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Musical Theatre Classes Available

  • Musical Theatre Juniors (8 years +) Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm

Ballet dancer

The primary focus of our musical theatre class is to introduce the basic elements of a musical. We select the repertoire from popular musical theatre, and work towards a presentation for the last class of term. If you love singing, acting and dancing, this fun class will be perfect for you. It is for all abilities, and ages from five years upwards.

Suzie LoweThe class is taught by Suzie Lowe who has worked professionally in the West End, around the UK and in Europe, in successful shows including Oliver at the London Palladium, Les Miserables, The Rocky Horror Show, Fame and Boogie Nights. Who better could you choose? She has had the privilege of working with people such as Minnie Driver, Franco Zefferelli, Russ Abbott, Robbie Williams and many more, and has enjoyed excellent opportunities working in both film and television, and on stage. She was the voice of Barbie for many years.


Click for a more information on the background to musical theatre.

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines music, songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance, and is usually performed in a theatre. Musicals aim to entertain through a combination of:

  • catchy, popular music;
  • solo song;
  • duets, choruses; and ensembles band or orchestral accompaniment;
  • spoken dialogue; and
  • colourful dance sequences, stage spectacles and magnificent costumes.

These elements are all held together by a plot. The story and emotional content are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment such as lighting. Musical theatre has many aspects in common with other theatrical forms, such as opera and dance, but is perhaps best differentiated by the importance given to music. Since the early twentieth century, musical theatre stage works have generally been known simply as musicals.

Modern Western musical theatre emerged during the nineteenth century. Many structural elements were influenced or established by the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in Britain and those of Harrigan and Hart in America. These were later followed by those of Edwardian musical comedies and the musical theatre works of America. The Princess Theatre musicals were generally an artistic steps forward beyond the revues and other frivolous entertainments of the early twentieth century.

Musicals are now performed all around the world. They are sometimes presented in large venues, such as those of Broadway, London's West End or Las Vegas. However, they may also be staged in smaller venues, such as fringe theatres, community theatres, or even on tour. Others may be presented by amateur and school groups in churches, schools and other suitable venues. They are now accepted as useful training schools for the professional stage. Many present-day favourites have their roots in the volunteer ranks.





Jessica Ann School of Dancing
7 Braziers Wood
Ipswich  IP3 0SP
United Kingdom

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Jessica Ann School of Dancing is a fresh, friendly Dance School in Ipswich, and provides excellent and specialized dance training for all ages and styles of performing arts.