BUSMS offers musical theatre performance opportunities throughout the year to all students at the University of Bath. Putting on up to five main shows a year, the society also hosts open mic and cabaret nights and, of course, a multitude of fantastic socials. The Society is highly inclusive for all, and no auditions are necessary to get involved with productions. BUSMS also welcome those interested in directing, producing, musical directing and band members to participate and take the lead on productions. The number which you will see Natasha Jokic performing in for Platform comes from one of their most recent shows, ‘A Night with the Stars’, celebrating award-winning performances from over the years.
BUSMS member Natasha Jokic will be performing in this year’s excellence showcase Platform with fellow BUSMS member and arts scholar Rose Yemelyanova. We asked Natasha a few questions to find out more about her background in musical theatre…
I started doing shows with BUSMS at the beginning of my second year. Before university, I had been with the Royal Berkshire of Performing Arts and then a local am-dram group for quite some years but tended to lack the confidence in my singing to chase after any big musical roles. As a result, in first year I initially concentrated on making different kinds of contemporary music before returning to musicals with Sunshine on Leith. After Sunshine, I performed in some smaller group numbers in the society’s Encore shows and played drum kit for Guys and Dolls.
I’m working on a number that I previously did for BUSMS’ A Night with the Stars showcase. It was my first big solo with the society and I had a great time doing it, so am very happy to be revisiting it.
Fellow BUSMS member and scholar Rose Yemelyanova will be playing piano. She’s a fantastic musician and was the musical director for A Night with the Stars; it’s always a pleasure working with her.
Maybe it was because of the pain of being a contralto in a school that only tended to offer high soprano parts in their musical pieces, but I’ve always gravitated towards female singers with low rich tones; Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey and Lorde, to name a few. I’m fundamentally driven by my love of performing. I aim to do at least one or two gigs a month, which means that I’m always seeking something new to try!
Outside of BUSMS, I’ve been a keen musician and committee member in Musicsoc for a number of years; playing drum kit, keyboard, bass guitar and singing. Currently, my main venture with them is an electro-pop band that gigs in local clubs – a touch different to the huge Edge stage. Beyond music, I’ve always loved writing and am the Deputy Editor-In-Chief for the student magazine. I’ll be undertaking a masters in journalism next year, and hope to merge my love of music and writing as a music journalist.
PLATFORM – FRI 9 MAR – 6.30PM
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I’m fundamentally driven by my love of performing.