Are you someone who constantly auditions, gets close, but then you don’t book the job? There is probably a good reason.
This three -month professional course in musical theatre has been specially designed by professionals for professionals like you. Our programme will quickly identify your strengths and weaknesses to improve your success rate in this highly competitive industry.
The ICMT has worked closely with Casting Directors from the Industry to identify their needs. This course will polish the performers' skillset resulting in a higher success rate during castings.
The course takes place in Germany, home of the world’s third largest Musical Theatre Industry and will run out of the famous state-of-the-art studios at Stage Entertainment in Hamburg, which regularly casts and produces musicals all over Germany.
ICMT graduates are already employed in the German productions ‘Aladdin’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Hamilton’, and ‘Starlight Express’, proving their training works and so do their graduates.
This course is headed up by West-End Actor and Director, Kenneth Avery-Clark, and you will receive expert advice and training from Industry professionals from both Hamburg and London to help you make that leap.
Apart from daily dance, vocal and acting masterclasses, we offer one-to-one attention to work on the specific needs of the performer. At the end of the course, students will audition for Casting Directors in Hamburg.
Acceptance is by audition only and the first round is by video. Our team from London and Hamburg will review each video to find suitable candidates who will benefit from the course.
Audition technique: We will provide you with in-depth training on audition techniques, including how to choose and prepare appropriate audition material, how to make a lasting impression in the audition room, and how to navigate callbacks and follow-up interviews.
Faculty: Our faculty in Hamburg will include top industry professionals from both the UK and Germany.
Vocal coaching in a variety of styles: Our world-class vocal coaches will work with you to further develop your singing voice specific to your needs.
Acting: Whether it be through script, song, or dance, acting is key. You'll receive instruction on interpreting and portraying characters and how to make character choices quickly in auditions and recalls.
Personalised coaching to increase audition success: Our faculty will identify your weaknesses and develop strategies to improve on them.
Showcase and Networking: We will put you in front of key casting professionals at the end of your course.
London: You will spend a week in London mid-course to train with additional West End professionals to give you another angle on how to improve overall.
To be accepted on our musical theatre courses, students must audition first. If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
You will need to prepare 2 contrasting songs of your choice (1 ideally musical theatre). You should bring sheet music with you to the audition, and each song should last no longer than 2 minutes. The panel will take into consideration: acting-through-song, range, tone, interpretation, technique and musicality.
You will need to prepare a monologue of your choice that is no longer than 3 minutes. The panel will take into consideration: truth, text connection and understanding, characterisation, vocal clarity, projection, and presentation.
You will take part in a group jazz class led by a member of our faculty. You will learn a routine and work through techniques to demonstrate technique, musicality, spatial awareness, timing, style, and presentation.
If you are auditioning via video, you will be given a link to a dance routine to learn. There is a routine for beginner/intermediate levels and another routine for advanced levels.
Applicants will undergo a short interview with a senior member of the ICMT team. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to tell us why you would make a great ICMT student.
Acceptance is by audition only and the first round is by video. Our team from London and Hamburg will review each video to find suitable candidates for the course.
Audition Requirements - An introduction of yourself (in English). - 2 contrasting songs (roughly 32 bar cuts). - A monologue of your own choice (one minute or less). - A short dance routine (can be of a performance but clearly identified)
Recalls Recalls will be held at Stage Entertainment Studios in Hamburg. All participants must attend in person and undergo an interview in English. In exceptional cases, some auditionees may be offered a place after the video round.
In Acting and Voice Core Skills 1a, students develop their skills, understanding and practice through these core classes:
Script & Stagecraft
Acting & Voice Core Skills 1B
In Acting and Voice 1b, students develop skills, understanding and practice across 4 core areas:
Script & Stagecraft
Dance Core Skills 1A
Dance tuition at the ICMT provides students with the required skillset demanded within the performing arts industry. Students are taught the skills to understand their bodies and increase their fitness and stamina. This will ensure the delivery of safe and technically proficient performances embodied with personality, musicality, and clear acting-through-dance across the core dance styles found within musical theatre.
In Dance Core Skills 1a, students develop their skills, understanding, and practice in these core areas:
Technique classes are supported by instruction in Body Conditioning, musical theatre dance, and anatomy as part of the college’s ‘Healthy Performer’ approach to practice.
Dance Core Skills 1B
In Dance Core Skills 1B, students continue to develop their skills, understanding and practice in these core areas:
Technical classes are supported by ensemble routines in Musical Theatre Dance. This includes Body Conditioning and Healthy Performer classes to enhance personal fitness.
Integrated Performance 1
This module brings together the three major disciplines of acting, singing, and dance in the form of scenes, large group sequences/songs, and eventually duets/trios. This is ahead of the larger-scale projects addressed later in the year.
Integrated Performance (I.P) teaches students to analyse how scenes and songs segue, to sustain character through scene and song, and develop ensemble/company skills. The module enables students to work under a director and musical director, addressing stamina and honing all that is required to present truthful, committed, and professional musical theatre performances.
