The Vocational Course
Richard Dale (above Left) in the West End show Hairspray.
With Demanding West End Shows / Tours and TV shows like the X factor, Strictly come dancing, Smash and Glee - artists are now expected to be proficient and experienced in all disciplines - singing, acting and dancing.
The vocational development programme will give students the essential skills required to audition for theatre school.
The vocational development programme will be three hours long - once a week or 1 hour 45 minutes for Juniors.
The vocational course will focus on the three main disciplines:
1. The first hour will be dedicated to musical theatre dance training; including jazz, ballet, tap and hip hop technique.
2. The next hour will be an acting technique class - focusing on warm ups, speech exercises, voice technique, scenes from plays, monologue work for auditions and improvisation.
3. In the last hour students will have the opportunity to learn ensemble and solo singing technique. Students will be taught how to warm up the voice, harmonise, blend, and will learn important soloist techniques (mix, belt, twang).
For the older students there will also be a chance for one on one sessions if applying to drama school.
Throughout the year there will be visiting performers from the West End giving giving workshops in their field of expertise. For example Natalie Dignam who is currently in Grease the Musical and Abiona Omonua who is in Legally Blonde. Other teachers include Damien Poole (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Matt Stevens (the Bodyguard, Chicago), Lucus Rush (American Idiot), Mia Lincoln (Shrek), Lucy Garrioch (Les Miserables) and many more.
Once a year there is a showcase for family, friends and industry professionals. Theatre Agents are invited and attend our showcase and have signed our students (Patrick Management have many of our students on their books). Awards are presented by our patron Judi Spires. The showcase is an important part of vocational training as it takes what has been taught and developed in technique classes onto the stage. Every major drama school has a showcase in their final year of training. A showcase consists of each student getting the chance to show off their dance, singing and acting. The content of the show usually consists of small snippets from west end shows.
The course consists of four classes. Juniors aged 8-12, intermediates aged 13-16 and seniors aged 16+. RDTS students have graduated onto GSA, Arts Ed, Italia Conti, Bodyworks, ALRA, Hammond, Performers, Royal Welsh, London Studio Centre, Bird College. Students have also appeared in BBC feature films, music videos, adverts and as part of NYMT / NYT.
We explore each discipline slowly, from scratch. We will learn how each technique works. If you haven't had any training, this doesn't matter. We all have to start somewhere. We are always growing and developing and our confidence improves through performing. There are no other theatre schools in the area that can offer this level of training.
We are a LAMDA training centre so students are able to take examinations in Acting and musical theatre. These exams are great for audition technique. In all of our solo exams students have achieved Distinction's.
We are also part of the university passport scheme. Students are able to gain rewards for their hours training - collecting points towards future university points. You have to be aged under 14.