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  • Objectives
    The Musical Theatre diploma program provides three years of comprehensive training in acting, dancing, singing, theatre history and criticism, technical theatre, acting for television and film, and the practical application of those skills in performance situations. The goal of this program is to provide each student with the skills necessary to begin a professional career in acting and musical theatre. Students will be expected to audition for all the department productions, as well as perform in their own studio productions every term. Upon graduation, students will have successfully participated in all of the required courses and performances, produced their own shows, and studied with theatre professionals who assess their progress.
  • Practical experience
    This is an intensive program, consisting of over 35 hours of studio time per week with opportunities to perform in productions throughout five of the six terms.
  • Academic Title
    Musical Theatre Diploma
  • Course description
    First Term    Course Credits
    Required:    16.50
    • ACTR 100    Acting I    3.00
    • ENGL 100    Academic Writing Strategies    3.00
    • MUS 124    Musicianship Fundamentals I    1.00
    • MUTH 116    Musical Theatre I    3.00
    • MUTH 170    Dance for Musical Theatre I    3.00
    • PMTI 100    Private Musical Theatre Instruction - Voice I    0.50
    • THTR 160    Technical Theatre Fundamentals    3.00
    Credits    16.50

    Second Term    Course Credits
    Required:    15.50
    • ACTR 101    Acting II    3.00
    • MUS 125    Musicianship Fundamentals II    3.00
    • MUTH 117    Musical Theatre II    3.00
    • MUTH 127    Elements of Theatre for Musical Theatre    3.00
    • MUTH 171    Dance for Musical Theatre II    3.00
    • PMTI 101    Private Musical Theatre Instruction - Voice II    0.50
    Credits    15.50

    Third Term    Course Credits

    Required:    16.00
    • ACTR 200    Acting III    3.00
    • MUTH 208    Performance Project I    3.00
    • MUTH 210    Acting for Film and Television I    3.00
    • MUTH 216    Musical Theatre III    3.00
    • MUTH 270    Dance for Musical Theatre III    3.00
    • PMTI 200    Private Musical Theatre Instruction - Voice III    1.00
    Credits    16.00

    Fourth Term    Course Credits

    Required:    16.00
    • ACTR 201    Acting IV    3.00
    • MUTH 209    Performance Project II    3.00
    • MUTH 211    Acting for Film and Television II    3.00
    • MUTH 217    Musical Theatre IV    3.00
    • MUTH 271    Dance for Musical Theatre IV    3.00
    • PMTI 201    Private Musical Theatre Instruction - Voice IV    1.00
    Credits    16.00

    Fifth Term    Course Credits

    Required:    15.50
    • ACTR 300    Master Classes - Acting V    3.00
    • MUTH 308    Performance Project III    3.00
    • MUTH 316    Musical Theatre V    3.00
    • MUTH 318    Ensemble Voice for Musical Theatre I    2.00
    • MUTH 370    Dance for Musical Theatre V    3.00
    • PMTI 300    Private Musical Theatre Instruction - Voice V    1.50
    Credits    15.50

    Sixth Term    Course Credits

    Required:    15.50
    • ACTR 301    Master Classes - Acting VI    3.00
    • MUTH 309    Performance Project IV    3.00
    • MUTH 317    Musical Theatre VI    3.00
    • MUTH 319    Ensemble Voice for Musical Theatre II    2.00
    • MUTH 371    Dance for Musical Theatre VI    3.00
    • PMTI 301    Private Musical Theatre Instruction - Voice VI    1.50
    Credits    15.50
    Total Program Credits    95.00

