Musical Theatre Performance

In the Academy’s Musical Theatre Faculty we provide you with a final year of training to develop your individual skills and prepare for professional careers. Our students are passionate performers who can transform to suit every situation in the diverse and ever-evolving world of Musical Theatre. Our year groups become a close-knit company of players. When you come to the Academy, you join our strong and successful network of graduates. After an intensive training period in Musical Theatre, our students are well-equipped to make the most of their opportunities in what is a fiercely competitive environment.

 

Over the course of the intensive nine-month programme, Musical Theatre students participate in classes on a daily basis including the following:

Integration of Acting and Singing and Song Study

Weekly classes encourage you to develop your individuality as a performer and to match your vocal quality and texture to the acting demands of a song.

Acting, Spoken Word and Voice/Text

Classes cover building a character, the rehearsal process, improvisation, texts, sight-reading and audition work. Tutorials are given in voice science and its practical application to speaking and singing, text and language, accent work and vocal health.

Dance

Dance is taught three days a week at two levels (introductory and advanced jazz). Tap and actors’ movement are both held once a week. The primary objective of the dance course is to introduce or nurture skills that will be appropriate in a dance audition situation. You will develop the skills to be able to replicate dance combinations demonstrated by a choreographer or teacher. The dance course concentrates on three vital elements: musicality, empathy and technical ability.

Movement

These classes are designed to build confidence and cultivate a natural sense of physicality. Looking at solo and ensemble movement, including contact and partnering work, we aim to create complex choreography from simple building blocks. The focus is on telling a story before you start to combine text/song and movement to make these combinations seamless.

Practical Musicianship Through Song

This class is designed to improve your musicianship skills in sight reading, rhythm and harmony through singing rather than through isolated exercises. Students with a wide range of musical capabilities are comprehensively challenged as the focus is on real-world application of musical skills through song.

Musical Theatre Ensemble Repertoire

This class explores a wide gamut of musical theatre repertoire from Rogers and Hammerstein to Lin-Manuel Miranda, working with industry professional music directors with the purpose of exposing students to the core of the Musical Theatre catalogue.  Students learn to sing efficiently and effectively within an ensemble context, to quickly learn and perform harmonies as well as collaborate sympathetically with colleagues and other industry professionals.

Industry Classes and Audition Preparation

We organise mock auditions with industry professionals and help you prepare for auditions in a variety of performance genres. We also bring in industry experts throughout the year to work on a wide variety of aspects related to Musical Theatre, including nutrition and fitness, performance anxiety, and business/social media skills,.

History of Musical Theatre

This is studied in weekly sessions that combine listening and commentary on operettas from Offenbach and Strauss to present-day musicals.

Singing Lessons and Repertoire Coaching

Each week you will receive a one-to-one singing lesson, repertoire coaching sessions and a spoken voice tutorial.

 

Over the course of the year, students will also participate in:

Agents’ Showcase and Productions

Students will take part in a showcase with an invited audience of agents and casting directors, and full-scale musical productions with band or orchestra. In 2017 the final project was a fully staged production of Love’s Labour’s Lost by Michael Freeman and Alex Timbers at the Hackney Empire. As well as performing at the televised production of Disney's Broadway Hits at the Royal Albert Hall.

Project Performances

In order to put into practice all of the diverse teaching elements of the programme practical performance projects are rehearsed and performed throughout the year. These are devised according to the individual needs of students and the company as a whole and are directed by top industry directors, both established and emerging. 

Masterclasses and Workshops

Visiting professionals give masterclasses and workshops. Students will also attend lectures from representatives of professional bodies and mock auditions with guest professionals. In 2016-17 the Toni Fell Masterclass was led by Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables and Miss Saigon composer). Claude-Michel Schönberg subsequently became a Visiting Professor for Musical Theatre and regularly attends Integration classes. Recent visiting artists have included Mary Hammond, Hadley Fraser, Pippa Ailion, Todd Susman, Sandy Faison and more. 

 

 

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