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Our Performing Arts and Theatre & Events Technology students work together to host a variety of productions throughout the year, including full scale plays, musicals and dance shows.
Performing Arts programmes have a long and successful history at Kendal College, propelling many students into performance careers. The courses aim to develop your performance skills in acting, dance and musical theatre. Throughout the year you will be able specialise in your preferred discipline or improve in all three ‘triple threat’ areas to a high standard. The course is highly practical with a focus on rehearsals and performance in all areas.
Our Theatre & Event Technology courses cover the technical aspects of production and the management of live performance, including set design, stage management and sound & light engineering. Students provide technical and production support for professional events, including the annual college musical at the Brewery, music gigs at Bootleggers and a number of local festivals e.g. Comic Arts Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and Moonfest. The course is excellent for those who wish to work in the entertainment industry but do not want to perform.
Our students have some of the highest success rates in the country and we are immensely proud of the high standards we deliver. All of our teachers are trained professionals with extensive experience working in the creative arts industry.
The Performing Arts and Technical Theatre department at Kendal College has strong links with many North West venues, promoters, technical production companies and arts organisations including The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and The Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness on Windermere. The creative arts industry in the South Lakes is renowned due to some fantastic events and performances, not to mention the quality of the performance venues.
If you choose to study with us, we will make sure that you benefit from lots of external experience due to the strong links we have developed with many of these venues, promoters, production companies and arts organisations.
The College’s fantastic performing arts facilities include ‘The Box’, a £1.7 million dedicated performance space, which provides an exclusive venue for performing arts and technical theatre students. We believe that this gives our students a leading edge as the courses are mainly taught through practical experience. In addition to The Box, our Arts & Media campus is a vibrant, exciting, creative space filled with students practicing, performing and working together under the guidance of expert staff.
Our Level 3 courses are directly equivalent to 3 A-Levels and enable progression to a wide range of university degrees and careers.
The majority of our students progress onto leading Drama and Dance Schools such as The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, East 15, Leeds School of Dance and LIPA as well as furthering their knowledge with BA Honours Degrees at universities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle in areas including media production and film & TV studies. To secure a successful career in performing arts, practical experience is crucial and jobs could include TV or Film Production Assistant or Manager, TV Presenter, Dancer or Entertainer. It’s an exciting industry to be involved in and opportunities are there for the taking.
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