In this subject, students will develop the key skills and the conceptual and theoretical understanding
required for performing in or directing musical theatre productions.
Students will explore the history and evolution of musical theatre, its diverse styles and genres, as
well as key composers and performers. They will learn about aspects of musical theatre through
practical application, including singing (lead and chorus roles), choreography, acting, set design,
stage-hand, lighting, and sound. Content includes analysing scores, the diversity of ‘pit’ musicians,
and researching into the various copyright and show licensing required. The key role of the Musical
Director will be examined, and various career paths in Musical Theatre will be explored.
Students will engage with local community musical theatre companies through observing and
reflecting upon live performances. Guest lecturers and artists who are active in the musical theatre
field will provide key knowledge and information to support students’ weekly lecture content.
Participating in singing, acting, lighting, sound, stage-hand, and set design will provide students with
realistic industry skills.