In celebration of the launch of our BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Course in September 2024, our Artists in Residence and Programme Leaders ‘WHITE AND GIVAN’ are hosting a Contemporary Elite Intensive on Saturday 2nd March 2024 for the UK’s most promising young talent in Contemporary Dance (age 16+).

Attendance is by invitation only. If you wish to be considered for one of only 12 spaces, please contact admissions.manager@themgaacademy.com with a brief overview of your training and a video that shows you to the best of your ability.

Best of luck! 

 

 

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts to welcome prospective students on campus for open day event this February.

Following on from the success of our open day in November, We will be opening our doors on Thursday 29th February once again. These events are a fantastic opportunity to engage with lecturers, staff, and current students to find out more about the excellent opportunities MGA can offer those looking to pursue a professional career in performing arts.

Visitors will be able to observe some classes, chat with students and find out more about the world-class team of lecturers within our Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance faculties.

Picking a course is one of the most important decisions to make if you are hoping to achieve a professional career in Performing Arts.

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts offers the perfect mix of training, performance opportunities, expert tuition and cutting-edge career development tools, alongside a fabulous student community and of course our  new 30,000 sq ft campus in West Lothian, there really has never been a better time to find out how we can set you on the pathway to a successful career in an increasingly competitive industry!

With unrivalled access to professional industries, MGA offers unparalleled training opportunities for young performers. Our Academic Director Marcella Macdonald says:
“There has never been a better time to come and train at MGA. The Open Day gives you an opportunity to really get to know us as a college, meet the staff and students and see the fantastic training that we provide.”

So whether you want to know more about Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance courses or are ready to apply and want to get a feel for the college, this is the perfect opportunity to find out what MGA’s vocational performing arts training is all about. Click here to register

ONE of Scotland’s leading performing arts schools has announced it will be hosting its annual magical Christmas show to raise vital funds for a prominent mental health charity.

Taking place for one night only on December 13th at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, MGA Academy has promised that the extravaganza will have something for the whole family to enjoy, with proceeds being donated to Scottish Action for Mental Health (SAMH).

During ‘A Christmas Wish’, 250 students will take to the stage to perform a whole host of festive songs and dances that aim to get audiences in the festive spirit.

Marcella Macdonald, Principal of The MGA Academy, said: “We are thrilled to present this Christmas gift to Edinburgh audiences and spread some festive cheer during the most wonderful time of the year.

“We’re proud that A Christmas Wish will raise vital funds and awareness for SAMH, a cause very important to supporting wellbeing across Scotland at a time of year when mental health issues can be at a crisis point.

“This show is always a favourite among students and staff, and we have so many incredibly talented students who are eager to put on a fantastic performance to create some Christmas magic.”

 

Money raised will be donated to SAMH which operates over 70 services in communities across Scotland, providing mental health social care support, addictions, and employment services, among others.

Catriona Wilson, Community and Events Fundraiser at SAMH said: “We are thrilled that the MGA Academy has chosen to raise funds for SAMH again this year.

At SAMH, we know how a mental health problem can affect everything. It can have the most profound impact on our relationships, our work, our wellbeing and our quality of life.

The funds raised will help us raise awareness, promote good mental health and support those in Scotland who need it most. From all of us at SAMH, a heartfelt thank you.”

A Christmas Wish has been a project months in the making, with students undergoing rehearsals on top of their usual course schedules to perfect a range of beloved Christmas songs, dances, and festive sketches.

Audiences can expect timeless holiday tunes with a twist, imaginative new takes on tradition, and touching moments that embody the warmth and togetherness that the Christmas season inspires.

The MGA Academy has become Scotland’s top hub for nurturing the next generation of musical theatre, acting, and dance stars. It prides itself on pushing young creatives to achieve their highest potential.

The Academy is approved by the Scottish Qualifications Agency, the Imperial Society for the Teachers of Dance, and is Scotland’s only fully accredited college with the UK’s Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.

Tickets for A Christmas Wish can be purchased here

To read more about SAMH, please visit their website 

Apply for a course at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts and be part of something extraordinary!

Our first auditions for our 2024 intake will be held in Livingston on Monday 15th January 2024!

See below for information about all our course levels and apply today!

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Experience what it feels like to be training in Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance at industry level.

A Week in the Life runs during school summer holiday, Monday 7th August to Friday 11th August 2023

Enjoy five full days following a Full-Time Student’s intense weekly schedule with our expert teaching faculty here at MGA. Scotlands only CDMT-accredited drama school.

Choose your course – Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance – and take your first step on a journey towards a successful career within the performing arts industry where previous students have gone on to appear in shows on Disney+ and HBO Max as well as starring roles on London’s West End.

This experience is ideal for those considering applying for a place on one of our full-time courses! 

This degree taster course is for students aged 15+.

Course runs Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Email registrar@themgaacademy.com  to secure your place!

Are you ready for some summer fun? Summer School returns to The MGA of Academy of Performing Arts

The course runs during school summer holiday, Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August 2023

Summer school is returning to MGA and it’s going to bigger and better than ever before! Once Upon a Fairytale promises to be an exciting and fun-filled exploration of your favourite and best-known tales. Descendants, Shrek, Enchanted, Revolting Rhymes and many more will feature in the action-packed week that you won’t want to miss!

