BYMT's Musical Theatre Boot Camp
What are they?
Musical Theatre Boot Camp, is our course for ANYONE aged 17-21, offering specialist training & intensive learning, particularly beneficial for those interested in applying for drama school or conservatoire. The course encompasses 56 hours worth of intensive tuition, rehearsals and masterclasses spread over a 6 day residential retreat.
This 6-day, intensive residential summer course in musical theatre skills will equip you with the unique skillset and knowledge needed to be competitive and to excel in the theatre industry. The programme incorporates focused training in acting, singing and movement, with talks, masterclasses and seminars designed to illuminate career pathways, build confidence and demystify the audition process.
Receive specialist training from respected Theatre Directors, Musical Directors, Choreographers and Vocal Coaches who have a wealth of experience; including commercial West End theatre, regional repertory, experimental and fringe theatre. Many of whom are also currently working within the UK’s leading drama schools and conservatoires, and know what it takes to make it!
Tailored for the 17-21 year age bracket, this course will be particularly beneficial for those interested in auditioning for drama school or conservatoire at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. Situated at Roehampton University in south-west London within easy reach of the centre, the course includes expert training plus five nights’ full board and accommodation.
Boot Camp does not require an audition and is full of exciting activities and inspirational training that build confidence, teamwork and self-esteem as well as providing the essential skills for the performing arts. As one of the UK's leading national youth theatres, BYMT maintains the highest standards of tutoring, training and direction with each course being delivered by professional practitioners who have a wealth of experience in the theatre industry including the West End, National Theatre, the RSC, Edinburgh Festival, National Tours and Fringe Theatre.
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BYMT's Boot Camps are six days in length, with the option to arrive the evening before. They end with a sharing on the final day to friends, family, invited guests and theatre staff. When you arrive, you’ll be met by members of the team at the venue who'll show you around the accommodation. You’ll be staying in either a Boarding School or University where all facilities are on site. Female and male bedrooms are on separate floors, usually in shared rooms but sometimes single depending on the venue, and you’ll be with people who are roughly your own age. You’ll then meet the artistic team.
Getting to know you: The first step is introductions! There'll be lots of fun drama-based activities to kick things off giving you the chance to meet everyone (and learn their names!). Theatre games are used in professional as well as youth theatre to help people get to know their fellow actors.
Schedule: The Boot Camp timetable will be full of a variety of sessions, and may include:
- Vocal tech ensemble singing
- Singing Audition technique
- Monologue Audition technique
- Brechtian acting
- Commedia & Physical Play
- Dance warm ups
- American acting techniques
- Talk by Drama School representative
- Voice and Speach workshop
- Shakespear comedy workshop
- Stanislavski emotional memory
We work very long hours! We start working at 09.00/09.30 with a physical warm-up. There is always a break mid-morning to grab a drink and a snack, and you have an hour for lunch. Again there is a mid-afternoon tea break and later an hour for the evening meal. The final session of the day runs from 19.00 to 21.00.
Working together on Boot Camp is one of the best ways to make great, often life-long, friends, to share a unique experience and to come out at the other end proud of what you achieved, whilst becoming more confident as a performer and a person. Participants come from many backgrounds and countries; we have young people from all over the world including the USA, France, Spain, Russia and Hong Kong as well as the UK and Ireland. You also get a BYMT T-Shirt to show cherish forever!
The course fee covers full-board accommodation for the duration of the project, tuition from leading industry professionals and 24-hour pastoral care. BYMT's courses are heavily subsidised by Arts Council England and many other supporters, and as a not-for-profit organisation the course fees help cover our costs. The Summer Camp fees for 2019 start at £750.
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