Thank you for directing and running
the summer School last week. The event was very successful, and the
feedback has been uniformly positive. I think the kids did a great
We produce fun and challenging 5-day long musical theatre courses in
theatres, schools and art centres throughout the UK. Using brand-new,
original musical productions that draw on a wide spectrum of musical influences,
the students are carefully coached in singing, acting and dancing by specialists
and, at the end of the week, they perform the 50-minute musical before
an audience of family and friends in the theatre, studio or hall. The
students are treated as professionals throughout and are offered a challenging
week performing a contemporary musical specially written for the course.
Teamwork is emphasised throughout the rehearsal period - the show won't
work without it!
The programme is as follows:
The students get to play a series of drama-based activities designed
to achieve maximum fun and hilarity! They get a chance to act out ludicrous
stories; role-play all sorts of characters (both human and animal) and
improvise storylines. These activities are used to assess their singing,
acting and dancing skills and later in the day, they get to try out
lines, songs and dances from the show. Everyone goes home exhausted,
having had a laugh a minute!
As a result of yesterday's appraisal, the students are cast in the
roles most suitable for them. Nobody gets left out and everyone is involved
and there is plenty to do! The shows are specially written to give the
cast lots of important lines, loads of group singing and tons of ensemble
dancing! The script has its first read-through by the cast and the dance
moves are sketched out. Solo singers are given their first one-to-one
coaching from the musical director and are provided with all the music
of the show on CD so they can learn and practice their featured songs
at home in the evenings.
Rehearsals continue. The musical is 'blocked' and movement planned.
Further guidance from the musical director for both solo singers and
group songs and linking scenes are rehearsed in depth. The dancing has
been worked out by now and the students are put through their paces
to the accompaniment of the actual recorded
dance music. Further guidance from the musical director for both solo
singers and the ensemble and particularly important scenes from the
show are gone over in-depth.
The fourth day is largely concerned with 'gluing' all the elements
of the show together. Most of the songs, dances and lines have been
learnt by now and time is spent putting these performances into context
so that the show starts to work its magic. For instance, a solo singing
performance will be combined with movement from the chorus or a dramatic
scene may metamorphose into an ensemble dance piece. A song may intregrate
the soloist with the backing vocalists or a simple dance routine will
be performed for the first time in costume. Usually, the show gets 'tightened
up' today - making sure that everyone is clear on cues, entrances and
exits. The director also works closely with technical support as there
will be a technical rehearsal.
The big day! Sometimes it is the first chance students have had to
see the stage and so they will need to grow familiar with the space
they will be performing in and so entrances and exits will need to be
familiarised. Any problem areas in the show will be addressed and ironed
out today. Before lunch there will be a dress rehearsal followed by
a second non-stop run-through directly after lunch. The 50 minute show
is performed later in the afternoon before an invited audience.
for a great week!"