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Getting into Musical Theatre


Tueday 7 July 2.30 pm. Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Gerry Tebbutt, Head of Musical Theatre at GSA will begin this session with a discussion about choosing to study musical theatre, what you could expect from a course and how to prepare for applying and auditioning. Gerry will then work with six pre-selected participants on their musical theatre audition songs. This will be a fascinating opportunity to see what is expected from audition panels for musical theatre courses.

To apply to work on stage with Gerry, please send an email with Musical Theatre as the subject, indicating:

Why you would like this opportunity

Which musical theatre courses you are thinking of applying to

The song you would like to work on

Your age

What you are doing now (ie: school / college / university / gap year / other – please specify)

Your contact details (email and phone no.)

Please email this to: info@masterclass.org.uk

Gerry began his career as an actor in weekly rep at Shanklin Theatre performing in seventeen plays in eighteen weeks! He followed this working with repertory theatres up and down the country before embarking on a career in musical theatre. In the West End he appeared in many long running productions such as The Canterbury Tales (Phoenix) Annie (Victoria Palace) Billy (Drury Lane) Irene (Adelphi) Strike A Light (Piccadilly) The Wizard of Oz (Victoria Palace) Gypsy (Piccadilly) Mack & Mabel In Concert (Drury Lane) The Wombles (Shaftesbury) and two Royal Variety Performances from The London Palladium.

He was Associate Director for the Wolsey Theatre Company, Ipswich for ten years and was Overseas Director for the National Theatre, Kenya where he directed many productions with a multi racial company. He was a regular Guest Director at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, Palace Theatre Watford and the Mercury Theatre Colchester and has also directed at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Playhouse Derby. He has directed productions and lectured on musical theatre at the Academy For Performing Arts, Hong Kong and has worked in this capacity in Hungary, Holland, Norway, Jordan, America, Italy and Israel. Gerry recently ran a musical theatre workshop for Stage Center in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and was an adjudicator for the Schools Speech Festival in Hong Kong. He will be directing his seventh consecutive pantomime at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford at Christmas which will star Nigel Havers.

Gerry is Head of Musical Theatre at GSA and is a freelance lecturer on theatre. Gerry is a director of the Ivor Novello Charities and is a founder member of the MTEA (Musical Theatre Educators Alliance) in Philadelphia. His book Musical Theatre which is aimed at young people hoping to follow a career in the performing arts has recently been published by Dramatic Lines. To date Gerry has been involved in over three hundred stage productions either as a performer, choreographer or director.