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You can study musical theatre at KU. Is there a degree? There is no degree in musical theatre. The School of Music partners with the Department of Theatre to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Theatre/Voice (audition required). But this degree is not about musical theatre. It’s designed for vocal performance majors (opera, classical singing) who want some acting training.  

BFA requirements as of Fall 2013 (PDF). [For older requirements, download BFA Theatre/Voice Fall 2012 (PDF)

There are, however, courses offered in the Department of Theatre designed specifically to teach the singing and acting techniques needed for musical theatre:

THR 210 Musical Performance for the Actor I
Beginning Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bennett, Leslie
MW 01:00-02:50 PM MUR 209 - LAWRENCE
3 23456

THR 310 Musical Performance for the Actor II
Intermediate Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. Prerequisite: THR 106 and THR 210. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

THR 410 Musical Performance for the Actor III
Advanced Studies in Musical Theatre Performance: practical application of voice, acting and movement techniques for musical theatre, solo and group performance. Prerequisite: THR 106, THR 210, and THR 310. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

In this way, theatre students study musical theatre here at KU. By becoming a theatre major in Performance (either B.G.S. or B.A.), you will get a high quality performance degree, studying acting, directing, voice (speech, dialects), movement, technical theatre, history and drama, AND training in musical theatre. Students focused on musical theatre are also advised to:

1. Audition for the voice program and get a teaching assistant from whom you can take voice lessons (again, classical voice training, but every student of musical theatre needs to learn how to sing well).

2. Take dance classes, as many as you can fit into your schedule.

3. Take THR 380 Popular Culture: American Musical Theatre or the musical theatre history course offered through the School of Music.

4. Take piano and ear training.

5. Perform in a choir.

But training isn’t only in the classroom. The Department of Theatre regularly produces main stage musicals as part of the University Theatre Season or the Kansas Summer Theatre program.

Here’s a list of just some of musicals that have been produced recently by the University Theatre:

A Grand Night for Singing

Adding Machine: A Musical

Anything Goes

Cabaret

Congress of Women (original music)

Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

Flora, the Red Menace

Kiss Me Kate

Guys and Dolls

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Into the Woods

Little Women

Merrily We Roll Along

My Fair Lady

Noah’s Art

Over Here!

Something’s Afoot

Street Scene

The Fantasticks

The Girl The Grouch and the Goat (World Premiere)

The Magic Flute

The Marriage of Figaro

The Music Man

The Spitfire Grill


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