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Learn from industry professionals and develop your Musical Theatre skills in the home of the world-famous West End.

This year's Musical Theater Summer School (2017) ended on August 12th 2017. Please check back in the future for information about the Musical Theatre Summer School 2018, and please see below for information about the 2017 course.

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This summer camp was a great opportunity to experience the local musical culture of London and we also came into contact with first-rate teachers, and saw the latest musicals in the West End! This was the best experience I've ever had!

This July, a group of budding theatre performers from across the globe came together at Goldsmiths – one of the UK’s leading institutions for creativity – to begin a two-week summer course and share in their passion and enthusiasm for musical theatre.

Students polished their performance skills by immersing themselves in intensive daily voice, acting, dance and audition workshops and masterclasses led by frontline West End professionals.

Classes culminated in a spectacular showcase performance – a medley of solo and ensemble pieces from some of the West End’s best-loved musicals – and an excursion to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In between busy showcase rehearsals, students still managed to find time to visit local London sites and be inspired by an array of West End performances, including the Dominion Theatre’s very own musical theatre production of An American in Paris.

From the vibrancy of the West End to the experimentalism and artistic innovation of the Fringe theatre scene, it was an eye-opening fortnight allowing participants to soak up the essence of UK musical theatre. The course proved to be a great journey for students and an important stepping-stone towards a professional career in musical theatre.

The course was a short, yet, professional intensive practical training that maximizes your individual talents.

Showcase

On the 7th August 2017 in Goldsmiths, St James Hatcham, this year's talented Musical Theatre Summer School students presented a dazzling showcase of musical theatre numbers, demonstrating their hard work over the summer school. The students tackled both group pieces and solo numbers, and showed off the various skills and abilities they learnt and honed over the summer school. The showcase was followed by a drinks reception where the audience had a chacne to chat and engage with the students, which made for a exciting and engaging evening.

The showcase couldn't have happened without the invaluable help of the talented tutors, who are all front-line West End practioners in a range of areas and genres.

Tutor biographies have been shortened for clarity.

Sam Cable

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Sam Cable is a Musical Director, vocal coach and pianist. His previous credits include “Wicked” in the West End and on tour, “Three Days in the Country” and “Edward II” at the National Theatre. Other work includes “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Watersemeet, Rickmansworth, “Beauty and the Beast” at Camberley Theatre, “Grease” at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth, "Sleeping Beauty" at the Castle, Wellingborough, and “Footloose” at the Riverhead, Louth, as well as working on the National Theatre Connections Festival. Sam is also an experienced singing repertoire coach and apart from Goldsmiths, he also teaches for Mountview, the University of Winchester, Pauline Quirke Academy, West End Workshop and many others.

Alicia Mencia

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Alicia Mencia is a dancer and dance teacher specialising in Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary. As a dancer, Alicia works both on TV and stage, and her previous work includes: Secret Cinema's (London) "Dirty Dancing" as ensemble/cover Baby and "Moulin Rouge!" as ensemble/cover Nini Legs in the Air, "Tarzan the Musical" in Spain, work on Nickelodeon, "Lazy Town Live" (International tour), and as a dancer for Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Alesha Dixon and Juanes. She will also be part of the CABARET UK Tour 2017. Apart from Goldsmiths, she also teaches at the American Musical Theatre Academy.

Rob Archibald

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Rob is currently the Head of Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy and was formally the Head of Singing & Music at LAMDA in London, following his role as Head of Singing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is also a qualified Massage Therapist. As Musical Director his credits include: Oliver!, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Secret Garden, Parade, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, MD/Arranger for Linzi Hateley - True Colours. Rob also regularly coaches professional performers/productions around the UK. As a composer his credits include: The Laramie Project; The Temperamentals; his debut album Scrapbook with fellow composer Verity Quade, featuring many West End performers.

Matt Ryan

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Matt began his directing career as an associate to Trevor Nunn and John Caird on Cameron Mackintosh’s original production of Les Misérables at the Palace. He subsequently staged productions of the show in Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong and on tour in the UK. He then became associate director of Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This gave him the opportunity to direct the show’s Australian première at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney as well as the original British touring production. During this time he also staged the Boublil and Schoenberg segment of Hey Mr Producer at the Lyceum. He has also directed and devised shows for Frances Ruffelle: Beneath The Dress and Paris Original, Clare Burt: Now You Know and Philip Quast: Divas At The Donmar.

Matt Gillett

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Matt trained at Arts Educational Schools Tring Park and London after which he left with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre and DDE (Diploma in Dance Education). Theatre includes: Dance Captain in Dames At Sea (Union); Ensemble in White Christmas (UK & Ireland tour & Edinburgh Festival Theatre); Dance Captain/Yonkers/cover Tulsa in Gypsy, ensemble/cover Rudolph in Hello Dolly, Dance Captain/IQ in Hairspray (Curve, Leicester); Shark in West Side Story (Sage, Gateshead); Tap Dancer in The Broadway Sound: Prom 57 (Royal Albert Hall); swing in Top Hat (Aldwych); Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys (original UK tour); Childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour); ensemble/cover Andy Lee in 42nd Street (Theatre Du Châtelet, Paris).

