Musical Theatre Minor - Undergraduate - 2010 University Catalog

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The Minor in Musical Theatre provides an opportunity for students majoring in another area of study who wish to develop their musical theatre skills and knowledge about the field.  Coursework includes acting, singing and dance classes, as well as courses designed to trace the development of the American musical theatre. Students wishing to pursue the Musical Theatre minor and have it listed on their transcript must proceed as follows:

  1. Schedule and complete an interview/audition for acceptance into the program.
  2. Complete the Minor Program sequence.
  3. Request the Registrar, during the senior year of study, to certify on official Montclair State records the completion of the minor program of study.

MUSICAL THEATRE MINOR

Complete the following 5 requirement(s) for a total of 22 semester hours:

  1. MUSICAL THEATER MINOR REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 4 courses:

    THTR 112 Singing for the Actor I 3
    THTR 212 Singing for the Actor II 3
    THTR 238 Musical Theatre I 3
    THTR 338 Musical Theatre II 3
  2. MUSICAL REHEARSAL/PRODUCTION

    Complete 1 course from the following for 1 semester hours:

    THTR 200 Production Stagecraft 1
    THTR 201 Production Operations 1
    THTR 202 Production Costumes 1
    THTR 203 Business of Production 1
    THTR 204 Performance Production I 1
    THTR 206 Performance: Production II 1
    THTR 207 Performance: Production III 1
  3. DANCE ELECTIVE

    Complete 3 semester hours from the following:

    DNCE 141 Dance Technique: Modern I 3
    DNCE 155 Dance Technique: Ballet I 3
    THTR 120 Movement for the Actor I 3
  4. ACTING ELECTIVE

    Complete 1 course from the following:

    THTR 105 Acting I 3
    THTR 115 Acting I - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation I 3
  5. THEATRE ELECTIVE

    Complete 1 course from the following:

    THTR 100 Introduction to the Theatrical Medium 3
    THTR 110 Acting II - B.A 3
    THTR 130 Acting II - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation II 3
    THTR 150 Stagecraft 3

Course Descriptions:

DNCE141: Dance Technique: Modern I

Introduction to modern dance. Techniques and basic elements of modern dance. Designed for non-majors or students with limited or no previous experience. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

DNCE155: Dance Technique: Ballet I

Study of basic ballet terminology, barre work, center floor exercises. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

THTR100: Introduction to the Theatrical Medium

All forms of theatrical literature and productions including drama, ballet, mime, opera, circus, musical comedy and mass media. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. 3 sh.

THTR105: Acting I

Basic introduction to acting for the non-major; involving exploration of one's self and experiencing inwardly; deepening the personal involvement and significance of actions; improvisation and exercises for perception, self-awareness and justification. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

THTR110: Acting II - B.A

Continuation of Acting I including improvisation, scene study, characterization and script analysis. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105; B.A. Theatre Studies majors only.

THTR112: Singing for the Actor I

This course will develop and train the actors' voice and interpretation of songs through exercises, vocal production technique, in-class vocal assignments, and texts. The student will be expected to learn and prepare several songs over the term and be expected to be able to present them in a professional manner, i.e., with confidence, control and in a manner which best displays the actors' vocal abilities. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105 or THTR 115.

THTR115: Acting I - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation I

Work on the actor's instrument; use of the senses, involvement with the environment and other actors; concentration, honesty, and work with freeing the body, voice and imagination. Improvisation is the primary tool used for developing the actor's instrument and shaping material. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration only.

THTR120: Movement for the Actor I

Basic movement for the actor in terms of development of characterization, physicality and projection of mood and attitude. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration majors or Musical Theatre majors only.

THTR130: Acting II - B.F.A.: Theatre Games/Improvisation II

A continuation of Acting I with more advanced work on the actor's instrument. Improvisation and theatre games used in developing a workshop for public presentation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 115; B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting Concentration majors only.

THTR150: Stagecraft

An introductory course in technical theatre, primarily, scenery construction, lighting technology and costume construction. A practical experience course that involves stagecraft work in the theatre production shops. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: B.A. in Theatre Studies, or B.F.A. in Theatre, Acting concentration, or B.F.A. in Theatre, Production/Design concentration, or B.F.A. Dance majors, or Theatre minor students only.

THTR200: Production Stagecraft

The application of principles learned in THTR 150 (Stagecraft) to the building and mounting of Theatre Series productions. Taken concurrently with THTR 150. 1 sh.

THTR201: Production Operations

The application of principles involving lighting, sound and props to the creation and mounting of non-scenic elements and/or the running crew for Theatre Series productions. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of 8.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR202: Production Costumes

The application of costuming principles and techniques to the building of costumes, mounting Theatre Series productions and/or costume running crew for Theatre Series productions. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of 8.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR203: Business of Production

The application of business and theatre management principles to the operations of the theatre business office, including advertising, program design and creation, educational outreach and front-of-house. May be repeated seven times for a maximum of 8.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR204: Performance Production I

Rehearsal, performance and strike for the first Theatre Series production in a given semester. May be repeated twice for a total of 3.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR206: Performance: Production II

Rehearsal, performance and strike for the second Theatre Series in a given semester. May be repeated twice for a total of 3.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR207: Performance: Production III

Rehearsal, performance and strike for the third Theatre Series production in a given semester. May be repeated twice for a total of 3.0 credits. 1 sh.

THTR212: Singing for the Actor II

This course will continue the work of Singing for the Actor I to train the actors' voice through exercises and vocal production technique designed to provide flexibility and freedom to the singer; to learn to "protect" the voice from harm while maximizing its strengths and potential. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 112.

THTR238: Musical Theatre I

Production styles, techniques and dramatic conventions used in the musical theatre in relation to direction, music, dance and design. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 105 or 115.

THTR338: Musical Theatre II

This course explores the role of the singing actor, including characterization and performance skills. It examines the functions of music, lyrics, and script, and how they are integrated into one dramatic effort. It addresses the differences in styles between older presentational musicals and newer musical dramas. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: THTR 115 and THTR 130 and THTR 222 and THTR 223; and Musical Theatre majors only.