This course is designed to introduce students to the foundational elements of the musical theatre performer’s process and to examine the use of song in a theatrical context as a mode of human expression. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of vocal structure and technique as well as physical and vocal presence in front of an audience within the context of specific genres/ style periods of musical theatre. Fundamental acting techniques will be developed in the context of musical theatre practice through the use of regular warm-ups, theater games, improvisation, and study of song texts. Each of the three main units of the course—ensembles, duets and solo songs—will culminate in a public performance of the pieces studied in class. Standard professional practices for musical preparation and auditions will also be addressed and will include a mock audition process at the end of the term. Students will be required to attend a full production of a musical and will develop critical analytical skill through written reflection on that production as well as on their own development throughout the term.
Spring 2017 (2174)
Tuesday/Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM in CL Studio Theatre
Instructor: Rob Frankenberry