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TH184C - Rehearsal/Performance (Musical Theatre) Principal Role - Matthew McCray

Course:Rehearsal/Performance (Musical Theatre) Principal Role
Professor:Matthew McCray
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hey there! If you are enrolled in this class, you have auditioned for the musical during the first week of school and you have been cast!  Congratulations!

In this course, we will journey through the process of rehearsing and performing a fully-staged musical. The course will include coaching and guidance for character development, choreography, singing and developing your character. Classes focus on all aspects of performance in a musical production, including technical rehearsals and eventually performances for the public.

Course Description

  • MUSIC:  Prepare and memorize your voice part and lyrics for all aspects of the production.
  • ACTING/CHARACTER:  Develop one or more characters in service of the script, memorizing lines and lyrics from the libretto.
  • CHOREOGRAPHY:  Learn and execute assigned choreographic movement in service of the story and songs within the production.
  • PARTICIPATION:  Participate in learning through rehearsals, discussions, exercises and performances.

What to Expect in this Course

  • Classes are a lab environment in which students will execute activities and skills that are taught.
  • Classes meet as per the final rehearsal schedule which may include weekday nights and some hours on the weekends.
  • Homework includes memorization and preparation of scene work. Approximately 1-2 hours of homework per week can be expected.
  • Some aspects of the class will happen outside of regular class hours, such as public performances.

Types of Assessments

Students are graded on effective class participation, thoughtful song and character preparation, and the synthesis of classwork into a final performance.

Textbook Information

None, but you will be provided with a script and score.

Other Relevant Course Information

This course is a late-start course, which means that the first class does not happen until mid-way through the semester, once casting is finalized. The first step for this course is auditioning. Details about auditions are found on COC’s theatre department social media and around the campus.

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Last updated: 02/04/2022 Sub#: 1285