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BFA - Musical Theatre Performance Major

The BFA in Musical Theatre is a performance-based professional degree designed to develop and hone skills in acting, singing, and dancing.

Musical Theatre majors participate in a three-year acting sequence (2 semesters of Acting I, and 2 semesters of Acting II, and 2 semesters of Musical Theatre Performance), as well as Auditioning and Senior Portfolio, plus a minimum of 18 hours of voice/music and a minimum of 10 hours of dance technique.

Seniors in the BFA Musical Theatre program participate in the Senior Showcase, with the possibility of qualifying for the Southeast New York Showcase. The campus showcase is designed to showcase their talent and serves as a capstone project for the degree, while the NY Showcase presents graduating seniors to the industries’ top casting directors, agents, directors, and other professionals.

The learning outcomes of the BFA Musical Theatre Program are:

  • Demonstrated ability to act; projecting one’s self believably in word and action into imaginary circumstances using a developed acting technique.
  • Demonstrated ability to project the voice and body effectively as an instrument of creative characterization using developed voice and movement techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to create characters convincingly and perform vocally in various musical theatre styles.
  • Demonstrated ability in various musical theatre dance techniques.

68-75 Hour Major - No Minor Required

  • All students wishing to advance in the program must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the BFA program.
  • All students must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher within the BFA program.
  • All students wishing to advance in level will be required to successfully complete an annual review as arranged by department faculty.
Total credits required for graduation: 120
General Education:Total credits 48
Major requirements: Total credits 68-75

Department Core Requirements:

TH/DA 105 Rehearsal & Production I (1 credit x 2 semesters) 2
TH 155 Makeup 3
TH/DA 305 Rehearsal & Production II (1 credit x 6 semesters) 6
TH/DA 498 BFA Project 2
TH/DA 499 Internship 4
TH 218 or
TH 101
Acting I or
Acting for the Non-Major
(Optional only for Dance & Design-Tech emphasis)
TH 231 or
MM 101
Stagecraft I or
Theories of Music in Culture
TH 251 or
MM/TH 107
Costume Construction or
Theory Skills and Analysis for Musical Theatre

DA 280 or
TH 285

Movement Analysis or
Script Analysis

DA 330 or
TH 385 or
MU/TH 307
Choreography I or
Directing I or
Musical Theatre Score Study
TH 490 or
DA 490
Theatre History I or
Dance History
  TOTAL: 35

Musical Theatre Option:

MM 105 Aural Skills I 1
MM 106 Aural Skills II 1
MU 151 and
MU 152
Functional Piano I and
Functional Piano II (or test equivalent)
(1 credit x 2 semesters)
MU 327/TH 317 Voice for the Stage 3
MU 328/TH 318 Musical Theatre Performance I 3
MU 428/TH 418 Musical Theatre Performance II 3

Choral Ensemble

(1 credit x 2 semesters)..................2
To be selected from:

MU 394 University Choir and/or
MU 389 Choral Union

Voice Lessons

MP 101/TH 102 (1 credit x 2 semesters) 2
MP 301/TH 302 (1 credit x 2 semesters) 2
MP 401/TH 402 (1 credit x 2 semesters) 2
TH 316 Acting II 3
TH 219 Auditioning 1
TH 416 Acting III 3
  TOTAL: 28

Select 12 credits

(6 of which must come from 300-400 upper level courses) from:

DA 186 Beginning Jazz Dance 1
DA 130 Ballroom Dance 1
DA 146 Swing Dance 1
DA 211 Ballet I 2
DA 226 Jazz Dance I 2
DA 236 Tap Dance I 2
DA 326 Jazz Dance II 2
DA 336 Tap Dance II 2
DA 426 Jazz Dance III 2
DA 436 Tap Dance III 2
DA 486 Jazz Dance IV 2
DA 496 Tap Dance IV 2
TH 321 Stage Combat I 3
TH 431 Stage Combat II 3
  TOTAL: 12

OPTION TOTAL..............................................................................................40

NOTE: Level III & IV dance technique classes may be repeated multiple times, each for credit as a substitute for lower level dance technique classes.


Sara Steffens
River Campus Seminary 458
Conservatory of Theatre and Dance
One University Plaza, MS 7850
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701