Patrons:

David Essex OBE

Arlene Phillips CBE

David Wood OBE


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MADD Graduate Jay McGuiness to star on ‘BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing’

We are pleased to announce that graduate Jay McGuiness will be competing in this years ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on BBC1.

We wish you all the luck Jay!

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For more information visit the BBC Blog about ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

http://bbc.in/1Ey9cDx

 

Nottingham Playhouse

Backstage at The Nottingham Playhouse Gala Show 2015

Take a look at all the gossip behind the curtain at The Nottingham Playhouse MADD Gala Show #rogeroverandout 2015

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Nottingham Playhouse 2015 – Review

Review: Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama Showcase 2015

This 48th Anniversary Gala student Showcase from Nottingham based Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama showing twice at Nottingham Playhouse is totally outstanding and utterly professional. Every single aspect of the showcase is polished to a glittering sheen of its singing and dancing life.

This reviewer had the privilege of seeing the third year graduate show at London’s Criterion Theatre in May this year and that was mightily impressive. Now this exciting Nottingham showcase features ninety-six students from across all three years including the twenty-six from the graduating class.

The hard work that has clearly gone into presenting this student showcase is breath-taking. There is never a moment’s respite in the packed programme and full appreciation must go to the totally dedicated staff at MADD under the principal Frances Clayton and production co-ordinator Edward Nudd. Especial notice should be given to professional choreographers and directors Emma Clayton, Ryan Lee Seager, Stewart Arnold, Mark Webb, Daniel Gordon, Mark Hedges, Stuart Hayes, Kamilah Beckles and Sue Sparham. Additionally, the total theatrical package wouldn’t be complete with the superb live band with musical director Callum Clarke and the amazing light ( Leigh Mulpeter) and sound (Rob Ketteridge) from MAC Productions Ltd.

The showcase features sixteen musical numbers including dance in various styles. The first half highlights have to be a re-imagined Bohemian Rhapsody, the opening number Queen of The Night, a very funny Keep It Gay, and Please Don’t Touch Me performed by Amanda Blockley and Braidley Wilson. There’s some terrific heart stopping dance in The Rich Man’s Frug, frightening all male choreography in the menacing Where’s Your Head At? and we finish with the vibrant closing piece The Rhythm of Life featuring the entire third year ensemble.

The second half opens up spectacularly with Steel Town Sky followed by third year vocalists Summer Rozenbroek, Rebecca Telling, Sadie Marie-Ebbon and Savanna Darnell singing I Have Nothing to great applause. Comedy highlights in the second half include Man Up and the flirty Doctors’ Orders and more sombre pieces such as the touching dance piece Amazing Grace. Throughout the showcase the dancers excel in their often athletic work showing their dedication, fitness and fluidity and hard won choreography that make it all look easy. Such talent takes years of honing and the capacity audience clearly appreciated them.

In writing a review one is conscious of those artistes not mentioned and in this case theatrical numbers equally not mentioned. Certainly every one of the ninety-six performers perfectly demonstrate why their top talents have been chosen to be a student at such a prestigious school as Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama! They should all be very very proud. Next to me in the audience are the parents of a young woman who is starting her course at MADD in September this year. In the interval they tell me that she is sitting at the end of the row and is getting emotional at the thoughts and sights of what lies ahead of her. Her parents seem extremely impressed as were many a set of parents and families in this capacity audience tonight. She can look forward to being coached by industry professionals of the highest calibre.

The showcase ends on a huge high as a costumed cavalcade of singers and dancers begin the final numbers by the full company. The Freak Flag story book character costumes are totally brilliant and there seems to be a never ending flow of students spilling out of every door and lining the auditorium. The whole audience is smiling and clapping along and as the final notes of the following Car Wash number hit the roof the fully deserved applause is deafening.

After the showcase and outside of my opinion and outside the theatre itself are a very happy crowd of audience well wishers including former students who have come along to support the current students. The terms “brilliant”, “extremely professional” and “loved the way it all flowed” echo through the throng. #rogeroverandout.

PS: To read more about my visit to the MADD college earlier this year click this LINK.

