MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO COURSE WORK

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For the first six weeks, through a series of Theatre Games and Dance Classes, we will work on the actor's instrument– use of the senses, involvement with the environment and other actors, concentration, honesty, and freeing the body, voice and imagination. Students will select and memorize monologues and be assigned Scenes and Musical Numbers with Choreography for presentation.

The culmination of the first six weeks will be our General Audition, which will be used for Level Placement and Casting for the Musical Theatre Department’s Spring Production (not to be confused with the Asawa SOTA Mainstage Musical). Select numbers will be presented in an afternoon of Musical Theatre Scenes and Songs, with a Potluck Barbecue provided by our families.

Our Studio Courses begin after the first six weeks and include our Writing for Musical Theatre Workshop Performance and our Senior Ensemble Musical Project. During the second semester, in addition to our regular Studio Courses, the entire department will work as an Ensemble and focus our energies on our Spring Production, an internal Department musical.

PLEASE NOTE: All Musical Theatre students are members of the Concert Choir and must complete two years of basic music theory to qualify for upper-level theory courses or musical theater studio units.


MUSICAL THEATRE I • FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORES

Scene Study I • Introduction to Stanislavski objectives, obstacles and actions in order to create stage truth and to generate physical and emotional involvement. Students explore psychophysical action to project character choices in nonverbal and scripted scene work.

Repertoire Preparation (Fall Semester) • Acting for the singer is a music performance course focused on the issues of acting in musical/dramatic works. Students will learn an analytical process for the construction and performance of a dramatically viable character within a musical/dramatic work, and apply this process to the preparation of songs/duets/ensemble work during the course of the fall semester.

Performance Production (Spring Semester) • A rehearsal and performance laboratory, focusing on musical theatre material with an emphasis on thorough and efficient preparation as the student develops movement and musicianship skills and ensemble performance technique.

Music Theory • Study of concepts and skills in music theory and aural training for the musical theatre student, including music reading, melodic and harmonic analysis, form, sight-singing, music dictation, transposition and improvisation using literature from the musical theatre canon.

Dance Technique

Ballet I Study of basic ballet terminology, barre work, and center floor exercises. Basic technique in ballet with emphasis on individualized placement. Work on musicality, line, dynamics and stylistic refinement.

Musical Theatre Dance I
The Study of Jazz and Tap (including Rhythm Notation) technique with strong emphasis on style, terminology and skill preparation for musical theatre performance.

MUSICAL THEATRE II • JUNIORS/SENIORS

Scene Study II – Advanced Scene for Musical Theatre • An advanced acting studio, which continues with the study of Stanislavski objectives, obstacles and actions in order to create stage truth and to generate physical and emotional involvement. Students explore psychophysical action to project character choices in nonverbal and scripted scene work. Includes the theories and techniques of scansion, iambic pentameter and scoring of text as well as textual analysis, improvisational exercises and scene work as they relate to the written works of William Shakespeare.

The History of American Musical Theatre • An introduction and overview of theatrical forms, including vaudeville, revues, operettas, and book musicals, from the turn of the century to the present, with particular attention to major Musical Theatre composers, directors, choreographers and producers for the purpose of extending dramatic action, characterization and atmosphere in musicals, operettas and musical comedies. 

Writing Musical Theatre (Junior Ensemble/Fall Semester) • This workshop will bring together composers, librettists, singers, and actors who want to collaborate on writing new material for the musical stage. Using techniques such as improvisation and theatre games to stimulate ideas, it will involve every member of the ensemble in creating first a popular song, then a short scene, and finally, the reading of a one-act musical piece in a workshop style presentation.

Senior Ensemble Musical Project (Seniors/Fall Semester) • An advanced level performance studio focusing on Acting, Vocal and Dance styles found within the musical theatre repertoire. Strong emphasis on thorough, efficient and elevated technical proficiency and heightened musicianship skills associated with Broadway style musical sequences. Includes the Rehearsal, Performance and Strike for a Senior Finale production in the Spring Semester.

Performance Production (Spring Semester) • A rehearsal and performance laboratory, focusing on musical theatre repertoire with an emphasis on thorough and efficient preparation as the student develops movement and musicianship skills and ensemble performance technique. Includes Elements from ACTING FOR THE SINGER.

Dance Technique

Ballet II Study of advanced ballet terminology, barre work, and center floor exercises. Advanced technique in ballet with emphasis on individualized placement. Work on musicality, line, dynamics and stylistic refinement. Advanced technique in ballet with emphasis on individualized placement. Work on musicality, line, dynamics and stylistic refinement.

Musical Theatre Dance II An intermediate/advanced dance studio focusing on dance styles found within the musical theatre repertoire: Jazz, Ballet, Tap (including Rhythm Notation), Street Dance, and Folk Dance; with a strong emphasis on thorough, efficient and elevated technical proficiency associated with original Broadway choreography.