An Introduction to Musical Theatre w/ Douglas Hansell

A two day intensive Musical Theatre Masterclass in Perth for younger beginner and emerging performers; ages 15+  

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Course Overview

The HubStudio is proud to present a new Musical Theatre intensive for both beginner and emerging performers in Perth. This two day intensive will take beginner and emerging actors through all the fundamentals of both the skills and industry essentials of a musical theatre career. You don’t need large amounts of experience to do this program. 

Before humans could speak, we sang! And musical theatre is just another form we’ve developed for telling our stories. Designed specifically for the singer-actor or actor-singer, discover how to uncover character authentically and organically by bringing MORE of YOURSELF to the story that exists in the song.

For this series you will not require any major prerequisite experience, with each actor being catered too based on their individual needsCome Join Us!

Course Outline

The course is broken down into five main areas of discovery: a comprehensive introduction to the musical theatre industry, authenticity in story-telling, engagement with the audience, how to harness adrenaline and story-telling in a group:

  • Uncover the tools for a successful career in musical theatre
  • Learn the fundamentals of successful auditioning for musical theatre.  
  • Develop your ‘career starter’ road map for next steps.
  • Discovering your own story and telling it with conviction. 
  • Using the song as spoken text. 
  • Moving from speech to song.
  • Finding ways of incorporating adrenaline into the story. 
  • Learn an ensemble piece in order to tall a group story.

Course Outcomes
This course will equip you with the tools necessary to make compelling, confident and surprising choices when approaching musical theatre repertoire and craft a performance that is unique to you!

  • Play rather than striving to “get it right.”
  • Honestly listen and be truthfully changed by the other actor.
  • Experience more genuine connections with other characters in the scene.
  • Become more curious about (and enjoy!) your own interpretation of a character and scene.
  • Let go of control over the scene.
  • Make more exciting choices and “raise the stakes” in the scene.

Session Details

What : Full Tuesday a& Wednesday Days

Date:  Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th January 2024. 

Time: 10am – 5pm

Venue: Victoria Hall Fremantle

Participants: 14 Maximum. 

Price: $278.00 incl GST

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About Douglas Hansell

Douglas is one of Australia’s most versatile actors, working across film and television, theatre, musical theatre, cabaret, the concert platform and as a voiceover artist. Australian by birth, he is also a British citizen, working in both Australia and the UK. A member of the original Australian cast of the Broadway hit musical Come From Away, he recently concluded his time with the production after 760 performances. He can also be seen in the UK medical thriller Malpractice, currently streaming on iTVo

Doug is in high demand as an acting coach and has taught at some of the most prestigious institutions in Australia and the UK including the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Mountview Academy and Associated Studios London.

Theatre credits include: Come From Away (Original & touring Australian Casts), North By Northwest (Key & McLean Productions), Baghdaddy (Or How I Started The Iraq War), The Wharf Revue – De Ja Revue, The Wharf Revue – Open For Business (Sydney Theatre Company), Beauty and the Beast (Regal Theatre, Birmingham), Thirty-Three (Leicester Square Theatre), Manhattan Parisienne (The Other Palace, London), Victory (Johanson Productions, London), Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre), A Doll’s House (Sport For Jove Theatre Co.), Neighbourhood Watch (Ensemble Theatre), Freud’s Last Session (Theatre Royal Sydney), The Temperamentals, Fatboy (New Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest, Macbeth, Lady Windermere’s Fan (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), The Cold Child (Griffin Theatre Company), Actor’s At Work (Bell Shakespeare)

Film & Television credits include: Malpractice (World Productions for iTV), Adrift (Lakeshore Productions), The Killer Beside Me (October Films), The Silent (Lightning Oak Productions), Critical (Sky TV, UK), Home and Away (Channel Seven), Underbelly: Badness (Screentime Australia), All Saints (Channel Seven)

A singer, musician and creative, he began studying classical piano from the age of 5 and began singing with local community groups from the age of 10. He attended secondary school at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and upon graduating, successfully auditioned for the acting course at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Acting) in 2003. He has worked with some of the worlds leading creatives including Alain Boublil and Claude Michel-Schoenberg, Peter Sellars, Christopher Ashley and Philip Barantini. He is a recipient of the Mike Walsh Fellowship (2013).

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