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Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: THTR 47B or enrollment subject to audition and instructor assignment.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
18 hours laboratory. (216 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Upon completion of this course, students will have skills necessary to perform as in a principle role in a wide variety of musical theatre styles. This includes the many steps necessary for performing a fully-realized, la musical theatrical performance—auditioning, rehearsal process, technical rehearsal, fusion of design concepts, performance standards, auditioning and casting, publicity.
  • Through critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork practices students challenge, synthesize and develop skills pertaining to the designated assignment (performer, choreographer, designer, stage manager, technician, musical director, musician) in the performance of a principal role.
Description -
Assists the student to develop technical skills required at the advanced level of musical theatre performance through the rehearsal and performance of a fully staged musical theatre production.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Learn principal roles and appropriate singing technique for this repertoire.
  2. Develop and execute blocking and choreography appropriate to leading characters.
  3. Create and execute characterization for lead roles in a musical.
  4. Develop and execute rehearsal and performance practices at a professional level.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Rehearsal cloths, Basic stage make-up supplies, theatre, shop area, dressing rooms, box office; costume, property and scenery inventory. Auxiliary rehearsal hall approximately 30' x 60' with piano and accompanist.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Learn principal roles and appropriate singing technique for this repertoire:
    1. Maintain healthy vocal practice through rehearsals and performances.
    2. Ability to sing more complex solos, duets and large ensembles.
    3. Preparation and memorization of solo music from the musical score, including musical values (legato, crescendo, dynamics, etc.)
    4. Understand appropriate musical style, historical and period elements influencing the setting of this musical.
    5. Target steps for moving to professional or pre-professional performance experience.
  2. Develop and execute blocking and choreography appropriate to assigned characters:
    1. Ability to execute complex and extensive blocking directions for scenes as assigned character.
    2. Ability to apply complex blocking within the framework of performance of the musical.
    3. Ability to learn solo, as well as ensemble dance as an expression of character.
    4. Ability to apply learned choreography within the framework of performance as assigned character consistently throughout performance run.
  3. Create and execute characterization for a lead role in a musical:
    1. Develop lead character as assigned as well as separate characters as needed within the ensemble.
    2. Apply music and choreography to that character as an expression of character.
    3. Text analysis and communication for character as assigned, communicating the arc of the character within the musical script.
    4. Develop effective and complex relationships with other characters within the musical play.
    5. Expand performance discipline to include consistent performance of a lead role through rehearsal and performance.
  4. Develop and execute rehearsal and performance practices at a professional level:
    1. Ability to effectively work through notes from rehearsals prior to the following rehearsal, including effective and timely communication with the director, music director and all designers.
    2. Ability to execute character make-up, hair and costume as directed for all performances.
    3. Successful completion of appropriate audition including preparation of call-back materials: songs and scenes from the musical play.
    4. Ability to understand how the design elements of the show will impact the character development. Including understanding of set models, costume renderings and essential props.
    5. Execute the relationships and professional behavior of working with the Stage Manage and crew, in addition to director, Music, Director, Choreographer and Design Team.
    6. Execute to the demands of achieving and maintaining a consistent level of work from rehearsal through performance of assigned lead roles.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Instructor/director observation
  2. Continual during-production feedback
  3. Public performance
  4. Self-evaluation
Representative Text(s) -
Performance script varies with each production.

Disciplines -
Theater Arts
Method of Instruction -
  1. Discussion
  2. Cooperative learning exercises
  3. Oral presentations
  4. Laboratory
  5. Demonstration
  6. Community service
Lab Content -
  1. Rehearsal
  2. Preparation and performance of a full-scale musical production.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read scripts for production preparation.
  2. Read and assess background materials for production preparation and relevance.