ACTING 4: THE MUSICAL IN PERFORMANCE - 2017/8

Module code: MUT2019

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

SCRIVENS NJ Mr (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 37

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment THE CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL IN PERFORMANCE 40%
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE: THE SMALL SCALE MUSICAL 60%

Alternative Assessment

PLEASE NOTE In the event of student being unable to complete all or any specific component of the module a practical resit opportunity will be arranged. The re-sit will consist of a solo monologue performed for camera and a dramatic song that is intended to be performed as audience address.To be determined by the unit/component that is incomplete.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Level 5 – A student will have been required to have progressed from Level 4 and Acting 1 and 2 to have been completed and passed. In addition Acting 3 MUT2003 to have been attended. 

Module overview

Unit 1 - The Contemporary Musical in Performance

In this unit students apply technique through rehearsal to workshop performance to a key text of dramatic musical theatre. Project key texts will be drawn from the musical theatre canon, focusing on musicals that are currently playing or have recently played on Broadway or in the West End. Students are given the opportunity to apply the methodologies learnt through a rehearsal process which culminates in a performance to peers and the wider school. The performance is followed by a viva voce session with directors/choreographers where work, progress and method are discussed. 

Unit 2: The Small Scale Musical

In this unit of assessment the student is encouraged to evidence an integration of skill applied to a smaller scale production that mirrors the kind of experience a musical theatre performer would find Off Broadway or in smaller scale London venues. The process is designed to establish a consistent rehearsal method for the student before they explore this with more autonomy at Level 6. The process also builds toward assessment before a public audience for the first time in their training, fully bringing together the strands of their training at Level 5.

Module aims

Acting Technique is a key component of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre introducing and exploring the fundamentals of a range of theories and training exercises inspired by the principles and practices of seminal practitioners.

The module serves as a firm foundation for working in theatre at a heightened level of naturalism. As the module progresses song and dance are added in The Book Musical unit where students are encouraged to integrate the methodology in a sustained process of acting technique, vocal technique and dance technique to form a unified approach to performance.

In the second unit the module aims to introduce students to the process of working in rehearsal to a full final public performance. The module is intended to be a practical integration of all the varying skills that students have studied across Level 4 and Level 5 in a practical and supportive tutor/director led process. 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate an increasingly confident approach in terms of personal approach to work and application of personal methodology within the framework of the tasks required. KCPT
Evidence knowledge in praxis of critical understanding, applied technique and bold decision making in rehearsal and performance.  KCPT
Evaluate text and evidence an increasingly autonomous approach to the rehearsal process and methodologies.  KCPT
Work with clarity, energy and a professional approach to others in rehearsal and performance PT
Adapt physical and vocal characteristics in accordance with period, context style and genre.  KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Unit 1: - The Contemporary Musical in Performance (40%)

Integration of dance, dialogue and song

Application of a unified approach to dance, dialogue and song.

Contextual Analysis

Working with verse

Character and context

Characterisation and Mining Text

Circles of Concentration/Circles of Voice

Connection with text.

Application of principles of circles of concentration.

Playing of Action, Objective and Intention.

Active Analysis.

Sensitivity to space and physicality.

 

Unit 2: -Performance -  The Small Scale Musical (60%)

Integration of dance, dialogue and song.

Application of methodology within dance, dialogue and song.

Active participation in the creative process.

Application of a unified approach to dance, dialogue and song.

Engagement in and conduct throughout the rehearsal process.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Place an emphasis on the practical development of skills that are required for extended and best practice in the profession. To enable students to acquire skills in character building, physical presence and intention in the space all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study of acting at Level 5.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Across the semester this module is delivered over 150 hours study across the semester

Throughout the module different learning and teaching strategies are applied to enable students to achieve the learning outcomes, including research, reflective practice, peer to peer learning and formative assessment with written feedback.


The approach of the module is vocational in intent and delivery and encourages students to participate in reflection on their own practice, independent study and research and embeds the concepts of peer to peer feedback within the rehearsal room. Students are encouraged to utilise materials on SURREY LEARN (VLE) and also receive individual tutorials from tutors to help in inform the learning experience and outcomes
Students receive regular verbal feedback individually and as a group during each class which they are encouraged to journal within the reflection time which is built in to the lesson plan every week.



Students are encouraged to self-assess and peer-assess within the class structure which becomes a valuable strategy for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Skills in character building, physical presence and intention in the space all of which lead on to a firm foundation moving toward the study of acting at Level 5.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Unit 1 The Contemporary Musical in Performance

(PRACTICAL- SUMMATIVE: Weighting 40%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive formative feedback in terms of…

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Integration of dance, dialogue and song.                                                                  1,2,3,4,5

Application of methodology within dance, dialogue and song.                                  1,2,3,4,5

Active participation in the creative process.                                                              1,2,3,4,5

Application of a unified approach to dance, dialogue and song.                               1,2,3,4,5

Engagement in and conduct throughout the rehearsal process.                               1,2,3,4,5

 

Unit 2: Performance – Small Scale Musical

(PRACTICAL – SUMMATIVE: Weighting 60%)

This is a practical assessment that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate skills learnt in terms of…

 

Student Activity                                                                   Link to Learning Outcome(s)

Integration of dance, dialogue and song.                                                                  1,2,3,4,5

Application of methodology within dance, dialogue and song.                                  1,2,3,4,5

Active participation in the creative process.                                                              1,2,3,4,5

Application of a unified approach to dance, dialogue and song.                               1,2,3,4,5

Engagement in and conduct throughout the rehearsal process.                               1,2,3,4,5

 

Formative assessment and feedback and support:

As a pre-requisite for this module, students will have attended Acting 201 and been aware of the systems and methods of assessment. This module provides a firm foundation for Acting 202. During the module work is supported through verbal feedback, peer to peer assessment and personal tutorial support around the class. With these measures in place a student is well placed to achieve the criteria through multiple points of assessment across the 15 week semester

Reading list

Reading list for ACTING 4: THE MUSICAL IN PERFORMANCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut2019

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.