Introduction to Musical Theatre Performance
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Butler Community College
Bob Peterson 
Humanities/Fine Arts Division
Spring 1998
Course Outline
INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
TA130. Introduction to Musical Theatre Performance. 3 hours credit. This course introduces the student to the techniques and approaches to musical theatre performance from concept to performance.

TEXTBOOK:
Suggested references--Performing Power, Balk, Wesley, University of MN Press.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify different styles of dance used in theatrical choreography.
  2. Record dance notation.
  3. Select and prepare an audition for musical theatre.
  4. Correctly warm up for performance.
  5. Demonstrate vocal ability and differentiate between solo and ensemble.
  6. Cope with stage fright.
TOPICAL OUTLINE OF UNITS:
History of Musical Theatre
The student will be able to:
  1. identify the different styles of musical theatre according to period.
  2. identify the different styles of musical theatre according to composer and lyricist.
Performance
The student will be able to:
  1. select material for a musical theatre performance.
  2. stage or choreograph a musical theatre selection.
  3. differentiate between presentational and representational performing.
  4. perform a musical score.
  5. explain basic dance terminology.
Critical Analysis
The student will be able to:
  1. ascertain appropriate dance styles for him/her.
  2. stage or choreograph a musical theatre selection.
  3. differentiate between presentational and representational performing.
METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:
The following teaching/learning activities will assist students to achieve course objectives:
  1. student presentations
  2. videos
  3. demonstrations
  4. instructor-led class discussion
  5. field trips
  6. reading assignments
Telecourses: Independent study of audio/video materials augmented by text and study guide; collaboration and participation with class members and faculty via available means. Faculty role is facilitator of learning experiences.

METHODS OF EVALUATION:

  1. Major assignments
  2. Final exam
Grade determination will be dependent upon assignment grades, final project, final exam and attendance.

Miscellaneous:
Students with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills are encouraged and have the responsibility to contact their instructor, in a timely fashion, regarding reasonable accommodation needs.