High Street Broadway

Become a triple threat with music theatre training!

Learn from music theatre experts to hone your craft, develop your characters and push your boundaries.

This year-long training course is perfect for the budding 10 to 17 year old student looking to develop their performance skills to succeed in joining music theatre productions. Work in an ensemble setting with your peers and bring your character to life as you sing, act and dance! With a year-long commitment, the course across the year focuses on basics in Semester 1 to build up skills in preparation for a highlights production at the conclusion of Semester 2.

Develop your performance skills as you learn the secret tools and techniques of the Music Theatre world!

High Street Broadway: Music Theatre Training (10-17yrs)

Suitable for students between the ages of 10 to 17

Runs on Thursdays 6pm – 8pm (during the school terms)

Cost: $200 per 8-week term

Learn the ins-and-outs of music theatre and sharpen your stagecraft, movement, performance techniques and memorisation skills. Be privy to the tools that succeed in auditions! Work in an ensemble and build teamwork skills to bring together a scene.

Showcase Performances: 2 per year – July (informal show and tell) and December (highlights show on stage)

What you need to know

Course Outline

This year-long program has been developed to focus on all the skills required for a music theatre production stage. Taking students from the basics to the stage, the course requires a full year commitment from students in light of the mini-production showcase at the end of the year. Enrolments in Semester 2 are restricted, and parts/places for the production are not guaranteed for late enrolments.

High St Broadway Course Outline:

Term 1: Introduction and Basics

  • Ensemble work
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Use of physical space
  • Movement, drama, and acting
  • Performance and communication skills

Term 2: Voice, stage and movement

  • Vocal Use
  • Characterisation
  • Vocal Ensemble work
  • Voice and Vocal Health
  • Song Structure
  • Stage presence and overcoming stage fright

Term 3: Preparing for the stage

  • Scene to song transition
  • Speech to song transitions
  • Working dialogue
  • Rehearsal room etiquette
  • Music Theatre and Performance Practice

Term 4: Production preparation + Show

  • Performance focused production
  • Stylized singing
  • Staging – using the stage to enhance performance
  • Expressive development
  • Stage presence and overcoming stage fright
  • Technical skills – how to work in the space

Course Outcomes:

  • Strengthen vocal ability, improve general music skills
  • Reinforce the connection between text/musical analysis and performance
  • Character analysis and development
  • Develop techniques for auditions and performances
  • Received techniques to aid in one’s own learning
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses in performance and propose solutions for improvement
  • Provide a foundation for further study and development
  • Learn to work in a team and bring your character to life

Course Dates

Semester 1, 2019 Dates:

(Mid-term enrolments welcome)

Term 1: Thursday 21 Feb – Thursday 11 Apr

Term 2: Thursday 16 May – Thursday 4 July (Final week is an informal show-and-tell)

Semester 2, 2019 Dates:

(Restricted enrolments: New participants accepted only after successful audition – enrolment submission does not guarantee a place in the show). 

Term 3: Thursday 8 Aug – Thursday 26 Sep

Term 4: Thursday 24 Oct – Thursday 12 Dec (Final week is a mini-production live showcase )


Vocal Placement Assessment Requirements:

Returning enrollees can simply click through the event page below to enrol.

We want to hear your sing! All new enrollees are to prepare 2 contrasting unaccompanied songs/music theatre pieces to submit to us in one of two ways. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN AUDITION! It is simply a way for our tutor to assess your level in order to better prepare the class.

  1. Submit a video (Upload to Youtube/soundcloud or share your GDrive/Dropbox/OneDrive link on the enrolment form)
  2. Live assessment at a pre-appointed time (Please email conservatorium@penrith.city to organise an appointment).

Click through the event page below, click BOOK NOW and include the link to your clip when submitting the form.

About the teacher

Nicholas Christo

Nicholas-ChristoNicholas is the writer/director/producer of the short film Picking Up which premiered at the Toronto LGBT Festival in 2017. It screened at the FRAMELINE 41 Festival in San Francisco and nine other international film festivals.

He directed Cabaret at The Hayes and is the librettist of Melba which sold out at The Hayes in 2017. He is also the co-author of the hit school production POPSTARS the 90s Musical! released through www.davidspicer.com.au and MTI in the UK. He most recently directed Away at the Bondi Pavilion and the world premiere of BANJO at the Port Macquarie Glasshouse which will be returning in 2019 to tour regional NSW and showcase at the Eternity Theatre.

Nicholas was last seen in Love Child on the Nine Network playing the part of Dr. Baxter. He has been the recipient of a Western Australian Equity Award (A Swell Partyand was the winner of the Sydney Cabaret Showcase Competition for 2005. He was nominated for the 2008 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Cabaret for The Fabulous Frances Faye in Australia. Nicholas subsequently toured this show to New York, The Adelaide Cabaret and FEAST Festivals, Mardi Gras Festival, His Majesty’s Theatre (WA), Belvoir St for B Sharp and QPAC for their 12 Acts of Cabaret Festival. Well Swung (My career is failing so I have to do a Swing Show), his last cabaret show had outings at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival and at His Majesty’s Theatre (WA).

His theatrical performance credits include: Eddie/Dr Scott in Rocky Horror Show (Australian Tour), Charles Guiteau in Assassins (Watch This), Jesus in Dreamsong (Melbourne Arts Centre), Kromov in The Merry Widow, KoKo alternate in The Mikado, Salvador Dali in The Barber of Seville and Zoltan Kaparthy in My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), Thomas Williamson in The Hatpin (Whitebox/Neil Gooding Productions), Motel/Mendel in Fiddler on the Roof (TML), Louis in Sunday in the Park with George (Q Theatre), Jay Yates in Titanic (Seabiscuit Productions), Mordred in Camelot (The Production Company) and Bill Snibson in Me and My Girl for His Majesty’s Theatre (WA).

Creative writing and directing credits include; Vamp for Elise Brennan, Irving Berlin “Songs in the Key of Black” for Lucy Maunder, Jim Morrison: Kaleidoscope with Luigi Lucente, Marlene vs Freeda Corset for Damian Ross, All the Way: A Tribute to Sammy Cahn for Laura Bernay, Shopping Centre Santa with James Millar, A Cabaret on the Roof for Jeremey Youett, Doorknockers for Chrissy O’Neill and two ‘Downstairs at the Maj’Cabaret Soireeseasons (Sondheim and Loesser).

Nicholas has taught and directed at AIM, WAAPA, ACTT, and ATYP. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre (WAAPA) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Curtin University).

Creative Kids Voucher

We are currently trying to finalise details for the use of Creative Kids voucher for High Street Broadway. We hope to be able to accept the vouchers from Term 3. For more information regarding the Creative Kids program, or to learn more about the more than 40 government savings and rebates to help with your cost of living, visit service.nsw.gov.au

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