Train to become a "triple threat" in acting, dancing and singing. Train to become a "triple threat" in acting, dancing and singing. Train to become a "triple threat" in acting, dancing and singing. Train to become a "triple threat" in acting, dancing and singing. Train to become a "triple threat" in acting, dancing and singing.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Music

Musical Theatre

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Why pursue a musical theatre degree at North Central College?

Here you’ll train to become a “triple threat”—a talented actor, dancer and singer. Unlike most other colleges and conservatories, North Central encourages close connections among theatre, dance and music. As a result, you won’t need to focus exclusively on voice, acting or any other single type of performance. You can pursue all your interests, hone your craft through at least eight mainstage productions and graduate as a sought-after professional or graduate school candidate.

You can also:

  • Tap into our faculty’s professional network, which extends throughout Chicago’s vibrant theatre community (and beyond).
  • Audition for well-known agents and casting directors (including Paskal Rudnicke Casting, Claire Simon Casting and Stewart Talent) as part of the Senior Showcase.
  • Direct a show of your choice in our state-of-the-art venues as part of our Student Directed Series.
  • Work with a faculty advisor during your senior year to select a show, coordinate production responsibilities, produce and present a fully mounted production in one of our state-of-theart venues.

More Department information

Musical Theatre, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Theatre.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    THEA 100 - Script Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces analytical methods for examining scripts of all forms and genres. Students learn to identify, describe and interpret various components of a script and to apply a critical vocabulary to evaluate how meaning is produced in dramatic texts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    THEA 141 - Stagecraft

    2.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of scenic construction and scenic painting. Students gain knowledge of basic construction and painting techniques for stage scenery. Tool use and shop equipment are introduced along with the safety regulations that are essential and mandatory for running an effective scenic shop.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent Enrollment in THEA 144.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 144 - Makeup

    THEA 144 - Makeup

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces the principles and techniques of theatrical makeup, design and application. Equally appropriate for beginning design students and actors who have no prior design experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 141.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    THEA 150 - Acting Fundamentals

    4.00 credit hours

    Designed for dedicated theatre students with previous acting experience, this course consists of exercises in voice, movement, improvisation and character study. Provides students with necessary theory and performance skills required to pursue further specialized acting training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 170 - Music Theory for Actors

    THEA 170 - Music Theory for Actors

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduces fundamental music theory, sight singing and aural skills for the musical theatre performer. Students emerge from this course with practical sight reading skills, aural recognition skills, notational skills and other theoretical tools that help them with cold-read auditions, musical sides preparation, the learning of roles and the achievement of a higher level of musicianship.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 270 - Acting for the Musical Stage

    THEA 270 - Acting for the Musical Stage

    4.00 credit hours

    A practical application of the actor's craft to musical theatre performance, with emphasis on transitioning from scene to song. Students explore the acting methods used specifically for the musical stage. Combines script analysis, character analysis, choreography and acting through the song itself for the purposes of both auditions and performances.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 150.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 308 - American Musical Theatre

    THEA 308 - American Musical Theatre

    4.00 credit hours

    Survey of major trends of the American musical theatre from the 19th century to present. Addresses representative composers and librettists such as George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kerr, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 100 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 459 - Business of Theatre

    THEA 459 - Business of Theatre

    4.00 credit hours

    Exploration of the requirements for the business portion of theatre; from building a theatrical resume, to selecting a head shot, to registering with an agent. Students learn to manage their creative work according to the professional expectations of the collective entertainment industries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 250 and Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Theatre Courses

Two of the following:

  • THEA 250 - Acting Realism

    THEA 250 - Acting Realism

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced and intensive scene work focusing on contemporary trends in realism. Approaches to building character are integrated with voice, movement and textual improvisation. Builds on the foundational work of THEA 150.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 150.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 370 - Musical Theatre: Audition and Portfolio

    THEA 370 - Musical Theatre: Audition and Portfolio

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines the different vocal techniques and movement styles necessary for the musical theatre performer. It focuses on a performer's approach to developing a song in the context of contemporary musical theatre, examining the work in terms of form, structure and content.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 270.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 479 - Senior Musical

    THEA 479 - Senior Musical

    4.00 credit hours

    Graduating seniors work with a mentoring faculty instructor to select a show, divide responsibilities for production and present a fully mounted production on the stage. The course is intended as a culminating and capstone experience for students pursuing musical theatre degrees.

