A 3 hour session – 2 hours of Musical Theatre and an hour of Acting with the option of taking further classes in Advanced Dance.
Our Performance Academy (PA) is an intensive training programme in Musical Theatre, Acting and Jazz for pupils who are dedicated and committed to reaching the ‘next level’. Classes are taught in as near to a professional environment as possible to lay the foundations needed for those wanting to go on to full time theatre school. These classes are recommended for those pupils who are willing to work at a fast pace to develop their skills. Focus, commitment and passion are essential. There is no audition, but a 3 week assessment takes place and dedication and regular attendance is a prerequisite.
Within Acting classes children focus on voice work, speech, correct breathing, characterisation, accents, physical theatre, mime, improvisation, both film and stage training, script work, sight reading, emotional response, and much more besides.
Musical Theatre classes incorporate singing and dancing as well as acting and performance skills. Primary focus is on musical theatre songs and techniques, however children will also study a wide range of styles. Harmony work within groups is essential in training children to understand the mechanics behind music and how they can work together to create a professional sound. Breathing, voice projection, diaphragmatic support, tone placement, vibrato and dynamics are just some of the areas worked on in order to create accomplished singers at Swish. Within dance, Strong emphasis is placed on poise, technique and core strength, as well as performance and expression of movement. A large repertoire of Musical Theatre and Pop styles will be explored and choreographed from Les Miserables to Thriller Live!
Pupils will learn songs, routines and scripts from popular musicals in order to enhance performance and memory skills.
PA students will perform on stage in the theatre in our annual Performance Academy Shows at The Lighthouse, Poole, as well as having the option to audition for our annual full scale musical at The Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth.
Swish’s PA’s are groups that have seen huge successes both locally and nationally. From Youth Choir of the year through to runner up in Channel 5’s Don’t Stop Believing, we have gained unrivalled success.
We also offer examination classes in LAMDA Acting, LAMDA Musical Theatre and RAD Ballet classes at Swish and these can be taken in addition to our Musical Theatre Sessions.