Trafalgar Square, professional headshot sessions, tickets to West End shows, casting workshops with top West End casting directors and much more.

The heat is a private audition in front of a panel of West End performers who will give feedback on your performance. If you progress to the second round in the New Year, you will perform to a theatre audience and the panel. The semi-final is also held in front of a live audience, ahead of the Grand Final, which takes place at a prestigious venue in London in May.

The competition is run by actor, writer and producer, Alex James Ellison, co-writer and star of the new musical Fiver, who said: “West End Calling is for all young people who dream of singing on a West End stage.If you’ve got passion and potential, your performing dreams could come true with just a little help from those in the know. “

West End Calling judges are all musical theatre stars. Panels in previous years have included Oliver Tompsett (Wicked, Rock of Ages, Kinky Boots) and Jade Davies (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story).

Visit the West End Calling website to apply.