The Sharpe Academy Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre is aimed at students aged 18-25. We will however consider exceptionally talented students aged 16-17.
- Minimum Age: 16+
- Entry is by Audition Only.
- Students aged 16 & 17 must have passed GCSE Maths & English (Grade A*-C or 9-4) in order to start the course. No additional qualifications are required.
- Students aged 18+: No formal qualifications are required.
- Places will be offered only to those who we feel can have a successful career as a Triple Threat Musical Theatre performer.
All students who wish to be considered for a place on the 3 Year Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre must attend a two-stage audition. To book a FREE audition please complete our online booking form:
Alternatively you can download a paper form from our downloads page and post it back to us. Once we receive your application you will be invited to one of our STAGE ONE audition days.
STAGE ONE Audition days are scheduled for:
February Half Term
First Week of July
Audition places are limited so please apply early to avoid disappointment.
- What to Prepare
- STAGE ONE Audition
- STAGE TWO Recall Audition
Students should prepare the following for their STAGE ONE audition:
One Musical Theatre Song – This should last no longer than 3 minutes and show your vocal capabilities and range. Sheet music should be brought for our pianist to play. We will also have a music player to connect to your mp3 player or phone if you wish to use a backing track. Please note you will be stopped exactly after 3 minutes so you may wish to start at an appropriate point in the song and the ideal place may not be the beginning.
One Acting Monologue – This can be from the modern or classical era. It should last no longer than 3 minutes and you should use your own voice and no accents. This should be a performance where you fully embrace the character. A printed copy of the monologue should be provided for the panel to follow as you perform the piece. If you are unsure how to select a monologue please contact our office and we will send you some options.
The day will be split into:
Introduction by the Principal
Learn all about Sharpe Academy and the Course itself. Parents are welcome to attend.
Ballet Class – Please wear appropriate Ballet wear or tight fitting clothes. This will test your posture and technique. Ballet shoes should be worn.
Drama Class – Students will take part in a group-acting workshop.
Jazz Class – Please wear dancewear that you can comfortably move in. You will be taught a short commercial Jazz routine and perform it in small groups.
Solo Presentation – Students will present their prepared Song & Monologue.
At the end of the STAGE ONE audition students will be informed if they have been recalled to the next stage. STAGE TWO usually takes place on the same day, but can sometimes take place the next day.
Please note: Not everyone will be asked to attend STAGE TWO. We are unable to provide audition feedback.
If you do make it through we have two different pathways for STAGE TWO. It may be that we felt you didn’t quite show us your very best on the audition day and you may be recalled to a second STAGE ONE audition day later in the academic year. Alternatively, if we felt you showed us everything we needed to see and we feel you may be right for our course, you will be asked to stay for a second audition and interview.
STAGE TWO RECALL
Body Conditioning, Flexibility and Strength Class - This will test your flexibility and willingness to throw yourself into a situation. Please wear a leotard and shorts (girls) or unitard or tight shirt and shorts (boys). Students should have bare feet.
Interviews – You will be given a scheduled time to come back for your interview. Your interview will be between the student, parents or fee payer and Principal of the Academy. We will look into your own individual aspirations, previous training and plans. We will also discuss course costs and be able to answer any questions you may have. You will hear within 14 days of your Interview if you have been offered/declined a place or put on our reserve list.
ACCEPTING YOUR PLACE
If you wish to accept your place you will be required to pay a registration fee of £125.00. Once this registration fee has been paid there will be a 14 day cooling off period during which time the student may withdraw their acceptance and a full refund of the registration fee will be given. Once this cooling off period has passed, the student will be registered on the course, the registration fee becomes non-refundable and a £500.00 course deposit will be due. This course deposit is non-refundable if the student fails to complete the full 3 years. The course deposit will be refunded in the form of a credit towards the final term in the students third year of study.
Students may be placed on our reserve list. We hope to let you know if you have been successful within 7 days of our July Stage One audition. If you are on the reserve list and wish to be removed as you have obtained a place elsewhere please e-mail our office.
Sharpe Academy will assist students where possible to find suitable accommodation if they do not live locally. Once places have been offered out we will try to arrange either a Host Family or Rented accommodation for any students who require it. Please consider the additional cost of living when making your application. No accommodation bursaries are available.
Sharpe Academy cannot sponsor VISA applications from other countries. All students must be able to study in the U.K in order to be accepted onto the course.