The overture is playing and the curtain is rising on your future!

Our new, innovative Musical Theatre program designed to provide you with in-depth, hands-on experiences that will prepare you for a professional career in musical theatre.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC for Musical Theater

  • From your first year, you will have an opportunity to perform. We present four main stage productions annually.
  • With Junior Journey, you’ll have study experience in the theatre in New York City.
  • We have a great track record for graduate school placement—Brandeis, CalArts, Purdue, and Harvard.
  • Our artist-level faculty bring to their teaching a combination of academic expertise and extensive performance experience.
  • Four-year scholarships available for theatre majors.
  • Our internship guarantee means you’ll have the experience you need to “break in” to the industry.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Doing is learning, which is why we guarantee you an active, engaged learning, and highly-involved curriculum. From your first year through senior year, you’ll play a leading role as an active participant in the experiential process both in the classroom and on stage.

Engaged LearningEngaged learning is at the heart of Florida Southern’s distinctive approach to education. The philosophy is that you learn most effectively by doing.


Course Information

Musical theatre is a performance medium—at FSC you will enjoy small, personalized classes in music, theatre, and dance, including private voice study. Your faculty will mentor, guide and tailor your individualized path to elevate your specific talents and interests. The opportunities offered allow you to gain exciting on-stage experience, many times in-front of large public audiences.

See a list of our theatre and music offerings  

Special Features

At FSC, you’ll have the opportunity to perform major roles right away and continue throughout your four years.

Teaching from professional, real-world experience our faculty will help you develop a competitive real-world focus.

Theatre facilities

The FSC campus boasts three fully-equipped performance facilities dedicated to undergraduate performance.

Gain off-campus experience with faculty-led study abroad trips and our junior study trip to New York City.

Clubs & Organizations

The Vagabonds, the oldest student organization on campus, provides performance opportunities in lab productions, improv, and student cabarets.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Four-year scholarships are available to theatre majors. These are based on an audition, interview, and or portfolio review. In addition, we give a special scholarship, the Tinthoff Award, to an outstanding first-year student, and the Francine Krutchfield Rising Star Award to an outstanding junior.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Our graduates are qualified for all manner and variety of work in any theatre setting. FSC alum have worked as company manager of the touring production of “Hair”; costume designer for numerous productions, including the Coen brother’s “Offices”; stage manager for the original Broadway production of “Mary Poppins”; and manager of all the touring productions of “Jersey Boys.” Others have worked at theatres in major metropolitan areas from Washington DC to San Francisco.

Our graduates have also gone on to study in such prestigious graduate programs at:

Florida Southern is your ticket to starring in your own career script!

 

Degree Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 75 hours
THE 1101-1106 Production Practicum I – VI (six repetitions required)
THE 1130 Vocal Technique Master Class
THE 1213 Acting I
THE 1220 Stage Movement
or  
THE 2220

Voice and Dialect for the Actor

THE 1231-1238 Applied Vocal Coaching for the Theatre
THE 1240 Improvisation and Creative Expression
THE 1413 Stagecraft and Production Practice
THE 2210 Acting II
THE 3110 Musical Theatre Audition
THE 3120 Musical Theatre Scene Study
THE 4210 Acting IV: Advanced Acting Topics
THE 4110 Musical Theatre History and Literature I
THE 4120 Musical Theatre History and Literature II
THE 4199 Senior Project - Musical Theatre
THE 4650 Musical Theatre Dance
or  
THE 4660 Musical Theatre Choreography

Two hours from (according to the student's skill set):
THE 2610 Beginning Ballet
THE 2611 Beginning Ballet II
THE 3610 Intermediate Ballet
THE 3611 Advanced Ballet

Two hours from (according to the student's skill set):
THE 2620 Beginning Jazz
THE 2621 Beginning Jazz II
THE 3620 Intermediate Jazz
THE 3621 Advanced Jazz

Two hours from (according to the student's skill set):
THE 2630 Beginning Tap
THE 2631 Beginning Tap II
THE 3630 Intermediate Tap
THE 3631 Advanced Tap

Two hours from (according to the student's skill set):
THE 2640 Beginning Modern Dance
THE 2641 Beginning Modern Dance II
THE 3640 Intermediate Modern Dance
THE 3641 Advanced Modern Dance
MUS 1173 Introductory Harmony
MUS 1151/1152 Aural Skills I/II
MUS 133C/134C Keyboard Musicianship

Two hours selected from:
MUS 1109/1110 Concert Choir (or other vocal ensemble)
MUS 1143/1144 Voice
MUS 1107/1108 Opera Theatre
C. Electives 9 hours
D. Total 124 hours

 

Course Descriptions

THE 1101-1106 PRODUCTION PRACTICUM I, II, III, IV, V, VI
One half hour. This is a production/performance class. Practical production experiences, both technical and performance, in a structured setting aimed at increasing ability and knowledge and enhancing independence in the theatrical production process. The shows produced by the Theatre Department during the semester will be the focus of practical activities. A minimum of 50 hours of practical production work will be required.

