Within our popular Musical Theatre Sessions, pupils work intensively in all areas of the Performing Arts, transferring skills learnt in each discipline. Whilst the emphasis is placed on having lots of fun at the same time as learning new skills, we recommended this class to those pupils who enjoy all aspects of performing and are willing to work at a fast pace.
This is a high energy session taught by three different specialists in Acting, Singing and Dancing. This allows the children to learn a vast array of skills in Musical Theatre from our very professional teachers. Class sizes are kept in line with Ofsted regulations in order to ensure EVERY child receives the focus and individual nurturing they require. All teachers are regularly DBS checked and First Aid trained for complete peace of mind.
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. (NEW Screen Acting classes now available too – further info at bottom)
Singing classes primarily focus on musical theatre songs and techniques, however children will also study a wide range of styles from classical to pop as this enables them to fully understand their voice and how it can be used in a variety of different ways. 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.
Jazz dance classes form the basis of technique for Pop and Musical Theatre dance. Strong emphasis is placed on poise, technique and core strength, as well as performance and expression of movement. Pupils will also look at creative movement qualities, rhythm and coordination. A large repertoire of Musical Theatre and Pop styles will be explored and choreographed from Matilda to Thriller!
Pupils will learn songs, routines and scripts from popular musicals in order to enhance performance and memory skills. Solo LAMDA Musical Theatre examinations can also be taken.
The highly structured classes are a firm foundation for not just Musical Theatre, but are paramount in teaching life skills from powerful and clear speech to strong poise and confidence in everyday situations.
You will also get the opportunity to see your child perform on stage annually at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre as well as having the option to audition for our annual full scale musical at The Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth.
We also offer 1 to 1 LAMDA sessions in addition to our Musical Theatre Sessions.
NEW SCREEN ACTING SYLLABUS – 1.5 hours
There are many differences between acting for screen and acting for the stage, we will be identifying those differences in great detail starting with useful terminology and understanding how to adapt the level of performance for different camera angles. Students will also learn a plethora of tools to help them build a character both vocally and physically and how to communicate this truthfully to the camera.
There are many tricks of the trade involved with acting for screen, and we will be exploring many of them including eye line, subtlety, reaction shots, working with text, camera angles etc.
In addition, we will enjoy exploring a variety of styles, everything from Disney heroes and villains, period pieces, modern dramas and so much more. Content will be age appropriate and suited to challenge each respective group.
Audition technique is a very valuable skill within this industry and we will leave no stone unturned. In todays world – castings are often requested online within a very short time frame. We will cover how to produce a good quality self tape and how to approach castings both in person and on camera. An integral part of this syllabus will also involve recording material and watching this back, where our expert teachers can offer constructive feedback.