Our goal is to develop your core skills in acting, singing and dance in preparation for auditioning for stage school. You will discover how to develop your technical skills and how to apply them in auditions for Musical Theatre programmes.
The course is tailored to meet the needs of students from age 18+ who have the capability to pursue degree-level training in musical theatre but need to develop skills in singing, dancing and acting before securing a place on a triple threat degree-level training programme. Entry is selective, based on the completion of a successful audition process.
Dance is an integral part of musical theatre. Weekly dance classes will cover the core disciplines of jazz, classical ballet and tap. You will develop your competency, understanding and confidence in all three dance styles.
You will have weekly technical singing sessions and take part in ensemble singing. Weekly singing sessions ensure that you can produce a well-placed, consistent sound throughout the vocal range without a noticeable break between registers. There are also project/workshop classes which allow you to combine singing skills with acting and dance, performing numbers from the Musical Theatre repertoire.
Acting workshops will build your performance skills. You will look at acting techniques to understand and develop the skills needed to create truthful and meaningful characters. Speech and voice technique embedded within sessions will teach you how to develop a well-supported and expressive voice.
The course is classed as a full-time programme and runs from September to June. Dance training includes jazz, tap and ballet. Singing involves technical and ensemble work while acting training features improvisation and text work as well as voice and speech classes. This comprehensive course also includes modules on audition technique, fitness/personal training, professional practice and tutorial. The course is 'front loaded' meaning that students on the programme are prepped and ready for the early round of stage school/university auditions in January/February.
UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance (Musical Theatre)
On receipt of an application, students will be contacted to confirm a date for their audition and interview. Audition information will be provided at this time.
You will need: performance skills necessary to produce and perform to a professional standard; commitment and a passion towards creating high quality performance work; commitment to applying for drama schools and the drive to maintain/improve skills between auditions.
Application process: on receipt of an application, students will be contacted to confirm a date for their audition and interview. Audition information will be provided at this time.
Stratford-upon-Avon College boasts strong links with industry and students on the foundation course will have access to industry professionals, partaking in workshops, sessions and Q&A master classes with West End performers throughout their programme of study.
Students will be fully funded if they are 18 when starting the course.
*Free of charge if you are aged 18 at the start of the course. If not, a fee of £4,200 will apply.
Note: this course is eligible for an advance learner loan.
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