What is Musical Theatre at WVU like?
Musicals comprise a large percentage of the theatrical productions in the U.S. every year. We recognize that musical theatre study, performance and production are integral parts of any complete theatre education.
The goal of the Musical Theatre major is to train students for successful careers in musical and stage performance in the competitive entertainment industry. The major shares a joint curriculum and resources drawn from both the School of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music; however, the administration of the program is housed in the School of Theatre and Dance.
Through a course of study focused on the disciplines of theatre, music and dance combined with the University’s General Education Foundations (GEF) curriculum, the program is competitive with similar programs throughout the country, especially in the intensity and class time devoted to the study, practice and performance of music, theatre and dance.
The full course of study includes classes in acting, dance techniques, choreography, theatre history, vocal techniques, stage production, music theory, voice lessons, musical theatre literature and special topics. These artistic mediums also address skills necessary for career management, including auditions, resumes and professional representation. Through the Schools’ existing programs in acting and/or voice, students can take courses in traditional acting or vocal training and enroll in opera workshops.
Students have the opportunity to perform in one major musical and several minimally produced performance and showcase productions each academic year. In addition to a number of different performance opportunities in musicals, Music Theatre majors have the opportunity to cross traditional lines and benefit from participating in fully-staged dance, drama and opera productions.
All interested students must apply to the University and audition for the School of Theatre and Dance for acceptance.
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