Professional training in Musical Theatre

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Course accredited by CDET and qualification awarded by SQA

This course in Musical Theatre builds on the core skills in acting, singing and dance to turn you into a professional performer, ready for anything the industry can throw at you!

Our Musical Theatre course incorporates HNC and HND qualifications (awarded by SQA) over three years of intensive and integrated training in acting, singing and dance and can be part-funded by SAAS. With up to an incredible 50 hours of classes per week, our HND course is definitely a full-time programme, providing you with an affordable and great value path to the profession of your dreams.

Get the training you need to compete on the international stage without having to spend three expensive years in London!

Musical Theatre at MGA

As a ‘triple threat’ student you will have opportunity to build up your weaker areas of performance as well as discover and develop your strengths. You’ll be challenged to step outside your comfort zone, and expected to rise to these challenges both on an individual level and as part of an ensemble. We will help you understand what is expected of you as a performer throughout your training as you develop the skills and stamina needed to secure – and maintain – employment in the industry.

Through productions and presentations you’ll experience the wonderfully diverse and colourful world of musical theatre, from classic and popular shows through to new writing and cabaret performance. Classes offer a good grounding across core body and voice skills alongside industry basics such as audition technique. Through our ever-expanding industry network and a fabulous group of tutors we constantly have a finger on the pulse of the international musical theatre scene, so we’re always exploring new material and welcoming visiting artists from around the world.

Course content

This course consists of three years of top-quality training within a musical theatre context, focusing on the transition from technique-based classes to performance-based work. The third year includes extra personal and professional development sessions. Additional specialist workshops led by visiting professionals feature throughout the training.

Equipment checklist

All MGA Full-Time students are expected to have the following equipment – a definitive list will be discussed at audition stage.

  • MGA Full-Time uniform
  • Jazz trainers/shoes
  • Tap shoes
  • Ballet tights, leotard and shoes
  • Knee pads
  • Dictaphone, notepad and pencil
  • Boys will also need a pair of dress shoes and a black suit
  • Girls must have a pair of character shoes and character skirt, and a black cocktail dress

A reading list will be provided to all students accepted into Full-Time training.

Course content includes:

  • Weekly 30-minute private singing lesson
  • Weekly repertoire coaching
  • Choral singing
  • 13+ hours of dance tuition in jazz, ballet, tap and body conditioning (including ballet and jazz classes especially for the boys!)
  • Pas de deux
  • Gymnastics and tumbling
  • Music theory
  • Acting
  • Voice and vocal technique
  • Private tutorials
  • Accents and dialects
  • RP and phonetics
  • Theatre history
  • Stage makeup
  • Professional and personal development
  • Audition technique

Our staff are a dedicated team of professionals, all successful in their individual fields, and ready to share their experiences with the stars of the future. Find out more about who will be teaching you on the MGA Staff page.

The Musical Theatre course is run primarily from studios in our main Academy building on Balgreen Road and over the road in Westfield. Students may also have classes at Dance Base on Grassmarket – Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, in studios used for our Dance training, and at St Stephan’s Stockbridge, where large-scale rehearsals and Acting studios are located. Learn more about all the amazing resources and facilities students at MGA can benefit from on Our Facilities page.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates may be offered representation by MGA’s in-house management agency MGA Management, best placing them to kick-start their professional careers.

On graduating

The three years of training concludes with a professional showcase, best placing you to kick-start your careers upon graduation.

By the time you graduate from our full-time training you will have under your belt:

  • Your Equity card
  • Spotlight membership
  • Many and varied roles in productions including a professional showcase
  • A professional-standard CV, headshots and personalised stationery
  • A portfolio of professional photographs
  • Opportunity to apply for representation by MGA Management and Casting
  • The MGA Little Black Book of Contacts
  • Skills that will allow you to forge a successful and fulfilling career!

Find out more about life after graduation and where our graduates go next on our Graduates page.

Entry requirements and applications

Full course details and information about applying and auditions are available from the MGA office. If you’re interested in joining us at MGA, click here to start the application process. If you are unsure which course is most suitable please contact us and tell us which courses interest you. We are also happy to discuss this at audition stage.

Entry onto each course is by audition only (details provided after application) and applicants should be aged 16 years or over. Auditions are held throughout the year and applicants will be contacted within two weeks of receipt of application form. Natural aptitude, potential and attitude will be key considerations, with academic achievements taking a back seat for once!

Students applying from overseas should apply in exactly the same way. However if attending an audition in the UK is not possible, applicants may apply by video/DVD with supporting documentation from both professional and character referees.

For information on fees for Full-Time courses see our Fees and Funding page. Please note: unlike a lot of other drama schools out there, applications for our full-time courses are FREE, there are no audition fees to pay!

Full-Time Audition Dates

Our main audition sessions for entry in September 2018 are:

All at MGA in Edinburgh except where stated otherwise. MGA has an Open Day for Full-Time Courses on Thursday 8th February 2018.

If you are interested in applying for full-time courses at MGA fill in our application form and we will contact you with information on the application process and audition requirements. (You can also book on to the Open Day with this form.)

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