Our graduates perform in musical theatre productions in the West End, in international and UK touring productions, on film and TV, as well as within the wider entertainment industry. Many successful musical theatre artists, musical directors and pit musicians received their first experiences of Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban. We caught up with 2016 graduates Zoe Rogers and Jack McCann.
Jack is currently performing as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, for which he has been nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Male. Prior to this he achieved the lead role in Charles Miller and Glen Chandler’s new musical The Sins of Jack Saul, for which he received a BroadwayWorldUK nomination for Best Actor in a New Production of a Musical. He has previously performed as Val LaMar in a revival of the classical musical comedy Babes in Arms and as Dead Duck in The Homosexual Necrophilliac Duck Opera at the Natural History Museum.
Image: Jack McCann
Zoe has been cast as a member of the ensemble in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Zoe has wanted to be in musical theatre ever since she can remember, getting involved in local performance opportunities from a young age. Zoe was overwhelmed to gain her role in 42nd Street, telling us: ‘I couldn’t believe it at first, but when it finally sunk in I just cried. I couldn’t stop the tears from coming!’
Image: Zoe Rogers (William Rye Photography)
The Musical Theatre course includes carefully crafted performance opportunities which allow students to experience a diverse range of musical theatre performance settings. The experiences are modelled on real-life performance contexts, enabling students to apply and adapt their developing skills to meet the needs of a range of repertoire.
Both Zoe and Jack found their performance opportunities at Trinity Laban to be cherished memories. The final performance is a poignant moment for our Musical Theatre students as they come together one last time before making the transition into the working world. Jack felt he was ‘ready to take on the world’ and Zoe commented on how fortunate she was to have been given the opportunity to take on a leading role. Jack added:
‘I think Trinity Laban prepared me remarkably well for the industry. I had a very holistic training, not only gaining skills in singing, acting, and dancing, but I also learnt how to carry myself as a business person. It was great to perfect the practical elements whilst also gaining additional skills.’
Our musical theatre teachers are leading industry professionals, who coach and support students to prepare them for success in a highly competitive field. Zoe spoke of her gratitude towards her teachers, ‘not only are they incredibly established, they are willing to go above and beyond for all their students. Their dedication never wavers.’ Jack found that it was the pastoral support that really had an impact on him and helped him to grow on a personal level. He appreciated the focus on wellbeing as well as professional development, telling us:
‘The teaching staff were outstanding and I’ve continued my relationship with them. They were always willing to challenge me when I couldn’t challenge myself – when I couldn’t see my long term goal they helped me to grasp it again. They always had my best interest at heart. I made some very special relationships.’
Zoe and Jack are beginning to build prosperous careers in the musical theatre industry, and are both examples of Trinity Laban’s growing reputation for its Musical Theatre performance training. We distinguish ourselves by equipping creative practitioners with a wide range of skills applicable to a diverse range of musical theatre. We produce highly employable graduates who are thoroughly prepared for this competitive and increasingly popular branch of the British music industry.