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Graduate Production 2014

ORDINARY DAYS by Adam Gwon

BA (HONS) MUSICAL THEATRE / ACTING

PRE-COURSE INFORMATION
2014 2015
Graduate Production 2014

BEL-AMI by Alex Loveless

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GENERAL INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the University of West London and to becoming a part of this unique course which is
placed at the heart of the London College of Music. The BA Musical Theatre and BA Acting courses
engage with students from an acting perspective, whilst encouraging work in supporting disciplines in
order to identify and give clarity to the importance of words, action, movement and music. Further
performance/musicianship/dance/combat skills are obtained within curricular and extracurricular
sessions.
This course teaches all three related disciplines (movement/acting/vocal) in a positive learning
environment and is contributory to the creation of what could be referred to as the total performer.
It is understood that instinct and accident can be major forces in this field but this degree is about
technique and discipline, both in the practical and intellectual aspects of performance. It is agreed
that in this field it is through doing that knowledge and intellectual skills are to be identified and
developed.
In recognition of current trends within all aspects of performance media, the course seeks to develop
you as a reflective practitioner with the ability to devise and perform original work. We believe it is
essential to develop these skills in order to prepare for employment in the 21st century.
Resources include a new state-of-the-art performance space, rehearsal studios, recording studios,
video production suites plus use of external venues such as Ealing Film Studios, Soho Theatre, Actors
Centre, Watermans Theatre and Charing Cross Theatre.

David S K Henson
Revised: 7th August, 2014

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Musical Theatre studied from an acting perspective


University qualification whilst offering a distinctive vocational flavour
Seeks to develop the self-thinking practitioner
Instinct and accident are major forces in performance - we challenge these in
practical and intellectual circumstances

Course is unique by being based within a Musical Faculty


Acting is at the heart of all the work undertaken
Learn through a variety of assessment strategies
The Code of Practice is an invaluable tool for the development of the working
performer

Heart of the course gives respect to movement, theatre and music


Equipped purpose built performance studios and lecture theatres
Actions definitely speak louder than words
Technique and discipline at the heart of these studies in order to provide
students with a good understanding of the nature of the business

Recording studios and university radio station plus additional relevant facilities
Employment opportunities

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PATHWAY FOR THE BA DEGREE COURSE

LEVEL 4: Development of
the actor-singer.
Techniques in movement,
acting, spoken and sung
voice

Individual singing
tutorials, related theatre
practice includng selfdirect experience

LEVEL 5: Creativity
encouraged by more
sophisticated technical
competencies in actor
movement, acting, spoken
and sung voice

Interpretation of the
text/song lyric through the
use of sung voice, body,
acting and life experience

Singing tuition, rehearsal


systems to help define the
text/song lyric - scene
studies

Musicianship, musical
theatre ad actng contexts
and detailed analysis as
to how a performance is
structured

LEVEL 6: Performer
engages in an in-depth
study of challeging
repertoire. New
interpretative choices to
be realised by the
performer

Performer uses
imagination and research
to fill-in the missing details
and the reason why the
text/song lyric exists

Performance becomes
shaped by external
factors - tutors, individual
singing tutorial support,
external directors,
choreographers and
peers

Success of public
production/performance
recognised in audience
reaction and predetermined artistic goals

Marketing procedures,
tax, dealing with agents
and 'Showcase' material professional actor's tool
box

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Information about your first year of study at LCM


LEVEL FOUR
Both Musical Theatre and Acting share the first year curriculum as this level of study is focused on
the individual. There will be no attempt to integrate these skills until Level 5. It is essential to
investigate slowly and thoroughly equip students with a range of personal knowledge,
understanding and relevant performance skills in relation to Voice, Body, Acting and Singing. Vocal
repertoire (sung and spoken) will be concerned with personal interpretation rather than the
character as played within the scene or piece of musical theatre. This will enable you to operate
effectively as a flexible and creative performer and opportunities to put these elements into practice
in creative contexts will be evident within each module guide. Level 4 will also concentrate on
musicianship skills and techniques of the actor-singer in order to provide a useful foundation upon
which to develop as a competent performer. The process of critical writing and relevant methods
of research in relation to reflective practice is an integral part of the delivery of this curriculum at
this level. Additional studies in dance and stage combat will be considered part of the Movement
Studies module.

ACTING 1 - FIRST SEMESTER


MU 40163 E

ACTING 2 - SECOND SEMESTER


MU 40164 E

MOVEMENT STUDIES 1 MU 40162 E


VOICE STUDIES 1 MU 40158 E
MUSICAL THEATRE FOR ACTORS 1 MU 40061 E
TEXTUAL STUDIES 1 MU 40181 E
DANCE STUDIES AND STAGE COMBAT

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TYPICAL TEACHING WEEK AT LEVEL 4

Day/Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

[1] 9:00 11:00


[2] 11:30 1:30
[3] 2:00 4:00
[4] 4:30 6:30
Textual Studies / General Musicianship in groups
Choral Ensemble
Voice / Movement / Stage Combat
Masterclass Sessions
Concert
Activities / Voxes
Glee Choir
Acting 1 & 2 / Self-direct / Rehearsals / 1-2-1 singing tuition
Dance / Musical Theatre for Actors / Self-direct / 1-2-1 singing tuition

