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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUTM006 Module Title: PUBLIC PROJECT
Module Provider: Guildford School of Acting Short Name: MUTM006
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: FENDER T Ms (GSA)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Summer Term

Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Contribution to Process


Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
Students will be cast and directed in a musical selected by GSA, the selection to be determined by the skills and the dynamics available in each student group.  There will be five weeks of full-time rehearsals followed by a performance week of two dress rehearsals and five public performances.  The musical will be supported by a Director, a Musical Director and choreographer who will give continuous feedback on student progress throughout the course of rehearsals.  Students will learn to negotiate a process of engagement with full production values and staff, comprising costume and make-up supervisors, set and lighting designers and a full professional structure of stage management and technicians.  Guidance on appropriate methodologies and the determining of appropriate goals will be given by the director and disseminated by the DSM.  Directors and production staff are selected from members of the faculty, the production courses and from a pool of professional working directors and technicians.
Module Aims
• To consolidate the skills learned in training by creating and performing a character as cast in a professional-standard public production, incorporating integrated acting, dance/movement, voice and music/singing techniques.
• To contribute appropriately to ensemble practice in a professional environment
• To manage personal engagement in an environment which, as nearly as possible, follows the professional model with professional directors, musical directors, choreographers and designers
• To sustain and develop a working performance technique throughout the demands of a series of public performances.
Learning Outcomes
• Demonstration of pro-active and positive commitment to rehearsal process and ensemble practice.
• Rigorous self-discipline in terms of time-keeping, rehearsal energy and professional practice.
• The ability to apply skill and knowledge in order to effect an appropriate, truthful and contextually accurate interpretation of a character within musical theatre.
• The ability to be creative and imaginative within the bounds of a prescribed text and to respond positively and constructively to direction.
• The ability to demonstrate flexibility, variation and depth within the realisation of a musical theatre character
Module Content
The module will commence with preliminary auditions requiring preparation of appropriate presented material to a professional panel.  Recall auditions will ensue until the final casting is decided according to individual ability and developmental needs.  There will be five weeks of intensive rehearsal with the director, musical director and choreographer, together with  consultations with design, wardrobe, make-up and marketing departments.  This is  followed by a production week that will include a demanding and lengthy technical rehearsal and two dress rehearsals.  The module will culminate in five public performances over four days.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Professional standard auditions
Group and independent research
Group and individual rehearsals
Dress rehearsals and technical inductions
Selected Texts/Journals
Specific to chosen musical.
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