The UK’s leading conservatoires, within the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS), receive thousands of applications each year for entry onto their performance programmes for as few as 20-30 places. Auditioning for these performance programmes at some of the nation’s leading conservatoires is highly competitive. GSA’s Foundation programmes in Acting and Musical Theatre, aim to provide students with the basis of the fundamental techniques in Acting, Singing and Dance. Both the Acting and Musical Theatre pathways are focused upon providing an insight into life within a conservatoire and preparing students for the rigours and expectations of conservatoire training and higher education.
The Foundation Acting and Musical Theatre programmes are separate pathways, each with a distinct identity and aims and objectives. The core elements of each programme are calibrated according to the differing requirements of each genre and are constellated.
Foundation Programme in Musical Theatre
The Foundation programme in Musical Theatre aims to nurture and develop skills and techniques for those who aspire to training within either a conservatoire or higher education environment in pursuit of a career within the creative industries.
The programme, delivered over three terms, focuses on the different disciplines required of the contemporary musical theatre performer and delivers a diverse and extensive range of subjects around the following core areas:
Classes are streamed with GSA BA and MA performance programmes based on ability and knowledge.
Guidance and preparation for the selection and delivery of contemporary and classical monologues and song repertoire choices required for auditions onto professional performance programmes. Audition technique is taught in group and one to one sessions.
Understanding and analysing narrative through conveying truth and circumstance within the context of music and lyrics.
Students will develop approaches and techniques to acting and text analysis through the study and practice of contemporary and classical scenes.
A range of skills based classes are delivered within the programme. These will include:
- One to one Singing Tutorials
Workshops and masterclasses will be delivered by West End professionals and by faculty members from fellow conservatoires and other training institutions on their courses to ensure students are fully informed about the further training options available to them.
Students are offered support and guidance for the submission of applications to conservatoires and higher education institutions.
In term three, the students will perform in a professionally supported Showcase of work within one of GSA’s performance venues.