As the number of music productions in Australia and overseas continues to increase, there has never been a better time to embark on a career in this highly rewarding and all-encompassing creative genre.
For success in this field, it is important that students are equipped with a very comprehensive set of technical, creative and performance skills to ensure they develop as an exceptional all-rounder.
There are many jobs available in musical theatre, where you can use your various talents
A musical director generally works under the lead director and producer on all the music-related aspects of a production. They teach the singers their parts and rehearse with the orchestra, however, after the rehearsals are wrapped up and the show’s run begins, the director/producer tend to take a backseat. At this point, the musical director will work with the stage manager (see below) to keep the entire production on track thereafter.
Dancers, Actors and Singers
Working directly under the choreographer, directors, and stage managers are the main event: the people who the public have paid good money to see. These roles require a lot of stamina, and an actor who can also excel in singing and dancing is traditionally known as a ‘triple threat’. They are able to gain access to many more work opportunities than traditional actors, thanks to extended training in music performance skills.
The stage manager coordinates all technical and artistic elements of a production to ensure successful delivery of the performance to the director’s requirements. People often find the stage manager a great role if you love theatre, but do not want to be on stage. Duties can include Blocking, cues, lighting, scenery, props and scheduling. ACTT teach a Live Production and Management services course, which focuses primarily on becoming a stage manager. Have a look.
The producer is usually the person that has started the production, discovering the script and managing funds. This is normally the big boss, who are responsible for making arrangements for the production to run, and wears many hats (not literally).
Choreographers are responsible for planning, creating and realising how the talent should move around the stage, helping to bring the musical theatre, and the directors visions to life.
There are a wide variety of other jobs available in Musical Theatre, and those who study musical theatre would also have the skill to act in Film and TV as well as on stage! To find out more about the Musical Theatre course at AFTT, click here…
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