THE 1130 VOCAL TECHNIQUE MASTER CLASS
One hour, repeatable up to eight hours. Prerequisite: Theatre Arts major or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to assist the student in healthy vocal production and singing skills in a group setting and to lay the foundation for lifelong good vocal practices.

THE 1213 ACTING I
Four hours.

THE 1220 STAGE MOVEMENT
Four hours. Prerequisite: THE 1213 or permission of the instructor. Students will explore movement theories and techniques designed to increase relaxation, physical awareness, expressiveness, power, and control of the actors’ physical instrument through experiential exercises, improvisations, group projects, monologues, scene study, and analysis of movement choices in theatrical performances. Students will also examine, in theory and practice, various movement systems and techniques such as the Alexander Technique, Viewpoints, and the Laban Movement System.

THE 1231-1238 APPLIED VOICE FOR THE THEATRE
One hour. Prerequisite: Theatre Arts major or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to assist the student in vocal production and singing communication skills as applied to theatrical performance and to lay the foundation for solo vocal auditions and musical theatre performances. The course also addresses selection of material, rehearsal and performance techniques, both contemporary and traditional musical theatre style, and merging vocal style with stage movement.

THE 1240 IMPROVISATION AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Four hours. Prerequisite: Theatre Arts major or permission of instructor. Improvisational drama can be defined as the exploration of unscripted performance that stresses, above all, truthful “playing” under imaginary circumstances. In this course, we will work together to create a class ensemble/community with an emphasis on creating work that addresses spontaneity, creativity, acceptance, the group mind, risk taking and heightened awareness.

THE 1413 STAGECRAFT AND PRODUCTION PRACTICE
Four hours. Instruction in the basics of technical theatre in a variety of areas including scenery, set construction, basic Scene Painting Techniques, lighting and basic hand drafting, as well management structure. Through primarily hands-on practical experiences, students will learn both terms and major methodologies utilized in today’s technical theatre.

THE 2210 ACTING II
Four hours. Prerequisite: THE 1213 and/or permission of the instructor. Students will explore major acting theories and techniques of the twentieth century. This course integrates the work of Constantine Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner, and Michael Chekhov through exercises, script analysis, and scene study. Students will also attend live theatre events and critique artistic performances.

THE 2220 VOICE AND DIALECT FOR THE ACTOR
Four hours. Prerequisite: Theatre major/minor or permission of the instructor. This course covers the fundamentals of voice production and the study of the voice as a performance instrument, including the basic techniques for proper breathing, sound production, articulation, projection, and colorization. Emphasis is on American Standard Pronunciation, with further explorations of Classical Speech, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and Dialects. The class is taught in a workshop format emphasizing in-class vocal exercise, dialect transcription, and monologue and dialogue performances.

THE 2610 BEGINNING BALLET
One hour. Introduction to traditional ballet techniques. Students will study ballet principles and aesthetics and learn basic ballet movement, vocabulary, and skills.

THE 2611 BEGINNING BALLET II
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2610, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. A continued exploration of traditional ballet techniques. Students will continue a study of ballet principles and aesthetics and improve execution of basic ballet movement, vocabulary, and skills.

THE 2620 BEGINNING JAZZ
One hour. Introduction to traditional jazz techniques. Students will study jazz principles and aesthetics and learn basic jazz movement, vocabulary, and skills.

THE 2621 BEGINNING JAZZ II
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2620, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. The basic techniques and theoretical concepts of jazz dance are further explored. Fundamental concepts of alignment, balance, and coordination are expanded.

THE 2630 BEGINNING TAP
One hour. Introduction to traditional tap techniques. Students will study tap principles and aesthetics and learn basic tap movement, vocabulary, and skills. Skills include basic one and two sound movements performed at the barre and simple rhythmic combinations.

THE 2631 BEGINNING TAP II
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2630, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. Further practical application of traditional tap techniques. Students will study tap principles and aesthetics and hone basic tap movement, vocabulary, and skills. Skills include basic one and two sound movements performed at the barre, and center, and simple rhythmic combinations.

THE 2640 BEGINNING MODERN DANCE
One hour. Introduction to traditional modern dance techniques. The initial techniques and theoretical concepts of modern dance are explored through presentation of fundamental techniques and creative movement experiences.

THE 2641 BEGINNING MODERN DANCE II
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2640, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. Introduction to traditional modern dance techniques. The initial techniques and theoretical concepts of modern dance are expanded.

THE 3110 MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION
Four hours. Prerequisites: THE 1213 and four hours of private voice lessons and junior standing or permission of the instructor. This course will emphasize musical theatre literature for auditioning. Students will be exposed to musical theatre styles, literature, composers, and lyricists. Major emphasis will be on song interpretation and audition preparation. Students will be required to perform regularly and to compile audition materials appropriate for both their voice and their character type.

