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Performing Arts

Why Performing Arts?

The Performing Arts are a major part of the creative and cultural industries in the UK. It is the second largest sector after Design. Overall, the industry contributes £3.5 billion to the UK economy. The performing arts industry employs 148,030, with actors and entertainers accounting for 23 per cent of this total workforce. There are 5,480 businesses and 101,593 people working in the performing arts sector. The UK's creative industries have been identified as a strategic growth sector by the government with a particularly strong presence in South Wales.

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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

This course consists of six units. Two units are mandatory and there is a choice of 4 optional units from a list of 30 further units.

Unit 7 - Performing to an Audience

This unit focuses on the realisation of rehearsed performance work to a live audience. It can therefore be seen as the ‘icing on the cake’, the culmination of prior training, skills development and rehearsal work applied in the relevant performance discipline.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  1. Be able to undertake a performance role for a live audience
  2. Be able to interpret performance material for an audience
  3. Be able to perform a role, communicating meaning to an audience
  4. Be able to work with discipline within an ensemble.

Unit 14 - Musical Theatre Performance

Musical theatre is an exciting and popular art form that combines singing, dancing and movement. It takes many forms, including large-scale Broadway and West End musicals, pantomime, opera, operetta and plays with significant music and movement content. There is a vast repertoire of material available and learners will have the opportunity to interpret and perform in musical theatre work selected to suit their interests and abilities. Musical theatre combines the skills of acting, dancing and singing and this unit is about exploring the interaction between these three performance skills and applying them appropriately to meet the performance requirements of particular pieces.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  1. Understand a role or roles in a musical theatre work
  2. Be able to apply the appropriate performance skills
  3. Be able to rehearse for a role in a musical
  4. Be able to perform a role in a musical.

All the units are internally assessed.

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