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This class will be taught online and you can take part from the comfort of your own home. The RCS campus is open with a limited capacity for degree students only to ensure a safe learning environment for all.
Like many conservatoires the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be using recordings and online interviews as part of their audition process this year.
This online weekend course is for people age 16+ who are interested in applying to the BA Musical Theatre programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It is designed and led by experienced audition panel members and aims to equip you with a range of practical activities which will help you prepare your monologues and songs to the best of your ability.
More people than ever are applying to Musical Theatre programmes and the audition process is highly competitive. Preparing songs and monologues goes far beyond learning the words and melody. The panel will expect you to have a thorough understanding of what you are delivering and to have rehearsed your pieces to a high standard. Auditioning is a nerve wracking experience, but being prepared can stand you in good stead on the big day.
By the end of the weekend you should have:
- an understanding of the new RCS audition process
- used practical exercises to explore your chosen songs and monologues in depth
- undertaken research activities which increase your understanding of the dramatic texts and musical theatre repertoire which your materials come from
- covered the fundamental principles of character development
- taken part in a guided dance session covering technique and choreography
- received guidance on filming your audition material
- developed a plan to continue preparing your songs and monologues beyond the life of the course
Although this course specifically prepares students for audition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, it provides skills and experience transferable to other contexts.
You may also be interested in the follow up courses that guide you through the process of preparing for the BA Musical Theatre programme:
Choosing Audition Material (online course) – 25 October 2020
Musical Theatre: Mock Audition (online course) – 16 and 17 January 2021
Please see How Does an Online Course Work? section for information about how the course will run and Course Preparation for what you will need to take part.
Please note that when booking the course you will be asked to agree that you have read and understood our Pre-HE OnlineTeaching Policy
If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Each morning will begin with a warm up session to prepare you for the creative and physical work of the day.
Some of the areas you will focus on include:
- How to warm up the body, voice and mind and be ready for work
- Textual analysis of monologues – using the information in a script to understand characters and themes
- Exploration of Shakespeare’s heightened language and how this can be approached in rehearsal
- Acting through song – how to portray character and emotion through song
- Tips on how to learn choreography via an online platform
- Self-tapes – how to prepare filmed audition material for drama school applications
- Improvisation – useful for when it comes to the re-direct part of any audition
Working individually and in groups you will be lead through a range of practical exercises which deepen your understanding of your chosen material. These will include vocal and physical explorations of the text, and challenge you to experiment with the staging of your performance.
An audition panel will expect you to be familiar with the plays and musical theatre repertoire which your material comes from. You will be introduced to research activities which help ensure you understand the wider context of the piece and how information gathered from other scenes in the play/musical can influence your performance choices.
Understanding the character you are portraying is key to delivering a monologue or song and this course will take you through the fundamentals of character development. This will include an exploration of your characters motivation, inner life and physicality.
There will be an element of discussion and reflection after practical exercises and you will be encouraged to share your work and your thoughts with other participants.
Please note that on occasion the course leader will identify that a student has selected material which is not well suited to them. You may be asked to select an alternative text but will be supported to find a more appropriate option.
The BA Musical Theatre course at RCS requires you to show musicality by playing an instrument. We will not have time to cover this during the weekend and recommend you seek a private music tutor should you require support with your piece.
What to prepare
In advance of the course you should prepare and have sheet music for three songs, two of which should be contrasting musical theatre songs. Your third song should be 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.
Because of the new audition process, you should find the backing track for at least one of these songs (YouTube is excellent for this) and be prepared to sing the others a cappella.
Please also bring two monologues to work on, one contemporary and one Shakespeare – no longer than 2 minutes in length each.
Please also have a notepad and pen/pencil to hand in case you wish to make notes and access to a glass/bottle of water throughout the day.
What to wear
We will ask that you wear comfortable clothes which are suitable for doing movement work — for example joggers/leggings and a t-shirt are ideal.
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.
More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.
Our online courses have been designed to allow students to continue being creative at home, and to gain confidence in their abilities to learn and create.
The course will run through Microsoft Teams and the ‘live’ online sessions via Zoom. In advance of the course you will be added to a class group within MS Teams. The links/password for each Zoom session will be posted with the chat function of this group. This will also be used as a place for discussion, sharing of materials and of course work.
You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions.
You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions on MS Teams/Zoom and to watch sections of film.
You may also want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How will the classes be delivered?
Each class will be delivered using a mixture of live teaching sessions and structured activities for students to take part in from home.
All participants will be added to a Microsoft Teams class group where course resources will be available. The live classes will be delivered using Zoom.
What safety precautions are in place?
The MS Teams groups which host each class group are private and members will be added by the RCS Short Courses team. Please note, participants emails will be visible to other group members.
When using Zoom to teach the live sessions, our teaching staff will be using RCS licensed accounts and all meeting links and passwords will be posted only on the MS Teams group page. Each meeting will have a unique password, and our staff will use the waiting room function to ‘admit’ students to the session.
You may find it useful to read our Online Teaching Policy for detailed information about security and safeguarding.
I am in a different time zone, can I still take part?
As long as you are able to take part in the live classes, you are very welcome to join our short courses programme from anywhere in the world.
Are there any resources that I will need in order to take part in the course?
The most important resources you will need are those that let you take part comfortably in the online activity. You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions. You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions (for example, like you would using Skype or Zoom) and to watch film footage.
We won’t be asking you to print out any resources – you should be able to view them on your screen – but there will be some written documents which you may want to print out if you are able to.
You may also want to consider whether you have a suitable space to take part. Please keep in mind that the other participants taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
Please also check the Course Preparation section for specific resources which you may need to take part.
What happens if I miss a class?
We will not record the live teaching sessions, but if you miss one, your tutor will do their best to help you catch up and continue participating in the course