Medusa Theatre Company for ambitious young adult (teenage) performers. Most company members have professional or amateur experience, and are in training for a career in performing and entry to vocational schools and university. Entry on to this course is by audition/workshop, the standard is very high. Keen beginners who are willing to work hard are also welcome. The company are friendly and supportive of each other.
Acting and Musical theatre classes in Bracknell, Berkshire for talented performers aged 14 - 21 (or 13 with professional experience or if moving up from our Junior Company just before a 14th birthday). In 2018, the company will present two shows - Sweeney Todd (produced by Medusa Pro) and 'Ghost Station' at the Kenton Theatre (rehearsals from January 2018). Chost Station is presented with Junior Theatre Company and Adult Acting company members.
Medusa rehearse on Saturday afternoons, and have their own production company (with a guest professional theatre company) on Thursday nights as Medusa Pro (optional extra class at no cost to students). They also mentor younger Junior company members, and will produce the free 2018 summer school for younger performers.
Medusa Young Company
Credit cards & childcare vouchers accepted.
£30.00 per week (6.25 hours)
Each year the company members cover a variety of acting techniques, genres and practical study with highly qualified teachers who are also professional performers/practitioners themselves. Guest workshop leaders include West End directors and actors, BBC writers, London Globe directors, casting directors and more. These skills are then applied in L.A.M.D.A acting and musical theatre exams (summer term) and our big spring show, and various public performance events. Some students also join our associated agency and enjoy professional paid work.
Additional Saturday rehearsal hours will be called before a large show, and one or two Sundays.
Get in touch now if you are aged 14-21 and think you have the talent to join the company!
Sweeney Todd casting will begin in September 2017 as part of L.A.M.D.A work, full casting will take place before the first week back in January 2018. Ghost Station will be cast in January 2018. ALL Medusa will have a named part in one show and supporting roles in the other.
Join us for 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Ghost Station' in Summer 2018 (rehearsing from January 2018) and a winter showcase of fabuolus L.A.M.D.A exam and other group work - getting valuable UCAS points for those aged 15+ (duo and solo exams only for UCAS, group exams also offered)
In addition to performing in their shows, students write & devise, direct and produce. Unlike other schools with huge casts, the senior company is kept to a strict 24 cast maximum to allow everyone a voice within the company. Everyone gets a chance at lead roles - we don't have 'favorites' - casting is based on merit! Most of our spring shows are written for us, which allows us to profile everyone well. Our bigger shows are professionally produced and staffed and run over a week to give performers and insight into the rigors of performing.
We work towards shows, events and qualifications, as well as giving a thorough grounding in the essentials. We can help build CV's ready for University and college applications using links with local and national theatre companies and casting directors, as well as our own agency. We also help prepare for university and dance/drama school auditions at Medusa Pro on Thursday evenings.
Company members work towards L.A.M.D.A acting & musical theatre exams each summer term (with exams taken in December to aviod clashes with school exams). These are nationally recognized qualifications. We have a 100% pass rate at Merit or Distinction. These exams (depending on the level taken) can contribute U.C.A.S points. Students who wish to take solo or duo, in addition to group qualifications, are given one-to one tuition with specialists, as part of their Saturday class. Additional support is offered (free) outside these hours if needed. It is our aim that all our young performers gain Distinctions.
Medusa Theatre Company is taught and directed by established theatre directors, qualified teachers, working actors and guest workshops each term to ensure company members are thoroughly challenged! Our tutors also teach at schools such as R.A.D.A and Royal Central, and one was also is a casting director working on shows like 'Sherlock' with Benedict Cumberbatch.
Join us for a FREE class trial/audition at any point during the term.
Agency representation is also available.
All of our students are encouraged and prepared for further education. Medusa graduates have gone on to join high profile universities and drama, dance and music schools and colleges such as Millenium, GSA, New York Conservatory of Acting, Rose Bruford, Oxford, Winchester and more! They also go into The NYT, and professional jobs. We have students working all over the world, and alumi also include technicians and photographers, artists, teachers and comedians.
All company rehearsals are at:
Whitegrove Youth and Community Centre, 3 County Lane, Bracknell RG42 3JP This is in the grounds of Tesco - with free parking for 3 hours. Students who drive themselves should give their car numberplate details to Vice Principal Gemah who will make sure the council allow the student to park for free all afternoon. Follow the car park aound to the right, and look for the large white 'Library' sign. The centre is directly beside the library.Term Dates 2017/2018
Weekend rehearsals (including Sundays to allow for bank holidays) 2017 Sept 16, 23, 30 Oct 7, 14, 21 Nov 4, 11, 18, 25 Dec 2, 9*. 16* *This is LAMDA exam day. There are two exam days to allow for cast who have pantomime and other Christmas show committments. Dec 10th - Christmas show 2017 - Woodely - Oakwood Theatre. 2 Performances. Tickets online from mid September. 2018 Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 24 Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 25* Sunday (25th) is an additional session - 2pm-6pm. This will be a show workshop with the Musical Director. Apr 21, 28 May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 9, 16, 23, 30 Jul 7 July 9th -14th - Ghost Station - Kenton Theatre - no class in Whitegrove. July 17th-21st - Sweeney Todd - venue tbc. Summer School 2018 - 30th July - 3rd August. 10am-6.30pm Aug - no classes.