A starring role in A Chorus Line

Date Posted: 11/06/2013

A Chorus Line, the West End cast in rehearsals.

Pictured: Rehearsal shot of the current West End Cast of A Chorus Line.

School groups can experience a musical theatre audition thanks to a new workshop programme from the Theatre Workout and West End production A Chorus Line. Here, we find out what’s in store for participating pupils.

West End musical A Chorus Line, currently booking at the London Palladium, has partnered with leading workshop producers Theatre Workout, to create a new workshop programme for school groups.

As part of a school trip to London’s West End, teachers can now book one of the drama and musical theatre-based workshops, which aim to explore the show’s central themes and character journeys.

Combining the opportunity to watch a performance of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, the workshops will use a variety of show materials, including key songs, scenes, speeches and ensemble numbers.

What’s A Chorus Line all about?

The West End revival of this Broadway hit, A Chorus Line takes you through the audition process as 20-something dancers are whittled down to 17, with just eight making the cut for the final chorus line-up.

Featuring some of musical theatre’s best loved songs such as One (Singular Sensation), What I did For love, I Can do That, Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love and Hope I Get It; A Chorus Line is a stage show stripped bare to reveal the bleaker side of Broadway; the hard graft before the glitz and glamour, the raw performances beneath the razzle-dazzle.

It’s the story of the faceless and forgotten; the chorus line dancers overlooked by audiences and reviewed by critics as a single entity.

Experience a musical theatre audition

As part of Theatre Workout’s new workshop programme, school trip organisers can arrange an audition masterclass.

This particular session replicates a professional workshop audition, similar to that which the characters go through in the show, and which some of the actors went through in real life to get cast in it.

 A Chorus Line, the West End cast in rehearsals.

Pictured: Leigh Zimmerman, who plays sassy Sheila, in rehearsals.

The audition masterclass may be of particular relevance for Drama students thinking of a career in the arts.

A taster workshop for teachers

To launch the new programme, teachers, group travel organisers and ticketing agents recently took part in a taster workshop at the London Palladium.

Tasked with learning a song and dance routine from the show, the session was led by Theatre Workout’s professional theatre practitioners, one of whom is actually in the show.

One teacher from Park Hill School in Kingston said of the taster workshop: “It was fun and had good challenge levels.”

Another school trip organiser from Hayes School in Kent commented: “It’s really beneficial to students who want to do theatre.”

Increasing confidence through Drama and Performing Arts

Active participation in Drama and the Performing Arts has been proven to significantly increase confidence and soft skills in the areas of communication and team-work.

As well as being directly relevant to Drama students, Theatre Workout’s workshops are also a great way for general school groups to expand the educational remit of a theatre visit.

Booking an educational session with Theatre Workout

Theatre Workout promotes itself as the leading producer for bespoke workshops in London’s West End.

Working in partnership with major West End shows, it offers a range of tailor-made programmes for school groups of all ages.

Current show partners include Disney’s The Lion King, The 39 Steps, Wicked and the forthcoming Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

For further school trip information contact:

020-8144 2290
acl@theatreworkout.com
www.education.theatreworkout.com

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