Entering at S5, the course is designed to develop, to the highest standards, the pupils’ individual skills and potential in dance, drama and singing, providing the training needed for the true “triple threat” performer.
Students wishing to enter at S3 should look at the Preparatory Theatre Course which nutures skills in dance, drama and singing in preparation for the S5 Musical Theatre Course.
Note: If a child is already in S5 it is not possible for them to join the S5 course. However it may be possible to enter at S6 if the audition panel feel they are of a standard to be able to complete a one year course with the same positive outcomes as the prescribed two year course.
Over the two years the Musical Theatre pupils follow a training programme based on ballet, commercial jazz, contemporary movement, tap and body conditioning. Pupils will access ISTD Major Examinations, where appropriate.
The aim of the programme is to give pupils a sound training in the techniques and skills required for the young performer. The course covers voice production and dialect, improvisation, textual studies, character awareness and emotional focus. Pupils in their final year also recieve individual coaching for further education audition monologue preparation.
This is probably the most important subject with regards to professional employment. Through weekly one to one singing lessons, ensemble work, choral class and performance class, the pupils develop a solid vocal technique, build a structured portfolio of repertoire and develop their presentation skills.
Throughout the session, pupils will be expected to give performances at specially selected, high profile events. The MTC pupils have two performance weeks per academic session: the “MTC Showcase” at the end of Term 1 and a full Musical production at the end of Term 3. All performances have the full technical, costume, lighting and sound designed by professionals.
A.T.C.L. Performers Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance
Final year pupils have the opportunity to access the appropriate examinations to gain this nationally recognised diploma. Accredited by Trinity Guildhall London, this qualification is set at 1st year degree level study.