Life is a Circus (Musical Theatre)
“The noblest art is that of making others happy.” PT Barnum
Are you a performer who wants to spend a week learning more about integrating the disciplines of singing, dance and acting?
Are you looking for a practical course doing what you love?
Are you excited by the magical world of circus?
Then this course is absolutely for you…
Using music and inspiration from productions including Barnum, The Greatest Show and Moulin Rouge you will spend the week with an exceptional choreographer and musical director creating song and dance numbers that explore how to create narrative and character.
This course also includes a fantastic opportunity to delve into the world of circus with a full day circus skills workshop by Circus Allstars!
During the week you will:
- work as ensemble and soloist to explore and perform the stunning music in these shows.
- look at how companies prepare for performance and understand the challenging requirements of both rehearsal room and stage including character research, fitness, focus, teamwork and discipline.
- challenge your skills in dance and acting through movement.
- explore dynamics, harmony and vocal technique working with an expert MD.
- work on acting through song, interpretation of lyric, and character.
- have an opportunity to try to gain specific circus skills.
This course is aimed at more experienced dancers and singers with a good level of general fitness.
Tutors Lynne Bustard and Sarah De Tute plus a guest circus skills expert
Tutor: Lynne Bustard
Lynne trained at the Lillian McNeill College of Dance in Glasgow and works as a freelance choreographer and dance lecturer. Since graduating she has worked extensively in the UK and overseas. Her work ranges from stage, screen, fashion & pop. During that time, she has travelled to Switzerland, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Alaska, USA, Dubai, Morocco, Australia and France where she worked with La Toya Jackson at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
Musical theatre credits include:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang King's Theatre, Glasgow
Elf’ the musical King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Sister Act St Ives, Cornwall (Kidz R Us Theatre Company)
9 To 5 Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow
Spamalot King’s Theatre, Glasgow
Our House St Ives, Cornwall (Kidz R Us Theatre Company)
Dick McWhittington Perth Concert Hall.
White Christmas MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling
Mary Poppins Jnr First ever UK pilot for Disney & Cameron Mackintosh
Batboy Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow
Jesus Christ Superstar St Ives, Cornwall (Kidz R Us Theatre Company)
Beauty & The Beast Perth Concert Hall
Godspell Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow
Sister Act King's Theatre, Glasgow.
West Side Story St. Ives, Cornwall (Kidz R Us Theatre Company)
Some Enchanted Evening St. Ives, Cornwall (Kidz R Us Theatre Company)
Drowsy Chaperone MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling
Sleeping Beauty .Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Jesus Christ Superstar King's Theatre, Glasgow
Grease Minack Theatre, Penzance (Kidz R Us Theatre Company)
Grease St. Ives, Cornwall (Kidz R Us Theatre Company)
Big Night Out At The Gaiety Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Betty Blue Eyes Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Hopscotch Theatre Company -.Various touring productions
Drowsy Chaperone Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Active Virgin Edinburgh Festival (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Company Edinburgh Festival (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Little Shop of Horrors (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Big Band Christmas Show. (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Bye, Bye Birdie Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Once On This Island Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Our House Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Hot Mikado Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Copacabana Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Burying Your Brother In The Pavement (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland/National Theatre, London/ 'Connections Festival'
All Shook Up Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Bat Boy Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Big Band Floorshow, Morocco
Rat Pack Madinat Theatre, Dubai
Seussical Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Once On This Island Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Hinterland Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Chess Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
West Side Story Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Hot Mikado Gilmorehill Theatre, Glasgow
Once On This Island Gilmorehill Theatre, Glasgow
West Side Story King's Theatre, Glasgow
Jesus Christ Superstar King's Theatre, Glasgow
Kiss Me Kate King's Theatre, Glasgow
Lynne also has a Big Band/Las Vegas style show currently performing in various corporate entertainment/theatre venues throughout the UK and overseas. She has choreographed many pantomimes and summer seasons as well as working for world class cruise line companies.
Lynne spends a lot of time working as a lecturer/choreographer for various educational establishments and production companies. Teaching credits include the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland, Clyde College and NODA Theatre Summer School.
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.