Performance Foundation Course

A Performance Foundation Course delivering a solid grounding in core techniques

The Performance Foundation Course is designed to act as the bedrock of a career in the Performing Arts.

The Performance Foundation Course aims to give all pupils aged 11-16 a full range of vocational skills together with a solid grounding in the Performing Arts.

On the Performance Foundation Course, all pupils are given the opportunity to use and develop their skills by taking part in technique classes, workshops and live performances so that they are well equipped to embark on either the Acting, Musical Theatre or Commercial Music Courses at Sixth Form.   

Helping you reach your potential

The Performance Foundation Course is delivered by a dynamic and dedicated team of teachers with extensive professional performance experience and a pupil-centred philosophy.

Through regular assessment and teacher-pupil feedback, the Performance Foundation Course ensures that each individual is encouraged to reach their vocational potential.

Acting

The Performance Foundation Course provides professional training in core acting skills including:

  • Script work in classical and contemporary texts
  • Voice work
  • Improvisation and devised classes, developing pupils’ creative potential
  • Theatre movement classes: exploring physicality and character development

Classes aim to build confidence and increase presentation skills, with a strong focus on consolidating the basic techniques required as an actor.

Singing

The Performance Foundation Course includes comprehensive training in singing:

  • Solo singing classes to develop presentation skills and storytelling. We incorporate the Estill Model voice technique to promote healthy voice use
  • Group singing classes to allow pupils to experience working as an ensemble, to improve learning by ear and harmony work
  • Live public performances, which are auditioned for, helping to consolidate learning

Dance

The Performance Foundation Course provides a holistic dance training programme:

  • Classical Ballet, Modern/Jazz and Tap dance classes with a strong emphasis on performance through dance
  • Body Conditioning classes will help to build core strength, flexibility and cardio-vascular fitness
  • Repertoire classes/ workshops where industry professionals teach repertoire direct from West End shows past and present

All pupils take part in an annual flagship production which in years 7-9 tends to be a Musical Theatre production. Pupils in years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects throughout the year covering Musical Theatre, Classical and Contemporary Theatre, devised work or Commercial Music genres, often resulting in a public performance

For further information please contact Louisa Shaw (Director of the Performance Foundation Course) on louisa.shaw@tringpark.com Tel: 01442 821513

Louisa Shaw

Louisa began teaching at Tring Park whilst still performing in the original West End production of Mary Poppins in which she created the role of Katie Nanna.  Prior to this Louisa spent twenty years as a professional performer playing principal roles in musicals such as Cats, Les Miserables, Martin Guerre, Witches of Eastwick and Fame. She can be heard on several cast albums including Mary Poppins, Doctor Dolittle, Martin Guerre and Les Miserables 10th and 25th Anniversary Concerts.

Louisa was appointed Head of the Performance Foundation Course and is now Director of the Performance Foundation and Theatre Arts Courses.  Over the last few years, has directed and staged in-house productions of the musicals Rent, The Wiz, Fame, Smokey Joe’s Café, Godspell and most recently, Sister Act

For more information please contact: Director of Performance Foundation, Louisa Shaw: louisa.shaw@tringpark.com Tel. 01442 821513.

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