The theory side of it doesn’t really come into it very much until the end but in the first year it’s quite theory based. In the first year we studied Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bob Fosse, and we did a dance routine based around Bob Fosse, and that was pretty much theory based as we had to learn his styles and techniques of dance. For Andrew Lloyd Webber we had to study all of his musicals.
I found out about the course through my teacher at my old school, Seaford Head. I asked her where she would recommend and she told me to look at Lewes. I came along for the open day and found the vibe really friendly. A felt a lot of colleges were very academic heavy and that wasn’t for me. I really liked it here so I auditioned and now I’m here! We didn’t really do much performing arts at school – maybe a few musicals and a few plays across the five years – so to come to Lewes it was intense as we had to do a written monologue, learn all these lines from a musical, and learn a script in a week. But then you fall in love with it! It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.
I had to sing and perform a monologue as an audition for the musical theatre course. I came to an open day to do a dance workshop too. It was really fun. You can specialise in acting, dance or musical theatre. We major in musical theatre and single dance but you can change it up depending on your strengths.
For the dance course we do commercial, jazz and musical theatre. We’ve worked on Saturday Night Fever, which is a musical based around the 1970s. In Musical Theatre we study a musical in our second year which is currently Shrek, and I’m playing the lead role of Shrek! I never thought I’d be playing a character like that when I left school!
Being at Lewes my passion for musical theatre has grown and I’ve learnt to be a lot more independent. At school I relied on my teachers a lot. College is the step between university, drama school or going into the industry, so it wasn’t suddenly full on. It’s a good stepping stone.
I want to be a singer/songwriter first and foremost. I’ve written most of my songs during my time at college, and for me, coming to the college and learning about music and music theory, has allowed me to grow as a singer.