Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Music Theatre

Department of Theatre & Dance

College of Arts and Sciences
285 Alumni Arena
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-5030

Phone: 716.645.6898
Fax: 716.645.6992
Web: www.cas.buffalo.edu/depts/theatredance

Robert Knopf
Chair

Lynne Kurdziel-Formato
Program Director

Nathan Matthews
Music Director

M. A. Casarella
Assistant to the Chair; Director, Undergraduate Advising

About the Program

The BFA in music theatre is a performance degree that encompasses courses from three disciplines: music, theatre, and dance. The objective of its comprehensive studies is to create the well-rounded professional able to succeed in an increasingly competitive and exciting field. Performance opportunities range from musicals and dance companies to dramas and operas mounted in state-of-the-art facilities. Prospective majors should meet with the director of music theatre and an undergraduate advisor as soon as possible.

Auditions in theatre, dance, and music are required. For students with prior training, course requirements may be adjusted, based on placement auditions. If lower-level courses are waived, additional courses may be assigned. This policy applies to all majors.

Acceptance Information

Acceptance into the BFA program requires an audition.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Performing and Creative Arts Scholarships are available through the University Honors Program. Auditions are required for applicants. To qualify for consideration, students must have a minimum high school average of 90 percent and a combined SAT score of at least 1230, or an ACT score of 28. Transfer honors applicants must hold a minimum GPA of 3.8. The Perry Watkins scholarship is available to African American freshman students majoring in design/technology. Talent-based scholarships are also available to all students. Auditions, portfolios, and a personal interview are required for all scholarship students.

Notable Program Features

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers BA and BFA degree programs in which students may study a broad range of production, design, technology, performance, historical, and literary aspects of theatre, dance, and music theatre. A central curriculum of courses is shared by all theatre, dance, and music theatre majors from which students go on to pursue separate majors in theatre, dance, music theatre, or theatre and dance areas. Auditions are required for entrance into the BA in dance and all BFA programs.

Department classes balance scholarship and practical training. In theatre, there is a full sequence of courses in theatre technology and design, acting, playwriting, directing, and history and literature. In dance, there is a full sequence of courses in jazz, ballet, contemporary dance, tap, choreography, teaching methods, and history and research.

Performance and production are essential parts of the curriculum, providing hands-on learning experiences. There are four performance spaces in the Center for the Arts: small and large proscenium houses, and two multipurpose black box spaces. The Katharine Cornell Theatre provides added dimensions to performance opportunities. The department’s Zodiaque Dance Company performs at the university and presents in the community; membership is by audition held early each September. Auditions for the Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble, and Young Choreographers Showcase, featuring the work of student choreographers by invitation of the dance faculty, are also held in early September each year.

The Theatre and Music Theatre programs both offer one major performance and one black box production each year. Recent works include: Children of Eden, Bourgeois Gentlemen, Michi Blood and Farmyard, Chamber Music, A Chorus Line, and The Wild Party. These performance opportunities are augmented by classroom projects that culminate in a performance at the end of each semester.

Dancers Workshop, a student-run organization, also generates a production annually. Workshop advisors are members of the faculty. The GUILD, a student theatre and dance organization, acts as a liaison between students and faculty, and generates performances through “Proba,” a student run production company for workshop productions.

Students may shape the courses that complete the requirements for the BA major by following sequences in such areas as general dance, music theatre, dance performance, theatre performance, choreography, design/technology, dance teaching, playwriting, directing, history, and literature.

Students in dance work with nationally and internationally known guest faculty, directors, and choreographers in yearly residencies with the UB Center for the Arts. Annual residencies have included: American Ballet Studio Co., Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Doug Varone and Dancers, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Jose Limon, and Taylor 2 Co.

Auditions are required for all dance and music theatre majors.

Facilities. The million Center for the Arts benefits UB students directly through outstanding public performance and exhibition facilities. The center houses the Departments of Art, Media Study, and Theatre and Dance, showcasing both academic and public presentations of the arts in its many intriguing and interdisciplinary forms. The Department of Music is housed in adjacent Slee and Baird Halls, allowing music students to also discover a genuine intermingling of the arts.

Theatre and dance students have a variety of theatres and studios in which to work and learn. The range and complexity of theatre spaces allow students great versatility in their professional preparation. Supporting this effort are excellent shop facilities for costumes, scenery, properties, paint, and makeup.

The 400-seat Drama Theatre is intimate, with inviting decor and technical advantages that make it ideally suited to theatre and dance department productions and chamber operas. The orchestra pit can accommodate approximately forty musicians.

