Aug. 13, 2012
-- Enjoying theatre in school was, for a long time, considered to be ‘uncool’. Only a small minority took part in dramatic productions and showed any interest in performing arts at all. But the heavyweights of Hollywood and the West End have combined in recent years, to bring the street-cred of musical theatre right up and make it an exciting, mainstream hobby. Shows such as Glee and Smash from across the pond have dramatised the lives of performing arts students, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s successful search-for-a-
star talent shows like Superstar and I’d Do Anything have seen young hopefuls catapulted to West End stardom.
With this explosion of extra interest and the desire to become a star of the stage coursing through the veins of many talented youngsters (and some adults), the musical theatre degree courses offered by specialist drama schools across the country are becoming highly oversubscribed. The audition process whittles hundreds of applicants down and only accepts the cream of the crop. Classes at these schools are small, and fees are high, but the training is second to none and a high number of graduates from these courses go on to achieve their dreams.
DramaClasses.biz is an extensive directory of performing arts schools which are specifically aimed at young people, and can help them to hone their skills before their auditions for Mountview, Arts Educational, Guildford School of Acting or Italia Conti. Whether it is perfecting ballet technique or adding songs to a repertoire, these drama classes, which take place all around the country, can really help boost confidence and refine a youngster’s raw talent in the run up to an important audition.
In the world of theatre, all experience is vital experience. Whether it is standing in front of the rest of the theatre group and reciting a new monologue, or performing in a musical in front of hundreds of people, every single one of these performances can be classed as experience and practice. Rigorous dance auditions can be physically demanding so it is important to be in shape. Vocal cords will become stronger with more frequent use, with the vocal range extending and harmonies becoming second nature. The more a monologue is practiced, the less likely an auditionee is to forget it under pressure. The theatre workshops in the portfolio online at DramaClasses.biz cater for all age ranges and levels of ability, and any opportunities for practice, be it in a small church hall or a huge theatre, should be leapt upon by eager auditionees who are truly serious about treading the West End boards in their future.
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