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Musical Theatre

Degree Offered: Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 61

The musical theatre program prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university, entering a certificate training program, or moving directly to the performing arts workforce. 

CCBC students complete the program in the evening while Lincoln Park theatre students complete the program during their school day. 

Students may choose to pursue careers in theatre, televsion, film or education.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 14 credits

Code
Title
Credits
DANC 115
Ballet I
2.00
Ballet I is for the student who demonstrates a basic understanding of the technical foundation in ballet technique. The student will continue developing knowledge of ballet terminology and technique, and will include barre and center exercises of increased difficulty. Emphasis is on developing the student's ability to execute ballet technique and terminology.
THEA 105
Costume and Lighting
3.00
Students will learn the design processes common to Lighting Design and Costume Design including script analysis, Computer Aided Design (CAD), collaboration and communication. As well as the processes specific to each discipline: photometrics, basic electricity, introduction to hand drafting, Lightwright paperwork and lighting console programming (lighting) as well as rendering, character/costume paperwork, sewing and use of materials (Costuming). Students will create a design blog and upload their progress and research regularly to share in class.
THEA 121
Acting I
3.00
Acting I is the first level of acting offered. It introduces Stanislavski's Method of Physical Action through improvisation and the study and performance of Shakespearean monologues and scenes.
THEA 131
Musical Theatre Lit & Performance I
3.00
In Musical Theatre Literature and Performance I, students will study the evolution of musical theatre, through lecture, class discussion, text, audio/visual presentations and performance. Students will complete in-depth studies of prominent musicals, highlighting plot, characters, songs, actors, composers, directors and other great influences. Students will study solo singing techniques, work to incorporate acting and singing skills in songs from musicals and develop a knowledge of musical phrasing as it relates to vocal perfomance.
WRIT 101
English Composition
3.00
Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

Second Semester - 17 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
DANC 155
Ballet II
2.00
Ballet II is for the student who has completed Balled I and demonstrates a solid technical foundation in ballet technique. Emphasis is on developing and mastering the student's ability to execute ballet technique and terminology. The student will maintain performance in ballet technique both at the barre and center with increasing difficulty, as well as utilizing new movements.
LITR 210
Concepts of Literature
3.00
This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition.
THEA 110
Stagecraft
3.00
Students will learn historical and contemporary stagecraft practices pertaining to scenery, lighting, rigging, costuming and sound. Students will receive experience with technical theatre equipment such as fly systems, scenery, lighting equipment, sound equipment, properties and costumes, as well as hand tools and paint supplies.
 
* (Lincoln Park students will enter the program with advanced standing for this course and will not have to take it during the program.)
 
THEA 122
Acting II
3.00
Acting II is the second level of acting offered. It continues the study of Stanislavski's Method of Physical Action through the study and performance of contemporary monologues and scenes.
THEA 132
Musical Theatre Lit & Perfomance II
3.00
In Musical Theatre Literature and Perfomance II, students will continue the study of the evolution of musical theatre, through lecture, class discussion, text, audio/visual presentations and performance. Students will complete in-depth studies of prominent musicals, highlighting plot, characters, songs, actors, composers, directors and other great influences. Students will study solo singing techniques, work to incorporate acting and singing skills in songs from musicals and develop a knowledge of musical phrasing as it relates to vocal performance.
THEA 221
Production I
3.00
Production I provides students with the opportunity to apply skills learned in other classes by being involved in full-scale, fully-realized productions. Students may choose to audition or be assigned to a crew and will be involved in all productions during the semester.

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 17 credits

Code
Title
Credits
CIST 100
Introduction to Information Tech
3.00
A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3
DANC 165
Jazz I
2.00
Jazz is designed for students who plan to focus on complex movement combinations and sequences that stress proper alignment, technique, expressiveness, perception of style, spatial awareness, and musicality.
THEA 123
Acting III
3.00
Acting III is the third level of acting offered. It encompasses elements of the previous levels of acting but on a more challenging level. Among them are: advanced acting and improvisation technique, monologue and scene study, script analysis.
THEA 211
Play Reading I
3.00
This course will give students the tools they need to effectively analyze scripts. Play mechanics and techniques for analysis will be covered. Students will read the following scripts during the course: Hamlet, Tartuffe and Fences
THEA 231
Musical Theatre History & Perform I
3.00
In Musical Theatre History and Performance I, students will study the history of musical theatre, through lecture, class discussion, text and audio/visual presentations. Specific styles, composers, writers, lyricists, works and actors will be introduced crhronologically. Students will study solo singing techniques, work to incorporate acting and singing skills in songs from musicals and develop knowledge of musical phrasing as it relates to vocal performance.

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

Code
Title
Credits
BIOL 110
Human Ecology & Heredity
3.00
This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3
SOCI 101
Principles of Sociology
3.00
This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism; the process of socialization; social institutions such as the family, marriage, and religion; and an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3
THEA 124
Acting IV
3.00
Acting IV is the fourth and highest level of acting offered. It encompasses elements of the previous levels of acting but on a more challenging level. Among them are: advanced acting technique, monologue and scene study, script analysis, critique and acting for the camera.
THEA 222
Production II
3.00
Production II provides students with the opportunity to apply skills learned in other classes by being involved in full-scale, fully-realized productions. Students may choose to audition or be assigned to a crew and will be involved in all productions during the semester.
THEA 232
Musical Theatre History & Perfor II
3.00
In Musical Theatre History and Performance II, students will continue their study of the history of musical theatre including specific styles, composers, writers, lyricists, works and actors introduced chronologically. Students will expand their study of solo singing techniques, incorporating acting and singing skills into songs from musicals and applying knowledge of musical phrasing as it relates to vocal performance.