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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.

SINGING

Technique

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. 

Audition Technique

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.

DRAMA

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. 

DANCE

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.

PERFORMANCE

Performance Classes 

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. 

 

Cabaret Performances 

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. 

 

Portfolios 

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. 

 

Theatre Visits 

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. 

PRODUCTIONS

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.

TONY PEDRETTI

Head of Singing

Tony is recognised as one of the leading vocal coaches in the profession, having previously worked as a Performer and Musical Director. His West End credits as a performer include Aspects of Love (Prince of Wales), Les Misérables (Palace), Merrily We Roll Along (Shaftesbury), Annie Get Your Gun (Aldwych), Pump Boys and Dinnettes (Piccadilly). Rep work includes Pirates of Penzance (Opera House, Manchester), Jesus Christ Superstar (York, Norwich), West Side Story (Perth and Coventry), Cabaret (Hornchurch) and Godspell (Redgrave, Farnham).

 

As MD, his credits include Working (Mountview), Company (Arts Ed), Starting Here, Starting Now (Barbican), Hansel and Gretel (Swansea), and Some Enchanted Evening (tour).

CHARLES MILLER

Head of Music / Resident Composer

Charles is a renowned composer, musical director and accompanist. He has musically directed and conducted a number of West End shows. He has performed around the globe including Europe and the Americas. Charles was also accompanist for the famous “Players Theatre” for the for a number of years and will always remember accompanying Basil Brush at 10 Downing Street!

 

As a composer, his produced work includes Mr Christmas (Pennsylvania, USA), No One in the World (Producers Club, New York), Build Me a Bridge (Don’t Tell Mama, New York, and Bridewell Theatre, London), When Midnight Strikes (Finborough Theatre), Jason and the Argonauts (Cochrane Theatre), Big Top (Bridewell Theatre), Living on an Island (Talk of London), Anthology (Bridewell Theatre), Breath of Life (Bull Arts Centre), The Borrowers (Birmingham Old Rep), a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost (UK tour, starring Ron Moody), Brenda Bly: Teen Detective (Bridewell Theatre, starring Ruth Madoc) and Hope (Zug, Switzerland). The Canterville Ghost and Brenda Bly: Teen Detective are published by Samuel French, for worldwide production. In 2006, Avenue Q star Julie Atherton released the hugely successful album of his songs A Girl of Few Words, which was followed by the equally successful cast recording of When Midnight Strikes. Other albums include We Define Each Other - The Songs of Miller and Bard, featuring West End leading lady Lindsey Danvers and Clear Blue Sky, featuring Marc Joseph. October 2010 saw the release of the CD It’s Just The Beginning - The Best of Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds.

 

He enjoys his position as Head of Music at the London School of Musical Theatre, which he has held since the school was founded.

SUSAN RAASAY

Head of Drama

Susan trained at the Guildford School of Acting and has an MA in Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance from Birkbeck University. Having enjoyed fifteen years working as an actor she now works as a freelance director. Susan established the Drama Curriculum at LSMT and annually directs two productions in Contemporary and Classical text.

Recent directing credits: Beyond Therapy (Sam Bradshaw Productions, touring); Little Shop Of Horrors (Pleasance Theatre); Little Women (Shelley Theatre); The Lightning Road (Actor’s Church, Covent Garden); Liberty Rides Forth (Waterloo East); Legally Blonde and Bad Girls, The Musical (Pleasance Theatre); Afterplay and Shadows Of The Evening (Essential Stage, Bridewell Lunchbox Theatre); Always Tuesday (Spiral Festival, Southwark Playhouse); Another Northern Man (Ink Festival & Hambre Productions, Hope Theatre); Absolute Certainty (Hambre Productions, White Bear). Heart of Winter with Rebecca Trehearn performing at Ink Festival 2018 and Crazy Coqs Cabaret.

Previous productions include: The Next Big Thing (Edinburgh Fringe & Brighton Festival); My Favorite Year (Bridewell); When Midnight Strikes (Laban Theatre); The Return of The Soldier and John and Jen (Landor); Oliver! (Towngate Theatre); Soul Night Special (Bridge House Theatre & The Lost Theatre); a new book-musical for children Rumplestiltskin’s Daughter (Earls Court Festival); Footloose; Grand Hotel; How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying; (CPA Studios); Back to the 80’s and The Music Man (Kenneth More Theatre); After Juliet, Stepping Out, Find Me, Top Girls, Fen and Vinegar Tom (De Valois Studio Theatre).

Susan is proud of the many LSMT alumni enjoying successful careers in the business with whom she has had the privilege and pleasure to both teach and work alongside. 

MARK HEDGES

Head of Dance

Mark has been associated with LSMT for 16 years. Initially as a guest dance teacher and for the past 8 years as Head of the Dance Department and Musical Theatre teacher.

 

He is currently Resident Director for Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre) and was previously Children's Director on Mary Poppins (UK tour).

 

As an actor, West End credits include: Starlight Express; Jerry Springer - The Opera; High Society & Les Miserables; He was part of the 25th Anniversary Company of Les Mis and was Dance Captain for the 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena.

 

His regional credits include Little Shop Of Horrors at the Palladium Theatre, Edinburgh; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the UK and Scandinavian tour of Starlight Express

As a Children's Director: Les Miserables, West End; Oliver!, UK tour; The Sound Of Music, international tour and The Bodyguard, UK tour.

 

For LSMT he has choreographed Applause, Redhead, Jason and the Argonauts and RSVP ASAP.

He has also Choreographed the UK tour of Three Phantoms; Aladdin - Ductac Theatre, Dubai; Stepping Out - Union Theatre; Beauty and the Beast - Harlequin Theatre, Redhill; A Touch of West End - UK Tour; Slice of Saturday Night - MADD, Grease - ARC Stockton.

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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

Jessica Ronane

VISITING PRACTITIONERS

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
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