Musical Theatre is an interdisciplinary minor that reflects the synthesis of music, dance, and theatre performance classes in a unique academic path that builds a specific and relevant body of knowledge and skill set for the performer. Students seeking the musical theatre minor strengthen technique by taking classes in these three areas and build their performance credentials by acting in musical productions at the University.
The Department of Theatre and Dance has a rich tradition of producing musicals. Recent productions include RENT, Into the Woods, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bat Boy, Forever Plaid, Nunsense, elegies, Godspell, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
While the minor can easily serve as a specialization for any actor pursuing a theatre major, the program’s flexibility allows students in all disciplines the opportunity to accomplish a musical theatre minor. Upon completion of the program, students will have a strong foundation in theory, skills, and practice that will allow them to continue training while pursuing a career in musical theatre.
Students interested in the minor in Musical Theatre should consult with the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Requirements for the Musical Theatre Minor (24 credits)
Twenty-four (24) credits including THEA 218, 321, 335, and 336. Two (2) credits in THEA 390; four (4) additional credits from DANC 121, 122, 141, 142, 301, 302, 305, or 306; and four (4) additional credits from MUPR 201, 202, 203, 204, 301, or 401.
Theatre Course Offerings for the Musical Theatre Minor
Theatre course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of THEA in the course listings.
218 – Voice and Body Movement (4)
Voice and body training to improve vocal quality, articulation, and posture and carriage. Laboratory.
321, 322 – Acting (4, 4)
Prerequisite: THEA 218; Must be taken in sequence. Scene study and performance, creating characters, and ensemble training.
335, 336 – Musical Theatre Performance (3, 3)
A workshop course in musical theatre performance techniques.
Dance Course Offerings for the Musical Theatre Minor
Dance course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of DANC in the course listings.
121, 122 – Beginning Ballet (1, 1)
Note for 122: Prerequisite: DANC 121 or permission of instructor. Classical ballet technique for the beginning student, emphasizing vocabulary, alignment, and precision of movement. S/U credit only.
141, 142 – Beginning Jazz (1, 1)
Note for 142: Prerequisite: DANC 141 or permission of instructor. Introduction to jazz technique through an exploration of alignment, strength, lyricism, and rhythm. S/U credit only.
301, 302 – Intermediate Ballet (2, 2)
Note for 301: Prerequisite: DANC 122 or permission of instructor. Note for 302: Prerequisite: DANC 301 or permission of instructor. Ballet as a discipline, emphasizing exactness and precision of line, creative expression, and historical reference.
305, 306 – Intermediate Jazz (2, 2)
Note for 305: Prerequisite: DANC 142 or permission of instructor. Note for 306: Prerequisite: DANC 305 or permission of instructor. Study of jazz dance techniques and exploration of movement as related to jazz music.
Music Performance Course Offerings for the Musical Theatre Minor
Music Performance course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of MUPR in the course listings.
201, 202 – Class Voice I, II (1, 1)
Class instruction through the intermediate performance level, emphasizing fundamentals of vocal technique through performance, as preparation for private voice study. Placement audition.
203, 204 – Class Voice III, IV (1, 1)
Corequisite: Private Voice (MUPR 301). A comprehensive study of diction applying the standard international phonetic alphabet to the Italian and German (MUPR 203) and English and French (MUPR 204) languages.
Private Voice Instruction
Registration for private instruction is contingent upon a successful audition. All 300-level courses consist of one half-hour lesson per week for one credit. The 400-level courses consist of a one-hour lesson per week for two credits. Both are available by permission from the department chairperson. Each course may be repeated for additional credit at the discretion of the instructor. A lesson fee applies for all students.
301, 401 – Voice (1, 2)