Singing Core Skills 1A
Singing tuition at the ICMT provides students with the skills to understand the workings of the voice, safely use their instrument, sing with freedom, and be able to confidently handle the vast array of musical styles required of a performer in today’s industry. In Singing Core Skills 1A, students develop their skills, understanding and practice in these core areas:
Private singing (30-minutes weekly lesson)
Singing Core Skills 1B
In Singing Core Skills 1B, students continue to develop their skills, understanding and practice in these core areas:
Acting, Voice & Performance
This module brings together the methods and technical learning studies across the major disciplines at Level 4, unifying them into dedicated projects and performance settings, whilst still giving a dedicated focus on the key disciplines:
Musical Theatre Dance Project
Director/Choreographer Investigative Study
Integrated Performance 2
This module brings together all disciplines within acting, singing, and dance into the large group sequences/songs. Integrated Performance (I.P.) 2 teaches students to analyse how scenes and songs segue, to sustain character through scene and song, and develop ensemble/company skills. The module enables students to work under a director and musical director; addressing stamina and honing all that is required to present truthful, committed, and professional musical theatre performances:
Large-scale company numbers and/or small group scenes and songs
Working with rehearsal call-sheets
Script analysis and cold-reading
Research into given scenes and shows
Evaluating the rehearsal process and performances
Dance Advanced Skills
In Dance Advanced Skills, students continue to develop their skills, understanding and practice in the following areas:
Singing Advanced Skills
Singing Advanced Skills revisits the core skills established at Level 4, developing proficiency through repetition and applying technique to more challenging and contemporary material. By the end of this module, students will have a detailed and complete repertoire folder containing material from all briefs studied to date.
Students will study a German MT brief alongside their English briefs to introduce students to the growing German musical theatre market and enhance employability options upon graduation.
Acting & Voice Advanced Skills
In Acting & Voice Advanced Skills, students develop their skills, understanding and practice across these core areas:
Additionally, students develop skills in ‘self-taping’. ‘Self-taping’ is the widely recognised term for filming yourself to audition for a role.
Pantomime & British Comedy
Pantomime’s long theatrical history in U.K. culture and its significance to the modern theatre scene is explored and performed as students gain a firm understanding of the specific look, ‘feel’, and performance requirements of this iconic art form.
Pantomime is informed by the work on Commedia dell’arte and is a culmination of improvisation, clowning, and chorus skills. Students explore comedy, in particular slapstick and farce, and the delivery of text that breaks the fourth wall. Students will also look at the distinctive make-up and wardrobe traits associated with pantomime and learn how to create and deliver these effects.
Pantomime forms key employment opportunities for students after graduation.
Acting for Stage & Screen
This module further develops a skillset at working with a director and delivering scripted material to a professional standard. From a practical perspective, the module furthers the student’s ability to ‘lift text from the page’ and bring together all skills addressed to date in creating character and delivering a believable narrative. Students will delve into the world of acting-for-camera, understanding the varying performance requirements and stylistic demands that this medium places upon the actor, in turn developing a student’s skillset and employability:
One-act Shakespeare/Classic Text Play
Acting for camera (scenes, commercials, and showreels)
Professional Performance Skills
This module focuses on preparing students for the profession by simulating real-world environments. Students experience mock-auditions before undertaking a workshop producing a one-act, in-house, black-box presentation of an abridged musical. Working with a director, musical director, and choreographer, this is a real-world simulation and an opportunity for students to put into practice their skills learnt to date and experience the pressure and expectations associated with rehearsing and delivering a professional musical ahead of their full-scale musical undertaken at the end of their training.
Students also experience professional practice through a ‘Swing’ project. Being a swing is often the first job upon entry into the industry. A swing requires understudying multiple tracks. This project tests a student’s ability at creating a ‘swing bible’ for multiple character tracks before being asked to perform any requested track on the day of the performance:
Devised Musical Pitch
This module offers the students valuable insight into the process of writing, rehearsing, and pitching an original musical for consideration of further development. As well as an opportunity for students to express their creativity and explore narrative and musical form, the module deconstructs the musical process from concept to performance, detailing the creative stages and roles needed for success beyond the cast. Students are made aware of the financial requirements and constraints of creating a musical, along with budgeting, scheduling, and general business practices. Students are writer, composer, director, performer, and producer combined:
This module allows students to delve deeply into an area within musical theatre that they have a keen interest in and wish to explore further. The student presents their research in the form of a 20/25-minute presentation honing their evaluation/research and critical thinking skills.
Students will undergo a series of mock auditions spanning an array of musical theatre genres requiring a range of performance requirements that are to be a regular occurrence in the life of a performer. Experience will be gained in delivering a strong audition under pressure and presenting oneself professionally whilst honing pick-up and delivery skills. Audition-Technique across the disciplines will be addressed along with song presentation and physical presentation. Strategies for handling anxiety and general audition stress are also discussed. Drawing upon a detailed repertoire folder of suitable material collated across Levels 4, 5, and 6, students should find themselves able to select and present vocal material appropriately and to current industry standards.
A feature of the module is the professional panel. ‘Pro-Panel’ is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents in front of an invited panel of agents and casting directors. A day is given over to this event during the semester where students will individually perform, resulting in students receiving agent representation upon graduation.
Mock singing/acting/dance auditions.
The students will also create a self-development plan that outlines strategies for life as a working performer, such as understanding Spotlight, Equity, tax & finance, CV’s & headshots, technical and creative departments.
The full-scale public musical is produced at the end of a student’s training, which brings together all learning and knowledge to date. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on their singing, acting, dance, stagecraft, and performance ability.
Working with a director, musical director, choreographer, and technical team, students are subjected to a real-world professional experience from the audition to opening night; having the opportunity to finesse skills and hone a professional attitude and work ethic throughout the rehearsal process.