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Why A Triple-Threat Training
The South African triple-threat performer has become a sought-after commodity.
Musical Theatre has become an extremely popular art form. Capacity audiences on both the West End and Broadway confirm it’s standing as one of the stage art’s most fashionable genres. Add to this the recent successful cross-pollination of musical theatre with other genres and a world of never-ending possibilities has opened up to the triple threat performer.
In the last 10 years, it has become very fashionable to sing, dance and act, with the movie musical thriving and now a Hollywood staple. Live-action musicals have come back into vogue seemingly overnight. Disney is rejuvenating its ever-popular animated musical with its glorious scores and chart-topping songs that inevitably turn into multi-million dollar stage adaptations. Pop stars like Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Sting and Bruce Springsteen are not only composing scores for musicals but are starring in the shows themselves. Both original musicals and revivals are garnering Tony awards every year and groundbreaking shows like Hamilton are destroying box offices records and exceeding expectations. It is a very exciting time to be a musical theatre performer.
South Africa has also become somewhat of a musical theatre mecca, with at least 2 to 3 major musicals being produced each year since 2001. Most of our musical theatre shows and companies are handpicked by international producers to tour around the globe and do so to great acclaim. It goes without saying that the South African triple-threat performer has become a sought-after commodity.
It is no wonder that most aspiring performers are looking towards a ‘triple threat’ training in order to achieve success in a genre that requires an astonishing range of skills. A performer who wishes to pursue a career in musical theatre should, at the very least, be able to excel in singing, dancing and acting. They must have the unique ability to capture human emotion whilst simultaneously demonstrating vocal, physical and intellectual prowess.
Enter LAMTA – The Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy established primarily with the aim of nurturing and training triple threat students to become competitive working artists in today’s industry – be it on stage, in the wings, in the pit, as publicists, critics or producers. Our goal is to see our students successfully enter the Performing Arts arena upon graduation.
Musical Theatre is not only a specialised and ever-changing art form, it is also the most collaborative of all the art forms, bringing together the composer, lyricist, playwright, choreographer, director, designer, conductor and performer. We are in the business of providing training to such would be collaborators, an academy who has its finger on the pulse of what the industry demands.