Musical Theatre Classes Explained

Musical Theatre is a new section in our Festival, and has been designed to support the growing development of (what is commonly referred to as) the ‘triple threat’ performer. Musical Theatre’s tripartite approach includes drama, song, and movement.

When designing your entry for the MT classes, you should consider this ‘triple threat’ as your guiding light. You will be expected to demonstrate your talents in all three areas.

Performers should devise a spoken scene that establishes the character’s setting, mood and situation, and of course, it should be appropriate to the musical’s storyline. Your devised scene then typically leads into the song – which should also be in keeping with the devised scene. Movement of course, is integral throughout.

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Good luck!

Entry Deadline Looming!

Don’t forget! The closing date for entries is now just over 2 weeks away.

You have until the 30th September to get your entries in for RWB Arts Festival.

Are you an actor, a guitarist, a singer, a musical theatre performer? Then get signed up to one of our classes! You can register on our new LIVE on-line system here, or you can download an entry form and manually write and submit to us via post. See here for the S&D form, or here for the Music forms (including Musical Theatre).

Good luck! Any questions, do contact us!

All at the RWB Arts Festival team.

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New online entries system launch TODAY!

Behind the scenes, there has been much activity going on to launch a new on-line entry system. We are keen to make our Festival a smoother, more modern enterprise, and to make entries much easier for all our participants.

The software we are using is called RunMyFestival and those of you who regularly attend Festivals may well be familiar with it already.

So, we are delighted to now report that we have gone LIVE today!

Access it here!

You can pay by BACS or cheque and you will find all the details on our site.


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We hope these changes are helpful in streamlining your Festival experience. However, if you prefer, you can print the manual entry forms here and enter by posting us your forms:

RWB Arts Festival Music Entry Form 2019

RWB Arts Festival Musical Theatre Entry Form 2019

RWB Arts Festival S&D Entry Form 2019

Thanks for your continued support, and we hope you find these changes make your experience of RWB Arts Festival even better.

Congratulations also to the team of RWBAF volunteers who have put in hours of work to make this happen. We’d be lost without you!

Mayor Making 2019

We were delighted to have our drama teacher committee member Rhian Vaughan represent the RWB Arts Festival at the recent Mayor Making ceremony in Royal Wootton Bassett.

The ceremony was a wonderful way to welcome in the new mayor Steve Watts! We wish him all the best during his time in office and look forward to having his support for our Festival this year.

Mayor Steve Watts and deputy mayor Nic Hughes after the official ceremony outside St Bartholomews Church in Royal Wootton Bassett
Mayor Steve Watts and deputy mayor Nic Hughes after the official ceremony outside St Bartholomews Church in Royal Wootton Bassett

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Keeping you up-to-date!

You may be interested to know that the MUSIC FESTIVAL HAS MOVED from the summer to November this year. We wanted to move away from the busy exam season to make it easier for our performers to take part. Music and Drama will now take place over the following two weekends: 16th & 17th and 23rd & 24th November.

Plus we have introduced a NEW MUSICAL THEATRE section with solo, duet and group classes for those who love to sing songs from FILMS and SHOWS.

There will also be a new ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEM this year which should make entering the Festival easier for all.

If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the Syllabus feel free to ask. And, in accordance with GDPR regulations, if you would like to be removed from the mailing list just let us know.

Best wishes and we look forward to welcoming you to the Festival in November.

Miranda Shirnia
Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

New Musical Theatre Classes Announced for 2019!

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This year, we will see the first ever MUSICAL THEATRE classes at the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. This is a chance to show off your voice skills, sing your heart out, and show us your dance moves! We can’t wait to see all of your entries and look forward to hearing some of the old classics and some of the newer ones!

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Good luck!



RWB Arts Festival: New for 2019!

A message from our Festival Chair, Miranda Shirnia:


Welcome to the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival. 2019 is a very important year for us. This year the Music Festival is moving to November to join with Speech and Drama and Classical Guitar producing one large combined festival.

The Music Festival has moved away from June and July to avoid the busy exam months of the summer and we hope this will mean more people will be free to share their performances with us.

Now that Music and Drama have come together it seemed the right time to introduce a NEW class at the Festival which combines the talents needed for both. As a result, this year will see the first ever MUSICAL THEATRE classes at the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival.

It is also a 10th Anniversary year for the Speech and Drama section of the Festival. To celebrate 10 years of Speech and Drama performances we have a number of special workshops and events planned for the Festival weekend.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Chair of the Music Section, Sarah Sumner. Sarah comes with a wealth of musical experience both in playing and also teaching too.

So, whether you are new to the Festival or have been coming back year after year we are looking forward to welcoming you to the Festival in November and hope you enjoy sharing your performances with us, taking part in the workshops and trying out the new Musical Theatre classes.

I look forward to meeting you at the Festival,
Miranda Shirnia 

Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

Volunteer Recognition Day

Today is Volunteer Recognition Day. Our Festival is run purely by volunteers, and it would not be able to take place each year without all the efforts of each and every one. Our many Committee members, helpers, and supporters make our Festival a joy each year for the many children who compete and the many parents who chart their childrens’ blossoming talents, whether that is in the Music Festival or the Speech and Drama one.

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Our volunteers take on many roles: from cleaning tables, arranging chairs, processing entry forms, contacting adjudicators, baking cakes, sweeping up, running Facebook pages, devising every class syllabi, writing minutes, liaising with community members and press, establishing safeguarding processes, improving best practice, as well as maintaining our own commitment of time, professionalism, and enthusiasm for our ever growing Festival. Each and every gift of time and action is valued, and it is often the smallest of jobs which make the biggest difference.

So a big and sincere thank you to all of our volunteers at RWB Arts Festival, whatever your role. Thank you.

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