Musical Theatre

Course Number: 615

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual and Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one semester of the VAPA graduation requirement.

Course Description:
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to combine singing, dancing, and acting talents in an educational and performance setting. Students are invited to participate in a class that will strengthen and help sharpen and combine the skills of the actor, singer and dancer. Students will develop their skills in creative expression, artistic perception, and aesthetic valuing through academic and performance perspectives. Students will study the historical and cultural context of musicals, composers and lyricists from the actor’s perspective. Students will learn and practice basic techniques in music theory, sight-reading, singing, dancing, auditioning, and singing and dancing styles of musical theater. Students will participate in performances that will showcase individual and ensemble skills learned in class.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, etc.
  • Acting in Musical Theatre: A Comprehensive Course 2nd Edition by Joe Deer and Rocco del Vera ISBN-10: 0415713277

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Approval from Drama Director, Mr. Tracy