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BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre 

Are you serious about a career in Musical Theatre? Do you have the determination to throw yourself into the demanding and intensive range of learning experiences? Impress us with your grit and integrity, and together we will develop the tools in acting, singing and dancing required for a successful and varied career. Equal emphasis is shown in all three disciplines to prepare you for entrance into the industry as a triple threat performer.

This programme will provide you with constant opportunities to learn by doing, developing your creativity in a variety of scenarios, such as presentation, devised work and rehearsal based projects. Your work will also be underpinned by a detailed level of research which will enhance your understanding of a wide range of contexts. You will develop as a “thinking performer” through opportunities to reflect on your process and environment, including dissertation and writing workshops, increasing your longevity and desirability within the profession.

In addition, the PPA Agency has enviable industry links and will promote you into the world of Musical Theatre with access to agents, casting directors and potential employers, via exciting public performances, auditions and work-based learning opportunities, and your Showcase in London’s West End. As with our 3 Year Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre course, you will have access to an outstanding team of successful industry mentors to help you to develop your networking skills whilst still in training.

BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre 

Are you serious about a career in Musical Theatre? Do you have the determination to throw yourself into the demanding and intensive range of learning experiences? Impress us with your grit and integrity, and together we will develop the tools in acting, singing and dancing required for a successful and varied career. Equal emphasis is shown in all three disciplines to prepare you for entrance into the industry as a triple threat performer.

This programme will provide you with constant opportunities to learn by doing, developing your creativity in a variety of scenarios, such as presentation, devised work and rehearsal based projects. Your work will also be underpinned by a detailed level of research which will enhance your understanding of a wide range of contexts. You will develop as a “thinking performer” through opportunities to reflect on your process and environment, including dissertation and writing workshops, increasing your longevity and desirability within the profession.

In addition, the PPA Agency has enviable industry links and will promote you into the world of Musical Theatre with access to agents, casting directors and potential employers, via exciting public performances, auditions and work-based learning opportunities, and your Showcase in London’s West End. As with our 3 Year Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre course, you will have access to an outstanding team of successful industry mentors to help you to develop your networking skills whilst still in training.

SINGING IN MUSICAL THEATRE

You will be provided with the security of a meticulously detailed singing and performance course, through which you will develop complete versatility through in-depth study into a wide base of genres. This will equip you with an enviable skill-set leading to the broadest possible choice of job options.

The singing and performance classes are designed to develop the technical and interpretative skills required for a successful career in Musical Theatre. The approach is inspired by the Estill Model, which is universally recognised within training and the industry.

The programme will empower you by building your confidence and self-belief, through creating a safe creative environment in which to make bold choices, by throwing yourself into the work with a sense of emotional and physical abandon.

You will have classes in Technical Singing, Acting Through Song, Ensemble Singing and personal one to one tutorials in first and second year. You will work with a vocal coach on all your third year productions.

You will be able to demonstrate

  • Outstanding tonal quality, excellent facility and seamlessly produced throughout the range. Exciting use of dynamic voice qualities, consistently demonstrating clarity and directness.

  • Outstanding interpretive ability and expressive use and mix of voice qualities, including articulation, underpinned by strong, clear acting choices.

  • Outstanding and impressive grasp of stagecraft responsibilities including response to musical direction and by being in a physical and emotional state of creative readiness.

  • Outstanding ability to execute a range of solo and ensemble performer responsibilities, demonstrating discipline and commitment to the process.

  • Practically demonstrate the ability to both emotionally and intellectually connect with the voice and deliver a confident, dynamic and nuanced performance to an outstanding level.

  • Demonstrate to an outstanding level the effective idiomatic analysis and application of the fundamental techniques of good vocal production, musical terminology, stagecraft and sight reading.

  • Experience and critically evaluate a wide range of industry relevant scenarios and developed strategies for successful performance within them to an outstanding level

  • Exhibit the correct attitude and generosity required as a productive ensemble member, and show the ability to work independently to respond creatively to set tasks to an outstanding level.

DANCE

You will develop artistic and performance skills during PPA’s dance classes and dance coaching sessions; along with being able to execute dance to the highest level for both musical theatre and dance productions. You will also learn to use their bodies effectively and without undue tension, in order to express and employ the physical dimensions required in creating a character. The process of dance is effectively supported by using the skills and techniques of the actor.

