Theatre school is an exciting option for any child who has been bitten by a love of performing. Whether your child is interested in acting, singing, dancing – or even better, all three – theatre school can be a wonderfully immersive educational experience which will prepare them for a professional life as a performer or help them to be extremely committed in a different profession.
In order to succeed at theatre school, children need to be very resilient and very strict in their routines.
It’s not something that suits all children but for those who fit in, it’s fantastic. If your child is asking about theatre school or if their teachers have suggested it, you probably have a few questions you would like answers to – so here are a few which are commonly asked by parents.
Will my child still do GCSEs and A Levels?
Yes! Theatre schools don’t just dump academics in favour of acting and dancing. Most have very strong academic traditions and children will be expected to study hard for their exams.
Will my child get auditions for professional shows whilst in theatre school?
Yes! Most of the best schools, like this performing arts school in Barnet have an attached agency to deal with this aspect of theatrical training. Children might be invited to audition for theatre shows, television and film. It’s an exciting aspect of being part of a theatre school and has kickstarted many young professional’s careers.
Will my child change?
The old idea of the all-singing, all-dancing, and slightly irritating theatre kid is well out of the picture these days. Children who attend theatre schools are taught to carry themselves well, to converse well and to have an inner confidence which they can take into adulthood.
Is it hard to get into theatre school?
It can be extremely competitive yes. The schools are looking for children with real potential, so places are hard-won. If your child wants to audition, it’s best to seek support from an experienced teacher who is used to preparing children for auditions.
What will the audition involve?
Usually at least one “speech” or monologue from a play, sometimes two are needed – a classical piece from Shakespeare or similar and a modern piece. Your child will also be asked to sing and may be asked to join in a dance lesson with other children. The panel will chat to your child about their likes and dislikes and the whole experience should be a lot of fun. If your child is serious about theatre school, discuss it with their teachers and get ready for a wonderful time!