Musical Theatre Course
An intensive two-year course focussed on singing, dance and acting
Tring Park's Musical Theatre Course provides Sixth Form students looking to forge a career in the performing arts with a strong understanding and knowledge of technique in the three essential specialist skills.
The course is both contemporary and realistic, giving students the best possible chance of success as a professional musical theatre performer.
Regular collaboration with leading industry practitioners inspires students and encourages fresh thinking, as well as providing links with the industry both during and beyond their training.
There's nothing like on-stage experience
Students from our Musical Theatre Course regularly take part in a programme of performances, workshops and master classes designed to build skills in every aspect of the profession.
Students on the course perform in Tring Park's Markova Theatre, as well as a variety of venues across London and the UK.
"The real shocker of this show is that it's performed by 17-18 year olds who are batting way above their weight in the talent department. The best compliment I can pay these guys is that I seriously thought I was watching a professional production until I read the programme after the show"
Pete Shaw Review of 'Have a Nice Life' at the Edinburgh Fringe
Musical Theatre Course students have also worked on musicals which are performed both at Tring Park's own Markova Theatre and - annually - at professional London Theatres. Recent productions include Gershwin's musical comedy Crazy for You, The Boy Friend and most recently, Jesus Christ Superstar. Students are directed by Steven Paling, formerly Resident Director of the hit musical, Mamma Mia! and currently the Associate Director of the international stadium tour of Batman the Musical.
Setting you off on a great career
Tring Park's Musical Theatre Course also has an enviable track record in helping students to win prestigious, and very hard to achieve places on specialist further education courses. For example, students from the course have gained places with institutions such as Guildford School of Acting, Bristol Old Vic, Guildhall, Mountview, and Arts Ed London.
The staff and teachers on Tring Park's Musical Theatre Course also have great links with agents. Students on the course are frequently signed to an agent before they even leave the school.
A rounded education - producing grounded individuals
The two-year Musical Theatre Course covers:
Singing for Musical Theatre
The Musical Theatre course training includes training in all aspects of singing needed by a musical theatre professional, including:
- Genre studies, examining and identifying patterns, traits and characteristics from a given era or a composer
- Interpretation, exploring the meaning and intention of lyrics and considerations such as mood and phrasing
- Sight singing, improving visual, theoretical and aural abilities to learn music
- Music theory, covering the understanding of a musical score and aural and theoretical awareness.
"The cast managed to convey the atmosphere of the piece with a maturity that belied their ages. All the performances were strong and too numerous to mention..."Kate Worms Review of 'Hot Mikado' in the Dancing Times
Dance for Musical Theatre
Students on the Musical Theatre course receive training in classical ballet, jazz and tap dance, with an emphasis on versatility, performance skills and secure technique. The course also includes:
- Pilates based body-conditioning training, encouraging core stability, postural awareness and personal fitness
- Repertoire and audition technique
Acting for Musical Theatre
The Musical Theatre Course includes a range of acting classes and workshops designed to build confidence and encouraging versatility and spontaneity. This includes classes on:
- Improvisation - nurturing creative skills and facilitating an ability to embrace contrasting roles
- Voice - including character studies, text work, narration, script work, monologues, sight-reading, audition and presentation skills to encourage students to grow into strong and grounded individuals.
Alumni from Musical Theatre Course
A selection of alumni currently achieving success include: Dani De Waal 'Girl' Once, US Tour; Bart Edwards 'Sky' Mamma Mia! International Tour; Lily James Downton Abbey; Daniella Bowen ‘Sarah’ Our House UK Tour; Harrison Davies ‘Chistery’/cover ‘Boq’ Wicked UK and Ireland Tour; Abiona Omonua The Color Purple; Hannah Fairclough The Bodyguard; Matt Gillett Top Hat; Ben Astle Mamma Mia!; Cordelia Farnworth Rock of Ages; Georgie Ashford A Chorus Line, Georgie Ashford Oliver at the Crucible and William Bozier Wicked.
For more information about the Musical Theatre Course please email Donna Hayward, Director of Musical or Tel. 01442 821650.