THE SMALL SCALE MUSICAL - 2019/0

Module code: MUT2026

Module Overview

In this module the student is encouraged to evidence an integration of skill applied to a smaller scale production that mirrors the kind of experience a musical theatre performer would find in an Off-West End or Fringe London venues.

The project is designed to establish a consistent rehearsal method across an entire performance in which the student creates a coherent track, before they give public performances at Level 6. The process fully brings together the strands of their training at Levels 4 and 5 into a single performance.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

TURNER Thomas (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W312

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Integration of dance, dialogue and song.

  • Application of methodology within dance, dialogue and song.

  • Active participation in the creative process.

  • Application of a unified approach to dance, dialogue and song.

  • Engagement in and conduct throughout the rehearsal process.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT: Rehearsal Process 80
Practical based assessment PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: SMALL SCALE MUSICAL 20

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Skills in rehearsal and performance, character building, physical and vocal presence, and intention in the space.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Rehearsal Process (80%) – Teaching Block 3


  • Integration of disciplines

  • Contextual understanding

  • Character analysis and understanding

  • Understanding and application of theory

  • Ensemble work

  • Rehearsal discipline



Performance (20%) – Teaching Block 3


  • Integration of disciplines

  • Contextual understanding

  • Character analysis and understanding

  • Understanding and application of theory

  • Ensemble work

  • Performance discipline



Formative assessment and feedback  

Formative assessment is crucial to this module. In mirroring industry practice, students are given detailed constant verbal feedback and during classes and rehearsal, which enables students to develop and act upon notes given. Students are encouraged to create a reflective journal which encourages and develops their own reflective practice.

Student activity link to Learning Outcomes


  • Integration of disciplines

  • Contextual understanding

  • Character analysis and understanding

  • Understanding and application of theory

  • Ensemble work

  • Rehearsal and performance discipline


Module aims

  • This module aims to introduce students to the process of working in rehearsal to a full final performance
  • The module is intended to be a practical integration of all the varying skills that students have studied across Level 4 and Level 5 in a practical and supportive tutor/director led process
  • The module serves as a firm foundation for working in theatre utilising spoken text, song and dance and students are encouraged to integrate the methodology in a sustained process of acting technique, vocal technique and dance technique to form a unified approach to performance
  • Students are required to integrate sustained processes of acting technique, vocal technique and dance technique to form a unified approach to performance

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate integrated skills in acting, singing and dancing in a sustained performance K
002 Evaluate the relationship between the performer, the narrative, the rehearsal, and performance context. C
003 Develop a performance, imagination and understanding of style and genre. C
004 Demonstrate discipline and consistency in a professional context. T
005 Develop and demonstrate the effective application of learned practices. P
006 Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative approaches to work in performance. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 20

Seminar Hours: 130

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Place an emphasis on the practical development of skills that are required for extended and best practice in the profession. To enable students to acquire skills in character building, physical presence and intention in the space.

The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Rehearsal

  • Group Seminars

  • Group and Individual and research sessions



The module is delivered over 150 hours study across the term including, class, seminar and self-study.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for THE SMALL SCALE MUSICAL : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mut2026

Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 2 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 3.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Musical Theatre BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.