B6 - GRADED EXAMINATIONS IN DRAMA: MUSICAL THEATRE FOR THE ACTOR/SINGER (GROUP)
Purpose of the Qualification
LAMDA Examinations in Musical Theatre for the Actor/Singer are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate the dramatic content of musical text in an ensemble. The emphasis is on performance and presentation rather than on the study of musical theatre as a whole.
These examinations offer candidates the opportunity of sharing responsibility for the performance and therefore the group, not the individual candidate, is assessed. This means that the specification format does not include ‘Learning Outcomes’ or ‘Level Descriptions’ as are given in the Solo/Duo examinations for individual candidates to assess the skills, knowledge and understanding of the individual. Group Examinations are open to all individuals regardless of age.
Broad Objectives of the Examinations

-Interpretative skills
To explore style, form, character, subtext and context in order to realise the specific demands of the musical scene.
To create a credible sense of reality by focusing on the immediacy of the situation.

-Technical skills
To communicate audibly and clearly as a group in order to convey the material appropriately.
To stage the performance according to the demands of the material.
To build skills in musicality: pitch, rhythm and phrasing.

-Interactive skills
To create relationships between characters.
To share responsibility for the performance in order to communicate as an ensemble.

Examination Content
The musical, composer and librettist must be announced prior to the performance. The group must
provide their own accompaniment.
Musical Theatre for the Actor/ Singer (Group) Interpretation, Technique and Interaction
The group must perform the musical scene(s) from memory of their own choice.
Total Performance time (minute) Total time allowance (minute)
Musical scene(s)
(Please refer to Repertoire Guidelines and Regulations.)
song(s)
Entry Level One musical scene - - - 4-5 10
Level 1 1 This must include ONE song. - 1 5-10 15
2 This must include TWO songs. At least one of the songs must be sung by the full chorus. 2
3 This must include TWO contrasting songs. 2
Level 2
4 A musical scene, or sequence of scenes from the same musical This must include THREE songs, or sections from songs, and enough dialogue to develop character and situation. 3 10-15 20
5 This must include THREE songs, or sections from songs, and enough dialogue to develop character and situation.
Two of the songs must be contrasting.
3
Level 3 6 A musical scene, or sequence of scenes This must include a balance between song, movement and dialogue.
They must sing FOUR songs, or sections from songs.
At least two of which must be sung by the full chorus. 4 15-20 25
7 This must include a balance between song, movement and dialogue and cover a range of styles of emotions.
They must sing FOUR songs, or sections from songs.
4
8 This must include a balance between song, movement and dialogue and display contrasting styles and characterisations.
They must sing FOUR songs or sections from songs.
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Repertoire Guidelines and Regulations
Musical Theatre for the Actor/ Singer (Group) Entry Level Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Musical scene of own choice The musical scene may be original or taken from a published work of musical theatre, or from a film or screenplay.
The content The content of the song(s) must be simple and accessible, conveying meaning clearly and unambiguously. The content of the selected songs must offer some opportunity for interpretative choices. The content of the selected songs must offer opportunities for a variety of approaches and interpretative choices. The content of the selected songs must enable candidates to engage with complex emotions and universal themes.
Movement Movement and dance may be incorporated where appropriate and relevant to enhance the overall performance.
The language The musical scene must be sung in English.
Cuts are permitted but candidates must ensure coherence i.e. the emotional and intellectual fluency of the song must be maintained.
A copy of the libretto must be provided for the examiner and adhere to copyright laws.
General Notes and Regulations
The group must consist of a minimum of three candidates.
Candidates may not enter for more than one group examination of the same subject at the same grade.
Movement and dance may be incorporated where appropriate and relevant to enhance the overall performance.
Costumes and hand props are permitted, if appropriate, but must be kept to a minimum;however, they will not be assessed specifically and the candidate will not be awarded any extra marks for their inclusion.
Any time taken for changes and the setting or striking of props must be included in the time of the scene.
The examiner reserves the right to halt musical scenes that exceed the stipulated time allowance.
Hairstyles must not obscure the face and shoes must not hinder movement. Suitable shoes must be worn for all scenes unless the character portrayed is barefoot. Nudity is not permitted.
Candidates must bring legible copies of the libretti for the examiner.
Copies of the songs must adhere to copyright laws.
Candidates must not present the same song/scene for more than one examination.
Songs and/or libretti which are directly addressed to an audience must not be focused solely on the examiner; however the examiner should be included in the wider imagined audience.
Although the use of accent/dialect is not compulsory, the style and intent of the librettist/composer should be taken into consideration in the interpretation of a role.
The key of a song may be transposed to accommodate the vocal range of a candidate(s).
It is the responsibility of the group to provide an accompanist necessary to support their performance. The accompanist will only remain in the room for the portion of the examination for which s/he is required. A piano, electronic keyboard, guitar or other appropriate instrument may be used to accompany the pieces, but it is the responsibility of the group to provide the instrument or make prior arrangements with the centre organizer. If necessary, a pageturner will also be permitted in the examination room. However, they will only remain in the room for the portion of the exam for which s/he is required.
Where a candidate wishes to use a recorded accompaniment, playback equipment of good sound quality must be provided and operated by a technician. If a technician is used, they will only remain in the room for the portion of the examination for which s/he is required.
The group will receive a written examination report: there will be no oral feedback after the performance.
Candidates must write the title of the scene and list the songs (if applicable) at the top of the Examination Report prior to entering the examination room.
Health and Safety
Candidates must take responsibility for their own health and safety when working towards these examinations and should:
Organise a personal and vocal warm up and cool down.
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear that allow for ease of movement.
Develop a physicality that does not overly tense the body or restrict the larynx, even in character transformations.
Support breath and release tone without force.
Sing in a comfortable register.
Avoid ‘belting’ unless they have received vocal training on the technique.
Avoid singing if there is any discomfort in the throat.
Seek specialist medical attention if discomfort persists when singing and/or a husky tone develops.