Earlier we told you about how, for the first time ever, we’ve launched two new programs specifically for high school-aged students. Well today we want to talk about one of those programs: the High School Musical Theatre Training Program in London.
If you yourself are a Musical Theater kid, then you already know why London’s West End Theatre district is amazing. If you’re not, check out this quick primer about the West End I wrote last summer, and this post about why you should study theatre in London I wrote for a promotion we were running earlier this year. Go ahead, I’ll wait…
Amazing, right? And our West End Musical Theatre training program is right in the middle of all of it. Taking classes and workshopping with West End performers, choreographers, and musical directors in famous West End studios is like a dream come true. And now you don’t have to wait until you’re 18 to do it!
You’re never too young to learn how to get fake beat up.
Here’s a screenshot of part of the schedule. (You can find all of this and much more on the program page on our website. This is just to give you a taste).
Look at that and tell me it isn’t what you wish your life looked like right now. What are “West End Workshops?” I’m glad you asked. That’s where the actual actors and choreographers in current West End shows teach you numbers from the shows they’re in as a group. Yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds.
So what’s the difference between the hugely popular program we’ve been running for years and the High School version? Is it like West End Musical Theatre training-light? No! It’s the same program! If you’re talented, you’re talented, it doesn’t matter if you’re 16 or 36. The only difference is the housing (you’ll be with other minors) and a couple extra people there for you behind the scenes to make sure your time in London is safe and runs smoothly.
There are two types of people. Some of you will read this and think, “Hey, that sounds like a sweet program. I bet the people who do it will have a lot of fun.” Others will say “I HAVE FOUND MY CALLING, WHY AM I NOT ON A PLANE HEADING TO ENGLAND RIGHT NOW?!” Whether you’re in the first or second group, I highly recommend reading more about it on the program page. If you are in the second group, I recommend either starting an application immediately or contacting our program advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ben Abbott is Performing Arts Abroad’s Outreach Coordinator. He is also a professional actor and most decidedly in the second group.