The week long programme will run from 31st July to 4th August 2023 from 10am – 4pm with an option for early and late drop-off and collection.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in musical theatre, dance, and acting activities, all set in a magical world inspired by beloved fairy-tales with some modern twists.

At MGA Academy of Performing Arts, we believe in nurturing and developing the talents of each and every child, and our experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff are dedicated to guiding participants in a supportive and fun environment.

This is an ideal programme for children who are passionate about performing arts, regardless of whether they are seasoned performers or new to the stage. They will have the chance to make new friends, build confidence, and develop skills that will serve them well both on stage and in life.

PRICE: £225 for the week
Payment information will be provided on application. No refunds or exchanges.

Summer School courses are for students aged between 7 and 14 years.

Course runs Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Wednesday 21st June, 7.30pm
Friday 23rd June, 2.30pm
Saturday 24th June, 7.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Acting students as they present SWEET CHARITY.

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, groovy, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity captures all the energy, humour, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. We proudly present a unique and bold production, based on the original 1966 Broadway version of Sweet Charity – which was directed and choreographed by the inimitable Bob Fosse. Musical numbers include: “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano

Director/ Choreographer – Jordan Langford
Musical Director – James McCullagh

This amateur production of SWEET CHARITY is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Thursday 22nd June, 7.30pm
Friday 23rd June, 7.30pm
Saturday 24th June, 2.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Acting students as they present THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE.

Written by the grand master of storytelling and peopled with vivid and amusing characters, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE is one of the greatest plays of the last century. This lively translation by award-winning playwright Alistair Beaton is a fluent yet faithful rendering of Brecht’s satirical masterpiece and was first presented by Shared Experience at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, and subsequently the Unicorn Theatre, London, in 2009.

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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This amateur production of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Beaton)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Thursday 15th June, 7.30pm
Friday 16th June, 2.30pm
Friday 16th June, 7.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Dance students as they present their final show THE LIGHT FANTASTIC.

Presented by our graduating BA (Hons) Musical Theatre class of 2023.

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Our lucky Musical Theatre and Dance students were treated to an unforgettable experience as performers from Strictly Ballroom: The Musical took a break from touring and brought the glitz and glamour of ballroom dancing to life The MGA Academy of Performing Arts last week!

Kevin Clifton, BBC Strictly Come Dancing star, along with cast members Poppy Blackledge and MGA’s very own Musical Theatre graduate Kieran Cooper led an exclusive and energetic samba masterclass. It was a fantastic opportunity for MGA students to engage and learn from renowned professionals who shared techniques, knowledge, and valuable insights into the audition process.

Kevin said: “I loved being at MGA because we weren’t just trying to teach a bit of dancing and the technique behind it but also show the students the audition process. For our show, it takes a lot of letting go in terms of everyone’s inhibitions and really going for it in the room. I feel everyone really committed to it which was really lovely to see.

“To be honest at that age I probably wouldn’t have committed to letting go like that, so it was
really great to see and it’s been great to spend time with such a talented bunch.”

Our students had the privilege of learning from Poppy, a talented performer and integral part of the Strictly Ballroom: The Musical cast, and were delighted to welcome back BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate Kieran. Kieran’s journey to performing in such a prestigious production showcases where the exceptional training and opportunities provided by MGA can lead!

Kieran said: “I started MGA in 2013 to study the Musical theatre course, graduating in 2016. I really enjoyed my time there, mainly because everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I had never sung or danced before but everyone was just so encouraging, looking back I can honestly say they were some of the best years of my life.

“It was great to bring Kevin and Poppy from Strictly Ballroom along and we did a little samba routine from the beginning of the show, and everyone was amazing. I knew the talent level at MGA is high, but we were shocked at just how good the students were today. Everyone was amazing and it’s been great fun.”

Current MGA Musical Theatre student Reece Hannah said: “It was a truly incredible experience to have Kevin, Poppy, and Kieran here at MGA. Learning from industry professionals and seeing Kieran’s journey from MGA to performing in this production was truly inspiring. It has motivated me to pursue my dreams with even greater passion and determination.”

This visit reinforces MGA’s reputation as a leading institution for Performing Arts education that provides a platform for aspiring performers to remain in Scotland while studying at a level equivalent to prestigious London colleges. This year we move headquarters to a dedicated 30,000 square foot campus in Livingston, allowing us to triple our student intake and expand our educational programme, offering even more opportunity for students to start their professional journeys.

Published 9/2/24   9:15AM

Contemporary Elite Intensive - The MGA Academy x WHITE AND GIVAN

In celebration of the launch of our BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Course in September 2024, our Artists in Residence and Programme Leaders ‘WHITE AND GIVAN’ are hosting a Contemporary Elite Intensive on Saturday 2nd March 2024 for the UK’s most promising young talent in Contemporary Dance (age 16+). Attendance is… » Read more

Published 13/1/24   9:10AM

MGA Academy to Host Open Day

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts to welcome prospective students on campus for open day event this February. Following on from the success of our open day in November, We will be opening our doors on Thursday 29th February once again. These events are a fantastic opportunity to engage with… » Read more

Published 11/12/23   9:57AM

Christmas Wish aims to raise vital funds for charity

ONE of Scotland’s leading performing arts schools has announced it will be hosting its annual magical Christmas show to raise vital funds for a prominent mental health charity. Taking place for one night only on December 13th at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, MGA Academy has promised that the extravaganza will have… » Read more

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