Mainstage is an 1,800-seat theatre that houses the majority of the professional touring companies at the Center for the Arts. Other features include a custom-built orchestra shell, allowing stage concerts to take place without the need for microphones and speakers. Computer-controlled panels on the walls of the auditorium are designed to adjust the acoustics at the touch of a button.

Also available to UB arts students are twin black box theatres that allow almost any kind of theatrical presentation, especially multimedia and experimental works. In addition, a 200-seat media study screening room can be used for departmental programming, as well as for the public presentation of films, speakers, panel discussions, poetry readings, and press conferences.

Dance studios are spacious with maple wood floors engineered for maximum resiliency, twelve-foot mirrors, upper-level observation spaces, and specially designed sound systems.

The students of theatre and dance enjoy a working relationship with Alleyway Theatre, Artpark, Buffalo United Artists, Irish Classical Theatre Co., MusicalFare, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Studio Arena Theatre, Theatre of Youth, and Western New York affiliated Dance Masters of America dance establishments. Studio Arena is a LORT theatre located in the heart of the theatre district in downtown Buffalo.

Careers Opportunities/Further Study

Career possibilities include performance; stage management; technical and design aspects of stage, television and film; teaching; choreography; directing; criticism; arts therapy; and research. The department’s graduates have gone on to graduate study, several have received fellowships to prestigious programs or immediately begun professional careers in performance and production. Graduates who have chosen not to enter the professional fields of theatre and dance have found the interpersonal, group, and leadership skills that their training has developed to be invaluable in many other professions, such as law, business, government, and social services, as well as in the arts and education.

For dance, music, and theatre course descriptions, see individual department listings at http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/academicprograms.

Music Theatre - B.F.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Audition.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in required music theatre courses.
Minimum grade of C+ in all required courses.

Prerequisite Courses

MTR 220 Beginning Musical Theatre Dance
MTR 460 Applied Voice for Music Theatre
MUS 105 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint I*
TH 101 Introduction to Theatre
TH 106 Introduction to Technical Theatre with
TH 135 or TH 136 Practicum
TH 109 Basic Acting 2
THD 201 Modern Dance 1 or THD 263 Jazz Dance 1
THD 210 Tap Dance 1
THD 213 Ballet 1

Required Courses

MTR 210 Music Theatre Repertory
MTR 302 Musical Theatre History
MTR 305 Practicum in Musical Theatre
MTR 320 Intermediate Music Theatre Dance I
MTR 401 Advanced Musical Theatre Dance I
MTR 420 Musical Theatre Scene Study
MUS 106 Elementary Harmony and Counterpoint II
MUS 221 Vocal Diction
TH 208 Method Acting 1
TH 209 Method Acting 2
TH 227 Voice Training 1
TH 235 or TH 236 Production Practicum, or TH 335 or TH 336 Production Practicum (3 credit hours total)
TH 301 Theatre History and Literature 1
TH 308 Poetic Text
TH 309 Mime/Movement for Actors
THD 202 Modern Dance 2* or THD 264 Jazz Dance 2*
THD 211 Tap Dance 2*
THD 214 Ballet 2*
THD 264 Jazz Dance 2*
THD 381 Social Dance Forms 1
THD 415 Mind-Body Integration
Five performance requirements:
Two semesters of MTR 405 GEMMS Musical Theatre Company and three others from the following: MTR 405 GEMMS, TH 341-TH 344 Theatre Studio, THD 337/THD 338 Dance Studio—Zodiaque, THD 340 Dance Studio, MUS 151 University Choir, MUS 321 University Chorus, MUS 350 Music Theatre Workshop

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 88-95

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Placement in dance, music theatre, and performance courses is based upon auditions. Performance is an option each semester. Vocal training is an option each semester.

FIRST YEAR
Fall-MTR 220, MTR 460, MUS 105*, TH 101; THD 201* or THD 263*; THD 213*
Spring-MTR 460, MUS 106, TH 109; THD 202* or THD 264*; THD 214*

SECOND YEAR
Fall-MTR 210, MTR 405, MTR 460, TH 106/TH 135, TH 208, TH 227
Spring-MTR 320, MTR 405, MTR 460, TH 209

THIRD YEAR
Fall-MUS 221, MTR 460, TH 301, TH 308, THD 210,
THD 381, performance**
Spring-MTR 302, MTR 305, MTR 401, TH 309, performance**
Fall or Spring-THD 211

FOURTH YEAR
Fall-MTR 410 (elective), THD 415, electives, performance**, vocal training
Spring-MTR 402 (elective), MTR 420, electives, performance**, vocal training

*Based on audition or music theory exam.
**May choose from: TH 341-TH 344 Theatre Studio, THD 337/THD 338 Dance Studio - Zodiaque, THD 340 Dance Studio, MTR 405 GEMMS Musical Theatre, MUS 151 University Choir, MUS 321 University Chorus, MUS 350 Opera Workshop.

