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Musical Theatre Audition 3: Taking Direction

Short Study - adults

Introduction

Auditioning for drama courses can be a daunting prospect. For anyone thinking of applying to study acting or musical theatre, whether an undergraduate or postgraduate level, these courses help you to prepare- from selecting appropriate audition pieces to dealing with direction during your performance.

During an audition you may be given direction at any time, and this direction could involve any of the disciplines which musical theatre requires. Tutors will put you through your paces on this short course to ensure you are equipped with the skills and confidence to cope with taking direction during auditions.

You can choose to book all of the Audition Preparation courses, or simply choose which ones you feel you need to help develop your skills.

Introduction

Auditioning for drama courses can be a daunting prospect. For anyone thinking of applying to study acting or musical theatre, whether an undergraduate or postgraduate level, these courses help you to prepare- from selecting appropriate audition pieces to dealing with direction during your performance.

During an audition you may be given direction at any time, and this direction could involve any of the disciplines which musical theatre requires. Tutors will put you through your paces on this short course to ensure you are equipped with the skills and confidence to cope with taking direction during auditions.

You can choose to book all of the Audition Preparation courses, or simply choose which ones you feel you need to help develop your skills.

Financial support



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 Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs





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 Lifelong Learning.

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.

The application criteria is as follows:

  • The applicant must be applying for a drama short course at RCS. These courses can be found on the website and can include weekly classes for young people, drama credit rated short courses, drama specialist intensive weekends, summer schools and new company or blended learning experiences. It does not include any course where the subject specialism is dance, music, production or screen. If you would like to clarify whether the course you are interested in is eligible, please contact Lifelong Learning using our contact details below.
  • The applicant must be aged 25 or under at the time of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.
  • The applicant must be resident in Scotland at the point of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.

How to apply for support from the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships:

  • All applications should be made online. Please click on the link to apply.
  • Your application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course.
  • You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application. These must be submitted within five working days of your application being received.

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the application process, or require support in accessing our application form in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Our Frequently Asked Questions for the scholarships can be downloaded here: James McAvoy Drama Scholarships FAQs

Exclusions:

  • The scholarship is intended to meet the cost of tuition fees only at RCS. The costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation are not eligible.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you are able to apply providing the course applied for is different each time and funds permitting.

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarship has been established to help young Scots who live in challenged communities or circumstances to participate in the drama learning and teaching at RCS.

However, RCS Juniors and Lifelong Learning also benefits from the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme, which exists to support other young people and adult learners who might find affording tuition fees a barrier to participation.

Applicants to the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme can be at any age or stage in their development, from anywhere in the world and their interests can be in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

We accept applications all year round and you can find out more about the Agnes Allen Bursary here.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone interested in applying for a musical theatre programme.

Preparing for your course

Students should have two songs and two monologues selected. One song should be Musical Theatre the other can be in any other genre, though pre 1960 if Musical Theatre. Monologues should be one contemporary and one classical. All material should be off script.

Students should come to class wearing comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring a bottle of water with them.

 

Short course feedback

“A great way to discover the hidden talents that you have, being made to feel secure and relaxed in an environment where people share the same passion as you and want to see you do well. a fantastic way to prepare you for a life-changing course!”

– Musical Theatre Audition Preparation student, 2013

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Teaching staff

Stephen Mullan

Stephen trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and tutors within the Lifelong Learning Department. He has been choreographer for pantomime at The Byre in St Andrews since 2012. He provided musical staging for Bard in the Botanics’ in Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and collaborated on the concept for Bard on Broadway performed at Oran mor and for the Commonwealth Games. He also choreographed additional material for Clinton the Musical at The Kings Head Theatre in London.

Still a working actor, Stephen was cast on the UK Tour of Avenue Q and has performed at The Olivier Awards and West End Live. He has performed for BBC Scotland and Scottish Opera and appeared in Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd and Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens.

Claire McKenzie

Claire graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with an undergraduate degree in Composition and a Masters Degree in Musical Direction. As a composer, Claire has written for several productions at The Citizens’ Theatre, including Hansel and Gretel, Divided City and Beauty and the Beast. As Musical Director, Claire has worked on productions including Watertight (RCS), Closest to the Moon and Spring Awakening (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as Vocal Coach for The Steamie tour. Claire regularly teaches at UK Theatre School, Royal Conservatoire Short Courses, Impact Arts and Youth Music Theatre:UK.

Lynne Bustard

 

Lynne trained at the Lillian McNeill College of Dance in Glasgow and has worked as a freelance choreographer and dance lecturer since graduating.

Lynne has worked extensively in the U.K and overseas including exotic locations such as Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai, Morocco and Australia. Her work ranges from stage, screen, fashion and pop. Lynn has a long list of Musical theatre credits to her name including: Jesus Christ Superstar, Our House, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate and Betty Blue Eyes to name just a few. She has choreographed many pantomimes and worked for world class cruise line companies and has also worked with the late Michael Jackson’s sister, La Toya Jackson at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.

Lynne spends a lot of time working as a guest lecturer/choreographer for various educational establishments and production companies. Teaching credits include the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland, Clyde College and N.O.D.A. Lynne also has a Big Band/Las Vegas style show currently performing in various corporate entertainment venues throughout the U.K. and overseas.