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THE COURSE
3 Year Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting

  • Triple Threat Training with Acrobatics
  • 40 Contact/Teaching hours per week
  • Minimum of 30 Tuition/Performance weeks per year
  • Private 1-to-1 Singing Lessons for ALL students every week
  • Full Scale Musical Every Year
  • Full Scale Dramatic Play Every Year
  • Agency Representation for all students from day one
  • Theatre Industry Professionals teaching all classes
  • London's West End on our doorstep

The Sharpe Academy Diploma is split into four areas - Performance, Dance, Singing and Acting. Please see a more detailed breakdown below for course content.

Performance

  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Dramatic Play
  • Presentations & Concerts
  • Backstage Experience
  • Musical Theatre Rep
  • Agency Representation
  • Audition Tech & Masterclasses


You will perform one full-scale musical theatre production per year.


You will perform one dramatic play per year.


You will perform several showcases each academic year.


You will have the chance to discover additional aspects of theatre such as stage management, lighting, sound, choreography, direction, musical direction, costumes, props and set design.


You will learn a new full number from a musical theatre production each half term, along with choreography, acting and vocal harmonies which you will prepare to performance level. These numbers will be presented in either a closed or a public performance. In your second year we will take this one step further with a swing project to teach the art of being a full-time­ Swing or Dance Captain.


Students will present a London showcase to agents at the end of their third year in order to secure agency representation.

We do also have an in-house agency, Agent Sharpe. All students from Year 1 to Year 3 will be represented, should they wish to be submitted for paid work whilst in training. This may involve Stage, Television, Film or Modelling. Students who wish to be represented will be expected to join Spotlight, the UK’s largest casting database, of which Agent Sharpe is a registered Agent.


We will invite a variety of performers, directors, choreographers and casting directors into the Academy to offer regular masterclasses to help you perfect your audition technique and gain experience working with new creatives. Question and answer sessions will also take place, giving you a real insight into the professional world of musical theatre, acting and dance.


DANCE

  • Classical Ballet
  • Jazz (Commercial, Street & Musical Theatre)
  • Tap & Irish
  • Acrobatics
  • Contemporary
  • Choreography
  • Partner Work
  • Fitness, Flexibility & Body Conditioning
  • Pilates
  • Vocational Examinations


At least 4 hours per week will be dedicated to Ballet throughout your three years of training, developing individual posture, technique, knowledge, performance and pas de deux skills. As part of this we also teach Progressing Ballet Technique.


You will work with a variety of choreographers and performers over your three years, both in weekly lessons and regular masterclasses.


Our Tap classes will focus on Rhythm (Jazz), Classical, Broadway and American street style tap dancing, such as Tap Dogs and Stomp. You will also learn the art of Irish Dance through regular classes.


Our aim is to ensure you are producing high quality tricks, flips and tumbles by the end of your training. You will build muscle and will develop better posture, flexibility and core­ strength.


You will work on Cunningham and Graham techniques in your first year before branching out into more commercial styles of Contemporary in Year 2 & Year 3.


Students have a weekly class in Choreography to enable them to develop their own ideas. Creative thinking is an important aspect of our course and this helps skill building and technique in many areas.


You will work on 'pas de deux' in Ballet and will also concentrate on Jazz partner work, focusing on routines, lifts and tricks.


You will take weekly classes in Body Conditioning and Flexibility. You will be encouraged to place a healthy and active lifestyle at the heart of your time with us.


A weekly Pilates class taken by our in-house Physiotherapist is designed to prevent injuries and improve performance. Pilates brings our attention to the importance of deep core support, pelvic alignment and allows fluid and controlled movement throughout the body.


Vocational ISTD or RAD examinations can be taken in Ballet, Tap and Modern. (Optional - Additional fees apply)


SINGING

  • Solo Singing
  • Duo/Trio/Group Singing
  • Vocal Technique & Music Theory
  • Acting Through Song
  • History of Musical Theatre
  • Associate Diploma Trinity College London (Musical Theatre)


At Sharpe Academy all our students receive private 1-to-1 training. You will develop individual vocal skills, working on technique, repertoire and performance. Regular showcases and open classes will give you the opportunity to perform in front of audiences to try out new materials and gain valuable feedback.


You will have weekly classes working on a variety of materials in the different vocal groups – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Regular concerts will be given which will allow you the opportunity to perform different materials.


You will come to fully understand vocal anatomy, breathing and the science behind the voice. You will develop an understanding of several techniques including the ESTILL voice training method, whilst also looking into artistry and performance styles of singing. Music­ Theory will be taught to enhance your understanding of the music you perform.


You will study text in a song and will use your acting skills to really understand your character, analysing lyrics to portray feelings and emotions whilst singing.


In your first year of the course you will study the history of Musical Theatre, Acting, and Dance in order to give yourself a greater understanding of their origins and how they developed.


In your second year, as part of your private 1-2-1 lessons, you will have the chance to work towards your Associate Diploma from Trinity College London. This qualification encourages candidates to be multi-skilled, reflective performers in Musical Theatre, preparing and performing a programme of work that shows professional potential. The Associate Diploma Trinity College London (Musical Theatre) is a Level 4 qualification of the Regulated Qualifications Framework. (Optional - Additional exam fees apply)


ACTING

  • Improvisation, Devised Drama & Physical Theatre
  • Contemporary & Classical Texts
  • Acting for Television & Film
  • Acting Technique, Accents, Voice & Repertoire
  • Stage Combat
  • LAMDA Advanced Examinations


You will develop skills in many different types of drama, with a large emphasis placed upon imagination and character creation. You will be guided through improvisation, devised drama, and physical theatre. Regular showcases will be held to perform your created works.


You will study numerous plays throughout your three years, including classical texts such as Ancient Greek and Shakespeare through to more modern-day plays. The West End is on our doorstep, therefore regular theatre visits will also take place.


You will study the art of Acting for Television and Film, creating your own materials such as commercials, sitcoms and features. You will learn how to self-tape for auditions, which is slowly becoming standard practice for first-round auditions in the TV & Film industry.


You will learn a variety of acting techniques over your 3 years. You will study a variety of accents including UK Regional, American, International and RP. You will also build a solid repertoire of monologues, both classical and contemporary.


Regular Stage Combat workshops will be held to ensure you have a good understanding of this art form before you graduate.


Students aged 16-17 may wish to take their Grades 6-8 and students aged 18+ can work towards their PCERTLAM (LAMDA Certificate in Speech and Drama: Performance Studies). These exams develop the voice, presentation and drama skills, whilst also concentrating on classical, pre-1980 and contemporary monologues.



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