The Course Title

  • Triple Threat Training
  • 35-45 Contact/Teaching hours per week
  • Minimum of 30 Tuition/Performance weeks per year
  • Private 1-2-1 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 3 Year Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre is split into four areas - Performance, Dance, Singing and Acting. Please see a more detailed breakdown below for course content.

Performance Title

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

Once a year students will perform a full-scale musical production in our home theatre. Musicals will be chosen based on the students in each year group. Students will be expected to take Principal, Featured and Ensemble roles, preparing them for a performance career.

Once a year students will perform a dramatic play. We aim to give students the chance to perform in both classical and contemporary plays during their three years.

Students will have the chance to perform several mini-showcases throughout the year. This will develop their performance skills, which we feel is an important aspect of triple-threat training. Students will showcase their skills in Dance, Drama and Singing to both public and invited audiences.

Once a year, Diploma students will assist in a second full scale musical production which will be presented by the part time students at Sharpe Academy.

Students will have the chance to discover additional aspects of theatre such as Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, Choreography, Direction, Musical Direction, Costumes, Props, Set and Chaperoning. Students may also take part on stage, but this is predominantly aimed at giving students additional production skills.

Every half term students will have the opportunity to learn a new full number from a Musical Theatre production along with Choreography, Acting and Vocal Harmonies which they will prepare to performance level. This will develop skills not only rehearsing for a production, but also learning a track system, swing work and dance captain responsibilities.

At the end of term we will present these numbers in either a closed or public performance. In the second year we will take this one step further with a swing project to teach the art of being a full time swing.

Students will present a London showcase to agents at the end of their third year in order to secure agency representation. Students may invite agents along to the showcase themselves and we will encourage students to make contact with agents in good time. Sharpe Academy will also invite selected agents who we feel would be a good match for our students.

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. Our full-time Diploma course will not hold classes in December so that we can help our students secure paid work in Pantomime where possible.

Students will be expected to join Spotlight, the UK’s largest casting database, of which Agent Sharpe is a registered Agent. Students will also be expected to sign an agency agreement. Agent Sharpe will provide students with a full year of representation after graduation should students wish to remain on our books. Once we have trained you we will do our very best to transition you into the professional world.

As part of the course students will have the chance to perfect their audition technique. We aim to invite a variety of Performers, Directors, Choreographers and Casting Directors into the Academy to offer regular masterclasses. Question and Answer sessions will also take place, giving students a real insight into the professional world of Musical Theatre.

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Dance Title

  • Classical Ballet
  • Jazz (Commercial & Stage)
  • Tap & Irish
  • Acrobatics
  • Contemporary
  • Partner Work
  • Fitness, Flexibility & Body Conditioning
  • ISTD Vocational Examinations

Ballet is the core of Dance. A student who has been fully trained in Ballet is much more prepared for a career in Musical Theatre. 4.5 hours per week will be dedicated to Ballet throughout the three years of training. The aim of our Ballet classes will be to develop individual Posture, Technique, Knowledge, Performance and Pas De Deux skills.

Students will work with an experienced Ballet Mistress or Master to perfect these skills and this will also help other dance forms such as Jazz, Contemporary and Acrobatics.

A varied style of dance, Jazz is a firm favourite of most performers. Commercial Jazz includes Street, Hip Hop, Popping and Locking. It is most commonly associated with commercial videos or high intensity dance routines seen on programmes like The X-Factor. Stage Jazz is a more Musical Theatre style, taking elements of Commercial Jazz and allowing the performer to mix it alongside Ballet, Contemporary, Acting and quite often Singing to produce a show-stopping routine.

Our students will have the chance to work with a variety of choreographers and performers over their three years, both in weekly lessons and regular masterclasses. Sharpe Academy also teaches ISTD Modern and students may opt to take additional classes in Modern, for an additional cost, to take their Intermediate/Advanced Grades.

Tap dancing is originally an American dance form, with debate surrounding whether its roots come from African Dance, Irish Dance and/or Clog Dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out rhythms using tap shoes with metal plates.

Irish is a popular dance form in which the dancer uses a hard shoe to beat the floor usually at great speed in formations and lines of dancers. Due to the popularity of Tap and Irish, students will have weekly lessons in both dance forms in which they will work on their footwork, rhythms and performance skills.

Our Tap classes will focus on Rhythm (Jazz) Tap, Classical Tap, Broadway Tap and the funkier street style pf Tap dancing such as Tap Dogs and Stomp.

Sharpe Academy also uses the ISTD syllabus for Tap and students may wish to take their Intermediate/Advanced grades should they wish to.

A true Triple Threat performer needs to have additional performance skills on top of the traditional disciplines of Singing, Dancing and Acting. Our Acrobatics programme is designed to make this possible.

Sharpe Academy follows the world-renowned Acrobatics Arts syllabus of study. Our aim is to ensure all students are producing high quality tricks, flips and tumbles by the end of three years. Weekly classes will build muscle, develop better posture, flexibility and core strength.

