Musical Theatre combines singing, acting, spoken dialogue and dance to tell a story. It is a form of dramatic production that allows for a deeper connection of storytelling that many other forms of entertainment don’t provide.
Musical theatre originated from the Opera, and during the 18th Century Opera was one of the most popular and important forms of theatre. Overtime theatre groups experimented with satire and comedic touches and the less serious approach to storytelling grew in popularity in Europe. In the 19th Century it was America that started to turn these comedic opera shows into Musical Theatre, first known as Minstrel shows. This is when a small cast developed larger than life characters where they told stories through song, then, the second act featured dance and song with comedy routines in between, and finally the third act was a play. This was the first time singing, acting and dancing was put together in one show and thus Musical Theatre was developed.
Musical theatre is a different genre of music and therefore requires different vocal techniques. It requires the singer to learn how to connect acting with singing or rather how to act through the voice. Vocal health is also a significant concern in Musical Theatre as shows combine singing and spoken dialogue that can often be tiring on the voice.
Students of all levels will benefit from lessons if they are preparing for local amateur theatre productions, school productions, exams such as the AMEB musical theatre syllabus, auditions or just for fun. Students will learn vocal technique including a focus on ensuring vocal health, acting the song rather than just performing the song, learn how to give nuanced performances, acting tips, music theory and general theatre piece practices such as beats, phrasing, colour, texture and breath markings.
Drama is the portrayal of fictional characters and events presented via play for theatre, television, radio or film. Acting is the art of performing as a character to tell a story, and it requires careful technique and practice to understand the approach to learning a character, making solid choices for the character, through to performing as the character in the most authentic way.
Through lessons students will learn and understand imagination exercises, vocal exercises, script and text analysis, drama games, monologues, character analysis, exploring techniques such as the Stanislavski Method and Laban movement and improvisation.
Students of all levels will benefit from lessons if they are preparing for local amateur theatre productions, school productions, exams such as the AMEB Speech and Drama syllabus, auditions or just for fun.
Our Music Theatre / Drama Teachers
Lucinda Edwards moved from South Australia to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at JMC Academy in 2018. Lucinda has also obtained her Certificate of Singing with the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board), finishing with an A+ result in 2017.
During her degree, Lucinda completed courses on music theory, music business and music production as well as Ear Training and Songwriting. Lucinda started Voice and Piano lessons at the age of 9 years old. She has been involved in many choirs, bands, ensembles, A Capella groups and Musicals with her biggest role being ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde the Musical.
She is knowledgeable in many contemporary styles of singing with a passion for Musical Theatre and Acting/Drama as well. She can assist any students interested in Acting and Musical Theatre style singing, including preparing for theatre auditions. She is also a songwriter and can assist with lyrics and structure for students interested in writing songs or breaking down a song to understand the writer’s intentions.
Lucinda works with students to perform pieces and songs that progress learning but most importantly pieces that the student enjoys. She believes that everyone should have access to music education as music is a universal language that brings people together.
Lucinda is passionate about working with the student to determine how they learn best and what they hope to achieve from the lessons. For voice, she focuses on ensuring the student has good vocal technique in order to ensure vocal health, as well as analyzing the song to portray the themes of the writer and express this using tone and different voice qualities. She believes it is important for students to learn music theory as they progress at their individual pace.
Lucinda is a friendly and encouraging teacher, who enjoys teaching and seeing students develop a love for music.