2022 is the inaugural year of a new Junior Academy Musical Theatre!


Applications for entry in September 2023 are now closed.

Applications for entry in Sept 2024 will open in January 2024.

About Us

Junior Academy Musical Theatre will help young performers to develop their skills, confidence and passion for acting, singing and performing. Each Saturday, students will work on acting, voice, singing, musical theatre repertoire and movement, with projects and masterclasses being led by top industry professionals. West End veteran Grainne Renihan is Course Leader, and Deborah Stinton, an established actor-musician, dancer and equality and inclusion advocate, is Deputy Leader.

At Junior Academy Musical Theatre, individuality will be nurtured, diversity embraced, and students empowered to be creative and brave. With opportunities to perform throughout the year, you will learn by doing. Our aim is to create young musical theatre artists who have the necessary skills to go on to further specialist training in musical theatre.

Students aged 13 and over are admitted to Junior Academy Musical Theatre, and normally remain (subject to progress) until they are 18. They will be divided into two groups according to age and year group.

Please email Besheer Abbaro at babbaro@ram.ac.uk if you have any questions or queries.

You will work with our Musical Director each week in groups of no more than 10, exploring a variety of musical theatre ensemble repertoire and learning how to blend, harmonise and follow a conductor.

You will work with a musical theatre professional from our core faculty and a piano accompanist. This class will concentrate on solos, duets and trios and is an opportunity to receive individual contact and feedback.

These classes will cover improvisation, acting through song, building a character, the rehearsal process, audition work, stagecraft and more. You will be encouraged to match your vocal quality and texture to the acting demands of a song, and to develop your individuality as an actor.

Designed to build confidence and cultivate a sense of physicality, these classes offer a safe environment in which to try things out and stretch boundaries without fear of ‘doing it wrong’. Later in the year, you will start to combine text and song with movement.

Visiting industry professionals will give masterclasses and workshops during which they share their insight into the industry.

Practical projects are rehearsed and performed throughout the year, allowing you to put everything you have learnt into practice. They are selected according to the individual needs of students and the company as a whole.

This work will all lead towards a staged end-of-year showcase in front of an invited audience.

Junior Academy Musical Theatre is supported by the Signatur Programme and The Mila Charitable Organisation.

Signatur is the umbrella name for The Karlsson Játiva Charitable Foundation’s work for the advancement of the art of music.