Mathew Kelly (chair), Charles Adamson, Kate Kanne, Mary Jo Sodd
The Central College musical theatre program is committed to the development of our students as artist-citizens within the international art form of theatre. The curriculum provides a broad exposure to the theatre arts with majors eventually focusing on either a performance or design/ tech track. Theatre requires considerable collaboration and all students will be encouraged, over the course of their college career, to engage in every aspect of a production. Intellectual and artistic developments are carefully balanced within a production-oriented atmosphere.
Musical theatre students are encouraged to participate in study abroad and/or the Chicago program. Theatre courses are available in several of the European centers. Some of these courses apply directly to the major. Students should consult with the department faulty concerning such courses. Internship opportunities may also available.
Successful acquisition of major communication skills, including oral and written work will be assessed through regular coursework, participation in mainstage and student-driven productions and close consultation with a student’s advisor. Additional coursework in other areas of the college that will support these essential theatrical skills will be encouraged
Note: Students who plan to major or minor in musical theatre will be expected to participate in co-curricular theatre programs every semester except while studying abroad. Education majors desiring a theatre endorsement will have the same expectation.
1. Complete all of the following:
THEA 150 Acting (3)
THEA 161 Intro to Theatrical Design (3)
THEA 163 Stagecraft (4)
THEA 240 Ancient to Medieval: Theatre History and Dramatic Literature (3)
THEA 241 Renaissance to Modernism: Theatre History and Dramatic Literature (3)
THEA 258 Directing I (4)
THEA 292 Practicum (1)
THEA 370 Script Analysis and Dramatic Literature (4)
THEA 485 Senior Seminar (4)
THEA 494 Practicum in Theatre (1)
2. Complete two of the following:
THEA 165 Stage and Properties Management (3)
THEA 266 Theatrical Makeup Design (3)
THEA 221 Voice and Movement (3)
3. Complete two of the following in either the Acting/ Directing track or Design/ Tech track:
Acting/ Directing track:
THEA 330 Theatre Management (4)
THEA 350 Classical Acting II (3)
THEA 358 Directing II (4)
Design/ Tech track:
THEA 360 Scenic Design (3)
THEA 364 Lighting Design (3)
THEA 368 Costume Design and Construction (3)
4. Complete 6 credits of THEA Electives
Complete a minimum of 20 credits of THEA courses that have been approved by the department. At least 3 credits must be at the 300-400 level.