Musical Theatre

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Prepare for a career in musical theatre/drama
  • Intro to technical facilities, effective performance & competencies
  • Appear in a public performances, audition for dance & musical productions

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Musical Theatre at Marywood

Theatre and music as a combined form have a history that extends to the time of Thespis and the dithyrambs of ancient Greece. Encompassing the world of musical theatre and our responsible living in an interdependent world, the program in Performing Arts forms an intrinsic parallel to the Undergraduate School curricular purpose regarding the human condition.

Combining music and theatre, the program consists of these objectives:

  • Introducing the student to the technical facilities of musical theatre;
  • Familiarizing the student with the separate as well as the combined standards for effective theatrical and musical performance;
  • Developing student competencies in musical theatre performance.

Auditions in music, acting, and dance are required for evaluation, advisement, and admission into the major. A Musical Theatre major must appear in a public musical performance each year at Marywood and is required to audition for all dance and musical theatre productions.

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F. David Romines, D.M.A.
MTD Department Co-Chair, Associate Professor of music education

D. Charles Truitt, D.M.A., N.C.T.M.
Assistant professor of music

Jennifer Griffith Cowgill, D.M.
Associate professor of voice

Sophie Till, M.M.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Violin / Viola
This is just a sample of our Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty - see them all!

MARYWOOD THEATRE: 1100-seat, professionally equipped auditorium with sophisticated lighting control system; supports the production of classical, contemporary, musical, and children�s theatre.
BLACK BOX THEATRE: Laboratory theatre with flexible staging; designed for student directed productions and to support experimental theatre.
MULTIMEDIA THEATRE: Audio-video facility for public presentations involving cinema, slides, audio and video recordings, and computer-based media.

Completion of this program prepares the student for professional work in music and/or drama, as well as further graduate study.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.A. in Musical Theatre

Combining competencies in both music and theatre, the Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Musical Theatre provides opportunities for students to develop skills and competencies in both the artistic and technical production of musical theatre. Admission to this program requires an audition (with music, theatre, and dance components).

Completion of this program prepares the student for professional work in musical theatre, as well as for further graduate study. This program has received final approval for listing in the NASM Directory.

Music courses — 31 credits

MUSC 111A, B Written Theory I
MUSC 112A, B Aural Skills I
MUSC 115A Conducting I
MUSC 127A or B Class Piano
MUSC 220A, B Vocal Pedagogy
MUSC 319A, B Musical Theatre Repertoire
MUSC 322 History of Music I
MUSC 323 History of Music II
MUSC varies Applied Major
MUSC varies Campus Choir
MUSC varies Elective

Theatre courses — 30 credits

THEA 113 Introduction to the Theatre
THEA 130 A Theatre Lab
THEA 230 B Practicum 1
THEA 241 Fundamentals of Acting
THEA 242 Advanced Acting 3
THEA 244A,B,C,D Audition Workshop .5,.5,.5,.5
THEA 247A Stage Management
THEA 330B Practicum
THEA 341 Theatre History
THEA 342A Tragedy in Dramatic Literature
THEA 342B Comedy in Dramatic Literature
THEA 347 Fundamentals of Directing
THEA 404 Theatre as a Business
THEA 451 Capstone Project: Musical theatre Showcase

Dance courses — 15 Credits

DANC 140 Fundamentals of Dance/Movement
DANC 141 Body Awareness
DANC 142 Fundamentals of Improvisation/Choreography
*DANC varies Dance Technique 6

*Six credits of dance technique required. Courses are offered in ballet, jazz, modern dance, tap, musical theatre, and special topics.

Additional Requirements

A musical theatre major must appear in music, theatre, and dance performances each year at Marywood and must attend master classes and workshops offered in music, theatre, and dance.

The musical theatre major will be evaluated or juried each year in music, theatre, and dance to make recommendations for further study.