Musical Theatre, BA/BS

The Musical Theatre major consists of 60 credit hours including 5 credit hours of practicum credit earned through participation in production, coursework specially designed to prepare students in vocal performance, dance, and theatre, and a capstone internship or senior showcase. Students in the musical theatre program practice their craft in community with faculty, staff, and other students in an environment that encourages them to consider their vocation as service in God’s world. A strong foundation in the liberal arts emphasizing critical thinking, effective communication, and scholarly research provides graduates with real-world marketable skills. Year-round opportunities for students to perform, design, and direct, mentored by faculty and other local professionals, broadens the depth of experience of our students, preparing them to become professional musical theatre artists.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are linked to assignments and activities throughout this program. After completing program requirements,

  1. Students will be able to analyze a play script using a variety of interpretive strategies.
  2. Students will be able to synthesize script analysis into artistic expression through the visual, oral, kinesthetic, and written modes of communication found in acting, design, directing, and dramaturgy.
  3. Students will be able to describe how theatre can reflect, promote, and challenge its cultural context.
  4. Students will develop a professional repertoire and technique for presenting solo audition pieces for musical theatre.
  5. Students will be able to articulate their personal beliefs, values, attitudes, and abilities in theatre in relation to the Christian story and service in God’s world.
Musical Theatre majors must first audition to be admitted into the program. Students with a strong background in music theory should take placement exam and may test out of MUS 1203. Students are expected to participate in production and private voice lessons each semester and must remain in good academic standing in order to participate. Further information is available in the theatre handbook.

Requirements for the BA/BS in Musical Theatre

General Education Core 40 hours

Foreign Language (BA only) 6-8 hours

Choose from

GER 1214Elementary German I

4

GER 1224Elementary German II

4

SPA 1214Elementary Spanish I

4

SPA 1224Elementary Spanish II

4

SPA 2214Intermediate Spanish I

4

SPA 2224Intermediate Spanish II

4

Musical Theatre Major 60 hours

Production Core

Five hours from any of the following (repeat any given class no more than 3 times ):

THE 1011Production Practicum

1

THE 1021Performance Practicum

1

THE 1031Ensemble Acting

1

THE 1041Theatre Management Practicum

1

THE 1061Unarmed Stage Combat

1

Major Core

DAN 1081Dance for Musical Theatre

1

DAN 1081Dance for Musical Theatre

1

MUS 1011Private Voice

1

MUS 1011Private Voice

1

MUS 2011Private Voice

1

MUS 2011Private Voice

1

MUS 3011Private Voice

1

MUS 3011Private Voice

1

MUS 4011Private Voice

1

MUS 4011Private Voice

1

MUS 1041Class Piano

1

MUS 1203Music Foundations

3

MUS 2203Musicianship for Musical Theatre

3

THE 1001Introduction to Theatre Studies

1

THE 1103Acting I

3

THE 1112Introduction to Technical Theatre

2

THE 2222Voice for the Actor

2

THE 2232Movement for the Actor

2

THE 2603Play Analysis

3

THE 3001Theatre as Vocation

1

THE 3223Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop

3

THE 3223Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop

3

THE 3223Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop

3

THE 3313History of Western Theatre: Greeks to Renaissance

3

THE 3323History of Western Theatre: Renaissance to the Present

3

THE 4601Senior Seminar in Theatre

1

THE 4813Senior Project in Theatre

3

Any 3 upper-division THE hours

3

MUS 1203: may be tested out

THE 3223 is to be taken three times, each from a different musical theatre style.

Choose one

DAN 1011Beginning Ballet

1

DAN 2011Intermediate Ballet

1

Choose one

DAN 1021Beginning Tap

1

DAN 2021Intermediate Tap

1

Electives 20 hours

(BA 14-16 hours)

Total Credit Hours: 120