Musical Theatre 101: Building a Better Performer!
Being in a musical is FUN! But before you put on the costumes and makeup and the curtain rises, you must know what it takes to be a successful performer. This class will help students build a solid foundation for being a musical theatre performer. Through the use of lectures, games, slides, and discussion, we will cover the basic topics of singing, acting and dancing during this semester.
We will culminate our time together with the performance of a mini monologue and song by each student.
This class is taught by performer and vocal coach, Heather Statham. You can read more about her on our faculty page.
The order of each week is subject to change.
- Week 1—Introductions and Discovering Musical Theatre
Students will discover how musical theatre is an exciting, contemporary art form that involves telling stories through the seamless integration of dialogue, song, and dance.
- Week 2—Storytelling in Musicals
Students will learn about the “emotional staircase” and how it’s the basis of storytelling in musical theatre.
- Week 3—Music in Musicals – Part 1
Students will develop an understanding of how music is used to convey character and emotion, and how that understanding can help strengthen and inform their acting choices.
- Week 4—Music in Musicals – Part 2
Students will continue their understanding of how to let the music inform their acting choices.
- Week 5—Singing in Musicals – Part 1
Students will develop an understanding of how the voice works and basic vocal technique as it relates to singing musical theatre.
- Week 6—Singing in Musicals – Part 2
Students will continue their exploration of proper singing techniques with a focus on articulators (shaping the sound).
- Week 7—Students will continue working on their songs and have time for individual help.
- Week 8—Dance and Movement – Part 1
Students will explore how dance and movement contribute to storytelling in musical theatre. They will also become comfortable and familiar with basic choreography.
- Week 9—Dance and Movement – Part 2
Students will add to their choreography toolkit, then use that toolkit to create original choreography and share it with the class.
- Week 10—Acting Basics and Improv
Students will learn basic acting techniques combined with improv games
- Week 11—Acting the Song – Part 1
Students will explore the importance of “acting a song” as opposed to just performing a song. They will begin to integrate the skills they’ve learned so far into a cohesive, authentic performance.
- Week 12—Acting the Song – Part 2
Students will continue their understanding of how to interpret a song with a focus on song structure, intent, and movement.
- Week 13—The Role of the Ensemble
Students will learn how to become strong ensemble members by keeping scenes focused and creating an authentic “world” of the show
- Week 14—Choosing the Song
Students will begin to prepare for a small performance at the end of the semester by choosing a solo song and creating a performance rubric. (We will actually choose their performance song earlier in the semester)
- Week 15—Rehearsal
Students will continue to work on their solo numbers, and make preparations for their performance.
- Week 16—Rehearsal/Dress Rehearsal
- Week 17—Performance
Students will present the material they have been working on throughout the semester.
- Week 18—Reflection and Assessment
Students will reflect on what they’ve learned through a discussion and watching the video of their performance.
This course runs 18 weeks to coincide with the school semester. The cost for the full course is $350, which can be paid at all at once, or in two installments of $175 each.