musical theatre

Musical Theatre Creation





Theatre Alberta, Alberta Playwrights’ Network, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity are proud to welcome Bob Martin and Lisa Lambert, creators of the award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, for a master class in Musical Theatre Creation. 

We are in a new golden age of musical theatre. Writers and composers are exploring daring topics, forms, and styles. This three-day workshop will provide playwrights and theatre creators with tools and insights that can be applied to their own writing practice, and an opportunity to learn about Martin and Lambert’s’ unique and collaborative style of musical theatre creation.

Long-time collaborators Martin and Lambert created The Drowsy Chaperone with writer Don McKellar and composer Greg Morrison. The play opened on Broadway in 2006 and went on to receive multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards, including awards for both book and score. 

What does the program offer?

Participants in Musical Theatre Creation will learn methods and practice skills necessary for creating original work. Topics will include the relationship between book writer and lyricist, the importance of identifying and embracing a personal writing process, and original works versus adaptations (and the challenges that each pose). Participants are asked to bring work-in-progress material to discuss and to receive feedback from the instructors.

Who should apply?

This program is intended for experienced playwrights and theatre creators with a strong interest in musical theatre creation. Individual artists, as well as those working as part of writing teams, are welcome to apply. Songwriting experience is an asset but not a requirement. Please note that this class will not cover musical composition.

Artists residing outside Alberta will be required to pay an out-of-province fee of $100.

This master class is presented by Theatre Alberta, Alberta Paywrights' Network and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as part of Theatre Alberta’s Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series.

Date: March 01 - March 03, 2019

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Newcastle Scholarship Winner Announced



Bethan Martin - Stage Scholarship Winner

Huge congratulations to Bethan Martin for winning a year’s scholarship with us with The Stage newspaper, which is the oldest and most prestigious performing arts publication in the UK


Announcing the winner of The Stage scholarship Huge congratulations to Bethan Martin for winning a year’s scholarship with us and The Stage newspaper, which is the oldest and most prestigious performing arts publication in the UK. Bethan, age 14 from Ashington, has been selected as the winner in a recent talent competition and will be awarded a year’s free tuition, which equates to more than 100 hours of exceptional performing arts training worth up to £800.

Hannah Robinson and Mya Stewart were awarded runner up prizes.

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Thank you to each and every student who entered, you were all wonderful and we encourage you to try again next year. This wonderful opportunity gives all children the chance to join in because all that is required is a love of performing arts regardless of formal training. Participants simply had to send in a simple two-minute video highlighting what they can do from the Razzamataz curriculum. So that could be anything from a musical theatre song or dance, a drama piece, a pop song or street dance.

For Bethan's winning entry, she decided to perform 'I Dreamed a Dream' from 'Les Mis'.

Bethan said “I am absolutely delighted at winning the scholarship. Razzamataz Newcastle is a big part of my life and has given me the confidence to achieve what I thought was impossible. I am looking forward to further opportunities at Razzamataz in the future”

Now that Bethan is part of Razzamataz Newcastle she will have the opportunity to participate in many of the exciting events that will happen in 2017/2018. These include a whole host of performing opportunities, masterclasses with industry experts and the chance to audition for a leading talent agent as well as the chance to perform in London in the Indigo at the 02. To find out about availability at the school or to put your name on a waiting list, contact Principal Kayleigh Redford or Email: or Tel: 07772577855 / 01914 065372.

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