Music Theatre

Course Description
The musical theatre course explores the Broadway style of music through theatre and vocals. Students are involved in the planning and developing of that year’s musical and learn the backstage and background work as well as stage work. The course activities include costume design, stage design, technical design, sound and lighting, choreography, playwriting, improvisation, acting and vocal music. The class will produce a musical each spring. Other students from outside the class will be involved with the musical, but music theatre students will be given first consideration for cast and crew characters in the musical. There is a Q & A section at the end of this page.

Required Performances

Christmas Concert
Spring Concert
Spring Musical

Application of Learned Music and Techniques

Books and Materials
The students will be given handouts regarding current lessons. When it is time for the musical, each student will be given a script corresponding to their respective cast or crew part that is theirs to keep.

Compact Discs
Rehearsal CD’s are encouraged for cast roles. In order to receive a rehearsal CD, the student must bring in a blank CD-R (Not a DVD!) in a case or sleeve to Mrs. Sullivan. The CD’s must be clearly labeled with the student’s name.

Grading Practices
A quarterly grade will consist of performance attendance (if applicable), participation in rehearsals, application of learned music and drama techniques, practicing, class work and tests or quizzes at instructor’s discretion. Approximate grade breakdown is as follows: school concerts and musical, 30%; daily participation, application in rehearsal, 40%; class work and homework, 25%; and tests or quizzes 5%.

Expectations
This class will require each student to participate in all activities and learn all aspects of musical theatre. Each student will be learning musical stage skills, drama techniques, as well as choreography, directing and technical support aspects of musical theatre. The daily grade will reflect enthusiasm and attitude for the class as well as behavior during class. Extra rehearsals after school may be necessary just prior to each performance. Students are expected to attend those rehearsals they are scheduled in. If a problem arises, please let Mrs. Sullivan know as soon as possible. You will be presented with new music and drama techniques each quarter. Students will apply these techniques to the performances as well as committing the music, scripts, and staging of the performance to memory. Techniques will include posture, breathing, diction, pronunciation, projection, character, and others as needed. Students will be given assignments relating to the studies of music theatre, music history, and drama in class. What is not completed in class may be taken home to finish as homework and will be due the following class day. Students may also be given research assignments to complete throughout the course.

Attendance - Classroom and Concerts
Please refer to the school policies on absences and tardies for detailed information. Absences and tardies in excess of school policy may result in a grade reduction.

The student is part of a very important ensemble. EVERY concert will be considered mandatory. If you have a personal matter that arises and you cannot attend, PRIOR arrangements must be made with Mrs. Sullivan and the student will be required to complete a make-up assignment. We must act as a “team” and when one “player” is missing, the team does not play as well.

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Questions and Answers

When does Music Theatre meet?
The Music Theatre currently meets four days a week (Monday through Thursday) from 2:10 to 3:00 pm. Note: This time is subject to change per school year.

How can I get more information on the musical?
Rehearsal schedules will be sent via email and will be posted on the website. Copies of the musical will be available for parent check-out in the school library after the beginning of the school year.

Is there any costs?
No. We strive to make sure the program is offered to students at no added costs. Optional costs may occur if you decide to purchase props, set and costume items for your student. However, these are not necessary.

Are there concerts or programs that my child will participate in?
Yes. There are three main programs. Students will showcase something they have learned for the Christmas Concert. Students will be involved in the spring musical as well as do a short improvisational or self-written skit for the end-of-year spring concert.

How do I sign my child up?
The class is an elective. Students will sign up for electives prior to the first day of class and they need sign up for the course on the respective sheet. Students not enrolled in music theatre may still be able to be involved with the spring musical.

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