We hope this section answers most of the common questions relating to the Musical Theatre Summer Schools at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Who is the Musical Theatre Summer School aimed at?
The Musical Theatre Summer School is aimed at those considering further study or a career in musical theatre performance, or those who already have some experience and would like to attend the Summer School as a way of enhancing their skills to take back to their musical theatre society or group.
How old do you have to be in order to take part in the Musical Theatre Summer School?
Anyone aged 16 or over is welcome to take part in the Summer School.
Do I need previous Musical Theatre experience to be able to take part?
For 2016, the course is aimed at those who are considering further study or a career in Musical Theatre performance, so some previous experience is required.
Can you let me know about accessibility?
The Laban Building is fully accessible and the course is open to disabled participants. We want to ensure a warm welcome to all so if you have any special requirements it is helpful if you discuss them with us beforehand. Please contact us on 020 8305 9354.
Do you welcome international participants?
Absolutely! Participants come from all over the world to take part in Summer Schools at Trinity Laban. We do ask that participants have a good standard of spoken English, as classes are conducted entirely in English and no translators will be available.
How many people might there be in a class?
There will be around 25 participants in each class. Group teaching is key to the ethos of the Musical Theatre Summer School.
I am not sure if the Musical Theatre Summer School is right for me?
Please read the information about classes and the timetable on our Course Content page. There is no audition but you are welcome to contact us if you are unsure what might be right for you at the booking stage. We are happy to advise you.
How much does it cost?
The full cost of the Musical Theatre Summer School 2016 is £425. There is an Early Bird booking rate of £375, which is available until 1st March. Accommodation is not provided as part of the course fee.
Do you provide accommodation?
This is a non-residential course so accommodation is not provided.
I understand you don’t offer accommodation. Can you advise me on where I might find places to stay?
We cannot offer recommendations for accommodation, anyone requiring overnight accommodation is responsible for sourcing and booking it themselves. However, there are some websites which may help you find somewhere to stay and these are listed in the Accommodation page on the Musical Theatre Summer School webpages.
How long are the course days?
A full timetable will be listed on the Summer School Course Content page nearer the course start date. A typical day starts at 10.00am and ends at 5.00pm.
When and where can I pay?
You can pay for your Musical Theatre Summer School place through our Online Shop from 7th December 2015. Please note that any fees paid are non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled by Trinity Laban.
How early do I need to book?
We start taking enrolments on December 7th 2015. Places are limited so early booking is advised.
Is there financial support available for this course?
Unfortunately we can’t currently offer any bursaries or other sources of funding to help with course fees for the Musical Theatre Summer School.
Should I book my flights straight away?
We strongly advise that you do not book any flights or additional accommodation until you have received email confirmation from Trinity Laban of your place on the course. Any flight or accommodation bookings made prior to this confirmation are made at your own risk, and Trinity Laban will not be liable to refund you for any loss you experience in the unlikely event that the course does not run.
Can I start the classes later in the week than the first Monday?
We strongly advise that participants arrange to be in London and at Trinity Laban from the first day of the course to get maximum benefit from this programme. Due to the intensive nature of the classes, participants would risk missing essential introductory work in classes at the beginning by arriving after the first day.
Is it okay to leave the course early?
Yes - some international participants do have to leave to get an early flight during the last days of the course, but we'd recommend timing your journeys so that you don't miss anything! We are unable to offer discounts for those leaving the course early.
When will I receive full information regarding the course?
When you book your place through the Online Shop, an automated receipt is generated and sent to you. This includes a special link to a detailed Participant Information Pack, which you can download. You will also be asked to complete an Essential Information Form, for health and safety, before taking part in the course.
My payment has been processed; does this mean that the course will definitely go ahead?
Due to the high number of applications that we receive for summer programmes, we process payment upon receipt of each application. In the unlikely case that the course is cancelled by Trinity Laban we would issue a full refund. Trinity Laban reserves the right to cancel the course due to low course uptake.
What should I wear?
It is best to bring a range of dancewear or loose fitting clothing for the classes. Most people wear soft comfortable clothing that is easy to move in such as tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt with extra layers for warmth. Outdoor footwear and trainers with non-white soles are not permitted in the studios. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we ask that that you don't wear jewellery when taking part in a class.
What should I bring?
As well as suitable clothing and footwear we suggest you bring a flask or plastic bottle for water. Drinking fountains are also located around the Laban Building. You are welcome to bring a hand held recorder if you wish to record some sessions and a notebook and pen will be useful for anything you want to jot down. Participants should also bring copies of any repertoire that you are preparing for any auditions as there will be opportunities for feedback and discussion around audition choices as part of the Musical Theatre Summer School.
Is lunch or dinner provided for students?
No, food is not included but can be purchased at the Laban Café or a number of shops or restaurants in the local area. Participants are welcome to bring their own food to the building too. If you wish to eat your own food, there is space in the foyer hall or outside on the grass. More information is provided on options nearby in the Participant Information Pack.
What is your policy for late-comers to classes?
For health and safety reasons participants who arrive later than 15 minutes after the start of each class may be permitted to watch the class but not take part. This is because they will have missed the essential warm up and introduction to the class which is vital in the prevention of injuries to participants.
What about younger participants from 16 - 18 years old?
The Musical Theatre Summer School is primarily designed for adults, however we are pleased to welcome young people between the ages of 16 - 18 as they can benefit from the adult environment and level of training. We do wish to make clear that all Summer School participants, regardless of age, have the independence to come and go as they wish and we do not provide any special supervision for those participants under the age of 18. We have Trinity Laban Summer School staff and assistants on site during the week but their role is to help in case of emergencies at the Laban Building for the duration of the course and they do not function ‘in loco parentis’.
What do we expect of participants?
We expect you to have fun, work hard, enjoy your time at Trinity Laban and come away inspired!
We also expect all participants to behave respectfully to each other, our Summer School teachers, staff and our facilities. Anyone found to be in breach of this will be requested to leave the course with immediate effect. In this instance no refund of fees paid will be made.
How do I get to the Laban Building?
All classes during the Summer School are located at the Laban Building, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ.
For information on where to find us please follow this link.
Can visitors or parents watch the end of Summer School Sharing?
The Summer School sharing takes place in a Studio which has limited seating capacity, so this is primarily for participants themselves to watch and show the work they have made during the week, however we will endeavour to make space for parents and friends who wish to attend. This will be discussed during the week of the Summer School.
Will there be any award for students?
The course is not accredited, but we provide a Certificate of Attendance to every participant who completes the course on the last day.