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8 | Repertoire Recommendations: Interview with Anne Barnshaw (Musical Theatre for younger singers)

January 13, 2016

Guest: Anne Barnshaw
Overview: In this podcast we discuss why so many (too many!) singers choose the wrong repertoire and the many reasons why a song may not be the right choice for the vocalist. But fear not! Anne has some great suggestions for young boys and girls (and teachers) looking for more suitable musical theatre material. 



About our Guest: Anne Barnshaw is a pianist, accompanist, voice coach and musical director with over 25 years of experience in community and professional music theatre shows. She also accompanies and voice coaches at Sheridan College in the musical theatre program in Oakville Ontario.  

(Some of) Anne’s Musical Theatre Recommendations for Young(er) Singers

Anne’s Expert Recommendations:
(The following links are for educational purposes. We do not own the copyright to any of the following videos.)



“In My Own Little Corner” from Cinderella the Musical (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

Appropriate for: Younger female voices. Great acting piece.
Heads Up: Can be a bit long. May need editing.


“When I Get My Name In Lights” from
Boy From Oz

Appropriate for: unchanged Male voices.
Heads Up: This song needs a energetic and confident Performer. 


“The Girl I Mean to Be” from The Secret Garden

Appropriate for: young female voices


“Round Shouldered Man” from the Secret Garden

Appropriate for: Unchanged male voice


“The Kite” from Your A Good Man Charlie Brown

Appropriate for: Changed Male Voice


“Happiness” from Your A Good Man Charlie Brown

Appropriate for: Young female singers.
Heads Up: Originally sung as a full ensemble number. Most Musical theatre books treat it as a solo.


“Electricity” from Billy Elliot

Appropriate for: unchanged male voices
Heads Up: We need to believe that this singer can dance.


“Almost Nearly Perfect” – from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Appropriate for: unchanged male voices
Heads Up: 


“A Letter From Charlie Bucket” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Appropriate for: unchanged male voice (10 – 12 years)


“Notice Me, Horton” from Seussical the Musical

Appropriate for: Young teenage female
Heads Up: Requires a strong belt voice


Listen to the podcast for even more ideas! The FULL VOICE podcast is on Itunes and you can listen on your phone or tablet.