Preparatory Theatre Course
Entering at S3, the main aims are to nurture and develop the artistic and creative skills in the three key areas of drama, dance and singing in preparation for the S5 Musical Theatre Course, whilst building the technical understanding of the young, developing pupil.
Over the two years the pupils will focus on classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, National and Creative Movement.
Pupils gain basic technical skills in voice, movement, characterisation, improvisation and storytelling.
Through this crucial period in their vocal development, the pupils will be nurtured and developed through their classes, working on solo and ensemble repertoire from a large variety of styles. This will build musicality, vocal and aural confidence and most importantly technical awareness.
In Term 3, the PTC students have their own Showcase “Moving Forward”.
The Preparatory Course Audition
The panel consists of: Artistic Director of Musical Theatre, MTC Drama Tutor, MTC Dance Tutor, DHT Knightswood Secondary School and an External Specialist from the Performing Arts.
Auditions for the 2018/2019 academic year will take place in February.
Final auditions will take place in March.
The Artistic Director and DHT meet with all parents prior to start of audition for an information session on Knightswood Secondary School and The Preparatory Theatre Course.
Phase 1 – Drama Class
Each candidate will be sent with audition information pack a copy of a set text, which they are asked to prepare. The drama class, through a series of games and improvisations, is based on the set text.
Phase 2 – Dance/Movement Class
The candidates participate in a structured dance class, building from warm up exercises to a short, basic routine. A series of stretching exercises are given to check flexibility, and body alignment.
Phase 3 – Singing Class
A series of technical exercises and vocal games are used. This is followed by the class being taught two, short contrasting songs. The candidates sing both as an ensemble and in a solo capacity.
Phase 4 – Medical/Physio Examination
A number of pupils will be asked to remain and be examined by the medical and physiotherapy representatives.
The audition panel make the decisions on offering a place based on the information gained during the audition and from information received from medical and physiotherapy professionals.
Dependent on the number of applicants a recall audition, based on the same format, may be required.