Students shown the ropes by theatre star
Final-year Musical Theatre students at the University of Wolverhampton were shown the ropes when West End performer, Matt Rawle, visited The Performance Hub at the Walsall Campus to deliver an acting masterclass.
The students are due to perform the musical ‘Pippin’ at the Arena Theatre in May as their final major production. Matt, who performed the lead role in London, visited the University to give students a valuable insight into the show.
He began by working with all the students on the opening number of the show; getting them to think about their character and the ensemble functions in the musical.
In the afternoon Matt worked with the students individually on the parts that they plan to audition for in the final production. Each student sang a song performed by their chosen character and Matt coached them on a one-to-one basis about their vocal and acting skills.
Sarah Browne, Head of Music in the Department of Performing Arts, said: “Pippin is rarely performed so this was such a valuable opportunity for the students to work with someone who has played the lead role in a professional production of the show. They will now understand a little more about how to work in a professional company and hopefully they’ll take this knowledge forward to produce a successful show in May 2016.”
Amy Evans, Musical Theatre student in her third year, said: “The workshop with Matt was fun and very informative. His experience shone through in his teaching techniques, and the workshops given were extremely useful for our upcoming auditions for Pippin the musical. As a class we felt very privileged to have someone with so much experience take time out of their schedule to come and give us some useful performance tips that can be used not only in Pippin but throughout the rest of our time at university and in the future.”
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Date Issued: 10th February 2016