A Musical Theatre School like no other

At Vivo D’Arte School of Theatre Arts we are deliberately different

Creating the musical theatre performers of tomorrow

Our main School of Theatre Arts

Our main musical theatre school runs on a Saturday between 2pm and 5pm. It is led by our Principal and Artistic Director, Dan Cowtan and assisted by our choreographer Shomari. Each term is mostly performance focused. So, this ranges from full scale musical productions, to fully staged concerts in professional and regional venues. Our students learn the required disciplines for musical theatre and hone their skills in acting, singing and dance during the rehearsal periods. Thereby ensuring they are ready for the performance opportunities at the end of term.

The main school can take up to 60 children, with each term running for a total of 12 weeks (occasionally longer depending on the project). Fees for the term are £270 per student (pro-rated if a student were to join after the start of term) and any siblings that join are eligible for a 10% discount.

Coming soon

It's Friday, I'm in love

Opening in the Autumn Term 2022, our new session will run with the same structure as our Saturday school. But on a Friday Evening between 4:30pm and 7:30pm. In addition, the structure with fees, term lengths and class size all remain the same as Saturday. However, we want to open up the chance for students that have other commitments on a Saturday. So they can start their weekend off right!

Coming soon

Sunday will never be the same

Opening in the Autumn Term 2022, our new session will run with the same structure as our Saturday school. But on a Sunday morning between 10am and 1pm. In addition, the structure with fees, term lengths and class size all remain the same as Saturday. However, we want to open up the chance for students that have other commitments on a Saturday. So they can finish their weekend off right!

One to one musical theatre training

We offer dedicated one to one training across a range of muscial theatre disciplines

Rise and shine

Saturday morning electives at the Musical Theatre School

Our elective sessions are designed to give students the chance to develop their skills in advanced, niche subjects. Subjects that they would not otherwise get to explore before going off to a specialist drama school or conservatoire. Taking place on a Saturday between 10am and 1:45pm, each session is 45 minutes long.  They have maximum class sizes of 15. In order to allow for better contact time between students and teachers. Thereby developing these advanced skills. The sessions that are currently on offer are

Group Musical Theatre Training

LAMDA Group Acting

Working towards a LAMDA qualification, our group acting sessions will hone the skills required to forge well-rounded and intelligent actors. Focusing on script-work primarily, we will focus on vocal and physical characterisation on wide-ranging material. Thereby ensuring all students are confident with making sophisticated and innovative choices onstage.

LAMDA Group Musical Theatre

A detailed exploration of musical theatre scenes and songs from all eras. We explore musical theatre from contemporary repertoires, through to the golden age of the 50’s and beyond. We will explore style, form and character. Whilst creating and inhabiting the world of the scene within the song. All culminating in an examination for a LAMDA qualification.

Technical Dance

Our technical dance sessions are intensive training in a number of key disciplines. Including agility, balance, flexibility, strength, concentration and communication. All within a variety of different styles, ranging from contemporary jazz to ballet. And everything in-between.

Technical Theatre

Our technical theatre class will explore production and design skills, with classes in lighting and sound design, video production and stage technology. We aim to develop interest and skill in the technology and software required to create theatre. As well as in the practical application of programming and operating shows.

Acting Through Song

Our focus in these sessions is on approaching songs as actors, rather than singers. So, we break down the text to understand character and context. Because acting through song aims to create an emotional connection within any musical theatre repertoire. Thereby enabling students to best communicate with an audience in a mature and advanced manner.

Commercial Dance

Aimed at our more advanced and confident dancers. Our commercial dance class offers students the chance to explore a style that incorporates aspects of many others styles of dance they explore elsewhere. Such as Jazz, Street, Modern, Hip Hop, and many others. This is a high-energy and explosive class, designed to give our dancers a chance to explore work they wouldn’t necessarily do in our main school. Or a technical dance elective. 

Don't just take our word for it

What do people think of our Musical Theatre School?

Vivo, you are quite simply the best, and being at the school has brought out (in such a short time) my daughters passion, enthusiasm and confidence! We are very much looking forward the future!

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Contact us

If you’d like to find out more about our school of theatre arts, then we’d love to hear from you. Just give us a call, drop us an email, or fill out the contact form.