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1 Year Part-Time Musical Theatre Foundation Course

1 Year Part-Time Musical Theatre Foundation Course

This 1 year part-time Musical Theatre course provides you with the foundational techniques required to begin your journey as a professional Musical Theatre artist. Looking at the various disciplines of the Musical Theatre performer, you will gain knowledge and experience in the techniques used by West End and International artists. You will also begin to consider your own casting type and gain songs and monologues to show you off to the best of your ability. The Development courses offered by Associated Studios employ the same highly experienced coaching staff who teach on the more advanced courses. The maximum number of students is 20.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • Applicants must be 17 or over to apply.
  • Less experienced performers who need to build the essential skills for Musical Theatre performance.
  • Recent High School graduates with a passion for the Performing Arts.
  • Performers with one strong element, who wish to develop as a triple threat performer.
  • Applicants with extensive amateur dramatic experience looking to develop into a professional performer.

PROGRAMME:

Throughout your year of training you will work on developing a strong foundational technique in the craft of Acting, Singing and Dance. You will be given the opportunity to perform every week and gain feedback by staff, industry professionals and leading West End artists, to help develop your skills. 

Acting:
Acting lies at the heart of every good Musical Theatre performance. In your development year at Associated Studios you will learn how to build your understanding of how to reach your acting potential. You will do this through working with Directors and Actors/Acting Practitioners who will use a range of classes and techniques to help you discover how to harness the power of drama.

Areas of work may include:

  • Improvisation
  • Text Class:Including work on the seminal classical and contemporary playwrights which may include Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Pinter and David Hare.
  • Acting Technique:Looking at the approach of practitioners such as Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Stanford Meisner and Mike Alfreds. You will create a tool-box of techniques you can draw on to create a truthful performance.
  • Monologues: You will explore how to choose and perform monologues suitable for acting and musical theatre auditions.
  • Scene Study: Putting your technical skills into practice, you will work on scenes from set plays with a director.

Singing and Music:
The study of singing and music is fundamental to developing into a professional Musical Theatre Artist. The Development year is about understanding your singing voice and building the strength and flexibility required to perform consistently. You will also develop your versatility for approaching different styles of Musical Theatre from ‘legit’ classical MT and Operetta through to Contemporary Musicals and Pop/Rock. You will work with a number of Musical Directors, Singing Teachers, Directors, Movement Directors, Vocal Coaches and Composers.

Areas of work may include:

  • Vocal Technique: You will build the vocal, physical and mental strength, flexibility and stamina required to succeed in the competitive singing industry, through establishing a rigorous practice regime.
  • Repertoire: Learn how to find appropriate songs from across the breadth of the Musical Theatre genre. Understand how to cut and present sheet music required for professional auditions.
  • Vocal Performance: Work with Musical, Movement and Acting Directors to develop your individual performance by acting through song.
  • Audition Technique: Working with the staff, you will gain greater understanding of the techniques behind successful singing auditions for further study.
  • Performance Confidence: Work through the common problems of anxiety and lack of confidence in a safe, nurturing environment.

Dance and Movement:
Building your understanding of dance and movement will underpin the physical work required for the other disciplines. We stream our dance classes to allow you to work at the level suitable for your current experience and skill level. Dance classes aim to bring you up to the standard required to successfully audition for further full-time training. As well as undertaking work to condition your body to be at its peak fitness, you will learn to use your technique to adapt into different dance styles and genres, learning how to connect your acting to your movement and vice versa. You will work with a range of Dance Practitioners, Choreographers and Movement experts on a range of classes to give you a rounded experience through your year.

Areas of work may include:

  • Dance Technique: You will work on a range of dance techniques from Ballet to Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Building your language of the body and how to use it.
  • Musical Theatre Routine:Working with choreographers and current industry performers, you will explore the different styles and genres of dance and movement within the world of Musical Theatre which may include work inspired by choreographers and practitioners including: Agnes de Mille, Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly, Michael Bennett, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Matthew Bourne.

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Industry
Industry classes at Associated Studios are given throughout the course of your study. We are incredibly proud of the strong links we have within the wider theatre industry and through your training you will come into contact with a number of different agents and casting directors, as well as visiting directors, choreographers and musicals directors currently working in the industry both nationally and internationally:

  • 1-to-1 Singing Tuition
    We strongly recommend you book individual singing tuition from our highly experienced singing staff to further develop your potential on this course (Not included in course fee).

*please note all course content is subject to change.

FEES AND FINANCE

  • £2,800 for 1-year part time course
  • Following acceptance of an offer to join the course, the deposit for the course is 25% (£700) of the full fee
  • Course fees may be paid in quarterly or monthly instalments. Each termly fee is due one month before the beginning of term.
  • The Associated Studios are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 21311. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. A loan may be available for your first year of study. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

TESTIMONIALS

“Having worked professionally as an actor and a singer/musician for over ten years I have had the opportunity to study with some remarkable mentors. None have unleashed the passion, joy, focus and clarity of sound that Leontine Hass has, by virtue of her extraordinary breadth of knowledge, vast experience and her ability to immediately assess and tap into an individual’s vocal potential.”Doug Hansell – (AS alumni) recently starred in ‘Titanic’ at the Charing Cross Theatre.

“Since doing the first Associated Studios course I went from strength to strength – I secured a great new agent who I’ve been with for many years now and who I count as a friend and a rock… and have now wracked up two West End contracts, an Arena tour around America and I know there’s still great things ahead. Leontine Hass and the directors, MD’s and choreographers from Associated Studios have remained in my life as friends, mentors and as fellow professionals. When you’re ‘resting’ these people will be the ones who drive you forward.”David O’Mahoney (AS Alumni) recently starred in ‘The Bodyguard’ with Beverley Knight. Currently plays Swing in the London West End production of ‘Beautiful’.

 

DETAILS


Start Date: Sunday 30th September 2018

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Times:

  • Sundays: 13:00 – 20:00

Fee: £2,800

Finance: Interest free instalment plans available

Entry: Via audition / Overseas: Videos accepted