Prerequisites: An interest in musical theatre, acting, public performance, and/or theatre technical skills such as make-up, sound, lights, set design and construction.
Skills: Listening, analysis, creativity, application, critical thinking.
Purpose: In this class, students will explore how various musical theatre forms from a variety of cultures and genres contributed to the creation of one of the most complex and quintessentially American forms of art—the American Musical Theatre. Topics such as acting, improvisation, auditioning, direction, production, technical crew responsibilities, history and the future of musical theatre will be explored. Time will be spent working first-hand on the current theatrical production of the music department during class time.
Description: Students will examine how musical theatre has reflected and contributed to the social fabric and culture of the United States from the 17th through the 21st centuries. The course will identify and discuss the contributions of the major artists who have made a significant impact on the development of the American musical theatre. Students will not only study about the musical but experience first-hand the world of the musical performer. In addition, this course will provide coaching and information designed for the improvement of each student’s vocal preparation, audition skills and performance.