Musical Theatre

  • Overview

    When the stage is calling, William Peace University’s Musical Theatre program will prepare you to answer.

    With a BFA in Musical Theatre from WPU, you will have the skills and confidence to work in professional theatre or in any number of other careers in which performance skills are an asset. As a Musical Theatre major, you will study under and be mentored by an accomplished faculty and guest artists with impressive academic achievements as well as Broadway, television and film credits. The performance-oriented program is a demanding one, featuring rigorous training in acting, voice, dance, musicianship, history and technical theatre. The curriculum requires theatre internships. In addition, you may choose to study abroad, and our senior trip to New York will give you the opportunity to take part in professional auditions.

    Note

    Our BFA in Musical Theatre requires an audition to be accepted into the program. All theatre majors are eligible to audition for theatre scholarships. Please contact theatre@peace.edu for more information.

    Explore Auditions/Scholarships

    Study Musical Theatre at WPU
    Work with industry veterans to develop and hone your skills, experience, connections and confidence
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

    *Liberal Education Curriculum: Under the Liberal Education requirements, students must take THE 112: Introduction to Acting in place of COM 101 and register for THE 490 for their internship requirement.

    Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours
    Musical Theatre Core Courses 63-64 credit hours
    General Electives 7-8 credit hours
    Total credit hours for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre 120 credit hours

     

    Musical Theatre Core Courses
    46-47 credit hours
    Music (15 credit hours) 3
    THE 175: Musicianship and Piano 1 3
    THE 176: Musicianship and Piano 2 3
    THE 275: Musicianship and Piano 3 3
    THE 151: Applied Voice

    (each Applied Voice course requires a weekly one-hour lab)

    1 x 6
    Production (12 credit hours)
    THE 148: Stagecraft and Design 1 3
    THE 248: Stagecraft and Design 2 or THE 338: Costume and Makeup 3
    THE 101: Production (Cast section or Tech section) 1 x 6
    Dance (8 credit hours)
    THE 167: Dance 1: Ballet 2
    THE 168: Dance 2: Jazz 2
    THE 267: Dance 3: Modern 2
    THE 268: Dance 4: Musical Theatre Styles 2
    Acting (12 credit hours)
    THE 112: Acting 1: Intro to Acting 3
    THE 212: Acting 2: Voice and Movement 3
    THE 312: Acting 3: Acting and Script Analysis 3
    THE 412: Acting 4: Audition Techniques 3
    Theatre History (9 credit hours)
    THE 385: History of Musical Theatre 3
    THE 390: Theatre History 3
    THE 391: Contemporary Drama 3
    Theatre Elective (7-8 credit hours)
    Suggested Electives:
    THE 151: Applied Voice 1
    THE 171: Applied Piano 1
    THE 180: Music Appreciation 3
    THE 225: Arts in Society 3
    THE 295: Special Topics 1 – 3
    THE 315: Classics 3
    THE 320: Theatre for Young Audiences 3
    THE 325: Business and Technology for the Actor 3
    THE 322: Improvisation 3
    THE 345: Stage Combat 3
    THE 367: Dance: Tap 2
    THE 368: Dance: Advanced Musical Theatre Styles 2
    THE 467: Dance: Choreography 1 2
    THE 468: Dance: Choreography 2 2
    ENG 322: Shakespeare 3
    General Electives
    7-8 credit hours
    Must complete 7-8 elective credit hours 7-8
  • Faculty
    Matt Hodge, WPU Professor
    ​Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and Theatre
    Amy White, WPU Professor
    ​Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre
    Program Director of Theatre; Associate Professor of English
  • Careers

    Musical Theatre majors develop strong singing, dancing and acting skills needed to make a mark on the professional and wonderful world of theatre. WPU students perform in William Peace Theatre productions throughout their careers as students, where they build vocal technique, repertoire and musicianship through private lessons focused specifically on current musical theatre style.

    WPU graduates go on to various careers in areas such as costume design, directing, set design, producing, acting and teaching.

    Recent Peace internships include:
    • North Carolina Theatre
    • Theatre in the Park
    • Opera House of Wilmington
    • Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
    • Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy
    • Raleigh’s Village Idiots
    Recent employment:
    • Last Comic Standing
    • Chelsea Lately
    • North Carolina Theatre
    • Theatre in the Park
    • Groundlings
    Recent graduate school acceptances:
    • Harvard University
    • The Juilliard School
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • AMDA
    • UCLA
  • Performances

    2017-2018 Season

    MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
    • The Wild Party
    • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
    • Assassins
    • King Lear (Partnership with Honest Pint Theatre Company)
    • WPU Dance Concert

    SECOND STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)

    2016-2017 Season

    MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • Kiss Me, Kate
    • The Laramie Project
    • Noises Off
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    • WPU Dance Concert

    SECOND STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • The Pillowman (Student-Directed Production)
    • Finding Clara (Student-Directed Staged Reading)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals

    2015-2016 Season

    MAIN STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • The Music Man
    • The Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
    • Twelfth Night
    • American Idiot
    • WPU Dance Concert

    SECOND STAGE PRODUCTIONS

    • Macbeth (Staged Reading for Shakespeare Marathon in partnership with NC Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals
"I'm so privileged when someone comes to a show who has never experienced theatre."
Josh Walker
Musical Theatre '17

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