£820 (see Course Detail)
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Musical Theatre is one of the most popular elements of British theatre, with a growing number of West End shows attracting visitors worldwide.
This course gives you the opportunity to explore how to perform in musical theatre and to develop skills used in the various performance strands of musical theatre - singing, dancing/movement and acting. You will also be able to develop the ability to express yourself by enhancing the acting skills demanded in this theatrical form.
Throughout the two weeks, you'll work with a director, musical director, and movement coach to learn what goes into being a great musical theatre performer. You'll work on individual and group numbers culminating in an informal sharing to friends and family on the last afternoon of the course.
You will need to prepare and bring two contrasting songs to the course, which you may use in the final presentation (the team may suggest other songs to you as well).
The course is suitable for any level - it's a fantastic introductory course but also a great opportunity for more experienced performers to learn at Central.
'This course had so much impact on me. Especially with the acting classes and acting through song. I came as a singer and now I leave with the ambition of becoming more of an actor.' Anna, summer 2019
'I have grown immensely in confidence, specifically with singing. I've also learnt a lot about technique which I found very beneficial.' Nadine, summer 2019
'Tutors were fantastic and took the time to invest in everyone individually. I feel I really got my money's worth - we did so much every day.' Peter, summer 2018
Dates: 2 weeks. Monday to Friday each week. 10:00 - 16:30 each day. Mon 6 July - Fri 17 July 2020 (Cancelled).
Location: Central's main campus in Swiss Cottage, London.
Minimum Age: 18 years
Maximum class size: 14
Requirements: Applicants must be confident speaking and understanding English to a conversational level (IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent)
Concessionary rate: Available to those that are in receipt of UK benefits for either disability or unemployment.
1. Read through our Terms and Conditions by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this webpage.
2. Click on "Book Now" on the left-hand side of this screen where you will be redirected to an Eventbrite booking page.
3. Check that you are booking for your preferred dates.
4. Click on 'Tickets' on our Eventbrite booking page and follow the instructions.
Do I have to audition/apply for Summer Short Course?
All of our Summer Short Courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No auditions, no need for a lengthy application process and no need to submit a CV/resume – you just need to book! For further information on how to secure your place, please see the Booking section above.
Who is eligible for the concessionary fee?
Central offers a concessionary rate for some courses. You may be eligible if you can submit proof of being an EU citizen in receipt of benefits for unemployment and/or disability within the UK.
Are your courses suitable for complete beginners?
Many of our courses are perfect for complete beginners. Please see the course information above for more details on the amount of experience required for your preferred course.
Can I pay in installments?
Unfortunately not. We need to receive payment in full to confirm your place on the course.
How important is it that I’m available for every session?
Very important! Our courses give you the chance to experience conservatoire-style training and as such we take attendance and punctuality very seriously. All of our courses are collaborative in nature and if you’re missing from class it impacts on your fellow students’ learning, as well as your own.
Where does the course take place?
All of our summer short courses take place at our main, purpose-built campus at Swiss Cottage. It’s in Zone 2, and right next to Swiss Cottage tube station. The Jubilee Line takes you into Central London within minutes.
Do you provide accommodation for Summer School students?
As a small, specialist institution we don’t have our own student accommodation for any course (including our main BA and MA programmes). However, there’s plenty of accommodation available locally to suit all tastes and budgets, from 5-star hotels to boutique youth hostels and lots of AirBnb properties.
Do I get a certificate?
As these are short, non-accredited courses, we don’t offer a certificate as standard. Provided that you have attended at least 85% of the course, we can supply a certificate of attendance on request, once the course has finished. Please email the Short Courses office to request the certificate, including the name you would like on the certificate and the address you would like the hard copy sent to. Please note that it may take up to 4 weeks for your certificate to reach you.
Can I take more than one course?
Absolutely! We often have students attend more than one summer short course, especially if they’re travelling from overseas.
I don’t know if I need a visa/which visa I need. Can you help?
Our general visa advice is above. Unfortunately, we’re not able to advise further as each student’s situation is different.
How are the classes structured?
All of our courses are interactive and participatory and we hope you’ll arrive ready to get stuck in. In common with our main courses, the summer short courses are all about experiential learning – you’ll be up on your feet in a rehearsal room rather than sat still reading a Powerpoint in a classroom.
Expect lots of drama games and exercises as well as working in pairs and trios to implement the new skills you’ll be learning.
Please be aware that by its nature, acting and voice training may be physical and mentally demanding, but highly rewarding.
Who will my tutor be?
All of our courses are run by professional actors, coaches, and directors and as such, it may not be possible to confirm the name of your tutor until just before the course begins. Rest assured that we only work with the best of the best – all of our tutors have a background in working as professional actors and directors as well as being highly experienced and much sought after teachers!
Will this course help me get a Spotlight pin?
At the present time, Spotlight does not accept part-time, non-accredited courses as a way to get a pin. If you already have a pin, however, you’ll be able to list that you took one of our courses under the Education section.
I can no longer attend – can I get a refund?
You can receive a refund up until 1 week before a course begins by contacting the logging back into your Eventbrite account.
Within one week of the course beginning, we’re unable to offer any refunds at all.
It is not possible to defer places on the Summer Short Courses.
I have more questions – who can I contact?
If you’ve not found the answer to your question here, please get in touch with our Short Courses team who will be happy to help you.
If you are from the EU/EEA/Switzerland you don't currently need a visa to study in the UK however this is subject to change due to Britain's planned withdrawal from the EU. We advise all applicants to check the UK Visas and Information website for the most up-to-date information and guidance on the visa application procedure.
If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you may need to obtain a Visa prior to entry to the UK (if you are a visa national) or upon entry to the UK (if you are a non-visa national). More information can be found on the UK Gov website.
It is each student's responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive in the UK. If you do not have a valid visa you are not able to study at Central.