Too late to get into musical theatre?

Chloe is currently studying for a degree in history and wonders if it would be too late to get into musical theatre.

​I am 19 and currently in the middle of an undergraduate degree in history, but would like to undertake training for musical theatre. I have been singing (and taking exams in it) since I was around 14, and am currently looking into basic acting and dance lessons.

Would you recommend continuing on this path, gaining more experience and taking a musical theatre degree after finishing my current one, or is it too late for me to get into musical theatre training, due to my age and lack of experience?

— Chloe

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Andrew Loretto's reply:

​I would say that it’s never too late to perform in the type of theatre you wish to make. Here at Sheffield Theatres, we’ve seen some examples of established actors make their musical theatre debut after many years performing in ‘straight’ theatre! 

Make the most of any opportunities available to you at university – through any drama or musical theatre society.

If there is a producing theatre venue close to you, check out what training workshops and other opportunities they run. For example, at Sheffield Theatres we have a year-round programme of Theatre Skills workshops (advertised on our website and in our season brochures) – which often include musical theatre sessions led by leading professional artists.

We also offer opportunities to perform on our stages in professional productions through initiatives such as Sheffield People’s Theatre (our last company was aged 12-85). So, hopefully you can find ways to gain experience and training whilst you are at university.

Do also check out Youth Music Theatre UK – they run a whole range of training courses and performance projects throughout the UK, creating high quality original musical theatre. The more activity you can get involved with whilst at university, the better, as this will help inform any post-graduate choices you then make. Good luck!

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