1 Year British Diploma in Musical Theatre

Associated Studios Australia


About the Course

Associated Studios is thrilled to bring this Musical Theatre British Diploma to Australia.

We are passionate about Musical Theatre and have forged strong and trusted links with eminent industry professionals in Australia and the UK. Through this close association, we understand industry requirements and have a network of dedicated and highly experienced theatre practitioners who stand ready to offer you help and advice whilst you are studying with us, and after you embark on your career.

Associated Studios take pride in developing performers of the highest calibre. You will be challenged and nurtured, inspired to work to the best of your ability. This course offers one year of intensive practical training in Dance, Singing and Acting, the skills required to become an outstanding Musical Theatre performer.

At the completion of their training, a student will obtain a British Diploma from Associated Studios London.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • Applicants must be over 18 to apply.
  • Performers wanting to go into the professional Musical Theatre industry with some previous experience or training
  • Students who have completed a previous Foundation year with Associated Studios Australia.
  • Dancers and Actors with some singing ability and some performance experience, wishing to expand their casting in the performing arts industry.

At the completion of the course, students also have the option to complete a further fourth term at the London branch which includes a West End Industry Showcase.

Australian performers such as Erin Cornell (Cats & Wicked) and Rachael Ward (EvitaSingin’ in the Rain & The Wizard of Oz) have studied with Associated Studios in London and have gone on to very successful careers.

Courses at Associated Studios provide unparalleled individual attention in order to develop you as a person, as an individual and as an artist. You will need to be prepared to work hard, push yourself to the limit and be available to grow and learn.

All our coaches are leading industry practitioners from both Australia & the UK including Musical Directors, Directors, Vocal Coaches, Choreographers, Writers, Composers and experienced Performers.

 PROGRAMME:

In your intensive year of training we will consolidate your technique and continue to build on the work completed in previous training. Your focus will be on developing as a ‘connected’ performer. This means being able to integrate the separate disciplines of Singing, Acting and Dance into one seamless practice in performance. You will identify and work on your own areas of weakness as well as building upon your strengths to solidify your artistry. You will also continue to build on your entrepreneurship and your audition technique and portfolio.

Acting:
You will focus on using the techniques you have practiced from year one and putting them into various different dramatic situations and contexts required of the modern actor. Using texts from different periods you will look at how to apply your technique efficiently and methodically. You will also learn the connection between the actor and the director in the rehearsal room and how to get the most out of that relationship.
Throughout the year there will be an expectation of growing independence and autonomy. This will require you to create your own daily practice routines to warm up, exercise, learn and analyse your acting work.

Areas of Work Include:

  • Improvisation
  • Play a Week: You will read a new play every week and learn to analyse and understand it.
  • Text Class: Including work on the seminal classical and contemporary playwrights which may include Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Pinter and David Hare.
  • Acting Technique: Looking at the approach of practitioners such as Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Stanford Meisner and Mike Alfreds. You will create a tool-box of techniques you can draw on to create a truthful performance.
  • Heightened Acting: Working on non-naturalistic drama styles such as panto and ‘stage combat’, allowing you to explore the wide range of styles you will encounter in your career.
  • Monologues: You will explore how to choose and perform monologues suitable for acting and musical theatre auditions.
  • Self-Tapes and Screen: With a screen director, you will learn the technique of effecting self-taping for auditions and the concerns of the actor for screen and film work.
  • Voice classes: Voice work includes learning the basic techniques of the actors voice such as: Resonance, Articulation, ‘Forward Placement’, Breath Control and work on accents.
  • Scene Study: Putting your technical skills into practice, you will work on scenes from set plays with a director.

Singing:
This course focuses on the performative application of your core technique. You will explore the various styles within Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock and other CCM genres. Using this material, you will explore how to use your technique to create accurate, detailed, truthful journeys through the year. You will also learn more about Music Theory and how to gain greater insight from the composer and lyricists, which will inform your artistic choices as a rounded and integrated Musical Theatre performer. You will look at your acting techniques and how to best integrate them into your singing at all times and, how to use the approaches you learn in acting to influence the decisions you make regarding resonance, vocal quality, articulation and breath use. Throughout the year there will be an expectation of growing independence and autonomy. This will require you to create your own daily practice routines to warm up, exercise, build on your core technique, improve your sight singing/harmony work and, make creative artistic choices within your own performance and repertoire work.

Areas of Work Include:

  • Vocal Technique: You will build the vocal, physical and mental strength, flexibility and stamina required to succeed in the competitive singing industry, through establishing a rigorous practice regime.
  • 1-to-1 Singing Technique: Work individually with a singing teacher on a regular basis throughout your training.
  • Repertoire: Learn how to find appropriate songs from across the breadth of the Musical Theatre genre. Understand how to cut and present sheet music required for professional auditions.
  • Vocal Performance: Work with Musical, Movement and Acting Directors to develop your individual performance by acting through song.
  • Audition Technique: Working with Musical Directors, Agents and Casting Directors you will gain greater understanding of the techniques behind successful singing auditions, including how to cut for 32-bar auditions.
  • Musical Theatre History: You will learn the history of the rise and development of Musical Theatre. This will allow you to contextualise your work effectively and build your working knowledge of Musical Theatre writers, composers and styles.
  • Performance Confidence: Work through the common problems of anxiety and lack of confidence in a safe, nurturing environment.

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