Musical Theatre

THEA – Theatre course descriptions


Mathew Kelly (chair), Charles Adamson, Kate Kanne, Ron Rybkowski


Statement of philosophy

The Central College musical theatre program is committed to the development of our students as artist-citizens within the international art form of theatre. The curriculum provides a broad exposure to the theatre arts with majors eventually focusing on either a performance or design/ tech track. Theatre requires considerable collaboration and all students will be encouraged, over the course of their college career, to engage in every aspect of a production. Intellectual and artistic developments are carefully balanced within a production-oriented atmosphere.


Study Abroad Opportunities

Musical theatre students are encouraged to participate in study abroad and/or the Chicago program.  Theatre courses are available in several of the European centers.  Some of these courses apply directly to the major.  Students should consult with the department faulty concerning such courses. Internship opportunities may also available.


Major Communication Skills

Successful acquisition of major communication skills, including oral and written work will be assessed through regular coursework, participation in mainstage and student-driven productions and close consultation with a student’s advisor. Additional coursework in other areas of the college that will support these essential theatrical skills will be encouraged


Musical Theatre Major Requirements (minimum 39 credits)

Note: Students who plan to major or minor in musical theatre will be expected to participate in co-curricular theatre programs.

  1. Complete all of the following (30 credits):
    THEA    150       Acting (3)

    THEA    163       Stagecraft (4)
    THEA    180       Theatre Practice (1)
    THEA    250       Musical Theatre History (3)
    THEA    258       Directing I (4)
    THEA    265       Entertainment Management (3)
    THEA    266       Theatrical Makeup Design (3)
    THEA    280       Advanced Theatre Practice (1)
    THEA    361       Designing for the Stage (4)
    THEA    370       Script Analysis and Dramatic Literature (4)     
  1. Complete two of the following (4-7 credits):
    For those interested in Design/ Tech
    MUS     105       Music Fundamentals (3)

    MUS     312       History of Western Music: Pre-Classical to 1940 (3) 

    For those interested in Acting/ Directing
    (Must complete both MUS 215 and MUS 216.)
    MUS     120       Theory and Aural Skills I (4)
    MUS     236       Show Choir and Jazz Choir Techniques (2)
    MUS     215       Piano for Proficiency (1)
    MUS     216       Piano for Proficiency (1)

  1. Complete one of the following (4 credits):
    ART      151       2D Problem Solving (4)

    ART      252       Painting Traditional and Digital Approaches (4)
  1. Complete one of the following (3-4 credits)
    ENGL   346       Discovering Shakespeare (3)

    PHIL     270       Philosophy of Art (4)
    THEA    267       Digital Media and Design with the Arts (3)


Musical Theatre Minor Requirements (20 credits) *also applies to current Theatre Minor

Complete a minimum of 20 credits of THEA courses that have been approved by the department. At least 3 credits must be at the 300-400 level.