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|Description - |
|This course will develop technical skills required at the intermediate level 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: |
- Learn ensemble music and small solo roles and appropriate singing technique for this repertoire.
- Develop and execute blocking and choreography appropriate to assigned characters.
- Create and execute characterization for small roles in addition to ensemble participation.
- Develop and execute costume & make-up appropriate to assigned characters.
|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 small solo roles appropriate singing technique for this repertoire:
- Vocal warm up and development exercises to build voice and stamina.
- Ability to sing more complex to harmony.
- Preparation and memorization of ensemble and solo 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 advanced musical theatre performance.
- Develop and execute blocking and choreography appropriate to assigned characters:
- Ability to execute blocking directions for scenes as assigned character.
- Ability to apply all blocking within the framework of performance of the musical.
- Ability to learn solo, as well as ensemble dance.
- Ability to apply learned choreography within the framework of performance as assigned character.
- Create and execute characterization for secondary roles in addition to ensemble participation:
- Develop individual character as assigned as well as separate characters as needed within the ensemble.
- Apply music and choreography to that character as well as ensemble.
- Text analysis and communication for character as assigned, differentiating between solo character work and ensemble.
- Within the function of the ensemble, develop separate characters as needed.
- Develop listening skills within scenes in order to relate to other characters onstage, creating relationships within the musical.
- Expand performance discipline to include consistent performance of secondary role as well as ensemble assignments.
- Develop and execute costume & make-up appropriate to assigned characters:
- Execute responsibilities of the actor with costumes, including fittings and daily use and maintenance.
- Apply 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.
- Execute the relationships and professional behavior of working with the Stage Manage and crew, in addition to director, Music, Director, Choreographer and Design Team.
- Execute to the demands of achieving and maintaining a consistent level of work from rehearsal through performance of assigned small roles and ensemble.
|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 - |
- Vocal, acting
- Dance rehearsals
- Co-operative learning exercises
- Instructor guided observation
- 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