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Musical Theatre

Degree Options

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in musical theatre.

Description of Program

The musical theatre program provides students with a solid theatre education and experience. Students take classes in movement, voice and acting styles. Courses in mime and stage combat are also offered. Musical theatre students take a series of support courses in music as well as upper-level performance courses. Students are also given opportunities to hone their skills as performers within experimental productions, performances as part of classroom work and the annual musical.

Requirements for Major

Listed below is a sample schedule of one of the four areas of concentration for a B.F.A. in musical theatre. Students pursuing degrees with an acting, directing or theatre design emphasis will have somewhat different requirements. For more information, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts.

The BFA degree in musical theatre requires 56 credit hours in theatre arts, 15 hours in music and the Drake Curriculum.

First Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 3 (Acting I)
Theatre Arts 14 (Movement I)
Theatre Arts 20 (Voice I)
Theatre Arts 30 (Stagecraft I) or Theatre Arts 31 (Costuming)
First-Year Seminar
Music 11 (Fundamentals of Music)
Total

First Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 4 (Acting II)
Theatre Arts 15 (Movement II)
Theatre Arts 30 (Stagecraft II) or Theatre Arts 31 (Costuming)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
MUSIC 171 — Voice
Total

Sophomore Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 55 (Acting III)
One of Theatre Arts 57-60 (Dance or the Theatre)
Theatre Arts 32 (Makeup)
Music 171 (Voice)
Music 148-150 (Ensembles)
Music 6 or Music 49 (Piano)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Sophomore Year — Second Semester
One of Theatre Arts 57-60 (Dance for the Theatre)
Theatre Arts 131-138 (Problems in Acting)
Music 171 (Voice)
Music 148-150 (Ensembles)
Music 7 or Music 50 (Piano)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Junior Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 5 (Readings in Theatre)
Theatre Arts 103 (Directing)
Theatre Arts 120 (Theatre History I)
Theatre Arts 131-138 (Problems in Acting)
Music 148-150 (Ensembles)
Music 171 (Voice)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Junior Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 121 (Theatre History II)
Theatre Arts Elective
Music 171 (Voice)
English Literature
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Senior Year — First Semester
Theatre Arts 17 (Choreography)
Theatre Arts 160 (Stage Management)
Music 148-150 (Ensembles)
Music 171 (Voice)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Total

Senior Year — Second Semester
Theatre Arts 123 (American Musical)
Drake Curriculum Requirement
Senior Capstone Experience
English Literature
Total

Credit Hours
3
2
2
4
3
3
17


3
2
4
6
1
16


3
3
3
1
1

3
15


3
3
1
1
1
7
16


3
3
3
2
1
1
3
16


3
2
1
3
6
15


3
3
1
1
6
14


3
6
1
3
13

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