Rock of Ages resident choreographer joins student audition panel

24th February 2022

Performing Arts students from Stratford-upon-Avon College were put through their paces during their auditions for the end of year show with a guest performer and choreographer on the panel.

Students studying Dance and Musical Theatre at the College had to audition for parts in the upcoming musical extravaganza Musicals Rock X; Stratford-upon-Avon’s College’s biggest show of the year. To help with the casting, former student and industry professional Morgan Scott sat on the panel and led the dance audition.

Morgan leading dance
Morgan put the students through their paces

Performing Arts lecturer, Alex Dengate, highlighted how helpful this was for the students: “Morgan comes straight from the midst of the industry, so it is an incredible experience for the students to learn from him. And he started his career journey here just like them so can relate to their current experience.”

Morgan studied at the College for three years from 2007-2010 starting on a Level 2 Dance course and then progressing on to Level 3 in Musical Theatre. He had always been interested in dance, and chose Stratford-upon-Avon College to pursue that interest more: “I’d heard a lot of good things about the College. Also, one of my dance teachers had gone here, Ashley Nottingham, and I wanted to do what he had done as he was brilliant!”

Morgan developed his skills throughout college: “My Level 2 in Dance was the best training I had. Though I started training young, I didn’t start drilling techniques until college. The lecturers here taught me so much!”

After completing his course, Morgan went on to London Studio Centre before now working professionally as a performer and choreographer. He has worked on a range of projects but is currently Resident Director/Choreographer for the hit musical Rock of Ages.

The students showed great skill and a rocking attitude during the session

Returning to the College with a wealth of experience under his belt to assist with the auditions for Musicals Rock, the sessions took the form of a dance call where students take a number and go through group choreography before individuals are called back – which mirrors industry practise. Another session allowed for solo singers to audition in front of the panel of lecturers and Morgan.

The students found the experience extremely useful. Kiaya Wigley who is on her second year of the Musical Theatre course commented: “Having a new face to perform in front of allowed for fresh feedback and the advice he gave was so helpful.”

Group with Morgan rock pose
The students had a rocking time!

Morgan was really glad to be back at College: “It’s great to be back; it’s quite emotional and it’s not every day you come back to somewhere you have grown from. There is so much potential and talent here and I want to nurture that and give back.” His advice to the students: “The best advice I can give is, the more aspects of performing under your belt, the better. Be the best triple threat you can be as it gives you the best chance of doing what you want for your career.”

Find out more about the College’s Performing & Production Arts courses: SUAC Onstage