The Department of Theatre Arts offers students three different ways to study musical theatre: 1) a BA in Theatre Arts with the Music Theatre Track, 2) a double major in Theatre Arts and Music with additional courses in Dance, and 3) a double major in Theatre Arts and Dance with additional courses in Music.
Students who pursue the Music Theatre Track develop skills to audition professionally and pursue further instruction in music theatre. These students take courses in acting, singing, musicianship, and dance, all of which are essential to the successful musical theatre performer.
Requirements: The Music Theatre Track requires 51 semester hours of course work: 36 required for the Theatre Arts major, 8 in Dance, and 7 in Music. Each student’s program of study will culminate in a final presentation, to be determined in consultation with the track advisor. The final project may be a performance of a scene or one or more roles in a music theatre production. If it is the latter, the production may occur any time in the student’s last two years of study. Final projects may take place in the Musical Theatre Workshop course.
To enroll in the Music Theatre Track, students first enroll as a Theatre Arts major. They may then take any theatre course, including music theatre courses, whether they have indicated their interest in the track or not. For students who are particularly interested in the music theatre field, however, the department recommends enrolling in the track in order to receive information about courses and other opportunities. To enroll in the track, students may declare it themselves in MyUI or contact Molly Rechkemmer at email@example.com. They may also want to meet the track supervisor. Auditions are not required to enroll in the track, but they are required to enroll in any of the music theatre performance courses. Students normally are enrolled in the track for at least two semesters before they complete their final project.
- Annual productions include at least one music theatre piece produced by the Department of Theatre Arts, two operas or musicals produced by the School of Music, and musicals produced locally by City Circle or other theatre groups approved by the faculty.
- Students who perform a major role in a local production may request to have their performance evaluated by faculty; coaching may also be provided with the approval of the production director.
- Students who complete the Theatre Arts major with a concentration in Music Theatre will have that concentration listed on their University transcript.
For more information on the Music Theatre Track, contact the Music Theatre Track advisor, Alan MacVey.
Students who pursue a Theatre Arts/Dance double major will complete a Theatre Arts BA program and a Dance BA program, with additional suggested courses in music. Please see this list of suggested dance/theatre arts double major courses available. The Department of Dance requires an entry audition the semester prior to beginning classes; the Department of Theatre Arts requires no audition to become a major, but does require an audition after the completion of Acting II prior to advanced study in acting.
The Music/Theatre double major allows students to major in both the Theatre Arts BA program and Music BA program, with additional suggested courses available in dance and/or theatre movement. Please see this list of suggested music/theatre arts double major courses available. The School of Music requires an entry audition the semester prior to beginning classes; the Department of Theatre Arts requires no audition to become a major, but does require an audition after the completion of Acting II prior to advanced study in acting.
To schedule an audition for the School of Music, students should visit the School of Music website.
To schedule an audition for the Department of Dance, students should visit the Department of Dance website.