|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Upon completion of this course students will understand and apply the fundamentals of musical theatre ensemble performance.
- Upon completion of this course students will understand vocal techniques, acting skills, and movement, (blocking and choreography), required to audition for, rehearse and perform musical scores, librettos and dance choreography in an ensemble role.
|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.