College of Arts and Sciences

Musical Theatre

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2021-2022 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

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Program Overview

The musical theatre program provides students with a solid training in preparation for a career in the professional theatre. Students take classes in movement, voice, singing (both musical theatre and classical) dance (jazz, tap, ballet, modern and musical theatre dance), piano, music theory and various acting styles and techniques.  Students are also given opportunities to hone their skills as performers within experimental productions, performances as part of classroom work and the annual musical.


B.F.A. Degree Requirements

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.

The B.F.A. degree in musical theatre requires 75 credit hours in theatre arts, 15 hours in music and the Drake Curriculum.

Course Credits
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 004 - Acting II 3
THEA 005 - Readings in Theatre 3
THEA 014 - Movement I 2
THEA 015 - Movement II 2
THEA 020 - Voice I 2
THEA 021 - Voice II 3
THEA 030 - Stagecraft (including lab) 4
THEA 031 - Costuming (including lab) 4
THEA 032 - Makeup 3
THEA 055 - Acting III 3
Dance Proficiency Requiment   
THEA 056 - Jazz (must complete two semesters at 2 cr each) 4
THEA 057 - Tap (must complete two semesters at 2 cr each) 4
THEA 058 - Ballet (must complete two semesters at 2 cr each) 4
THEA 059 - Musical Theatre Dance 2
THEA 106 - Musical Theatre Dance Styles 2
THEA 060 - Musical Theatre I 3
THEA 100 - Acting IV 3
THEA 101 - Musical Theatre II 3
THEA 102 - Auditioning 3
THEA 103 - Directing I 3
THEA 116 - Musical Theatre III 3
THEA 120 - Theatre History I 3
THEA 121 - Theatre History II 3
THEA 123 - American Musical Theatre 3
THEA 124 - Technical Practicum 1
THEA 160 - Stage Management 3
THEA 190 - Senior Capstone 1
THEA 007 - Piano Lab I 1
THEA 008 - Piano Lab II 1
THEA 010 - Music Theory Essentials 3
THEA 026 - Private Voice Lessons (Taken for 1 credit for four semesters) 4
THEA 126 - Private Voice Lessons (Taken for 1 credit for four semesters) 4
Total 88

* Students must demonstrate competency in piano equivalent to the completion of THEA 008. This may require students to take THEA 007 as a prerequisite depending on level of experience. Students proficient in piano beyond the level of THEA 008 are eligible to test out of the requirement entirely. All determinations regarding piano proficiency are at the discretion of the piano instructor.


Musical Theatre Minor

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.

For students seeking a degree in another area who wish to minor in Musical Theatre, the following courses are required by the department:

Course Credits
THEA 003 - Acting I 3
THEA 004 - Acting II 3
THEA 014 - Movement I 2
THEA 060 - Musical Theatre I 3
THEA 123 - American Musical Theatre 3
Choose one of the following courses:  
THEA 015 - Movement II 2
THEA 020 - Voice I 2
THEA 032 - Makeup 3
Choose one of the following courses:  7
THEA 018 - Musical Theatre Dance Styles 3
THEA 056 - Jazz 3
THEA 057 - Tap 3
THEA 058 - Ballet 3
THEA 059 - Modern 3
Required Music Courses:  
THEA 007 - Piano Lab I* 1
THEA 008 - Piano Lab II 1
THEA 010 - Music Theory Essentials 3
THEA 026 - Voice Lessons 1 (Taken for 1 credit for two semesters) 2
Total 24-27

* Students must demonstrate competency in piano equivalent to the completion of THEA 008. This may require students to take THEA 007 as a prerequisite depending on level of experience. Students proficient in piano beyond the level of THEA 008 are eligible to test out of the requirement entirely. All determinations regarding piano proficiency are at the discretion of the piano instructor.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.