Mariel Letourneau

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Mariel is a professionally trained performer and choreographer from New York City. Since graduating from University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Musical Theatre, she has acquired a vast amount of professional theatre and teaching experience, from conservatories to performing arts centers, national tours, regional theatres, short films, and music videos. Most notably, Mariel has had the privilege to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC, sing with James Taylor at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and co-produce & choreograph the NYC première of Howard Goodall’s The Dreaming. As an instructor, among teaching at various studios and institutions, Mariel was a dance, voice, and model coach at Barbizon Agency in NYC where she trained children and young adults currently performing and/or beginning their performance careers.

Danielle Tarento

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Danielle is a freelance producer and casting director. She won Best Producer at the Off West End Awards 2012, was nominated Producer of the Year at the Stage Awards 2015 and was listed as one of the top ten producers of Musical Theatre in 2016 in The Stage. She is co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory. Her theatre credits include work in award-winning shows such as “The Color Purple in Concert” at Cadogan Hall, “Ragtime” at Charing Cross, “Titanic” at both Southwark Playhouse and Charing Cross, “Grand Hotel” at Southwark Playhouse, “Grease” at the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, and “Burlesque” at Jermyn Street, among many more notable productions both on and off West End. As an Associate Producer, she has worked on “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “Kurt and Sid”, “Side By Side By Sondheim” and “Tamburlaine The Great”.

Kirk Jameson

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Most recently Kirk directed the revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun for the New Union Theatre. In 2016 he directed the German première of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years in Frankfurt and the UK première of The Great American Trailer Park at London's Waterloo East Theatre. Prior to this Kirk also presented a hugely successful revival of the American comedy I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change at the Arts Theatre, and following a sell-out run and a nomination for Best Musical Revival at the Broadway World Awards, the show later returned for several gala performances to celebrate the title’s 20th anniversary. As associate director, Kirk most recently worked with Jonathan Butterell on the critically acclaimed production of Floyd Collins at Wilton's Music Hall.

Alex Parker

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As Musical Director/Conductor: Wonderland (UK tour); Whatsonstage Awards (Prince Of Wales); My Fair Lady 60th Anniversary Concert (St. Pauls, Covent Garden); A Little Night Music Concert, Kings Of Broadway (Palace); Stephen Ward Workshop; Sunset Boulevard, Follies (Yvonne Arnaud). As Assistant Musical Director: Les Misérables (Queen’s); Stephen Ward (Aldwych); The Pajama Game (Minerva); Soho Cinders (Soho). Alex produced and was the Musical Supervisor for the critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together at the St. James Theatre in 2014. He is also a composer and has written four musicals with his writing partner Katie Lam: Amateur Dramatics - A Musical Comedy, The Railway Children, All Aboard and, most recently, After You which premièred at Live At Zedel.

Musical Theatre Summer School 2017 Information

This is an intensive two week practice-based Musical Theatre course suitable for those who have already received some formal training and professionals who wish to gain further skills and techniques needed to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.

The course includes:

Workshops with West End professionals

As well as enhancing your techniques in acting, singing and dancing, you will benefit from workshops with industry professionals and frontline West End theatre practitioners and gain an understanding of international Musical Theatre techniques. 

Audition techniques

You will be given guidance on audition techniques and help on choosing the right audition material.

Showcase

Throughout the course you will be rehearsing for a short musical, which you will perform in a showcase at the end of your study with us.

Study in London

Studying in London, you will experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this exciting city, which hosts some of the best musical theatre in the world. You will experience the famous West End with a trip to a West End musical and workshops from theatre professionals.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

After a week and half of intensive training, you will spend 2 days in Edinburgh experiencing the world’s largest Theatre Fringe Festivals. You stay in Edinburgh will include accommodation, a sightseeing tour and a show in emerging theatre talent.

Dates & times

31st July - 9th August 2017 in London;

10th - 11th August 2017 in Edinburgh

Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Entry requirements

You must be at least 13 years old on the first day of the course and have a suitable level of physical and mental stamina due to the intensity of the course.

The course will be taught in English.

Fees

£2,500 including tuition fee, accomodation in London and Edinburgh, travel to Edinburgh, 1 West End show, 1 show in Edinburgh and 1 tour in Edinburgh. You will need to purchase your own return flights, visa and insurance separately as well as other associated costs.

How to book

Please be advised that the Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Summer School 2017 has already ended. Please check back later for more information about the 2018 applications.

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