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Musical Theatre: Audition Preparation

Summer School for adults

Introduction

Auditioning can be a nerve-wracking and daunting experience, particularly for those coming to it for the first time. This five-day summer school is for people who are considering applying to audition for Musical Theatre degree programmes and aims to introduce the audition process and build student’s confidence.

Throughout the summer school students will receive lessons in singing, dance and acting with experienced musical theatre practitioners from the Royal Conservatoire.

This course is for anyone aged 16+ who is preparing to audition for musical theatre courses.

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 30th July 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

Auditioning can be a nerve-wracking and daunting experience, particularly for those coming to it for the first time. This five-day summer school is for people who are considering applying to audition for Musical Theatre degree programmes and aims to introduce the audition process and build student’s confidence.

Throughout the summer school students will receive lessons in singing, dance and acting with experienced musical theatre practitioners from the Royal Conservatoire.

This course is for anyone aged 16+ who is preparing to audition for musical theatre courses.

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 30th July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

During this intensive five-day musical theatre course students will learn how to select appropriate audition pieces that are suited to their strengths as a performer. Students will work closely with tutors on developing their skills in acting, voice and dance, as well as engage in ensemble work to further develop improvisational skills that may be needed at an audition.

The teachers on this course have first- hand experience of sitting on audition panels for degree courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as for professional theatre productions, and offer a unique insight into what is required of auditionees.

Once you have selected a variety of songs and monologues to work on throughout the course, you will look at the process of researching and interpreting them for audition. You will be supported by the course Leader to choose appropriate material which best highlights your strengths as a performer.

The process of preparing your pieces will challenge you to deepen your understanding of the material you are working with and refine your performance skills.

The final element of the course will focus on the actual audition. You will receive valuable advice on how to deal with questions from a panel and learn how to cope with nerves on the big day. The week will conclude with a mock audition which closely resembles the experience of audition for full-time vocational musical theatre courses. This will be followed by a review of your achievements and individual feedback on your performance.

This summer school provides a fun, supportive and challenging environment in which all students can explore and learn.

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.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Entry requirements

This is an open access course for anyone regardless of prior acting experience.

The course is designed so that motivated students will benefit from the training and our tutors are experienced in teaching across all levels of skill and experience.

Students should be open, honest, generous, respectful, hard-working and will to work as part of a team.

Preparing for your course

Please bring the sheet music for at least two contrasting songs, one contemporary Musical Theatre song (either up-tempo or ballad) and one song either written before 1960 or in another style (pop, folk, rock, blues, jazz, gospel). The course leaders will want to look at contrasts in style, vocal choices, repertoire, and character choices that suit you so bring repertoire that you have worked on previously. Please also bring two monologues to work on, one contemporary and one Shakespeare.

You will be using these choices as the basis of discussion and development throughout the week so they do not need to be polished performance pieces at this stage.

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, suitable for a rehearsal environment, specifically trousers and shoes suitable for dance work given the nature of your course. Students are advised to avoid jeans, skirts and items of jewellery.

No food or juice is allowed in the rehearsal spaces, so students should also bring a bottle of water to ensure they stay hydrated during class. Please also bring a notepad and pencil to take notes during the course.

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