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Designed to prepare future actor-singers for the professional theatre, this interdisciplinary program focuses on developing the skills and professionalism required by a career in the theatre. The program will attract students who are willing to commit to structured, intensive, studio-based training and are searching for to become a part of a company of actors, singers, dancers and designers.

The program embraces the richness and diversity of this challenging art form, which includes musical comedy, the musical play, new and alternative music theatre, "Broadway opera," cabaret and revue. Students receive technique training in acting complemented by training in vocal technique, musicianship, dance, and the study of the repertoire of the musical theatre in print and recordings, as well as in rehearsal and performance.

We train students not only in the classroom, but with an aggressive production schedule. Musical Theatre majors audition for all mainstage productions, not just musicals. Additional performance opportunities exist in studio workshops, Opera Workshop, Second Stage Productions, Student Cabarets, Dance Company and other vocal ensembles. In addition CCU Theatre has a working relationship with Atlantic Stage and students are often cast alongside working Equity actors. Students are expected to participate each term in various ensembles and mainstage theatre productions, and all students are evaluated annually and must meet professional standards to complete the B.F.A. program. Musical Theatre majors will also audition to participate in the CCU Senior Showcase, produced in New York City for agents and casting directors.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission is based on current University standards and an audition and interview process. The purpose of this review/interview is to allow the faculty an opportunity to evaluate previous training, assess current skills and aptitude, gauge desire for (and ability to enter into) rigorous training and determine the department’s ability to educate the student with respect to a career in the theatre.

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