Post 16 training
The Post 16 Musical Theatre training course is suited to young people with an appetite to develop skills and knowledge in all areas of the performing arts.
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, drama and music. 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 main theatre and beyond. Students also have the opportunity to perform in the local, national and international community. 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.
Year 12 Course Details
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, acting technique, voice production and text analysis.
Singing: Repertory and choral singing, music appreciation and Musical Theatre History.
Dance: Jazz, classical ballet, contemporary, choreography and dance for camera.
In Year 12, students enjoy several 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 that they begin to consider the potential of integrating the three separate disciplines. The performance opportunities are designed to develop audience communication skills.
All students also focus on audition technique in Year 12. Guidance and support on further training and career development are central to the students' experience 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 and workshops with the students as part of our careers guidance programme.
Year 13 Course Details
In the second year, students continue to develop their core skills through specialist programmes designed to provide each student with a clear support for their future beyond the BRIT school. They also learn to utilise their core skills and implement them in final major projects. These projects involve staging full scale musicals in the Obie Theatre or visiting theatres within the local community. Past productions have included A Chorus Line, Rent, Oklahoma, Parade, Bright Lights Big City, Just So, Carousel, Zombie Prom, Spend Spend Spend, Merrily We roll Along, Assassins and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens. The Musical Theatre Department students have also performed on Friday Night is Music Night ( BBC Radio 2) as well as a specially commissioned piece for the New York Musical Theatre Festival at The York Theatre in New York.
The course also involves a placement in the community. In the past, this has ranged from students writing and performing musicals for local schools to creating Verbatim Theatre pieces for Centre Point charity. 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.