Musical Theatre Workshop
A Group Course for Intermediate Students
Next course starts 16 April 2018.
‘Give ’em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle dazzle ’em
Give ’em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate….’
– from Chicago
‘Eliza, I don’t have a dollar to my name,
an acre of land, a troop to command, a dollop of fame.
All I have’s my honor, a tolerance for pain,
a couple of college credits and my top-notch brain.’
– from Hamilton
‘A fantastic course, high energy, wonderfully taught, with clear instruction and a great class atmosphere. I’d recommend it to anyone.’
– J. Ryan
Have you ever dreamed of being a Broadway or West End star? Would you just like to be able to audition with confidence for the local/community musical? Or do you just want to sing songs from musicals for fun? The New School’s Musical Theatre Workshop is designed for anyone interested in musical theatre singing and is an excellent opportunity to develop your vocal abilities, song/audition repertoire and dramatic skills. The workshop includes:
- Vocal techniques and warm-ups to help you produce a stronger, healthier sound
- Choosing and preparing the right song for your voice type
- Defining your character and ‘character-based’ singing
- Acting techniques and improvisation
- Solo and ensemble singing
- Dramatisation of scenes
- Managing stage fright
The workshop will also include extensive preparation with an accompanist, and (although this is not required) participants can showcase some of the material they have worked on in a final performance, open to the public. Participants are encouraged to invite family and friends along!
Although this workshop is an introduction to musical theatre, it is not intended for voice beginners. (Go to Introducing Singing for Adults for information on our beginners course.) Participants in the Musical Theatre Workshop should have some previous experience singing in choirs or musicals or have taken at least a term of private or group singing lessons. Please wear loose clothing and bring along a song from any musical with which you are familiar and that you would like to work on as a ‘solo’ piece.
The teacher, Sinéad Flynn, is available to speak by phone with those interested in participating in this workshop. Please let us know by email or phone if you would like her to contact you.
Sinéad received a BMus in Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music and also trained in the Gaiety School of Acting. She has sung and acted in a wide range of theatre, opera and musical theatre productions, as well as on television and film. She has performed in the National Concert Hall, the Gaiety Theatre, the Peacock Theatre, Cork City Hall and Waterfront Hall in Belfast, as well as in Germany and the USA. Sinéad’s favourite singing roles include Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Her chorus work includes Puccini’s Tosca, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Glucks’ Orfeo. And her favourite acting roles include Grusha in Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle and the title role in Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy. Sinéad has won numerous prizes, including the Gilbert and Sullivan Cup in the Feis Ceoil and the Light Opera Cup and Margaret Dillon Memorial Prize in the Feis Maithiú, Cork. She has written and devised many of her own plays and performances, including The Box of Earthly Delights (the Pearse Centre, Culture Night) and Discord (Phizzfest). In addition to her work teaching singing and musical theatre at the New School since 2006, Sinéad also works as an English language teacher and has created and directed performances for several community and classroom groups, and she has a particular interest in outreach education.
‘I loved the class. The teacher is brilliant, and I feel much more confident about my singing and acting. Also the class is great fun.’
– P. Augustinovic
‘The Musical Theatre Workshop is just great! You can improve your vocal and dramatic skills and learn how to sing properly your favourite songs, and at the same time it gives you the confidence to perform them in front of an audience.’
– L. Bartolomé Vergel
‘I had a fantastic time doing this course. I wish there were more like it out there! It has encouraged me to pursue my love of musical theatre, and I hope to be back to take on some Musical Theatre performance exams next year and to receive the relevant coaching for them.’
– A. Fallon
‘Sinéad is amazing, and Waltons students are lucky to have her! I learned so much in such a short time, and it’s all thanks to her and her passion!’
– M. Forgione
‘Loved the way you get to express yourself…. Sinéad gets the best out of you and it is so much fun!’
– G. Foster
‘I really enjoyed the course and gained a lot of confidence from it. For anyone who likes to sing and has an interest in musicals, it’s an ideal opportunity to explore your abilities, and it’s great fun as well.’
– E. Kelly
‘This course is excellent for developing both acting and singing skills in fun, relaxed and creative atmosphere. Sinéad is dedicated, enthusiastic and open to letting the class develop their performance. I hope to take the course again next year, as it has given me the confidence to perform and audition for my local musical society.’
– B. Kiernan
‘Sinéad was brilliant. She brought out the best in me, and I am much more confident now about my voice. I love everything about the course. Fun, laughter, confidence building.’
– E. King
‘I could do this course all year long. Sinéad pushes and pulls you to do your best. The feeling of achievement is “grandiose”!’
– D. Lafon
‘I started the course wanting to sing but not believing I could. I ended it on a high note – literally. I found my voice through the energy, enthusiasm and love of singing Sinéad shares and gives to you – to find your voice is a powerful gift to yourself.’
– A. Loughney
‘Everybody in the class hugely improved. Great fun!’
– E. Loughran
‘Sinéad is everything you could ask for in a teacher – supportive, good humoured and puts a huge effort into helping you improve and develop, overcoming your weak points and mastering your strengths.’
– G. Mackessy
‘Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Sinéad is a super teacher!’
– I. Minogue
‘Imagine a singing course where you learn a huge amount in a short time and have fabulous fun doing it – that’s the Musical Theatre Workshop.’
– W. Thompson
‘The course is fun filled and focused. A joy!’
– L. Walsh
‘The Musical Theatre Workshop is just an amazing course. Sinéad is a fantastic teacher – encouraging and honest. Having done the course twice now, I find it has really helped me with my confidence in performaing and also in my everyday life. Even my seniors in work have noticed the change, so thanks Sinéad!’
– S. Walsh
Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire about it.
2017-2018 Third Term Course Schedule & Fee
9 weeks, 16 April – 25 June 2018
(No classes on 7 May & 4 June – Bank Holiday Mondays)
Mondays 6.30 – 8 pm
Tuition Fee: €245
Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.
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Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.