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4-Month Advanced Musical Theatre Industry Course

4-Month Advanced Musical Theatre Industry Course

This professional development course focuses on taking your skills to the highest level and presenting this to the wider Musical Theatre Industry. The part-time nature of the course allows you to continue your regular work whilst taking the opportunity to develop and polish your skills.  The primary objective of the course is to prepare you for work and for auditions, build your confidence and build an excellent audition folder. You will be exposed to industry professionals who will help you work towards your goal of building a successful and extensive career.

You will be on a dynamic and rigorous schedule over an intensive 4 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. You will take part in an Industry Showcase in Central London at the end of this process, in front of an invited audience of Casting Directors and Agents.

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 a reliable singing ability and some performance experience, wishing to expand their casting in the performing arts industry.

THE PROGRAMME

The purpose of the course is to focus on the skills and techniques required to connect all aspects of your performance into a more holistic and engaging experience for the audience. The focus of this course is on you as an individual performer and connecting to your place in this industry. On top of developing your triple threat skills, you will explore the business side of the industry and how to get the most out of the experiences within it. The culmination of this course is the London Industry Showcase, where you have the opportunity to pitch yourself to some of the top Agents and Casting Directors in the UK.

Industry
Our industry classes form a core component of our Musical Theatre Industry Course. These classes are about providing you greater access to the decision makers within the industry and giving you the opportunity to gain greater insight from a range of professionals currently working in the West End and beyond. You will also engage with performance entrepreneurship to hone the ‘hidden skills’ of the performer such as CV writing, marketing, headshots, networking and personal health and well-being. You will work with a range of people from the industry including: Casting Directors, Agents, Musical Directors, Directors and current successful Artists.

Areas of Work Include:

  • Casting Workshops: Including sessions with Agents, Casting Directors and Industry experts
  • Marketing: Teaching you the skills necessary to become an independent professional performer including: How to write a good industry standard CV, getting your head shots right, writing to agents and understanding theatre terminology and ettiquette.

Industry Showcase: You will work with a full creative team on constructing a performance for an invited audience of top UK Agents and Casting Directors. You will perform individually and have the opportunity to provide your CV and Headshot for interested professionals. Many of our students are signed by Agents from these events, and go on to have successful careers. Please find some of our Alumni here.

Acting:
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 integrating skills to prepare you for the professional industry. You look at choosing, preparing and performing monologues for your audition portfolio, and consider you casting and marketing strategy as a professional artist.

Areas of Work Include:

  • Improvisation
  • Text Class: Including works from both Classical and Contemporary 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. You will continue to explore the development of your individual vocal identity and how to best use that in a professional performance context. You will work on technique from the point of view as an artist and look at how your choices impact the journey of the character and the drama of the piece. Developing those choices will bring greater clarity to your overall performance.

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. 

*please note all course content is subject to change.

FEES AND FINANCE

  • £3,200 for 4 month part-time course
  • Following acceptance of an offer to join the course, the deposit for the course is 25% (£800) 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 24th February 2019

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Times:

  • Sundays: 13:00 – 20:00
  • Mondays: 09:30 – 17:00

Fee: £3,200

Finance: Interest free instalment plans available

Entry: Via audition / Overseas: Videos accepted