Our summer school is designed to be challenging but we are also here to be supportive and work with you to nurture your skills and help grow your confidence.
Details about Take the Lead 2019 will be released in Winter 2018. Sign up to our mailing list by selecting 'Music Summer Schools' to be notified when bookings are open.Sign up to Mailing list
The below information refers to our 2018 Summer School. Details about the 2019 Summer School will be released in Winter 2018.
A typical course day runs from 09.15-16.45, with time for breaks and lunch in between. At the end of the course, an informal sharing event gives you the opportunity to perform to each other and share some of what you have learned over your week with us.
In addition, the course timetable includes an evening group trip out to the West End to see Young Frankenstein.
Please note, all information below is provisional and is subject to change. Final details will be confirmed in Summer 2018.
Most sessions will split into two groups. Dance and Musical Theatre Integration classes will be split according to your dance ability. You are able to change classes during the course if you are finding the classes too challenging or not challenging enough. You can choose at booking what level dance class you want to take part in, or we can make a recommendation for you.
Acting, audition workshops and specialist dance classes are all open level so classes are evenly split.
Led by Omar Okai
This opening session is an opportunity to meet your fellow Take the Lead participants. Quick paced exercises will get energy levels pumping and set you up for the week ahead.
Led by Omar Okai
Our dance classes will concentrate on performance/acting skills within musical theatre choreography and are fast paced, in order to show the technique needed in picking up combinations quickly and overcoming nerves. Along with this, you will explore original choreography from a well known show.
Level 1 – Suitable for complete beginners and those who haven't danced for a long time and are refreshing their memory.
Level 2 - Aimed at participants with a good experience of musical theatre choreography or dance, who want to improve and develop their skills. These classes will be faster-paced with more complex sequences and phrases.
Led by Helen Evans
This class will introduce you to the skills and techniques needed for acting within musical theatre.
Musical Theatre Integration
Led by David Randall and Graham Newell
This class explores how to combine the skills of singing, acting and dancing for musical theatre.
Specialist Dance Classes
Led by Liesl Dowsett and Graham Newell
These classes will cover Ballet and Jazz styles, introducing new techniques to help you refine your skills with content that complements that of the general dance classes. Specialist dance classes are open level and suitable for all abilities.
Acting & Singing for Audition
Led by Helen Evans and David Randall
These two sessions explore acting through song, giving an insight into how to effectively prepare for and present yourself in singing auditions, and how to prepare a monologue for audition.
Participants are requested to bring an audition song and a short monologue to work on during this session.
The Open Sharing is an informal performance at the end of the Summer School where you will present the material you have worked on over your week with us.
Optional Consultation Lessons
Participants are also able to book 30 min or 1 hour optional 'add-on' consultation lessons in either singing or acting. These sessions (held during lunch or after course hours) provide valuable one-to-one time with our industry professionals, and are an excellent way to focus on a particular aspect of your individual development. To get the most from these sessions we recommend your prepare a song or monologue for these consultations and/or come prepared with questions
Meet the West End Professional
We are pleased to welcome Trinity Laban Alumni Zoe Rogers for a lunchtime Q&A! This is your chance to ask Zoe what it takes to perform in the West End and ask any other questions about the Musical Theatre industry.
Our Musical Theatre Summer School tutor team consists of industry professionals and current teaching staff of Trinity Laban's Musical Theatre programme.
All tutors have established track records of working in a range of roles across the West End including musical direction, singing, and choreography.
I enjoyed being taught by those who are part of the musical theatre industry. Having the time to ask them questions proved very useful to understanding what a career in musical theatre entails as well as what it takes to get there
Can I Take Part?
The course is suitable for those aged 16 and above with previous experience in at least one of the three musical theatre areas of singing, acting and dance, but we are able to cater for a range of abilities and experiences, so if you feel that you are less strong in an area then the course is still for you! For more information, see our FAQ page.FAQs
Location & Accommodation
Take the Lead takes place in our award winning Laban Building in Deptford.
We plan to offer a limited amount of rooms at our nearby student halls of residence.Find out More