Production photo credits Joe Shaw

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Criterion Showcase 2015 – A Backstage Peek

Take a look at our latest video of what goes into putting a successful West End Showcase together. This is from our 2015 London Showcase at The Criterion Theatre London. For all enquiries then please call us on 0115 911 0401

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Rakesh Boury – Bend It Like Beckham The Phoenix Theatre London

We are pleased to announce that Alumnus Rakesh Boury is in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ in London’s West End this is in addition to his many other West End and National Theatre credits. To view his profile here click the link below:

http://benditlikebeckhamthemusical.co.uk/cast/rakesh-boury/

To visit the website click here:

http://benditlikebeckhamthemusical.co.uk/

 

 

Trinity

Trinity College London Validation!

We are pleased to announce that from September 2014 we are able to offer the Performing Arts Diploma: Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre, Validated by Trinity College London.

What is the Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre?

The word ‘professional’ is key in the naming of this qualification as it was developed specifically to recognise the high level of skill and talent that emerges from some of the most prestigious of England’s professional performing arts training institutions. The uniqueness of the qualification stems from the way they were developed following advice from members of the theatrical profession and the participating professional training schools. It is a vocational qualification

What will I study?

The course aims to develop the artistic, creative, technical and professional skills that a performing artist needs in order to fully prepare for a varied and high level career in Musical Theatre. Your course will include singing and acting, dance and supporting professional studies that aim to enable you to sustain a long-term career in the Musical Theatre. You will have opportunities to perform and most colleges bring in a range of guest artists working in the profession for you to work with. Each validated course is different and will provide the Diploma within its own curriculum.

What do I need to do to get the qualification?

You need to have successfully auditioned at a school which provides a course that has been validated to provide the Diploma by Trinity College London. The school will then register students who are appropriate for the Diploma. Your responsibility is to work hard to attain a high level of competence on the course you attend.

Does the qualification have any standing?

The Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre is recognised by the Ofqual. It is placed at level six on the Qualifications and Credit Framework, which equates to level H (BA Honours Degree) on the HE Framework. This means that it is at least comparable in terms of vocational competence to the standards required for honours degrees and graduate diplomas.

Conversion of the Professional Peformance Diplomas to BA (Hons) Professional Practice.

The Diploma as a level 6 qualification on the Qualifications and Credit Framework is an APL route onto some MA programmes, including the MA Professional Practice at Middlesex University.  However, students may first wish to acquire a more academically oriented qualification at the same level.

Therefore, students who have successfully completed their Diploma, can apply to Middlesex University to take the BA conversion course. The BA(Hons) Professional Practice (BAPP) has been created especially for students who have graduated from Trinity validated Provider. The course gives participants the opportunity to convert their diploma to a BA(Hons) while carrying on their professional activities. Taken over one year, participants will be required to compile a professional portfolio and undertake a practice based project.

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Outreach Programmes

MADD College hosts a successful ‘Outreach Programme’ for Schools/Academies. This enables the younger generation the opportunity to see what Professional Musical Theatre training and opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry are really like.

For more information please email us at Admin admin@maddcollege.supanet.com

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A Big Thank you to West End Leading Lady and Director Maria Friedman

West End Star and Director Maria Friedman http://bit.ly/XeuMZ5  held a workshop for our students in November.

Maria Friedman is one of Britain’s leading musical stars. She has appeared on stage in many West End shows and also on Broadway. Maria has won three Laurence Olivier Awards and been nominated for seven.

Maria started her career in 1980 in the chorus of the national tour of Oklahoma! She has since starred in numerous West End musical hits including Chicago, Passion, The Woman in White, Ragtime and the National Theatre productions of Lady in the Dark also Sondheim shows, Funny thing happened on the way to the forum, Merrily we roll along, Follies concert, A Little Night Music, Passion, with a recording and concert of Sunday in the park with George.

Hosted by Stephen Sondheim and Barbara Cook, Maria appeared at The Café Carlyle where she played 3 seasons and took the show internationally.

With her career spanning theatre, television, film and radio productions Maria made her critically acclaimed Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White, winning her the award for best debut performer on Broadway.

The heart of Maria’s career has been centred around the love and work of her dear friend Stephen Sondheim and in May 2010, Maria was honoured to sing for Stephen at his 80th birthday celebrations in New York and Washington.

For more information please visit Maria Friedman’s website http://bit.ly/1ld0taz