Dance Technique classes must be repeated once for full credit and then may be taken as tutorials.



Course Descriptions

MTR 210 Musical Theatre Repertory

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MTR majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Introduces the student to the vast repertory of the musical theatre stage through historical exploration and musical analyzation. Students also begin learning to adapt their vocal style to suit performing the various musical genres.

 

MTR 220 Beginning Musical Theatre Dance

Credits:  2
Semester:
Prerequisites:  THD 213, THD 263, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Basic music theatre dance from the late nineteenth century to the present. Classwork coordinates dance styles with shows from each period.


MTR 250 Special Topics in Music Theatre

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Music Theatre majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Specialized aspects of the musical theatre. Usually includes literary and/or historical content in addition to practical technique work. Content varies from semester to semester.

 

MTR 302 Musical Theatre History

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  sophomore standing or above
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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In-depth look at the development of musical theatre forms in America. Covers historical lineage and sociological relationship; explores the contributions of composers, lyricists, and librettists, as well as directors, choreographers, and designers; and employs audio and video materials.


MTR 305 Practicum in Musical Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Music Theatre majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Auditioning and performing techniques. Includes vocal coaching, résumé writing, musical theatre scene study. Uses videotape for critical analysis of progress.

 

MTR 320 Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MTR 220; THD 214 or THD 341; and THD 264 or THD 371; or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

History of American show dance emphasizing style and practical application of knowledge. Continuation of MTR 220 concentrating on technical expertise as well as historical knowledge.


MTR 321 Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MTR 320 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Continuation of MTR 320.

 

MTR 350 Special Topics in Music Theatre

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  Music Theatre majors or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Specialized aspects of the musical theatre. Usually includes literary and/or historical content in addition to practical technique work. Content varies from semester to semester.


MTR 401 Advanced Musical Theatre Dance I

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  department majors, MTR 320 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM/LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Professional preparation in the field of musical theatre dance. The historical development of musical theatre dance, its relation to the fields of drama and music, including styles of Agnes deMille, Bob Fosse, Michael Kidd, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, and others. Focuses on the musical theatre synthesis of dance, song, and drama; dance in plot and character development.

 

MTR 402 Advanced Musical Theatre Dance II

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  THD 214 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM/LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Professional preparation in the field of musical theatre dance. The historical development of musical theatre dance, its relation to the fields of drama and music, including styles of Agnes deMille, Bob Fosse, Michael Kidd, Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett, and others. Focuses on the musical theatre synthesis of dance, song, and drama; dance in plot and character development.


MTR 405 GEMMS Musical Theatre Company

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  audition or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Professional performance experience in musical theatre production; working through the process from rehearsals to a staged production.

 

MTR 410 Musical Theatre Repertoire

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MTR 210, junior or senior standing, audition, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Focuses on expanding the performer’s vocabulary of musical styles for the stage. Analyzes Gilbert and Sullivan to Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein to Jonathan Larson. Students learn to adapt their vocal styles to suit performing the various musical genres.


MTR 420 Musical Theatre Scene Study

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  MTR 220, MTR 302, TH 209, THD 214 and THD 264, one semester of vocal instruction, or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Scene analysis, script preparation and rehearsal techniques specifically geared toward the musical theatre. Explores texts from the classical and contemporary repertory. Emphasizes the integration of performance techniques.

 

MTR 450 Special Topics in Music Theatre

Credits:  1 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Focuses on a specialized aspect of the musical theatre. Usually includes literary and/or historical content in addition to practical technique work. Content varies from semester to semester.


MTR 460 Applied Voice for Music Theatre

Credits:  2
Semester:
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Proper technique of vocal production. Gives particular attention to the utilization of healthy technique in performing musical theatre material.

 

MTR 490 Internship Music Theatre

Credits:  2 - 4
Semester:
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

An internship position with a professional company or educational institution. Focuses on actual “field” experience to enhance the student's preparation for a professional career in musical theatre.


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