THE 3120 MUSICAL THEATRE SCENE STUDY
Four hours. Prerequisite: THE 1213 and four hours of private voice lessons and junior standing or permission of the instructor. This course will emphasize musical theatre literature for performance. Students will be exposed to musical theatre styles, literature, composers, and lyricists. Major emphasis will be on performance and vocal style. Students will be required to perform materials appropriate for both their voice and their character type.

THE 3610 INTERMEDIATE BALLET
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2611, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. This course is designed to broaden and deepen student’s understanding of classical ballet vocabulary, movement concepts, processes, principles, and to improve and develop technical skills and artistry.

THE 3611 ADVANCED BALLET
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 3610, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. This course will focus on improving and maintaining alignment, strength, and musicality within ballet technique, with emphasis on clarity, mobility, musicality, timing, placement, stability, and speed. Expanded center work will include use of all nine-body positions in adagio, and all four Russian arabesques. Center combinations will progressively become longer and more complex, with the inclusion of intermediate turns and jumps. Students will gain strength and improve coordination through study of petit allegro--the most difficult and vital of all aspects of classical dancing.

THE 3620 INTERMEDIATE JAZZ
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2621, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. This course will further develop the concepts developed in Beginning Jazz. Lessons will consist of more complex across the floor exercises and combinations, as well as dance terminology and dance history.

THE 3621 ADVANCED JAZZ
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 3620, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. This course will further develop the concepts developed in Intermediate Jazz. More complex exercises and combinations will be emphasized. Performance participation is expected of students at this level.

THE 3630 INTERMEDIATE TAP
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2631, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. Practical application of traditional tap techniques, and exploration of combinations. Students will apply tap principles and aesthetics and learn advanced tap movement, and skills. Skills include basic three sound movements performed center, and intricate rhythmic combinations.

THE 3631 ADVANCED TAP
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 3630, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. Practical application of traditional and advanced tap techniques, and combinations. Students will apply tap principles and aesthetics and create advanced tap movement. Skills include three sound movements performed center, and intricate rhythmic combinations, combined to perform skilled tap routines.

THE 3640 INTERMEDIATE MODERN DANCE
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 2641, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. Introduction to intermediate level elements of modern dance techniques, vocabulary, and concepts. Students will review dance anatomy, terminology, alignment, strength and flexibility as well as an awareness of the dancer’s body through improvisation and rigorous structured choreography.

THE 3641 ADVANCED MODERN DANCE
One hour. Prerequisite: THE 3640, equivalent experience, or permission of the instructor. Advanced elements of modern dance techniques, vocabulary, and concepts. Students will create performances based on an understanding of dance anatomy, alignment, strength and flexibility, in both improvisational dance and rigorous structured choreography.

THE 4110 MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY AND LITERATURE I
Four hours. Prerequisite: THE 1234 or permission of the instructor. A survey of musical theatre history and literature from its beginnings to the middle of the 20th century. Students will learn the history and basic forms/styles of musical theatre, explore the aesthetic and philosophical attitudes of those who created it, including its composers, lyricists, playwrights, styles, practices, as well as a study of the significant plays within each era, and examine the prevailing political and social attitudes of the eras in which musical theatre was created.

THE 4120 MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY AND LITERATURE II
Four hours. Prerequisite: THE 1234 or permission of the instructor. A survey of musical theatre history and literature from the middle of the 20th century to the present. Students will learn the history and basic forms/styles of musical theatre, explore the aesthetic and philosophical attitudes of those who created it, including its composers, lyricists, playwrights, styles, practices, as well as a study of the significant plays within each era, and examine the prevailing political and social attitudes of the eras in which musical theatre was created.

THE 4199 SENIOR PROJECT - MUSICAL THEATRE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor. This is the capstone course for the B.F.A. Musical Theatre degree and is also available, with faculty approval, as an option for the B.A. candidate. This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her training in a production or research setting, specific to the student’s needs, interests and career path. Each student will work with a faculty mentor to guide him/her as he/she works independently to realize a self-designed project or performance.

THE 4210 ACTING IV: ADVANCED ACTING TOPICS
Four hours. Prerequisites: THE 1213 and THE 2210 and either THE 3214 or THE 3234 or THE 4234 or permission of the instructor. A comprehensive study of the audition process and practical realities of a “professional” career in theatre. Students will develop audition monologues, a “head shot,” a resume, and present a plan of action for the pursuit of a career in theatre. Different specialty topics such as period styles, or performing scenes of simulated violence might be examined depending on student need.

THE 4650 MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE
Four hours. Prerequisites: Beginning II level competency in at least two of the major dance areas: ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, or permission of the instructor. This course focuses on the styles of dance commonly seen in the musical theatre. Emphasis will be placed on examining and reproducing the styles of the major musical theatre choreographers.

THE 4660 MUSICAL THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHY
Four hours. Prerequisites: Beginning II level competency in at least two of the major dance areas: ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, or permission of the instructor. This course focuses on the choreographer’s creative process for solo, duet, trio and group dances. Emphasis will be placed on learning and competently reproducing choreographic routines, as presented in a movement audition setting.