Post 16 Musical Theatre
UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)
The Post-16 musical theatre course is suited to young people with an appetite to develop skills and knowledge in all areas of the performing arts. Students study the UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre), which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The main aim of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of performance styles with particular emphasis on integrating the performing arts. The course is designed to give equal focus to dance, acting and singing.
There are many exciting performance opportunities on the course ranging from acting and dance showcases to music concerts and full scale musicals in the School's theatres and at a theatre venue outside the school. Students also have the opportunity to perform in the local, national and possibly the international community. Community projects running this year include a project with the elderly, a project working with local secondary school children and a project working with the Turnaround Centre in Croydon. This centre supports young offenders and the project is creating devised work using the artistic skills of the clients. It is a busy course in which students enjoy access to tuition, facilities and resources of the highest quality.
Musical theatre students are typically versatile and flexible in their approach to their work. The demands of the course are such that students need an energised and committed approach to developing both their practical skills and academic appreciation of the arts.
In their first year of study, all musical theatre students undertake a foundation course in which they develop skills and techniques in the three art forms. The core areas of study for the first year of the course include:
- Acting: practitioner study, performing with masks, Shakespeare, acting through song, political theatre.
- Voice: production and text analysis.
- Dance: jazz, ballet, choreography, contemporary and dance for camera.
- Singing: ensemble singing, history of musical theatre, working and developing as a small ensemble, solo singing and singing technique.
In Year 12, students enjoy at least three public performances in one of the School's studio theatres. It is intended that all students broaden their knowledge within all three art forms and begin to integrate the art forms as Year 12 progresses.
Year 13 begins with a continuation of various technique classes to build on skills developed in Year 12 and students also start rehearsals for their final major performance work with emphasis on exploring the themes within the chosen pieces. Alongside this, students have the opportunity to follow a more individual pathway with their choice of electives which would support them in their future plans. Electives include song writing, contemporary singing styles, studying contemporary plays, voice and contemporary dance, acting for screen and ballet. Then Year 13 students are involved in the staging of a full scale musical in the BRIT Theatre. Past productions have included: Carousel, Grand Hotel, A New Brain, Merrily We Roll Along, Hair, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, RENT, Parade, 13, Our House and Into the Woods. Students, during this time, work as a company and develop their skills as a team player and aim to be a reliable and positive member of the company.
Guidance and support on further training and career development are central to the students' experience in their second year on the course. This begins at the end of Year 12 in which many guest speakers from the performing arts industry take part in question and answer sessions with the students as part of our careers guidance programme entitled 'Your Future Starts Here.'
The course usually ends with the students creating and developing their own performance material which is performed in a showcase event. Students have performed work as diverse as creating a street dance group, writing and performing their own songs and monologues and performing musical theatre repertoire. Every year new and different opportunities arise.
On graduation from the course, musical theatre students take many different routes. The majority continue studying and training in the performing arts in higher education whether that be a vocational institution or a university.
Students completing the musical theatre course have been successful in obtaining places at vocational schools such as Mountview, Arts Educational, London Studio Centre, Bird College, Rose Bruford, Guildford School of Acting, Central School of Speech and Drama, Conservatoire of Scotland, LAMDA, BIM, Stella Mann, East 15, London School of Musical Theatre, Laban, Performers College, Bristol Old Vic, Millennium and AMDA in New York City. Students have also gone on to successfully complete degree courses in the performing arts from universities across the country and abroad.
Students from the musical theatre course go on to be successful in many different walks of life. Past musical theatre students can be found performing in West End musicals, featuring in television dramas, setting up their own record labels, making award winning albums, writing and composing, teaching the performing arts, playing in the football Premiership, forming their own dance company, working in Theatre in Education, working as lawyers and policemen and touring the world.
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in section 7 of the application form:
a) What do you think are the five most important attributes for a musical theatre performer?
b) With reference to your future aspirations, what are your expectations of the Post 16 Musical Theatre course at The BRIT School?
c) What do you feel you contribute to a team? Give an example of your participation in a team event.
d) Tell us about a musical theatre composer that you admire, and explain the reasons for your choice.
Sheet music for 2nd audition
SONG choices for Post 16 workshops 2017.