    Schedule Of Classes

Dance Courses

  • THEA 120 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    THEA 120 - Musical Theatre Dance I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction to jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage. Practical dance coursework is also supplemented with the basic building blocks of choreography. No prior dance experience is necessary and this course is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 224.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 220 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    THEA 220 - Musical Theatre Dance II

    2.00 credit hours

    Continuing instruction of jazz, ballet and tap techniques for the stage, building upon skills obtained in THEA 120. Practical dance coursework is also supplemented with the basic building blocks of choreography. This course is open to all students interested in dance training for performance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 222 - Jazz Dance

    THEA 222 - Jazz Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on jazz dance, particularly as it appears in a variety of musical theatre styles. Builds and expands upon the jazz dance portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 223 - Tap Dance

    THEA 223 - Tap Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on tap dance, particularly as it appears in a variety of musical theatre styles. Builds and expands upon the tap dance portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 224 - Ballet

    THEA 224 - Ballet

    2.00 credit hours

    A concentration on ballet, particularly as it appears in a variety of classical theatre styles and as it underpins modern dance styles. Builds and expands upon the ballet portion of THEA 220. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in THEA 120.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • THEA 225 - Contemporary Modern Dance

    THEA 225 - Contemporary Modern Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    A study of modern and postmodern dance techniques. Students become equally proficient in traditional modern technique and the latest developments in contemporary dance. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 322 - Advanced Jazz Dance

    THEA 322 - Advanced Jazz Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of jazz technique including more complex steps and sequences. Emphasizes technique and styling, building upon the foundational skills introduced in THEA 222. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 323 - Advanced Tap Dance

    THEA 323 - Advanced Tap Dance

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tap dance technique, building upon the foundational skills introduced in THEA 223. Students develop more complex steps, variations, sequences, rhythmic patterns, increased tempo and duration. Emphasis is on technique, musicality and styling, including an introduction to improvisation. Tap shoes are required. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 223.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 324 - Advanced Ballet

    THEA 324 - Advanced Ballet

    2.00 credit hours

    Continues the development of all foundational areas of classical ballet, and expands the ballet vocabulary for dancers pursuing both classical and contemporary practice. Builds upon the skills introduced in THEA 224. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 224.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 329 - Choreography

    THEA 329 - Choreography

    2.00 credit hours

    A survey of techniques and skills required to create and notate dance and movement for the stage. Exploring methods for approaching various types of work, students develop and stage their own dance creations. This course may be repeated for credit once.

    Prerequisite(s)

    THEA 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 429 - Advanced Topics in Dance & Choreography

    THEA 429 - Advanced Topics in Dance & Choreography

    2.00-4.00 credit hours

    Occasional seminar topic or studio workshop allowing for advanced study of dance or choreography. Special topics may include the in depth exploration of a single style, technique or aesthetic trend in dance history, the exploration of a single choreographer and her work or engagement with current trends in contemporary dance practice and choreography.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Voice Lessons

Six semesters of:

  • THEA 221 - Voice Lessons: Musical Theatre

    THEA 221 - Voice Lessons: Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Practical instruction in vocal performance for musical theatre performers. In the form of voice lessons with a music theory component, this course introduces practical sight reading and aural skills to enable actors to prepare for musical theatre auditions and rehearsals. Available to all students.

    Schedule Of Classes

Piano Lessons

Six semesters of:

  • THEA 211 - Piano Lessons: Musical Theatre

    THEA 211 - Piano Lessons: Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    Practical instruction in piano playing for musical theatre performers. In the form of piano lessons with a music theory component, this course introduces practical sight reading and aural skills to enable actors to prepare for musical theatre auditions and rehearsals. Available to all students.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • Note: Piano lessons provide instruction in both piano practice and music theory for piano.

Theatre Practicum

Six semesters of the following:

  • THEA 115 - Practicum

    THEA 115 - Practicum

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 116 - Practicum

    THEA 116 - Practicum

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 117 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for actors and crew members working on a theatre production -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    THEA 118 - Practicum - Musical Theatre

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    The staging, mounting, and production of a fully realized musical theatre production. This course -- designed for stage managers, designers, and those with larger production responsibilities -- is repeatable up to a maximum of six credit hours earned. Students are expected to take practicum for credit unless exceeding 18 credit hours in a semester.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*Voice lessons, piano lessons and theatre practicum may be taken for zero credit hours, or for credit in partial satisfaction of elective credits, up to College limits. These hours are in addition to, not part of, the hours required for the major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Musical Theatre Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier
  • The Other Theatre Company, Chicago
  • American Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago 
  • Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in musical theatre have been accepted at:

  • New York University Tisch School of Music
  • University of Alabama
  • University of New Mexico

Careers

Recent graduates in musical theatre have been cast at:

  • Light Opera Works, Wilmette, IL
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
  • Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, IL
  • Canterbury Summer Theatre, Michigan City, IN
  • The American Theatre Company, Chicago
  • Heartland Festiva, Platteville, WI
  • Royal Caribbean Productions
  • Music by the Lake, Williams Bay, WI
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Royal George Cabaret Theatre, Chicago
  • Steel Beam Theatre of St. Charles, Ill.
  • Greenhouse Theater Center, Chicago

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