Musical Theatre Courses
Musical Theatre Training
Post Graduate Musical Theatre
The dates for the next available course are as follows:
Term 1 - Foundation Tuesday 1st Sept - Friday 16th Oct 2020 ( 7 Weeks)
Term 2 - Consolidation Monday 26th Oct - Friday 11th Dec 2020 ( 7 Weeks)
Term 3 - Progression Monday 4th - Friday 5th March 2021 ( 9 Weeks)
Term 4 - Production Monday 22nd March - Friday 30th April 2021 ( 6 Weeks)
Term 5 - Profession Monday 17th May - Friday 2nd July 2021 ( 7 Weeks)
The day starts at 9.30am and finishes at 5.30pm. However, students may be required to stay later on some evenings during rehearsal periods.
It is essential that performers have a strong technical foundation on which to base the expressive requirements of a song. To achieve this students concentrate on developing their diaphragmatic breathing, vocal placing, extension of range, blending of head and chest voice, posture, tone and general aspects of their technical singing capability.
Acting Through Song
This aspect explores and develops the approach of the performer to the integration of acting and singing together with the use of lyrics as dramatic text and musical dynamics to highlight emotional changes. For many performers, the most difficult aspect of the musical theatre genre is combining the acting and singing into a convincing and truthful performance. LSMT develops ways to assist in achieving this objective.
Private Singing Lessons
In the first term, group singing classes led by the Head of Singing establish a technical foundation. From the second term, each student is assigned a private singing teacher and has lessons to concentrate on the specific needs of the individual; group classes continue throughout the year to complement this.
Over the year, all students gradually build up a portfolio of audition songs tailored to their casting suitability and covering a wide range of styles, so that each graduating student leaves the course prepared to audition for any type of show. Classes in audition technique are held as well as a series of mock auditions.
The drama classes are structured to ensure students have a firm understanding of technique and develop confidence in handling script so that they are equipped to work within all areas of the industry. Our graduates work for the RSC, The National Theatre, West End and extensively in film and television.
The first term encourages creativity and imagination through play and improvisation whilst introducing a strong foundation in voice technique and awareness of physicality.
The second term moves on to the exploration of contemporary plays. The students work on scenes which are carefully chosen to suit their casting thus serving to advance their existing skills within the environment of a company in rehearsal. The scenes are presented in-house to an invited audience.
Term three immerses the company in classical text. The students learn to interact on a deeper level with their fellow actors at the same time as being aware of the staging, expectation and demands of a professional performance. The term culminates in a performance of the scenes to an invited audience of members of the industry and school alumni.
Throughout terms two and three voice work continues with accent work, phonetics and articulation.
Returning from the school production term the final term is dedicated to ensuring the students are Industry ready. There are classes in audition technique, acting for television and film, self-employed tax, personal presentation for castings, self-taping and continued work on monologues. The masterclasses in this term vary according to the needs of the group and the subjects that have previously been covered throughout the training.
The drama training on the course is demanding and challenging. Hard work and application are an expectation. The success of our graduates is a testament to this intensive approach.
The course is divided into two groups allowing a different pace of progress to be adopted, according to previous dance training and experience. Upon arrival at LSMT, a student is assessed and placed in the most appropriate group.
The first term is geared towards placing and technique to ensure that subsequent work is based on firm foundations. In later terms, the focus is on gradually developing the student’s capacity to pick up routines. Many different styles of dance will be choreographed so that the student will be able to cope with requirements within the profession.
In the last term, the emphasis will be on preparation for audition, with frequent visits from guest tutors covering the material that is currently to be seen in production. Many of these sessions are run as Mock Auditions, giving the student a real world experience of the expectation within the business.
LSMT recognises the need to be a strong all-rounder and dance is therefore taught to a high standard to increase the employability of every individual on the course.
A key feature of the course are the regular performance classes, where students perform a song to their peers and receive direction or guidance from an industry professional. Initially taken by core staff members, the classes are gradually opened up to guests. Previous tutors include leading West End performers, Helen Hobson, Rosemary Ashe, Tony Timberlake, Julie Atherton, Norma Atallah, John Barr, Matthew Ashforde and Caroline Sheen.
