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THE 119 – Performing Musical Theatre

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Provides students with a sound foundation in the craft of musical theatre performance. Instruction guides students to connect vocally, emotionally, and physically to musical materials that reflect various historical periods and styles of musical theatre. Prerequisite: THE 010.

Section Description: This course provides students with basic training in acting for the musical theatre. Course work will guide students to connect vocally, emotionally, and physically to their material which will reflect various periods and styles of musical theatre. The class seeks to answer vital questions for the musical theatre actor: How does one learn to get the song into their entire body and communicate the lyrics whether in a classroom or on a stage? Who does one sing to when auditioning for a musical? What does one do with their hands? Just like working on a monologue in an acting class, a song requires a commitment to the lyrics and connecting emotions to those lyrics. The textbook, Acting in Musical Theatre, is required reading for this course. All songs will be assigned and PDFs of the sheet music will be provided. Weekly written assignments will reflect on character development, goals, objectives, and actions to support the performance. Students should be prepared to sing a musical theatre song of their choice on the first day of class and must bring sheet music. Students taking this class must have a recording device to record songs to use for practice during the week.   About the Instructor: Craig Wells also teaches THE 010 Intro to Acting and THE 096 Improvisation Workshop. He appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and Chess. Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway (original cast recording Forbidden Broadway Vol. 3), Closer Than Ever, Balancing Act (original cast recording). He also appeared in the national tours of Les Misérables and Pirates of Penzance. Regional Theatre: “King” in Big River (Syracuse Stage); Closer Than Ever (Arena Stage); “Max” in Lend Me a Tenor (Jupiter Theater); and “Sam” in Shenandoah (St. Louis MUNY). At St. Michael’s Playhouse, Craig played the “Man in Chair” in The Drowsy Chaperone, “Ernie Cusack” in Rumors, and “Agent Frank” in Unnecessary Farce. At UVM, he played “Coldwell B. Cladwell” in Urinetown, “Herr Schultz” in Cabaret, and directed A Grand Night for Singing and most recently, Stupid F*#king Bird.

CRN: 14729

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 14/14

Days Time Location
M 12:00 - 15:00 ROYALL TYLER THR 210

Instructor(s): Craig E. Wells

Meeting Dates: 17 Jan 2017 - 05 May 2017