You will be able to demonstrate

  • A broad and specific understanding of the use of different techniques for different genres of music theatre dance

  • A controlled use of anatomical alignment and placement

  • An ability to execute movement sequences which build strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility and control with accurate, safe and technical fluency

  • An understanding of music in order to perform expressively and sensitively

  • An ability to take direction and recall complex combinations accurately

  • An ability to use and adapt techniques to maximise effect

  • An understanding of how to protect and maintain physical health through the use of effective warm-up and cool-down exercises

  • An ability to work accurately and effectively in dance ensembles

  • A knowledge and understanding of technical vocabularies

  • An ability to use your bodies without strain in the physical embodiment of different characters

Performer Competencies

Acting informs everything that you do in Musical Theatre at PPA:

During our acting and musical theatre training, you will be given a toolbox of acting exercises and methods to help you to create a fully rounded, detailed and truthful performance. You will tackle a challenging text, which will require research, exploration and a high level of skill and courage. In our Voice classes and vocal training classes, you will learn how to use your voice to its fullest potential, to be physically released on stage and to rid yourself of habitual tensions or ticks that will have, inevitably, developed over the years. You will learn how to maintain good vocal health, how to warm your voice up before a performance, how to approach extreme vocal conditions (shouting, screaming, crying) and how to maintain your voice for the duration of a run. By the end of the three years at Performance Preparation Academy, Guildford, your voice will be able to do what you require it to do in order to serve the script.

You will:

  • Learn how to tell stories, bravely and truthfully.

  • Develop a voice and a body, which allows you to assume a physicality that is different to your own and which is sustainable and safe to do for a long run.

  • Learn how to be free on stage, to be released and in the moment.

  • Learn how to approach text and accent, to unlock it, to find the meaning within it and to share it with an audience.

  • Learn how to research, to explore, and to share in a way that is exciting and fun.

COMBINED SKILLS AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

Your practical and theoretical training will be punctuated by regular assessed performance projects where you will explore and unite the combined skills of acting, dancing and singing as part of a company of performers employing and reflecting on your learning as a student performer in musical theatre, whilst furthering your experience of all aspects of your chosen profession, introducing alternative career paths.

In your final year, you will become a company of performers. Consolidating your training, this will  develop your professional etiquette in the workplace, realising industry expectation and providing opportunities to perform to an audience.

You will be able to demonstrate

  • Book Musical Project

  • Swing Project

  • Professional Pantomime Contract/Christmas Show OR  Community Performance Project

  • West End Industry Showcase

  • Public Performance, both in house studio productions and in local theatres

  • (Recent and upcoming examples: Into The Woods, Baby, Cabaret, Spring Awakening and American Idiot, Flashdance, Bring It On, The Fix, The Life and Merrily We Roll Along, Sweet Charity, The Pirates of Penzance, Carousel and Little Women)

MUSICIANSHIP

Graduates of Musical theatre courses and experienced practitioners are increasingly expected to read scores competently, and be capable of preparing material from new musicals and complex harmony work in preparation for auditions. It’s expected, and financially necessary, for most performers that this work can be undertaken independently, with only the written musical note for reference. Having a working knowledge of musical terminology and the ability to sight read has never been more important for those wishing to have a serious and long term career in the arts. Music Theory, composition, arrangement, harmony and basic keyboard skills are delivered through the course of the module, together with exciting opportunities for playing in college bands and orchestras for those already proficient in the study of a complimentary instrument. We also embrace projects that explore the ‘actor musician’ area of the industry. No matter what level of musicianship the student enjoys at the commencement of their musical theatre courses at PPA, from complete beginners to Grade 8 plus, it is our intention that we increase the student’s knowledge and proficiency in dealing with scores, and also provide opportunities to practically develop musical creativity and confidence through a series of inspiring and industry relevant projects throughout the course of study.

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At PPA we believe that theatre training should be a challenging, inspiring, life affirming, and ultimately life changing experience. We’re committed to creating a nurturing environment in which every single student is valued as an individual.

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