Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Musical Theatre B.A.

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Michelle Gaza, M.F.A., Interim Director

Location: Frasier Hall 105

Telephone: 970.351.2991

Fax: 970.351.4897

Website: https://arts.unco.edu/theatre/

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of two parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University Wide Credits

Program Description:

A Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre prepares students for professional careers in musical theatre. This program is intended to produce the highest achievement possible in the level of performance of the actor/dancer/singer through study of musical skills, theatrical skills and dance and movement skills. This degree prepares students to perform professionally in a variety of musical theatre styles.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Admission to the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Musical Theatre program is by audition.
    • All students planning to major in Musical Theatre are required to submit an additional application to the School.
    • Information concerning auditions may be requested from School of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Northern Colorado, Frasier Hall, Greeley, Colorado 80639, phone 970.351.2991

Program Requirements: 

Students must adhere to the following guidelines in order to persist within the Musical Theatre Program:

  • Musical Theatre majors must audition for all mainstage plays and musicals during the academic year unless they receive an exemption in advance of auditions from the Area Head. In the event of a vacancy in the Area Head position, an exemption from auditions must be granted by the School Director. Requests to be exempted from auditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Musical Theatre majors must accept any role they are offered in a mainstage production during the academic year. If a student does not wish to be considered for a particular production, permission must be granted ahead of time (see above).
  • The Colorado Commission on Higher Education and this program requires the completion of a yearly assessment process. The assessment, which includes an evaluation of the student's progress as well as a yearly assessment, may be the basis of your continuance in this program area.

Non-compliance of any of the above requirements may result in disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, removal from future production assignments, loss of talent scholarship funding, or expulsion from the program.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the required major credits.

Any additional LAC coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

MT 296 (3) is recommended to fulfill Arts & Humanities requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

FND 250 (3) is recommended to fulfill the Natural & Physical Sciences requirement.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 89 credits

Program Requirements:

Students must adhere to the following guidelines in order to persist within the Musical Theatre Program:

  • Musical Theatre majors must audition for all mainstage plays and musicals during the academic year unless they receive an exemption in advance of auditions from the Area Head. In the event of a vacancy in the Area Head position, an exemption from auditions must be granted by the School Director. Requests to be exempted from auditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Musical Theatre majors must accept any role they are offered in a mainstage production during the academic year. If a student does not wish to be considered for a particular production, permission must be granted ahead of time (see above).
  • The Colorado Commission on Higher Education and this program requires the completion of a yearly assessment process. The assessment, which includes an evaluation of the student's progress as well as a yearly assessment, may be the basis of your continuance in this program area.

Non-compliance of any of the above requirements may result in disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, removal from future production assignments, loss of talent scholarship funding, or expulsion from the program.

Take all of the following courses for 77 credits:

MT 101Musical Theatre Sight Singing and Ear Training

2

MT 160Class Piano for Musical Theatre

2

MT 161Introduction to Musical Theatre Performance

1

MT 169Applied Voice: Individual Voice Study

1

MT 250Voice Class for Musical Theatre I

2

MT 275Musical Theatre Song Analysis I

3

MT 276Musical Theatre Song Analysis II

3

MT 296Musical Theatre HistoryLAA1

3

MT 350Voice Class for Musical Theatre II

2

MT 369Individual Performance in Musical Theatre Voice

2

MT 370Musical Theatre Dance

3

MT 375Musical Theatre Song Analysis III

3

MT 390Advanced Musical Theatre Scene Study

2

DNCE 166Ballet I

2

DNCE 167Ballroom Dance I

2

DNCE 170Jazz Dance I

2

DNCE 175Tap Dance I

2

DNCE 180Ballet II

3

DNCE 181Jazz Dance II

3

THEA 100Individual Performance in Theatre

2

THEA 135Playscript Analysis

3

THEA 159Acting Theories and Practice

3

THEA 160Beginning Acting

3

THEA 193Stage Speech and Dialects

3

THEA 240Beginning Stage Directing

3

THEA 260Scene Study

3

THEA 360Advanced Acting Styles I

3

THEA 361Advanced Acting Styles II

3

THEA 464Audition Techniques

3

MT 169: Take 2 credits

MT 369: Take 4 credits

THEA 100: Take 4; crew work

THEA 160: Must be taken for 3 credits

THEA 240: Must be taken for 3 credits

Choose twelve credits from the following courses:

(Select with advisor approval)

MT 285Performance in Musical Theatre

1- 3

MT 360Scene Study in Musical Theatre

3

MT 369Individual Performance in Musical Theatre Voice

2

MT 465Musical Theatre Workshop

3

MT 470Senior Project in Musical Theatre

3

MT 485Performance in Musical Theatre

1- 3

DNCE 171Modern Dance I

2

DNCE 172Foundations of Hip Hop

2

DNCE 182Modern Dance II

3

DNCE 183Tap Dance II

2

DNCE 280Ballet III

3

DNCE 281Jazz Dance III

3

DNCE 296Choreography and Improvisation I

3

MUS 285Performance in Opera Theatre

1

MUS 286Scene Studies in Opera

1

MUS 485Performance in Opera Theatre

1

MUS 486Scene Studies in Opera

1

THEA 110Performance in a Theatrical Production

2

THEA 149Orientation to Technology

3

THEA 362Acting for the Camera

3

THEA 465LA Showcase Class

3

Major Vocal Ensemble

2

MT 360: Must be taken for 3 credits

MT 465 and MT 470: Audition required

Major Vocal Ensemble: Mixed Concert Choir, Women's Glee Club, Men's Glee Club are major ensembles.

3. University Wide Credits – 0 credits*

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.