    MUTH 116    Musical Theatre I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    An introduction to the musical theatre repertoire and the singing, dancing and acting skills necessary to perform it.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 117    Musical Theatre II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 116 or THTR 116
    A continuation of MUTH 116.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 127    Elements of Theatre for Musical Theatre
    3.00 credits    (2,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    This course will survey the theatrical roots of the musical from ancient Greece and Rome through to the first musical comedies of the late 18th and 19th centuries. As well, selected major developments of the 20th century will be highlighted. This course can be mixed-mode delivery, which would necessitate the use of a computer.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 170    Dance for Musical Theatre I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    This course is designed to teach the basic techniques of ballet, jazz and tap through a series of exercises and choreographed numbers.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 171    Dance for Musical Theatre II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 170 or THTR 170
    A continuation of MUTH 170.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 208    Performance Project I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ACTR 100 and 117 or THTR 102 and 117
    This course acknowledges the theatre skills which are learned during practical work on productions. Students in the Musical Theatre program will take part in a concert style production of a musical, performed in the Arbutus Studio at the end of term.
    Note: An Audition is also required.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 209    Performance Project II
    3.00 credits    (0,0,4) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 208 or THTR 208
    This course acknowledges the theatre skills which are learned during practical work on productions. Students in the Musical Theatre program rehearse and perform in a fully staged and costumed musical for a several week run. This practical application of the techniques learned throughout the previous terms will culminate in a production. Students must also prepare a ¿Set of Five¿, which is a cabaret show consisting of five songs with patter, which will be performed at the end of term in the Arbutus Studio Theatre.
    Note: Audition also required.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 210    Acting for Film and Television I
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: ACTR 100 or THTR 102
    An introduction to the acting techniques and technical skills needed to perform voice-overs and scenes for the camera.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 211    Acting for Film and Television II
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 210 or THTR 210
    A continuation of MUTH 210. Topics include script interpretation, emotional portrayal, and special problems in film like comedy, love scenes and period work. acting.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 216    Musical Theatre III
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 117 or THTR 117
    A continuation of the exploration of musical theatre repertoire, with an emphasis on more complicated technique, harmonies, and choreography.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 217    Musical Theatre IV
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 216 or THTR 216
    A continuation of the exploration of musical theatre repertoire, with an emphasis on more complicated technique, harmonies, and choreography.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 270    Dance for Musical Theatre III
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 171 or THTR 171
    The goal of this course is to continue to learn and perfect the techniques begun in Dance I and II and to move into more complicated styles and choreography.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 271    Dance for Musical Theatre IV
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 270 or THTR 270
    In this course the student will continue to learn and perfect the techniques begun in Dance I, II, III and IV and to move into more complicated styles, quick pick up of choreography, as well as group choreography assignments.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 308    Performance Project III
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 209 or THTR 209
    Students will improve upon and demonstrate their mastery of the performance aspect of dance if they choose the choreographic assignment. Students will choreograph a short piece and perform the practical work necessary to produce an advanced dance performance. Students will also get the opportunity to perform in and produce a smaller cast, non-musical show presented in the first term.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 309    Performance Project IV
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 308 or THTR 308
    This course acknowledges the theatre skills which are learned during practical work on productions. Students in the Musical Theatre Program will rehearse and perform in a fully staged and costumed musical for a several week run. This practical application of the techniques learned throughout the previous terms will culminate in a production.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 316    Musical Theatre V
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 217 or THTR 217
    To continue the exploration of Musical Theatre Repertoire that was begun in MUTH 217, with an emphasis on advanced technique, harmonies and choreography. Students will add a variety of song styles to their expanding repertoire, will perform them in master class format, and will continue to build their audition book. At the end of the term, students will showcase their solo repertoire as well as ensemble choreography. This term end performance will be part of their final mark.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 317    Musical Theatre VI
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 316 or THTR 316
    To continue the exploration of Musical Theatre repertoire from MUTH 316, with an emphasis on advanced technique, harmonies and choreography. Students will add different styles of music to their expanding repertoire, and will continue to build upon their audition book. At the end of the term, students will showcase their solo repertoire and their ensemble choreography in a public setting in order to allow theatre professionals to view their work. This term end performance will form part of their final mark.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 318    Ensemble Voice for Musical Theatre I
    2.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 217 or THTR 217
    This course will further the development of general vocal skills and advanced musicianship. Students will review and improve upon their ensemble skills, sight reading and advanced harmony. In addition to the ensemble study, students will work on musical expectations of an audition: sight reading of solo repertoire, and small ensemble (quartet/sextet).
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 319    Ensemble Voice for Musical Theatre II
    2.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 318 or THTR 318
    This course is a continuation of 318 and will further the development of general vocal skills and advanced musicianship. In addition to the ensemble study, students will work in a studio setting to learn about recording the sung and spoken voice. Students will also get an opportunity to learn the ADR process, and expand their knowledge base in the voice recording industry.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 370    Dance for Musical Theatre V
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 271 or THTR 271
    This advanced dance course will enable Musical Theatre students to continue the progress of their skill development to the advanced level. Students will be expected to recognize and execute advanced level dance skills in the areas of ballet, jazz and tap. Through weekly technique classes, students will be assessed for individual progress. An audition format will be introduced this year, which will prepare students for the dance auditions that each will encounter upon graduation from this program.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

    MUTH 371    Dance for Musical Theatre VI
    3.00 credits    (4,0,2) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: MUTH 370 or THTR 376
    This course is a continuation of 370, and will enable Musical Theatre students to further continue the progress of their skill development to the advanced level. Students will be expected to recognize and execute advanced level dance skills in the areas of ballet, jazz and tap. Through weekly technique classes, students will be assessed for individual progress. An audition format will be introduced this year, which will prepare students for the dance auditions that each will encounter upon graduation from this program. In this term, Ballet and freestyle auditions will be added to the Jazz and Tap auditions from last term.
    Note: For Musical Theatre program students only.

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