Glenlyn Academy’s Musical Theatre Performance course allows students to experience the true energy, dynamism, and creative expression at the heart of Musical Theatre. Students develop advanced acting, singing and dance skills.

The course is structured as follows:

  • Level 1 Students take three classes a week in Musical Theatre, Acting and select a third dance discipline from Street Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Technical Jazz and Tap.
  • Level 2 Students take three classes a week in Musical Theatre, Acting and select a third dance discipline from Street Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Technical Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Commercial and Boys Dance.
  • Level 3 Students take four classes a week in Musical Theatre, Acting, Contextual Studies and select a fourth dance discipline from Street Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Technical Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Commercial and Boys Dance.

Girls on the Musical Theatre Performance course can choose specialist classes in developing the strength and technique required to go ‘en pointe’. Boys can choose specialist classes that focus on developing strength, stamina and technique.

Students on the Musical Theatre Performance course cover:

  • Integrating singing, dancing and acting
  • Fundamental techniques of singing, acting and dancing
  • Group exercises, drama games and improvisation
  • Understanding and developing characters
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of dance: including turns, steps and kicks
  • Developing posture, co-ordination and correct placement in dance
  • Improving self-confidence while developing greater balance, flexibility and strength
  • A deep understanding of performance and technicality
  • Build and develop footwork combinations and choreography
  • Technical exercises that improve singing, acting and dance technique
  • Exploring the use of voice and body through vocal and physical exercises
  • Advanced students take Contextual Studies classes introducing them to the fundamental theories of acting

All students enrolled on to the Musical Theatre Performance course are given the opportunity to perform in Glenlyn Academy’s two showcases every year and are entered for examinations with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dancing) and IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). Advanced students also take part in a full-scale musical in the Spring term.
Senior students receive career and development advice to allow them to make a seamless transition into further and higher education and training.

Parents receive verbal feedback on their child’s development every term and a written report every year.