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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre
The Musical Theatre Department has a history of bringing to the stage professional productions and acclaimed performances. Students progressing through the program become seasoned performers. They will have developed technical skills as ensemble members and as soloists.

Progression to the upper division classes usually requires that the students take outside voice, dance and acting classes (some of that may be offered though APA). Graduates will have learned about musical theatre history, audition skills, teamwork and time-management. They will have acquired a sizeable performance portfolio and obtained skills that will serve them well as they prepare for their post-secondary career goals.


Introduction to Musical Theatre
Students will study advanced beginning to intermediate principles of musical theatre. Singing, acting and dancing skills will be developed individually through various exercises, and then combined into routines. The course will also include lectures and discussions about musical theatre history, audition techniques and other related topics. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.

*This is an academic class designed to introduce musical theatre techniques and literature to students. Extensive work on vocal and dance technique, audition techniques, and the different musical theater vocal styles. Performance of scene/song work in a showcase style performance at the culmination of the year.
 

Musical Theatre Workshop
Students will study intermediate to advanced principles of musical theatre. Singing, acting and dancing skills will be developed individually, then combined into routines that will be performed. The course will also include lectures and discussions about musical theatre history, audition techniques and other related topics. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.

*This is an academic class designed to further musical theatre techniques and literature to students. Extensive work on vocal and dance technique, audition techniques, and acting techniques. Performance of group work in a showcase style performance at the culmination of the year, along with minimal participation in Musical Theater Ensemble's 2nd Stage performances.
Musical Theatre Ensemble
*This course is to reinforce musical theater techniques and put them to use in two full- scale productions (One Fall and one Spring). This course will also cover musical theater history, audition techniques, and may be repeated for additional credit and experience.
Advanced Music Honors
Students will study advanced principles of musical theatre. The emphasis will be placed on learning a series of routines that will be assembled into a touring show. Under the name "Surf City Singers" Musical Theatre Ensemble students will perform throughout the community. The course will also include lectures and discussions about musical theatre history, audition techniques and other related topics. Students will develop an audition portfolio. The department coordinator will schedule mandatory performances. This class may be repeated for additional credit.

*This is a highly advanced course fusing live theatrical performances and music theory. This class has a rigorous schedule and requires many outside performances throughout the year, especially during the holiday season November-December. It is the top musical theater class that all musical theater majors strive to be a part of. It is by invitation/audition only.