USEFUL COURSE INFORMATION


LCM web pages:
http://www.uwl.ac.uk/academic-schools/music

LCM Live (upcoming events):


http://www.uwl.ac.uk/academic-schools/music/london-college-music-live

LCM on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/LCMLive

Facebook LCM photo gallery


http://www.facebook.com/LondonCollegeofMusic?sk=photos

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2013 - 2014 PRODUCTIONS

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TWO RECENT REVIEWS

Merrily We Roll Along has emerged over the past two years as a late-blooming
masterpiece with a score that stands comparison with any. Merrily We Roll Along and its
new-found fame encouraged the musical-theatre wing of the University of West London to
add it to their growing list of Sondheim productions which has seen Company and Into the
Woods tackled with gusto at the Watermans in recent years.
With a cast of 20 and a professional band of 12, it does need firm hands on the tiller and in director Simon
Greiff and musical director George Carter it certainly gets them. Greiff, who is very much involved with
emerging talent through his work with Mercury Musical Developments and his company SimG Productions,
stages the show beautifully and drew some terrific performances from the students, while Carter, a London
College of Music regular, puts together a wonderfully disciplined team
The two hours and 40 minutes simply raced by...
Jeremy Chapman

Creating a new musical such as Bel-Ami is always an ambitious project and this world premiere, based on the
1885 novel by French author Guy de Maupasssant, is a zeitgeisty take on the media establishment even as
today's tabloid journalists are lining up in the dock for their part in the phone hacking scandal.
Performed by students at London College of Music, University of West London, the production displays a
wealth of young talent who sing the house down thanks to superb music and lyrics by Alex Loveless, who
seems to use an unusual mishmash of 80s synth and modern pop as his reference points.
catchy music the fabulous cast finish in style. The final verdict: those who love their musicals will delight in
such an inventive adaptation
Will Stone

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RESIDENT FACULTY AND STAFF


Sara Raybould

Director, London College of Music

David Henson

Head of Subject Performance, Composition & Performing Arts

Marcia Carr
Nick Phillips
John Davey

Course Leader BA Musical Theatre


Course Leader BA Acting for Stage
Course Leader BA Theatre Production

Emma Evans
Nick Phillips
Richard Link
Alex Loveless

Level 4 Year Tutor (Musical Theatre)


Level 4 and 5 Year Tutor (Acting)
Level 5 Year Tutor (Musical Theatre)
Level 6 Year Tutor (Musical Theatre)

IMPORTANT CONTACTS
Information regarding the course

marcia.carr@uwl.ac.uk
nick.phillips@uwl.ac.uk
emma.evans@uwl.ac.uk
richard.link@uwl.ac.uk
alex.loveless@uwl.ac.uk

Head of Admissions
Admissions Officer

dean.leow@uwl.ac.uk
ray.brown@uwl.ac.uk

If you want to meet some of our staff click on the link below:
http://www.uwl.ac.uk/academic-schools/music/our-staff/meet-our-staff

ESSENTIAL READING
It is expected that each student MUST purchase or read a copy of the following texts before starting the
course:
Henson, D & Pickering, K
Kayes, G

Musical Theatre: A Workbook


Singing and the Actor

Palgrave Macmillan 2013


AC Black 2004

It is essential that by the start of the course that you have viewed some of the following musical theatre
recordings on DVD
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

West Side Story Bernstein and Sondheim


South Pacific Rodgers and Hammerstein
Sweeney Todd Sondheim
Chicago Kander and Ebb
Sound of Music Rodgers and Hammerstein
Company Stephen Sondheim
Gypsy Laurent, Styne and Sondheim
Oklahoma Rodgers & Hammerstein

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ESSENTIAL MATERIAL
Each student MUST purchase the following items of equipment before starting the course:
GIRLS:

Four plain natural fibre cap sleeved t-shirts, three black, one coloured no logos
Black / white blouse
Natural Fibre cropped trousers (floor length is unsuitable) for movement
1 leotard
1 pair leggings
1 practice skirt black
Black/tan dance tights
Pashmina
Black socks
1 pair black jazz shoes or 1 pair of New Yorkers (2.5 heel)
Yoga mat
Pocket Sized Dictionary
Selection of pens and pencils
Eraser and tippex
Selection of writing pads, folders and note books
Memory stick/personal data storage device
Calculator
Loose clothes / black shoes for any aspect of production work

BOYS:

Four plain natural fibre cap sleeved t-shirts, three black, one coloured no logos
Black / white shirt
Natural Fibre cropped trousers (floor length is unsuitable) for movement
2 black vests
1 pair leggings
1 black suit or black smart jacket and black dress trousers
1 plain smart waistcoat
Black socks
1 pair black jazz shoes and lace up ballroom shoes
Pocket Sized Dictionary
Selection of pens and pencils
Eraser and tippex
Selection of writing pads, folders and note books
Memory stick/personal data storage device
Calculator
Loose clothes / black shoes for any aspect of production work

All students will also be expected to attend extra sessions in keep-fit, dance and stage combat

CURRENT TUITION FEES


2014 entry:
International:

9,000 per year


9,950 per year

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SALAD DAYS by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade (above)

THE BIOGRAPH GIRL by Warner Brown and David Heneker (left)

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth


(below)

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