Students may wish to take Acrobatics examinations in order to demonstrate their level of ability on their CV, should they wish to audition for shows such as Cirque De Soleil.

Modern musicals are quite often now being choreographed in a contemporary style. Our students will work on Cunningham and Graham techniques in their first year before branching out into more commercial style of Contemporary from year 2.

Most professional dancers have to work with partners at some point in their careers. We will work on Pas de Deux in Ballet, but also concentrate on Jazz partner work where students work on routines, lifts and tricks.

Students will have weekly classes in Body Conditioning and Flexibility for the duration of the course, working hard to build stamina and strength. Students will be encouraged to join a gym and place a healthy lifestyle at the heart of their time with us. Students will develop a better understanding of the body and muscle groups, and will be given guidance on healthy eating.

Sharpe Academy is able to offer students the opportunity for an additional cost to take vocational examinations in Ballet, Tap & Modern with ISTD as additional classes should they wish to.

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Singing Title

  • 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 will receive private one-to-one training. Students will be able to develop their individual skills, working on Technique, Repertoire and Performance. Regular Showcases and Open Classes will give students the opportunity to perform in front of audiences to try out new materials and obtain valuable feedback. Students will be able to work on materials such as Musical Theatre, Opera, Folk and Pop. They will also have the opportunity to work on the LAMDA Musical Theatre Advanced Grades should they wish to. The aim of our solo singing lessons is to ensure all our performers can leave Sharpe Academy with the confidence and skill to lead productions.

Musical Theatre performers are required to sing in harmony in almost all productions. This takes a great deal of skill in order to develop a clear understanding of music, working in both small harmony groups and large choirs. Students will have weekly classes working on a variety of materials in their vocal groups – Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Regular concerts will be given by students which will allow them the opportunity to perform different materials.

At Sharpe Academy we want all our students to sing in a healthy way. Weekly classes are held in Vocal Technique to fully understand vocal anatomy, breathing and the science behind the voice. Students will develop an understanding of the ESTILL voice training method, whilst also looking into artistry and performance styles of singing. Music Theory will also be taught to enhance a student’s understanding of the music they perform.

An important aspect of Musical Theatre is really understanding your character, analysing lyrics and being able to portray feelings and emotions whilst singing. Students will analyse text in a song and use their acting skills to link these two art forms together.

Regular open sessions will take place to allow students the chance to perform materials. Songs should also be performed in an original way without being merely a reproduction of the soundtrack.

In the first year of the course students will study the History of Musical Theatre in order to give them a greater understanding of how the art form developed. They will learn about the different styles such as Book Musicals or Operettas, periods in time such as pre-1980 and Contemporary Rock/Pop Productions. Students will also study well known Composers, Lyricists, Directors and Choreographers.

All students in second year will work towards their 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. They will achieve performance standards that are comparable with other qualifications available in the UK at Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework or the first years of degree-level study.

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Acting Title

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

Students will develop skills in many different types of drama, with a large emphasis placed upon imagination and character creation. Students will be guided through the art form of Improvisation, which is created spontaneously, Devised Drama in which groups will work together to create their own pieces and Physical Theatre, which uses movement such as mime to form a different level of expression, creating unique scenarios. Regular showcases will be held to perform works created by students.

Students will always be studying a play throughout their three years and we aim to move between classical texts such as ancient Greek and Shakespeare through to more modern plays. An annual play will be presented as part of this part of the course, which will allow students to develop a better understanding of scripted works. Regular theatre visits will also take place so students can see new materials being performed.

The 3 Year Diploma course provides students with the skills and knowledge on how to perform text, create and develop characters and ultimately have the freedom to play with these techniques for all media including musical theatre, theatre, film and television.

Ensuring students are prepared for all acting forms means working in-depth with cameras. Students will learn the art of Acting for Television and Film, creating their own materials such as commercials, sitcoms and features. Students will also have the chance to edit their own materials into finished works to be presented once a year when we transform our home theatre venue into a cinema.

Students will learn how to professionally self-tape for auditions, which is slowly becoming the standard process for first round auditions in the television and film industry. Sharpe Academy has state of the art camera equipment for students to rehearse with.

Students will study a variety of acting techniques over the 3 years to develop individual skill and a get a better understanding of the art form. Accents will be studied learning UK regional, American, International and RP. The voice will be studied in great depth to get a better understanding of vocal anatomy, how to control the voice and use it effectively. ESTILL Voice Training is one technique to assist with this. Students will also build a solid repertoire of monologues both classical and contemporary, which they can perform using the techniques learned and eventually take to auditions.

Stage Combat or Fight Choreography is designed to give the illusion of a real fight without causing harm to the performers. Regular workshops will be held to make sure our students have a good understanding of this art form before they graduate.

Those students who wish to develop their solo acting skills further for an additional cost may wish to take LAMDA Acting examinations. Students aged 16-17 may wish to take their Grades 6-8 and 18+ students 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. Students are expected to read the play each monologue is from and, as advanced grades progress, look into the writing styles, periods of performance and techniques involved in acting out the characters.

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