Ensemble / Presentation
It is essential that the modern musical theatre performer is able to work as part of a team, and produce the sound and performance that a Director and Musical Director require from an ensemble. This class operates as a company in rehearsal. The students work with a variety of material, including specially commissioned pieces from the resident composer. The class develops the ability of the performer to act as an integrated component in a piece. At the end of every term, the work is presented and, as the year progresses, the content and presentation become more ambitious in
preparation for the end of year productions.
In the final term, students take part in public cabaret performances at a renowned London venue. Preparation for this includes work on hand-held microphone technique and guidance on the art of performing in an informal setting.
Throughout the year, each student has a weekly one-on-one session with an accompanist to rehearse material, select and learn new songs, and prepare for their performance classes.
At least three visits to a West End show or major tour take place; these are often followed by a Question & Answer session the next day with members of the cast.
A major highlight of the year comes when the students go into full-time rehearsals for our main Productions. The choice of work is carefully selected to suit the particular year of students. Recent presentations include; City of Angels,The Wild Party, Bernada Alba, Rent, Bright Lights - Big City, Allegro, Carnival, My Favorite Year, Applause, Violet, Spend Spend Spend, Redhead, American Idiot, King of Hearts, 9 to 5, Lock Up Your Daughters, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Lend Me A Tenor and Grand Hotel.
In the past we have also commissioned new work, and LSMT are proud to have been the originating company for Brenda Bly:Teen Detective, When Midnight Strikes, Hope, Big Top, No One in the World and Jason and the Argonauts, all written by our resident composer Charles Miller. These shows are now published either by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organisation or Samuel French.
The Bridewell Theatre has become the venue of choice, for our Productions. It is very close to the school which is ideal for Dress and Technical rehearsals and is an inspirational space for a Designer to create something outstanding. The Theatre is situated in the heart of the City of London, in a Grade 11 Listed Victorian Building within easy walking distance of Blackfriars mainline and underground station, which enables good access to the public.
The whole process, from auditions and recalls to wardrobe fittings and sound checks,equips each student with the knowledge of what to expect when working on a West End Show, all the while guided by an expert team of professional practitioners.
Principal / Course Producer Adrian Jeckells
Operations / Course Manager Emily Wigley
Accountants The Martlet Partnership
Financial Administrator Matthew Hough
Marketing / Design Consultant George Miller
Box Office Manager Sean Cook
Founder Glenn Lee
Trustees Adrian Jeckells, David Stewart, Nicholas Bell and
Throughout the course many classes are taken by visiting practitioners. Past tutors have included the following:
Rosemary Ashe Guest Masterclasses
Matthew Ashforde Guest Masterclasses
Norma Atallah Guest Director and Choreographer
Mick Barnfather Guest Drama Tutor
Ken Caswell Guest Director and Masterclasses
Hannah Chissick Guest Director
Mark Collins Guest Musical Director
Mark Crossland Guest Musical Director
Steven Dexter Guest Director
Cynthia Erivo Guest Masterclasses
Michael England Guest Musical Director
Huw Evan Guest Musical Director
Debbie Garvey Guest Singing Tutor
Graham Gill Guest Director
Erica Gould Guest Director
Fenton Gray Guest Director
Anthony Gabrielle Guest Musical Director
Simon Green Guest Director and Masterclasses
Roger Haines Guest Director and Masterclasses
Andrew Hilton Guest Musical Director
Helen Hobson Guest Masterclasses
Joe Hood Guest Musical Director
Graham Hubbard Guest Director
Kirk Jameson Guest Director
Richard John Guest Musical Director
Judith Kleinman Guest Alexander Technique
Judy Kuhn Guest Masterclass
Bronagh Lagan Guest Director
Norm Lewis Guest Masterclass
Matthew Malthouse Guest Dance Tutor
Neil McDonald Guest Musical Director
Amanda Noar Guest Director
Caroline O’Connor Guest Masterclasses
Phillip Quast Guest Masterclasses
David Randall Guest Musical Director
Nigel Richards Guest Masterclass
Matt Ryan Guest Director
Matt Smith Guest Musical Director
Sam Spencer Lane Guest Choreographer
David Thaxton Guest Masterclasses
Tony Timberlake Guest Masterclasses
Carole Todd Guest Choreographer
Sarah Travis Guest Musical Director
Jess Tucker-Boyd Guest Laban Director
Aaron Tveit Guest Masterclasses
Tilly Vosburgh Guest TV and Film Classes
Lotte Wakeham Guest Director
Hannah Waddingham Guest Masterclass
Tara Wilkinson Guest Masterclasses