Liverpool Theatre School to Stage Free West End Masterclass, Exclusively for Boys

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Young male performers are being invited to attend a special masterclass at Liverpool Theatre School, where they can pick up a few of the skills and techniques required to play some of the most exciting male roles in musical theatre. The session, tailored specifically for boys, is set to take place on Sunday 10th April and is free to attend.   

The special masterclass forms part of Liverpool Theatre School’s initiative to widen participation in performing arts and make professional training more accessible to all talented young people, regardless of gender or financial circumstances.

During the session, young male performers will have the chance to pick up tips and advice on how to succeed in professional musical theatre, whilst brushing up on key disciplines in a series of practical workshops. There will also be an opportunity to flex some muscle with a specialist stage combat masterclass. 

A number of the West End’s leading men trained at Liverpool Theatre School including Oliver Ormson, who is currently starring as Prince Hans in Frozen the Musical; Alex Patmore, whose stage credits include Mickey in Blood Brothers and Bobby Willis in Cilla the Musical; and Tim Lucas, who was cast as alongside him as Kenny Willis.  

Another graduate success is Tommy Sherlock; a black-belt in karate who swapped martial arts for musical theatre. He is currently touring the USA as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, although he is best known for starring in Tenors of Rock in Las Vegas.

Speaking on plans for the musical theatre masterclass for young male performers, Liverpool Theatre School Principal, Maxine Ellis, said: “There’s such a vast array of male roles in musical theatre, yet the number of boys applying for performing arts courses seems to be dwindling so it’s hugely important to encourage more talented males to consider professional training. 

“We have some incredibly gifted male students at Liverpool Theatre School and many of our graduates have gone on to play some really exciting male leads. However, boys are often out-numbered on our musical theatre, dance and acting courses and I hear a similar story from other performing arts schools too.      

“Our mission is to help nurture the next generation of leading men and I would urge any boys interested in a career on the stage to come along to the masterclass, which is designed specifically with young male performers in mind. We’re looking forward to welcoming boys to the session, as we aim to open up training opportunities for young male performers and break through any barriers or out-dated stereotypes that could potentially hold them back.” 

The Ofsted ‘outstanding’ Liverpool Theatre School accepts only the most talented young performers on its elite full-time BTEC and Trinity accredited courses, which are designed to give young people the skills they need to succeed in the performing arts industry. 

The centre of excellence, whose patrons include dance legend, Wayne Sleep OBE, and renowned West End theatre producer, Bill Kenwright CBE, awards a number of fully-funded places and bursaries every year to support talented students who would otherwise struggle to afford full-time professional training. Liverpool Theatre School also provides performing arts training for young people from the age of four to 16 through a wide range of weekend and evening classes. 

The free West End masterclass, exclusively for boys aged 14 plus, will take place from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 10th April at Liverpool Theatre School, Liverpool Central Studios, Sefton Street, on the edge of the city’s Creative Quarter. To register for a place, please email or call 0151 782 7800.

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