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|Description - |
|This course will introduce the fundamentals of musical theatre performance through the rehearsal and performance of a fully staged musical theatre production. Students are required to attend rehearsals and performances.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Demonstrate singing technique for this repertoire.
- Perform basic blocking and choreography.
- Create basic characterization.
- Perform basic costume & make-up techniques
- Demonstrate basic performance discipline.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Rehearsal clothes, theatre and/or auxiliary rehearsal hall approximately 30' x 60' with piano and accompanist, dressing rooms, basic stage make-up supplies, costume, property and scenery inventory. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Learn ensemble music and appropriate singing technique for this repertoire:
- Vocal warm up and development exercises to build voice and stamina.
- Introduction to singing in simple harmony.
- Preparation and memorization of ensemble music from the musical score, including musical values (legato, crescendo, dynamics, etc.)
- Understand appropriate musical style, historical and period elements influencing the setting of this musical.
- Target steps for moving to intermediate musical theatre performance.
- Introduction to basic blocking and choreography:
- Understand blocking directions and notation for movement on stage.
- Ability to apply all blocking within the framework of performance of the musical.
- Ability to learn simple ensemble dance.
- Ability to apply learned choreography within the framework of performance.
- Introduction to characterization in a musical:
- Identify and develop individual character within ensemble.
- Apply music and choreography to that character.
- Text analysis and communication for character.
- Within the function of the ensemble, develop separate characters as needed.
- Learn to relate to other characters onstage, developing relationships within the musical.
- Introduction to costume & make-up and performance discipline:
- Learn basic responsibilities of the actor with costumes, including fittings and daily use and maintenance.
- Learn appropriate basic make-up techniques appropriate to the production.
- Successful completion of appropriate audition including repertoire, resume, and protocol.
- Exposure to the integration of all design elements in technical rehearsals prior to opening: set, lights, sound, props, costume, make-up.
- Develop the relationship and professional behavior of working with the Stage Manage and crew, in addition to director, Music, Director, Choreographer and Design Team.
- Exposure to the demands of achieving and maintaining a consistent level of work from rehearsal through performance.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Instructor/director observation evaluation through rehearsal and performance of ensemble music and movement.
- Demonstration of theory and techniques acquired in all vocal, acting and movement assigned.
- All rehearsals and performances are evaluated.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Performance script varies with each production chosen from standard American Musical Theatre repertoire. |
|Disciplines - |
|Theater Arts |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Dance rehearsals
- Co-operative learning exercises,
- Instructor guided observation and peer observation and analysis.
|Lab Content - |
- Supervised rehearsal
- Preparation and performance of a full-scale musical production.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Read scripts for production preparation.
- Read and assess background materials for production preparation and relevance.