Musical Theater Performance I/II
This course will be offered every other day in the six-day schedule. It combines vocal technique in singing and speaking, as well as acting and text study required for a musical theater performance. Students will learn proper vocal production techniques through proven methods of Lessac and Alexander, and employ those methods with speaking voices. Songs are broken down to barest form and studied initially from a monologue standpoint, focusing on text. After intensive study into lyric content, music is added. Vocal production techniques are reinforced and songs are studied again with music, compounding intensity of study. There is also a social and historical study element of shows written in, for example, the Great Depression, or set in turn-of-the-century New York City or the tenements of the Upper West Side in the 1950s.