The Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Summer School 2019 successfully wrapped up in Edinburgh last month, closing with an exciting final showcase performed as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In its 4th successful year, the Musical Theatre Summer School, convened by Annie Guo, brings musical theatre enthusiasts from around the world to London to undertake a two-week intensive musical theatre training course, taught by leading industry practitioners. These experts guide the students through a ‘triple-threat’ curriculum, focusing on singing, dancing and acting, and both practical performance skills and industry tips and experience. Alongside this, students had the chance to experience the dazzling West End production of Disney’s Aladdin, seeing these triple-threat skills demonstrated live on stage. Alongside special sessions such as a mock audition to provide practical audition skills, the students’ classes in London saw them learn new songs and dance routines, and prepare for a final showcase arranged and rehearsed in only a few days.
The final leg of their summer school, in Edinburgh, culminated in their live showcase as part of Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. Here, they got to show off their new skills through a medley of solos, duets and group numbers from a broad range of musical theatre productions, as well as dance pieces demonstrating their newly learnt jazz and tap skills. Following their successful final showcase, the students experienced the eclectic and exciting Fringe Festival, having the chance to see the unique improvised musical production Showstopper.
Commenting on the summer school, Annie Guo noted “as with every year, the students’ progress was remarkable. From a group of enthusiasts and some complete beginners, with the guidance of the course tutors, the students managed to deliver a showcase in Edinburgh that demonstrated just how far they had come over the intensive two-week programme.” She also added, “this is the aim of the summer school programme, to provide the students with an intensive triple-threat based curriculum which can give them practical skills in three key musical theatre areas – singing, dancing and acting.”