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Theatre Arts - Track II - Musical Theatre

Theatre Arts

Track II - Musical Theatre

B.F.A. Degree

As in the Acting and Directing option, the Musical Theatre option has a strong academic emphasis with students gaining experience to reinforce the coursework through productions, large and small, local and touring, and summer theatre opportunities. The bachelor’s degree program in Theatre Arts using the Musical Theatre option emphasizes process drama, ensemble effort and improvisational skill augmented by music and dance courses and performance with the choral and dance ensembles. The Musical Theatre discipline involves a wide variety of performance, appreciation, theatre literature in an historical context, theory and technique courses. The student who wants to pursue a career in Musical Theatre will combine music, theatre and dance courses in the Musical Theatre curriculum course of study. Because of the flexibility of this program, students can prepare themselves for a career in Musical Theatre as producers, directors, performers, arts administrators and for graduate study. Students can complete a minor appropriate to their career goals.

Students must participate in significant performance activities as determined by the theatre faculty. Students will participate in the annual Theatre Arts Majors review that has been designed to assess their performance and academic progress. All students graduating from the Theatre Arts Program are required to research, develop, and present an appropriate senior seminar project. In addition, students who choose the Musical Theatre track with a B.F.A. objective must participate in an internship with a reputable theatre that is known for producing musical theatre productions.

Required Courses:
Theatre:

   THA 111 Fundamentals of Acting I 3
   THA 112 Fundamentals of Acting II 3
   THA 233 Introduction to Musical Theatre 3
   THA 320 Advanced Acting 4
   THA 301, 302 World Theatre I, II 6

    Music:

       MUS 358 Music History I   
       MUS 359 Music History II   
       MUS 143 Piano I   
       MUS 144 Piano II   
       MUS 153 Voice I   
       MUS 154 Voice I1   
       MUS 131-432 A or B: Vocal Ensembles   
       MUS 102 Fundamentals of Music   
       MUS 203 Harmony and Musicianship I   
       MUS 204 Harmony and Musicianship II   
    3
    3
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1
    3
    3
    3


    Other requirements:

       THA 498 Senior Seminar
    3
       THA 499 Internship 3

      Dance: Choose 3 hours from the following:

         DAN 105 Beginning Dance Styles 1
         DAN 106 Intermediate Dance Styles
      1
         DAN 110 Beginning Dance for Performance 1
         DAN 111 Intermediate Dance for Performance 1
         DAN 121 Rhythm with the Feet 1

        Electives Choices: The elective course selection must demonstrate a range of courses over the theatre, music and dance areas.

        Choose 10 hours from the following:

           THA 412, 413, 414 Special Topics   
           MUS 480 Music Seminar: Advanced Topics in Music   
           THA 202 Stagecraft   
           THA 203 Video Workshop   
           THA 205, 305, 405 (can be repeated by topic as needed)       
           THA 222 Voice and Diction   
           THA 246 Play Production I: Beginning Directing   
           THA 300 Auditions and Makeup Workshop   
           THA 446 Play Production II: Advanced Directing   
           MUS 131-432 A or B: Vocal Ensembles   
           ENG 365 Shakespeare   
        6
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        1
        3

          Theory or Technique

             THA 336 Creative Theatre in School, Church and Community 3
             THA 481 Academic Theatre Practicum 1

            Total Hours Required in Major    58
            (At least 21 hours at 300-400 level required)


            Notes: The nature of theatre as a field of study involves a considerable time commitment outside of regularly scheduled classes. Majors are expected to participate on stage or behind the scenes in all major productions, perform in ensemble companies, and general theatre work days sponsored by the department, as well as to perform in touring companies.   Students are expected to document a demonstrated performance competence in a yearly review conducted by the theatre arts faculty.