Summer Schools 2018
BSS Showbiz is pleased to announce that this summer we will be presenting
Oliver! (13th to 17th August, minimum age is 7 years old) and Fame the musical (20th to 24th August, minimum age is 11 years old). Both shows have won countless awards and will provide an exciting challenge for any young performer looking to get some experience over the summer.
It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, and successful long runs on Broadway, tours and revivals, after being brought to the US by producer David Merrick in 1963. Major London revivals played from 1977–80, 1994–98, 2008–11 and on tour in the UK from 2011-13. Additionally, its 1968 film adaptation, directed by Carol Reed, was highly successful, winning six Academy Awards including Best Picture.
A prominent musical in British popular culture, Oliver! received thousands of performances in British schools, particularly in the 1970s, when it was by far the most popular school musical. In 1963 Lionel Bart received the Tony Award for Best Original Score. Many songs are well known to the public.
Oliver! was the first musical adaptation of a famous Charles Dickens work to become a stage hit. There had been two previous Dickens musicals in the 1950s, both of them television adaptations of A Christmas Carol. The plot of Dickens' original novel is considerably simplified for the purposes of the musical, with Fagin being represented more as a comic character than as a villain, and large portions of the latter part of the story being completely left out.
Featuring the songs "Oliver!", "Food Glorious Food", "Oom-Pah-Pah", "Consider Yourself", "As Long As He Needs Me".
Fame the musical – The Musical conceived and developed by David De Silva, is a musical with a book by José Fernandez, music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy. The musical premiered in 1988 in Miami, Florida.
De Silva had produced the 1980 film about students at New York City's High School of Performing Arts. The critically and commercially successful film was followed by a six-season television series, and the musical. The musical is significantly rewritten from the previous adaptations, with an almost entirely new score. The film is referred to several times in the script and in two songs.
It tells the story of several students who attend the High School of Performing Arts, among them fame-obsessed Carmen, ambitious actress Serena, wisecracking comedian/bad boy Joe, quiet violinist Schlomo, "talented but dyslexic" dancer Tyrone, determined actor Nick, overweight dancer Mabel, and poor dancer Iris.
Since its first production, Fame – The Musical has had hundreds of professional and amateur productions in every major language.
Featuring the songs " Hard Work", "I Want to Make Magic", "Let's Play a Love Scene", "Bring on Tomorrow", "Dancing on the Sidewalk", " Fame".
Our Summer Schools
BSS Showbiz believes that our summer schools are amongst some of the most affordable out there. For only £119 a week (Special offer: You only need to pay £199 if you join both summer schools). We operate from 10 am until 3:30 pm, Monday to Thursday and 10 am until 7:30 pm on Friday. £30 non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place and show tickets are £6 each for the performance at 6 pm on Friday.
Our summer schools are a very intense experience. We start casting on the first day and then work towards putting the show together for the rest of the week. If you want to get involved then you need to love performing, be willing to commit to your role in the show and block out your diary to learn lines and practise dance routines. These courses are designed to simulate what it would be like to work as a professional actor, singer or dancer and it is for this reason that they are always run by professional directors.
Please be advised that these courses normally sell out very quickly so if you want a place, we recommend getting in touch at the earliest available opportunity.