Musical Theatre in Rehearsal: Revelling in the Classics
“No, no they can't take that away from me.” Ira Gershwin
Are you a devotee of developing your knowledge and skills in singing and acting through song?
Would you benefit from a week in the rehearsal room with the best of musical directors developing understanding and rehearsal tactics?
Are you a fan of the music of recent revivals on the West End stage?
Then we have the ideal course combination for you…
Following the commercial trend of rediscovering the joy in classic musicals, students will wallow in the pleasures of productions such as Half a Sixpence, 42nd Street, Me and my Girl and An American in Paris. Whether you’re an actor or a singer, there is something to challenge and inspire as you examine, in depth, the musical and lyrical style of a variety of classic works, both ensemble and solo.
During the week you will:
- explore the diverse music and uncover the rehearsal technique required to tackle songs and lyrics from a range of writers – Gershwin, Mercer and Warren, Cross and Heneker
- tackle acting through song in both solo and ensemble masterclass workshops
- gain insight into preparing for performance, audition or directing.
Musical Theatre in Rehearsal allows you to delve into a wide selection of musical material without the pressure of performance and touches on every aspect of the rehearsal room experience.
The week is aimed at singers and actors who sing who want to find a new challenge or those who love this vintage style of musical and want to spend a week discovering more and gaining new skills in a rehearsal environment.
Tutors – Ian Good and Sarah de Tute
What students say…
“The best thing was being able to take in so much about lots of different aspects of musical theatre which are also applicable to other composers and shows.”
“Summer School is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about theatre from such knowledgeable tutors who are flexible and work so well to accommodate the needs of all the class.”
Tutor: Ian Good
Ian was born and bred in Newcastle and worked with many of the local companies till he went to drama school in London.
Ian started directing as a student and won The International Student’s Award with his productions of Oh, What a Lovely War (winner of Student Drama Award, Germany), Of Mice and Men and The Threepenny Opera (winner of Student Drama Award, Rochester, USA. He has gone on to direct all over the world including America, France, Germany, Austria and Japan (both in Japanese and English).
He has toured both nationally and internationally with Jesus Christ Superstar playing the part of Herod and directing five different productions. He was the Artistic Director of On Tap Theatre Company, Scotland (to which he is still a trustee) and Millpond Touring Theatre Company, Newcastle.
As a freelance director, his work has included, Chicago, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Once Upon A Mattress, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Stags and Hens, Look Back in Anger, Romeo and Juliet, Saved, Sons of Light, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Baby, Personals, A Day in the Life of Joe Egg, A Chorus Line, Smile (British Premier), A My Name is Alice, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (play and musical versions), Into the Woods, Songs of A New World, Schwartz it all About, Stepping Out, The Matchgirls, Annie Get Your Gun, Batboy The Musical, Have a Nice Life, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Avenue Q, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sussical, The Musical, Company, Our House, The Music Man, Never Mind The Botox (Edinburgh Festival and tour), The London Review, Apply Within (Edinburgh Festival and tour), the European Premier of Kander and Ebb’s Steel Pier, and Titanic the Musical at the Shaw Theatre, London.
Ian has also directed almost the full cannon of Gilbert and Sullivan productions including Ruddigore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, The Mikado, The Yeoman of the Guard, The Sorcerer, Princess Ida, Patience, and HMS Pinafore
His productions of Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors and Carousel have all been nominated and won awards.
Ian has worked in America at the Actor’s Studio directing Torch Song Trilogy and the Actor’s Stage Company directing Equus, both in New York. He also led several new Musicals workshops across the US.
Ian was the UK production supervisor for Hairspray working on the West End and touring productions.
Ian directed the Britain’s Got Talent Winners, Collabro, in both their National Tours, which played to over 100,000 people in venues across the UK including The London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall. He also directed Rebecca Ferguson’s one woman show, Lady Sings the Blues at The St James Theatre, London, which had a 4 star review from the Times Newspaper and in June 2015, Ian directed his critically successful productions of Blood Brothers and The Other Song in Australia, in 2016 The Secret Garden with a 45 piece orchestra and ‘Edges a Song Trilogy’ and in 2017 he directed the award winning Title of Show in Brisbane for Understudy Productions.
He has also directed productions at many of the major drama schools in the UK, including Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, Arts Educational, London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Arden, Manchester, SLP, Leeds, London Studio Centre and E15.
Ian has also had extensive experience working with business organisations giving presenting skills workshops. Including working with Arts and Business UK and ITM.
He has an extensive performing career that spans thirty years performing everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim in theatre, pantomime, radio, television and film.
Tutor: Sarah de Tute
Sarah is a musical directing graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she gained a master's degree with distinction. She has recently returned from her work as musical director for Ultimate Broadway in Shanghai, China, and for CATS the musical for the Really Useful Asia Pacific tour. Other credits include BBC Children in Need, Night of a Thousand Voices (The Royal Albert Hall London), Sunday Night at the Theatre Royal (Drury Lane London), Evita (Leeds Grand Theatre), Hello Dolly (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Sunday in the Park with George, Into The Woods, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Joseph (Bill Kenwright Ltd).
She has also musically directed a number of new works, including Freak Show (Covent Garden and Camden Theatres, London), Watertight (Richard Taylor) and The Riot (Richard Lewis). Sarah has recorded for BBC radio with the Orchestra of Opera North, Inspiration Choir and Singlive UK and for Australian and Asian Television.
She has arranged and composed a number of theatre scores during her many American summer residencies for the Brownledge Theatre, in Vermont, USA and for the New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. She has collaborated with a number of creatives and artists for cabarets and musical nights including An Evening of Song for the First Minister at Edinburgh Castle, In concert at the Scottish Parliament, Brussels and Candid Cabaret at Oran Mor and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Sarah has also worked as a visiting lecturer and musical director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Arts Ed London and Leeds College of Music.