This course is designed to introduce students to the foundational elements of the musical theatre performer’s process and to the history of musical theater and its performances, as well as 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. Students will be exposed to representational musical theatre performances and literature, and the course features a cumulative listening exam. Each of the three main units of the course--solo songs, duets/trios, and audition preparation—will culminate in a performance. 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.
Fall 2021 (2221)
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