3-Month Advanced Musical Theatre Skills Course
This professional development course focuses on evolving, encouraging and refining your existing vocal, acting and dance skills. The part-time nature of the course allows you to continue your regular work whilst taking the opportunity to develop your core abilities further. The primary objective of the course is to prepare you for work and for auditions, build your confidence, build an excellent audition portfolio and expose you to industry professionals and practitioners who will push you to achieve the best of your ability.
You will be on a dynamic and rigorous schedule over an intensive 3 months. A key ethos of our training is allowing you to focus and develop in accordance with your individual needs. You will be working with eminent theatre practitioners including Directors, Musical Directors, Vocal Coaches, Choreographers, Casting Directors, Agents, Composers, and Performers.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
- Applicants must be over 18 to apply.
- Performers recently graduated from Drama School or University.
- International performers wishing to experience authentic London training.
- Performers wishing to re-focus their career.
- Seasoned performers looking for a safe space to work on their skills.
- Dancers and Actors with some singing ability and some performance experience, wishing to expand their casting in the performing arts industry.
The purpose of the course is to focus on the skills and techniques required for each of the separate disciplines of Musical Theatre. You then learn how to better connect them as a top-level triple threat, to deliver the highest possible standard of performance. Working as both an individual and as an ensemble you will work with top industry practitioners who will be a constant source of feedback and knowledge, to help hone your craft and develop your artistry.
Acting lies at the heart of every good Musical Theatre Performance. This course will build on your previous training and experience. You will look at a variety of acting approaches and techniques with a number of expert Practitioners, Directors, Voice Teachers and Writers. There will be a focus on gaining experience with text and physical acting styles. You will also look at choosing, preparing and performing monologues for your audition portfolio.
Areas of work include:
- Text Class: Including work on Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, 20th and 21st Century Drama
- 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.
- Heightened Acting: Working on non-naturalistic drama styles such as panto and ‘stage combat’ allowing you to explore the wide range of styles of drama you will encounter in your career.
- Monologues: You will explore how to choose and perform monologues suitable for acting and musical theatre auditions.
- Voice classes: Voice work includes learning the basic techniques of the actors voice such as: Resonance, Articulation, ‘Forward Placement’, Breath Control and work on RP and General American accents.
- 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. On the Advanced Musical Theatre Skills course you will focus on developing your working knowledge of the voice. We will explore how best to facilitate your voice for Musical Theatre performance by engaging with a wide range of vocal qualities, styles and genre from Classical to Pop and Rock. Our aim is for you to leave with improved stamina and a greater overall control and flexibility. You will work with Musical Directors, Singing Teachers and Vocal Coaches on a range of Singing and Music Classes. You also have the option to book individual lessons with one of our top Singing Teachers (additional costs apply) to help bring out your potential.
Areas of work include:
- Vocal Technique: You will build the vocal, physical and mental strength, flexibility and stamina required to succeed in the competitive singing industry, through gaining and 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 Musical Directors, Agents and Casting Directors you will gain greater understanding of the techniques behind successful singing auditions, including how to cut for 32-bar auditions.
- 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, and use the training to bring out the best in you. You will look to build your strength, flexibility and stamina through the rigorous nature of the classes. You will also work on the skills required to pick up audition routines quickly and with precision, giving you more flair and connection within the audition room. You will work with a range of Dance Practitioners, Choreographers, Stage Combat Directors and Movement experts on a wide range of classes.
Areas of work 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 West-End 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.
FEES AND FINANCE
- £2,400 for 3 month part-time course
- Following acceptance of an offer to join the course, the deposit for the course is 25% (£600) 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.
“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’.