An outline of the audition and application process, and our terms and conditions.
Register for an audition for the Musical Theatre Diploma using the form below, and we'll contact you with further information.
This unique course is ideal for new actors who wish to receive Central’s outstanding and world leading training before applying to a full-time acting or drama course or going into the theatre industry.
In line with the ethos of our full-time courses, full attendance is expected of all modules as well as the Intensive Weeks.
We will begin auditioning for Jan 2019 entry in April 2018. Please fill out the contact form on the left-hand side of this page and we will then be in touch when we have confirmed audition dates.
For your audition, you will need to prepare a contemporary piece from the last 50 years of no longer than two minutes duration as two contrasting songs from musical theatre (please bring sheet music with you).
This is a practical, part-time musical theatre course suitable for people who:
We’re looking for people who:
As the course grows, our graduates’ destinations become increasingly exciting. Students from our Diploma courses have won places on:
Students have also gone on to perform at The Royal Court, The Bush Theatre, and BBC, amongst others.
One of the main tutors on the Musical Theatre diploma, Adam is a Conductor, Composer, and Musical Director in London working on projects in a variety of musical genres.
Adam is sought after as an educator and has enjoyed working with many organisations in addition to Central, such as: The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts as a Musicianship Tutor; The University of Aberdeen as the Principle Conductor of their Concert and Wind Bands; Scottish Opera as an Assistant Conductor to their Connect Education Company; The University of Glasgow as an Assistant Conductor; The Citizen’s Theatre as a Musical Director; Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts as a Composer; and YMT as a musical director.
Auditions are held throughout the year and cost £10. Please note this is a non-refundable fee.
For your audition you will need to prepare a contemporary piece from the last 30 years of no longer than two minutes duration, as well as two contrasting musical theatre songs - one up-tempo and one ballad. Please either bring sheet music with you or be prepared to sing acapella, as the use of backing tracks is not allowed.
Following your audition, we will let you know the outcome within 2 weeks.
The following dates (for the 2018 course) are indicative and given as a guideline only:
15 January –21 March 2018
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Intensive Saturday: 17 February, 12:00pm-5:00pm
23 April – 4 July 2018 (No classes on Bank Holidays, 7 and 28 May)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Intensive Saturday: 26 May, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Monday 16 July 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 18 July 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 21 July 2018, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Monday 23 July 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 25 July 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 28 July 2018, 10:00am – 4:30pm
Intensive week: 30 July - 04 August 2018, 10:00am – 6:00pm (please note the session will run until 8pm on 01 Aug)
Intensive week: 6 – 10 August 2018, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Performance day: 10 August 2018
The diploma is divided into three terms. In the first two terms you will work for two evenings and one Saturday for a total of 55 hours a term. In the third term you will work on Saturdays and for an intensive 2-week period.
You will develop the precursors to acting: relaxation; trust; exuberance; discipline; response to criticism; a playful attitude; and the ability to work as part of an ensemble. You will learn the fundamentals of acting, including: concentration; pursuing an objective with actions; listening and responding; and working from moment-to-moment, using both improvised and scripted scenes.
Through physical and vocal exercises, you will begin to release your voice from habitual tensions and develop breath connection, support and stamina. You will begin to learn how to project your voice without strain, using the principles of general and specific resonance and develop vocal range. Articulation work will enable you to approach text and lyrics with greater specificity, accuracy and muscularity.
You will work on group singing exploring harmonies and how your voice sits in ensemble settings. You will sing in ensemble groups and as a soloist within an ensemble. A brief overview of Kodály practice will be explored to aid pitching and then you will explore solo singing.
This module emphasies the important role the body plays in expression. You will be introduced to a preparatory body-centred methods of training including Chekhov, Laban and Viewpoints. You will learn exercises that can be practiced independently in order to develop your skills further.
The Actor and The Text
This module will allow you to apply your acquired skills from Acting Fundamentals to script work. You will learn a clear process, including active and textual analysis, which will allow you to explore and realise monologues, duologues and scenes effectively.
You will look at jazz dance technique and be introduced to ballroom dance including Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing. You should expect to take part in structured dance classes, working on flexibility, strength, stamina and ability to learn choreography. You will also work with songs to explore combining singing and dance.
Acting through Song
You will align fundamental acting strategies to acting through song. You will learn to analyse a song in order to make clear and specific acting choices. You will explore a range of techniques that can be applied to acting through song. You will work one-to-one in a masterclass setting on acting through song and general delivery.
Performance Project: Rehearse and Perform extracts from Musicals
This unit culminates in the rehearsal and performance of extracts from musicals. The use of your acting, voice and movement skills will be evaluated in both the rehearsal process and final performance. You will be cast in extracts from musicals and have an intensive rehearsal schedule. You will be expected to attend all rehearsal and also work in your own time. You will apply systems of rehearsal to your work, learn choreography and songs and be expected to take and adapt well to direction. You will perform the show in front of an invited audience.
Please note that this is NOT a showcase and agents will not be invited.