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Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre at Fredonia

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre is an interdisciplinary degree program between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance for students who demonstrate excellence or the potential for excellence in musical theatre careers. The audition for the program requires selections in voice, acting and dance. BFA-Musical Theatre students receive fours years of weekly 1-hour private lessons in voice, two years of acting instruction, two years of music theory, one year of theatre technical and design work, other coursework in music and theatre design, as well as instruction in dance. Students have the opportunity to participate in a fully staged opera each year, as well as a musical production and opera scenes.

The Fredonia Difference

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre provides students with a strong foundation in the skills required for a successful career in Musical Theatre, emphasizing the acquisition of professional-level proficiency in acting, singing, and dance. The program also gives students numerous opportunities to explore additional interests in the wider realm of theatre, including work in our Costume and Scene shops, and as part of Load/Run crews during our production season.Acceptance to the Musical Theatre major is by audition.

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Career Opportunities

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Music Directors and Composers
  • Musicians and Singers
  • Producers and Directors
Audition Information

Why Musical Theatre at Fredonia?

dance ensemble

Fredonia Dance Ensemble

Provides dancers with access to faculty and guest choreographers through its annual concert, which is part of the Department of Theatre & Dance’s Walter Gloor Mainstage Season.

opera performance

Private Lessons

Musical Theatre students receive weekly 1-hour private lessons in voice all four years, in addition to two years of acting instruction, two years of music theory, one year of theatre technical and design work.

Peter and the Starcatcher performance

Complete theatre experience

All students have the opportunity to work on our five mainstage productions (The Walter Gloor Mainstage Series) in the areas of performance, production, and design.

Sample Courses

THEA 341 Acting Studio: Shakespeare

Basic techniques used in Shakespearean acting. Major emphasis is placed on approaching Shakespeare through a careful analysis of the use of language and construction of the text.

THEA 121 Introduction to Technical Theatre

Covers terminology and processes of stage production including stagecraft, materials, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, etc. Lecture and laboratory participation.

THEA 382 Musical Theatre Styles I

The course, through scene study of musical theatre repertory, focuses on integration of song, dance and acting skills

Musical Theatre Faculty

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