With the move into secondary education, TrapDoor runs a 2 hour Acting and RADA class specifically for this age group. Subjects covered in the Acting class include:
- Improvisation and film work to keep building confidence.
- Presenting to camera – reporter and journalism work
- Script work to compliment the school literacy syllabus.
- LAMDA Examinations that can help in your child’s application to university.
- Saturday Workshops working with renowned guests within the industry including TV, film & stage directors and actors, mime artists, choreographers, stage & set designers, circus performers and lighting & sound technicians.
Working in 3 specific term structures:
Performance & LAMDA Examinations (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts)
With the focus on voice, clarity and stage acting skills, this term culminates in many students taking their LAMDA Exams. This gives our students a new focus for achievement and teaches them many skills including:
- Voice control
- Sight reading
- Interpretation of text
LAMDA grades 6, 7, & 8 also count towards University application (UCAS).
Filming, Presenting & Casting
From the jargon used in the film industry to the different acting skills needed to act to camera rather than on stage. This term also aids our students that choose to sign with our casting agents at Pinewood Studios. We also explore the acting skills involved in an audio-only medium (ie: radio). This does mean our students are recorded (for teaching purposes only).
Our students also get a break from learning lines as we use this opportunity to concentrate on improvisation work.
Using state-of-the-art film equipment the students are given opportunities to:
- Devise and film their own soap opera
- Write, act and direct trailers for films and/or books
- Write, act and direct in adverts for new products
- Be introduced to the adaptation process of book-to-script
The summer term is a valuable learning process for our students. From working together as a team to being accountable for themselves and the impact their focus has not just on them, but those around them. We do not aim to give a polished performance – this is a learning process for our students giving them the confidence to experiment with ideas. Each year scripts are written or adapted by our teachers allowing lots of opportunity for our students to have fun showing off their particular skills in singing, dance, Shakespeare, melodrama, and contemporary comedy.
During this term our students are exposed to a variety of different elements of drama including:
- Musical Theatre
- Script work – including stage directions, blocking and sight reading
- Stage management and lighting skills
- Mask & mime work
- Character creation
Every single person on that stage is as important as the other.
And if there was a mission statement for TrapDoor Drama School, that would be it!