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Musical Theatre Masterclass
with Rosemary Ashe
Sat 22 - Sun 23 August 2009
10.00am - 5.00pm both days
The Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton
Recommended age: 16+
Price: £195. Limited availability
This 2 Day Masterclass with world renowned star of the stage Rosemary Ashe, will be a wonderful chance to explore and fine tune your Musical Theatre skills. Rosie’s experience in iconic shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Mary Poppins will offer invaluable insight into these classics, and uncover a few secrets from the wings! Co-leading this Masterclass will be Musical Director & Composer Paul Knight.
Day 1, Rosie and Paul will start with comprehensive physical and vocal warm ups including tips on posture, breathing, diction and projection. The group will then start working on ideas for the show due to be performed on Day 2. After lunch, each group member will receive a one-on-one session with Rosie, whilst the rest of group work with Paul on picking, presenting and performing a song & how to portray a character. This time will also be used to rehearse a group number, including tips on parts and harmony, singing in canon and reading music. Day 1 will end with a feedback and a recap session.
Day 2 will begin with a group warm up; the remaining participants not seen by Rosie for a one-on-one session will be seen during the morning. Then the group will have an ‘audition class’. Here Rosie will talk about preparing for an audition, whether for drama school or a particular show, including first impressions, song choice and how to present a character as well as yourself. After lunch will be a series of mock auditions and individual performances (written feedback will be sent to the participants at a later date). The participants will then have the chance to contribute to a Q&A session with Rosie and Paul. Day 2 will end with a performance for friends and family (limited guest tickets x 4 per participant), including a group song and some solo performances.
Both days of this Masterclass will take place within The Mayflower Theatre. The Theatre’s suites will be used throughout the class and the final performance take place on stage.
Rosie is renowned for her rich career in the West End, including playing the roles of ‘Carlotta’ in the original cast of The Phantom of the Opera, ‘Madame Thénardier’ in Les Misérables, ‘Widow Corney’ in Oliver!, ‘Felicia Gabriel’ in The Witches of Eastwick (nominated for Laurence Olivier Award Best Supporting Actress) & ‘Miss Andrew’ in Mary Poppins. Other credits include: Side by Side by Sondheim, Nickleby and Me, Dear Ivor (Welsh National Opera), ‘Janet’ in The Rocky Horror Show, ‘Maria’ in West Side Story, 'Mrs Higgins' in My Fair Lady to name but a few.
Rosie also has experience in operatic roles all over the world, including: ‘Esmeralda’ in The Bartered Bride, ‘Venus’ in Orpheus In The Underworld, ‘Papagena’ in The Magic Flute, ‘Fiakermilli’ in Arabella and ‘Zou Zou’ in La Belle Vivette all for English National Opera. ‘Helene’ in La Belle Helene, ‘Musetta’ in La Boheme, ‘Frasquita’ in CARMEN, ‘Josephine’ in HMS PINAFORE, ‘Clorinda’ in La Cenerentola and ‘Dinah’ in Trouble in Tahiti.
Television credits includes: The House of Eliott, The Music Game, Whale On, The Garden of Evelyn, The Beggars' Opera and Cosi Fan Tutte. Also, An Audience with Ronnie Corbett and Open House with Gloria Hunniford. Radio includes: The Most Happy Fella, Friday Night is Music Night; Songs from The Shows, One Hundred Best Singers, Loose Ends, Kit and The Widow Cocktails and many Sondheim Concerts.
Paul has studied at Chethams School of Music, Colchester Institute and The Royal College of Music. He has won the Canon Jack Award for solo recital playing and the Stephens Award. He has appeared as soloist and accompanist in the UK and Europe, most recently performing the Gershwin Piano Concerto at Brussels Cathedral and Wembley Arena. He has broadcast for the BBC on ‘The Pianist Entertains’ and ‘Friday Night is Music Night’. As a conductor, Paul specialises in ‘lost’ works such as “The English Ring” (Maritana Bohemian Girl and Lilly of Killarney) which he revived after a silence of fifty years.
Paul has appeared as actor musician in a number of shows including ‘Grimsley and Tibbs’, ‘Champagne Charlie’, ‘The Killer Soprano’ (with Rosie Ashe), ‘Two’s a Crowd’ (with Rosalind Plowright), ‘Here’s a How Dee Doo ‘(UK tour, West End, Canada, and BBC Radio 2 series), ‘Now for Something Completely Different’ as well as the infamous ‘Forbidden Broadway’ at the Fortune, Jermyn Street and Noel Coward Theatres.
As Musical Director he has played and arranged many shows including ‘Goodnight Mr. Tom’, ‘Applause’, ‘Jacques Brel is…’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Marry Me a Little’, ‘Into the Woods’, ‘Godspell’ and endless pantomimes and revues. He acted as the Musical Director of five national tours for David Wood’s Whirligig Theatre Company. He is Musical Supervisor and arranger for ‘Spot’s Birthday Party’ for Oxford Playhouse Productions and the 60’s musical hit ‘Shout’. Film and TV credits include ‘Night on the Town’, ‘Handel’s Resurrection’, ‘Campion’, BBC’s ‘Pebble Mill’ ,’The Late Show’, and he was most recently Opera Arranger on Stephen Poliakov’s ‘Capturing Mary’.