“It’s something we have considered for a few years having run Curtain Up Theatre School for the last 13 years and watched students who have stayed with us from the age of 6 to 18 then go on to formal training in the arts, we decided that perhaps it was time to look to the next stage of our own training provision. It was a chance conversation with vocal coach Liz Jones about teaching adults that kick-started the idea again and it wasn’t long before Sarah, myself, Liz and dance instructor Annette Wilsher decided to set up the school and get started.”
“We will be running a Musical Theatre and an Acting at BSA so there is such a lot to learn depending on the course that the student opts for.
Under the Musical Theatre course students will receive ability streamed ballet and jazz classes twice a week as well as another dance genre and a body conditioning class, obviously singing is a major part of MT training and so students will receive ensemble classes, repertoire lessons, a 121 singing lesson a week and lessons in music theory; finally the acting element of the course will see the students receive intensive training in textual interpretation, voice, acting through song and monologue audition prep.
The Acting course still allows the students to have a weekly singing and dance class but the rest of the lessons will concentrate on contemporary and classic text studies, theatrical practitioners like Stanislavski, Artaud & Grotowski, voice & dialect classes, directing, physical theatre, monologue audition prep and music theory.”
“Firstly we are the only part time school that runs during the day allowing students to work part time and continue to enjoy the many theatre companies in the area that rehearse in the evenings. We are also the only school offering an Acting course and a Musical Theatre course with elements like music theory that can’t be found anywhere else. We are also offering a unique course in Stage Combat that is open to the general public and will allow students to achieve an Equity approved basic level single weapon qualification through The Academy of Performance Combat (APC), an exam is taken at the end of each ten week period in a single weapon e.g. broadsword.”
“We are delighted that Jason Connery and Jeremy Taylor have agreed to be patrons of BSA and have agreed to come to the school to meet the students, talk about their careers and the profession and run masterclasses in their chosen field. Jason of course is probably best remembered for his role as Robin of Sherwood in the 1980s television series but is now a prolific director having just won the Scottish BAFTA for his latest film Tommy’s Honour and Jeremy is a first class Musical Theatre performer having played the role of Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked is currently playing Raoul in Phantom of the Opera. Both of them bring wealth of talent and experience that will benefit the career choices of our students.
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We have also been working hard to secure a number of people from the industry to work as a masterclass specialists at BSA to heighten the training we offer, however unlike some other institutions we have looked for practitioners in specialised fields not just performers. So we are very privileged to offer masterclass sessions with the likes of Gerry Tebbutt who spent 17 years as the Head of Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting (GSA); Emma Gersch who is an acting tutor at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and LAMDA and a theatre director; Michael Gattrell works for a casting agency and is the director of the Theatre Royal Bath pantomimes; Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy is the resident director for Phantom of the Opera and associate director for many Cameron Mackintosh productions. These are just some of the masterclass experts that have agreed to work with us and the experience and insights that they can offer our students is unparalleled.”
“BSA is currently a part time course operating on Wednesday and Friday. An average day would start at 9am with a movement class followed by two more hour long lessons before a lunch break, after lunch two more sessions of an hour followed by a shorter break and then a final lesson allowing the day to finish at 4.30pm. However, there is then a two hour stage combat training session meaning the day isn’t officially over until 6.30pm, exhausting but exhilarating.”
“The courses that we offer are vocational and bespoke which means that they do not lead to an overall formal qualification, although there are options to take music theory, singing and acting exams if required. Instead the courses offer a myriad of diverse lessons that will help train the student in preparation for auditions to formal training at one of the UKs drama school. The competition into drama school and for a career in acting or performance is fierce and thousands are rejected every year, this course is designed to offer intense training to assist with success at that next stage.”
Auditions are still taking place for the start of term on September 27th, with some very attractive scholarship offers still available.
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