ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Musical theatre is for students wishing to pursue professional or graduate work in theatre. Students will get experience in musical theatre performance as well as some design and directing. All theatre students have the opportunity to design mainstage productions and direct full-length shows, and with no freshman freeze, they perform in productions as early as their first semester. You may audition for and earn scholarships to study or participate in mainstage theatre. Four mainstage productions, including one musical and multiple student-directed one-act plays, are produced each year. Students may design, manage, or dramaturg mainstage productions. Students work annually with a professional actor in the annual guest artist production and take master classes taught by professionals.
WHY SHOULD I MAJOR IN MUSICAL THEATRE?
Musical theatre is an extremely demanding path requiring high-level training in voice, acting, movement and dance. It requires business savvy, resilience, patience, and self-confidence. You’ll find training offered in non-performance areas such as lighting, choreography, stage management, theatrical makeup artistry and costume design.The business side of musical theatre includes learning how to market yourself as a “brand."
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Student Run Clubs: Theta Alpha Phi – Theatre Honors Fraternity
Honor Societies: Theta Alpha Phi
Professional Experiences: Students may choose to do an internship. Also, many students work in summer theatres as actors, crew or designers.
Travel Study Courses: Aside from the general education travel study opportunities, C-SC Theatre offers a variety of travel study courses: Applied Theatre, Fine Arts International Travel Study and Theatre Travel Lab
Service Learning: Theatre productions, children’s theatre production and theatrical outreach are a part of the theatre curriculum.
Creative Expression: The theatre program offers four mainstage production per academic year, including at least one musical and one guest artist production as well as a number of student-directed one act productions in December. Students also are invited to participate in opera workshop and the many music ensembles in both instrumental and vocal music.
Awards and Recognition: Our department and faculty are regularly recognized for their work by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Students have been recognized for their outstanding work in the areas of design, acting, directing and stage management.
Our students either work in the professional field or continue with graduate study. Graduates in the professional field work full time in performance, company and house management and design and crew work.
AT A GLANCE
Can you minor in this program?
Emphasis within the major:
Students focus on musical theatre performance but can also study directing or design in upper-level courses.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Haidee Heaton
Professor of Theatre
Chair, Department of Theatre
Phone: 573-288-6000, ext. 6434