Musical Theatre

Although there is no degree, you can study Musical Theatre at KU. The School of Music partners with the Department of Theatre & Dance to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre/Voice (audition required). This degree is primarily designed for vocal performance majors (opera, classical singing) who want some acting training however.

BFA requirements as of Fall 2013 (PDF)

There are, however, courses offered in the Department of Theatre & Dance designed specifically to teach the singing and acting techniques needed for musical theatre:

THR 210 Musical Performance for the Actor I
Beginning Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

THR 310 Musical Performance for the Actor II
Intermediate Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. Prerequisite: THR 106 and THR 210. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

THR 410 Musical Performance for the Actor III
Advanced Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. Prerequisite: THR 106, THR 210, and THR 310. LEC.

In this way, theatre students study musical theatre here at KU. By becoming a theatre major in Performance (either B.G.S. or B.A.), you will get a high quality performance degree, studying acting, directing, voice (speech, dialects), movement, technical theatre, history and drama, AND training in musical theatre. Students focused on musical theatre are also advised to:

1. Audition for the voice program and get a teaching assistant from whom you can take voice lessons (again, classical voice training, but every student of musical theatre needs to learn how to sing well).

2. Take dance classes, as many as you can fit into your schedule.

3. Take THR 380 Popular Culture: American Musical Theatre or the musical theatre history course offered through the School of Music.

4. Take piano and ear training.

5. Perform in a choir.

But training isn’t only in the classroom. The University Theatre & summer Kansas Repertory Theatre regularly produces main stage musicals.


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