Bachelor of Arts-Musical Theatre Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) Musical Theatre concentration in the Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to fostering a student's talent and technique in all aspects of musical theatre. Students enjoy the advantage of being part of a vibrant liberal arts community with the added benefit of more intimate class sizes.

Our BA in Theatre with a Musical Theatre concentration, now in its 15th year, is a more flexible degree program designed to help the student become a well-rounded and competitive musical theatre scholar/artist, while offering room to explore other fields of study.

By studying Musical Theatre at UA, you will:

work with a faculty of passionate, highly trained professionals.

make valuable connections in professional musical theatre by participating in master classes and auditions here on campus.

receive hands-on preparation for various employment opportunities through professional theatre conferences and on-campus auditions.

have an invaluable, competitive edge with information and material that prepares students for a comprehensive career in the business aspects of musical theatre.

have the opportunity to audition for participation in a senior showcase in NYC, performing for industry professionals.

have the opportunity to perform as part of our diverse season, in occasional touring productions, as part of SummerTide Theatre (our professional theatre in Gulf Shores), and in student productions.

Admission into the Major

Admission to the BA-Musical Theatre concentration is by audition. Auditions are held on campus each fall and spring, with exact dates published annually on the department website. Students must complete the online application form (also on the website) and apply to The University of Alabama in order to be considered for admission. Students will be notified of acceptance, and eligibility for possible departmental scholarship in a timely fashion. If accepted, continuance is dependent upon satisfactory development, evaluated annually by the musical theatre faculty.

Please visit the departmental website for up-to-date, detailed information on the audition process at https://theatre.ua.edu/ba-programs/program-auditions/

Note: There is overlap between the material covered by both the BA and BFA, but as a whole they have distinct differences, which means what's right for one prospective student isn't always right for another. No matter what degree one decides to pursue, our mission is to develop the knowledge, skills, and concepts essential to the life of a musical theatre professional.

Special Opportunities

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers various programs of study leading to the BA degree in theatre. These program areas include acting, musical theatre, theatre management and administration, scene design and technical production, and costume design and production. Please see the principal advisor in each of these areas for entrance requirements and a suggested course of study.

The highly motivated student who seeks to be well prepared for either the profession or graduate education may choose to take more hours in the major than the specified 36. This plan of action is highly desirable and strongly advised, but is not required. If more than 42 hours are accrued in the major, the student will be exceeding the 120 credit hour requirement for graduation by the number of hours taken over the single-subject 42 semester hour limit.

Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in theatre must complete all University, College and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor and other sufficient credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

MUSICAL THEATRE TRACKMore Information

Hours
MUSICAL THEATRE REQUIREMENTS
TH 114Intro To The Theatre3
TH 141Acting I3
TH 191Introduction to Practicum1
TH 291Practicum I1
TH 391Practicum II1
TH 230Stage Makeup2
TH 165Musicianship Theatre Perform I3
TH 166Musicianship Theatre Perf II3
THMT 174Freshman Musical Theatre Voice1-2
THMT 274Sophomore MTVoice1-2
THMT 374Junior Musical Theatre Voice1-2
TH 220 or Fundamentals of Stagecraft3
TH 231 Beginning Costume Construction
TH 361 or Beginning Directing3
TH 470 Theatre Management
TH 451Hist Of The Theatre I3
TH 452History Of The Theatre II3
TH 465Musical Theatre Performance I3
TH 466Musical Theatre Performance II3
DN 210Dance Styles II3
DN 310Dance Styles III3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 44-47
THEATRE PERFORMANCE COURSES
Select 12 hours chosen from the following TH or THMT courses:12
Beginning Movement
Acting II Intro to Scene Stud
Stage Movement III
Acting III: Advanced Scene Study
Acting 4: Comedy and Film
Acting 5: Acting Shakespeare
Stage Dialects
Musicl Theatre Repertoire Coac
Senior MTVoice
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
DANCE TECHNIQUE COURSES
Select 6 hours chosen from the following DN courses:6
Ballet Technique I-A
Ballet Technique I-B
Ballet Technique II-A
Ballet Technique II-B
Ballet Technique III-A
Ballet Technique III-B
Select an additional 6 hours chosen from the following DN courses:6
Jazz Technique II-A
Beginning Tap Dance
Jazz Technique II-B
Modern Dance Technique III-A
Modern Dance Technique III-B
Jazz Technique III-A
Jazz Technique III-B
Advanced Tap Technique
Jazz Technique IV-A
Jazz Technique IV-B
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
ELECTIVES
Select 3-6 hours from any TH or DN course3-6
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3-6
Total Hours71-77

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus

Required Minor

The theatre major following the musical theatre track does not require the completion of a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

The musical theatre track is designed for students preparing for professional careers or graduate study in musical theatre. Admission is by audition, and students are expected to show continued progress in acting, singing and dance. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College and University requirements.

Commercial theatre in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles; regional theatre; film and television; education; theme parks; cruise ships; scenery and costume studios; technical production companies

Types of Jobs Accepted

Film and television performance, production personnel in regional theatre, sales and technical personnel in production companies, high school educators, community theatre technical direction and business management, graduate school

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Executive director at 2nd Stage, NYC (Broadway (Hamilton, Kinky Boots), Off-Broadway (Sweeney Todd), engineer at major Las Vegas production firm, national Broadway tours (Finding Neverland, Hamilton, Cinderella, Sister Act, Chicago, The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Something Rotten), television and film acting, costume designer at major regional theater, technical director for major Broadway scenic studio, university and high school educators, management at all levels in entertainment industry

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