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Musical Theatre (ages 15-17)

Summer School for Children and Young People


“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.”

From Kahlo to Vermeer to Van Gogh, join our ArtFull Summer to create an iconic work of art of your own!

This Musical Theatre summer school is a week-long in-person course for young people aged 15-17 who want to explore their passion for singing, acting, and dancing lead by industry professionals.

Students will work together in a challenging creative process which will culminate in a musical theatre performance at the end of the course.

Musical theatre is a competitive and demanding industry. Artists have to combine multiple performance disciplines including acting, singing and dance.

With the guidance of the course leaders, students will explore a stimulus using famous works of art and musical theatre repertoire to create you own alternative interpretations of well-known material. As an ensemble, you will research and interpret text, melody and personal ideas to develop original pieces.

This course may be useful for anyone wishing to pursue a pathway to further training or explore a career in this field. The course will use practical exercises to develop the skills necessary to perform musical theatre material including acting through song, character development, dance and movement work, singing skills and stylistic choice.

The course will culminate in a sharing of the work created by the group for friends and family on the final day of the summer school in the Royal Conservatoire.

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Used practical exercises to develop acting, singing and dancing skills
  • Explored creative methods of interpreting musical theatre material
  • Worked with contrasting music across various styles to respond to a stimulus
  • Developed a devised performance using personal creative ideas

If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at

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The important details

15 - 17


22 - 26 July 2024

Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Course Information

There are no entry requirements for this course and no previous musical theatre experience is necessary.

Students should come to the course expecting to work hard, be challenged and enjoy contributing to the creative process.

Students should dress in comfortable clothing that they can move in and wear appropriate footwear i.e. trainers, dance shoes and gym shoes and be willing to work barefoot if required.

Students should bring water to class each day, as the course will include physical activities.

Students may find it useful to bring a recording device.

The course runs Monday, 22 July – Friday, 26 July from 10am to 5pm.

There will be a short sharing of the work students have been engaging with on the Friday afternoon for invited family and friends.

Summer Accommodation

We are pleased to welcome students from across the world to our Summer Schools. Our course fees do not include accommodation or food, and these should be organised by the student. Our campus is located in Glasgow city centre, and you can find the addresses below.

We recommend Base Glasgow, as purpose-built accommodation for Conservatoire students, with Rehearsal Rooms, Practice spaces and Dance Studios. Base Glasgow is perfectly suited for our summer school students; both safe and secure, with 24/7 staff presence and only 3 mins walk from our main Renfrew Street building, keeping travel costs to a minimum.

Classic En-Suite rooms come with a 3/4 bed, en-suite bathroom, ample storage, mirror, study desk and chair. The shared area includes a spacious lounge and kitchen area.

Please note that Short Courses staff are not affiliated with BASE or on site outwith the summer school teaching hours, and therefore cannot take responsibility for students outside of these hours.

For more information about booking accommodation at BASE Glasgow you can contact them directly via website BASE – Student Accommodation in Glasgow or email

Alternatively, there are plenty of hotels, hostels, and b’n’b options available. We are located close to transport links should you wish to stay outside the city centre. If you are travelling to Glasgow for a course, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers course fees, travel, accommodation, and cancellations due to COVID-19 – as RCS will not refund in this circumstance. You can view the Cancellations and Refund policy for full information.

For students under 18 years old, we strongly advise travelling with a responsible adult should any emergency situations arise during class. Students are only monitored by staff during class times.

Renfrew Street Campus: 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB
Wallace Studios Campus: 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G4 9RR

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

We run various promotional offers for our Short Courses and Summer Schools. You can view our current offers on our Promotional Offers page.

You should contact us at to request your discount code before booking a course.

Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

Please see our Short Course FAQs for more information about all aspects of choosing, booking and attending your course.

Please see our Short Courses – Terms and Conditions for more information about your contract with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Cancellation and Refund policies.

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