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Following the success of our 2021 Masterclasses, we’re very pleased to run further sessions throughout September 2022.

Each full-day session will cost £30, half-day sessions will cost £15 (with a 10% discount for CaOS members, who will also be able to access advance booking). If you’re not currently a member you can find out how to join here.

If you would like to take part in any of the Masterclasses but need financial support to do so, please contact masterclass@cambridgeoperatic.co.uk. We have an open door policy and will do our best to help where we can.

Please be aware that class fees are non-refundable once paid.

Style is substance! Learning choreography is only half the battle. In these sessions, we will take a simple choreography and explore how using different styling and technique can transform the same steps into a different performance. The beginners session will take some very simple choreography ideas while the intermediate session will use choreography which is a little more difficult. Within a session, we will take these ideas and look at how analysing technique and developing the quality of execution will allow us to perform in different styles such as Charleston, Fosse and Paso Doble.

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David decided to try dance as a hobby whilst studying for an Economics degree, a decision which would change the course of his career.

After leaving university, he competed for many years as an amateur and then professional Latin-American dancer, including making the final of the United Kingdom Closed Professional Latin Championship, and has been the Head Coach of the Cambridge University Dancesport Team for over ten years.

As Head Coach and Choreographer for XS Latin Cambridge, a local formation dance team, he has been part of their record breaking eight British National Championship titles.  He has danced on television in the UK and the USA and, in 2012, was the proud recipient of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing’s prestigious Phyllis Haylor Scholarship Award.

Recent theatre credits include: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Cambridge Operatic Society), Kinky Boots, Merrily We Roll Along and Evita (Festival Players), The Addams Family, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Sweet Charity (Cambridge Theatre Company), guest choreographer for Dance Proms (Royal Albert Hall, London), A Celebration of 800 Years of Cambridge University (Gotham Hall, New York), Move It! (Main stage, Earls Court, London).

This Masterclass will look at learning about devising theatre and the different ways drama is used to express and communicate ideas to an audience. Darren will use his expertise in theatre and story-telling to create a fun exploration of putting a scene together and exploring character and style in live performance!

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Darren has been working in theatre for two decades and directed the CaOS 2022 show Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

His early credits in Musical theatre include Bugsy Malone, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

He has also performed in several nationwide theatre tours including The Jungle Book, The Fantastic Mr Fox and the Wizard of Oz, as well as professional pantomimes. This year, Darren has directed three pantomimes in four different venues for Polka Dot Pantomimes: Beauty and The Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella. He was nominated in the Best Direction category for the UK Pantomime Awards 2022.

His other directing credits include: Godspell, The Wiz, Oliver, Our Day Out, Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Flies, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, to name a few. He has also directed three pieces for the National Theatre and produced theatre for Ophelia Circus Theatre Company, Abridge Theatre Company and 20Twenty Theatre Company, which he was the founding member. As well as directing, Darren writes for the stage and has had several shows commissioned, one of which, MY LOT was published in 2014.

Darren is also the author of 6 novels, OUR LITTLE SECRET, CLOSE YOUR EYES, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK and DARK CORNERS, THE PLAYERS and THE RAIN. Recently, Dark Corners and The Players were Killer Read book club pick for the Karin Slaughter Book Club, and The Rain was an Audible Editors pick on Audible UK. Darren has also had his work sold to the USA, Canada, Australia and Singapore and has been translated for the Polish and German markets.

This Masterclass will cover technical vocal work, musical and technical detail with Jenny, and Acting Through Song with leading agent and performing arts expert Adam Boland. Participants should bring a pre-prepped musical theatre song suitable to their casting (age/ethnicity/personality etc) and these should ideally be cut to around 2-2.5 minutes.

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Bo (Adam Boland) is Director and Agent at Collective Agents and has placed Actors in leading roles in the West End, Television and Film since 2011. After having worked as a Director and Performing Arts Teacher around the UK and Europe, Bo found that being an Agent was the best way to extend the love and care he already offered Actors and Creatives alike and help them manage the twists and turn the industry can throw their way.

He combines this with his position of Company Director for The Young Actors Company. There he shares his experience of performing, directing and his work in TV, Films, Music Videos and Stage Performances after teaching at schools all over the UK and Europe.

Jennifer moved to Cambridge to complete a music degree in 1994. After working around the UK as a Musical Director, more recent years have seen Jennifer working in music education, in various roles at colleges in Cambridge.

Musical Director/Supervisor includes: Velma Celli shows (Hippodrome, Leicester Square) with artists including Kerry Ellis, Louise Dearman, Julie Atherton. Christina Bianco and Ian Stroughair (Brighton Ballroom).
Musicals include: Chicago, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, Our House, Spring
Awakening, Batboy, We Will Rock You, City of Angels, High School Musical, Nine, 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, Sister Act, Fame, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Starlight Express, Grease, Little Women, Bugsy Malone, Fing’s Ain’t Wot They Used To Be, Oh What a Lovely War.

Musical Director/Supervisor – Touring:
Fame (UK), Various tours for Hurricane Entertainments and Surefire Entertainment Ltd with artists including the Nolan Sisters, Maggie Moone, Lydia Griffiths, Mark Rattray, Mal Pope, Craig Douglas, Susan Maughan, The Black Abbotts.

Jennifer is currently Resident Musical Director and Head of BTEC at Bodywork Company, Cambridge.