MUSICAL THEATRE CURRICULUM

MUSICAL THEATRE MAIN       COURSE WORK      PEOPLE       AUDITIONS     PERFORMANCES      

 

ACTING

  • Learn the integral steps to building an Ensemble.
  • Use voice and body to communicate character, situation and style. 
  • Play character transitions.
  • Show consistency of character while acting, singing and dancing.
  • Create action consistent with character’s motivation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on, and achieve the objective of a scene or musical number.
  • Recognize, create, select and sustain physical details of the character from scripted material and/or vocal score. 
  • Perform a scene and monologue from a musical.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on and achieve a character’s immediate objectives, and main objectives during a scene or musical number.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on and achieve the character’s overall objective and outcomes throughout an entire musical or act.
  • Make logical acting choices consistent with the character, situation and style of material.
  • Analyze a script/score for character transitions, antecedent action (action before the play begins), character clues and character motivation. 

DANCE

  • Develop and demonstrate basic warm up skills, consistent with the dance style studied.
  • Develop and explore movement in relation to level, shape, direction, dimension and extension. 
  • Recognize and demonstrate different rhythms, tempos and phrasing as they relate to music and movement combined. 
  • Develop focus and concentration to enhance memorization of dance combinations and sequences. 
  • Demonstrate physical competency in a variety of dance techniques.
  • Memorize and execute choreography for musical production numbers. 
  • Recognize and demonstrate the role of dance in maintaining and continuing the Musical’s storyline.
  • Use gesture, movement and body language to develop characterization.
  • Choreograph solo, duet or group production numbers 

 

MUSIC

  • Understand the use and care of the vocal instrument. 
  • Understand and demonstrate proper warm up techniques.
  • Demonstrate diaphragmatic breathing and breath support, and use staggered breathing to achieve desired phrasing. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate posture for singing in warm-ups, rehearsal and performance. 
  • Understand and demonstrate proper musical phrasing.
  • Project to audience through focus of sound and energy.
  • Recognize when the voice is in tune with instruments or other voices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to maintain correct rhythm throughout a given piece of music.
  • Perform in large ensembles, small ensembles and solo work. 
  • Demonstrate the use of articulation, diction, dialect, word coloration, dynamics and variety of tempo in song, that is appropriate to the character and dramatic situation. 
  • Communicate mood and emotion through voice.
  • Learn notes, choreograph and perform a solo piece, independent of the teacher.