Musical Comedy Workshop - Winter Holidays 2023 in Lausanne

Musical Comedy Classes during the Spring Break - Practical Information

Open to children aged 8 to 13, our musical comedy workshops will be held from Monday 12 to Friday 16 February 2024, from 9am to 4pm (and until 6pm on Fridays). Located in the heart of Lausanne, at Rue Sébeillon 1, these classes offer pupils the chance to learn about the many different areas of singing, acting and dancing, through a show staged during the week.

Our experienced teachers look after the lunch break, which each student is invited to bring. We ensure a high quality atmosphere and group cohesion, with the emphasis on improvisation and showmanship.

The highlight of this enriching week will be a performance on Friday 16 February from 17:30 to 18:00, open to families, parents and anyone who wants to discover the budding talents of our musical comedy school in Lausanne.

What do students learn? The program

Skills developed

Our musical theatre workshops in Lausanne are designed to provide an enriching experience for children and young adults. Here are the specific skills that students will develop in each area:

Singing: Students will learn essential vocal techniques for singing in musical theatre. This includes projection, breath control and emotional interpretation. Sandrina, our qualified professional singer, will guide the students through these technical aspects.

Theatre and Improvisation: Under the guidance of comedian Mirko, students will be introduced to the art of theatrical improvisation. They will learn to create spontaneous scenes, develop their stage presence and interact with their team-mates with confidence.

Dance: Melie, who specialises in musical theatre, will teach the basics of stage dance. Students will learn movements and choreography that will enrich their overall performance.

Each skill is taught in the context of a performance staged during the week, allowing students to put into practice what they have learned. This holiday workshop format offers a unique opportunity for children and parents to discover the fascinating world of musical theatre.

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Techniques covered, Objectives and Skills in Musical Comedy

This section gives you an overview of the skills and techniques your child can explore during our musical theatre workshops in Lausanne. It is important to note that this list is an overview and that the focus of work will be determined with the teacher, according to the needs of the student and the specifics of the session's performance.

  • Vocal techniques: Understanding the basics of breath control, projection and articulation.
  • Interpretation and Emotion: Learn to sing with emotion and interact with the audience.
  • Theatrical Improvisation: Techniques for creating spontaneous and interactive scenes.
  • Directing: Understanding the key elements of directing, including positioning and movement on stage.
  • Dance and Movement: Basics of different dance styles and how they fit into a musical theatre performance.
  • Musical Narration: How singing and music help to tell a story.
  • Diction and Pronunciation: The importance of clear speech in performance.
  • Stage Presence: Techniques to improve confidence and stage presence.
  • Teamwork and Group Cohesion: Learning to work in harmony with other artists on stage.
  • Repertoire and Styles: Introduction to different genres and eras of musicals.

Students will have access to a variety of tools and materials, such as scripts, scores, audio recordings and stage props, which will contribute to their development in this field of musical theatre.


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1 semaine de stage 6 heures par jour 590.00 CHF

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For the time being, we're only offering our musical theatre courses in Lausanne. In view of the growing interest in our courses, we may open classes in other towns in French-speaking Switzerland, such as Geneva, Yverdon and Neuchâtel. As for our drama classes, our teacher Mirko teaches in Yverdon and Etoy.

It's true that we do run holiday camps at Apolline, particularly visual arts camps for children of all ages. At the moment, we don't organise similar camps for theatre and musical comedy, but this situation may change in the future.

There is no particular diploma awarded to students throughout their apprenticeship. Indeed, Apolline favours learning that is based on pleasure through progression and not on performance. That's why we don't organise exams, and why there are no diplomas. Each year we organise a festival in the school colours: the Apolline Fest. You can read our article on this subject. Any student who wants to can sign up and perform in front of an audience of friends and family. It's a great opportunity to show off all the work you've done over the year. Our teachers also often write letters of recommendation for students to help them achieve their goals. What's more, for experienced students, our teachers offer a vocational curriculum to prepare motivated students for the art school entrance exams. All our music teachers have an arts school diploma.

For the moment, Mélie is teaching musical comedy to a group of the same age, juniors, with a positive and balanced dynamic. If enrolments increase over time, we will form several classes according to age and experience, via the school. Apolline guarantees the best learning conditions for your child. Note that if your child speaks English, there is always the possibility of including English in a role, for example. There are no limits to creativity!

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At Apolline, we offer a free trial lesson to new students. At the end of this trial class, the student will then have to decide whether to sign up for the year if he or she liked the class, or not, without any complications. Given that classes are held once a week, this is a sort of one-week enrolment option.

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Memory is one of the actor's main working tools on stage. Even before working on directing a play, you'll need to make the dialogue your own, like a breeding ground, a working base on which to research, build and explore avenues of interpretation and direction. But this can be a complex task: how can you get to grips with the sometimes tedious dialogue and monologues? First of all, it will help to identify your learning style. What type of memory do you have? Are you more sensitive to visual, auditory or kinaesthetic aspects? If you're not sure, there are lots of online tests that will help you find your input channel. Once you've identified your memory type, build tools that use these channels. If you're a visual type: It's easy for you, so the most effective method will be to work directly with your book. Read it regularly and use a ruler to hide your line of text to check that it has entered your memory. If you're the auditory type: Ask someone to help you work through your text by giving you the line and correcting you aloud by reading back to you any erroneous passages. If no-one can give you the lines, you can also work on them using your phone: record the whole text, leaving gaps before your lines, then say them out loud. This way you can work on your text orally and be corrected straight away. If you are kinaesthetic: Try as much as possible to work on your text in a situation. You can use the same methods as for auditory memory, while moving around in the space. If you already have elements of staging or set design, take the opportunity to incorporate them into your memory work. Don't forget that the most important thing about memory is to work on it regularly and over time! There's no point in working on your script for 5 hours the night before, prefer small work sessions well in advance of the first rehearsals. That way you'll be perfectly at ease to concentrate on the work of directing and the emotional investment that acting requires.

Yes, singing lessons are included in musical theatre courses because singing is one of the key elements of musical theatre. Students learn to sing using the appropriate techniques to project their voice, harmonise in a group, sing solo and interpret a song convincingly. Musical theatre courses also focus on musical interpretation, where students learn to use their voices to express emotions and tell a story. Musical theatre courses may also include rehearsal sessions where students work on individual or group songs. However, it is important to note that musical theatre classes may focus more on dance and choreography than on singing. If you would like to perfect your pure vocal technique, you can sign up for singing lessons with our resident teacher: Sandrina.