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Musical Theatre

June 2017

five... six... seven! Musical Theatre at TAP is the most intense program of its kind in Texas. In three short weeks we create not only amazing performers, but competent technicians well-versed in the language of their craft. Each week students are enrolled in rigorous programs in acting, dance and voice. Classes range from private voice lessons to choreography sessions where students study original choreography from Broadway's greats such as Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett. As musicians, students are guided through song-study and learn how to sing like their favorite Broadway pros: safely and healthily. Our study of musical theatre acting focuses on storytelling through song with students each leaving camp with several new songs ready for audition or performance.

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I’ve definitely grown as a dancer and have gained a lot of confidence in myself as a performer and person.
Coy Branscum (Musical Theatre Major 2010-2011)
Age 18 Dripping Springs, Texas

Head of Musical Theatre

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

Scott has over 20 years teach­ing expe­ri­ence. Though cur­rently resid­ing and teach­ing in New York City, he has worked nation­wide at uni­ver­si­ties, con­ser­va­to­ries, dance acad­e­mies, and sum­mer camps. Scott has guest lec­tured at NYU, California State College at Fullerton, Birmingham University, University of Arizona and the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California. Scott Thompson has won numer­ous awards for direct­ing and chore­o­graph­ing some of Broadway’s bright­est tal­ents in over 100 pro­duc­tions nation­wide. Scott directed Tony Award win­ner Betty Buckley in her first GYPSY, coun­try music leg­end Larry Gatlin in THE MUSIC MAN and Tony Award win­ner Cady Huffman in DAMN YANKEES. For the Library of Congress, he chore­o­graphed an all-star Gershwin Gala fea­tur­ing four-time Tony Award win­ner Audra McDonald, record­ing star Dawn Upshaw and Tony Award nom­i­nees Lara Teeter, David Garrison and Wanda Richert. For Princess Cruise Lines, Scott Created, Directed and Choreographed a multi-million dol­lar pro­duc­tion show BROADWAY BALLROOM, which pre­miered on Princess Cruises new star ocean liner the Ruby Princess. Scott Thompson cur­rently teaches musi­cal the­atre and tap dance at Steps on Broadway.

Curriculum

Musical Theatre Majors are placed in groups based on skill, age and experience. Students rotate between classes in acting, group voice, dance technique, Broadway Dance, and Vocal Repertoire.

Course Description

Voice

Learn the technical skills needed for healthy vocal production of all genres. Emphasis is on breathing, projection, style, rhythm, and musicality. Strengthen ensemble singing capabilities and musicianship through an exploration of classical and Broadway songs. Both group and individual voice are part of the curriculum.

Acting a Song

Tell a story like great Broadway stars. Learn to view vocal performance from an actor’s point of view.

Choreography and Dance Technique

A Chorus Line. Sweet Charity. Chicago. Study Broadway-style dance forms by learning original choreography from the leaders of musical theatre movement. Depending on level, Musical Theatre Majors take several dance technique classes which may include: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern and Hip Hop.

Acting

Campers may take classes in Voice and Movement, Improvisation, Scenes and Monologues, Acting A Song, Musical Theatre Scenework, Script Analysis, and much more.

Musical Theatre History

How did we get from Oklahoma to Wicked?  We aim to answer that question in this class as we explore the development of the ever-evolving American musical.

Auditions

Discover that auditions don’t have to be terrifying. Learn from experience as we set-up mock auditions in class. Directors/instructors use their experience from both sides of the table to give students the “dos and don’ts” of the audition process, including music preparation, union regulations and appropriate music/monologue choices.

Specials

Guest artists may be brought in for special topics such as Stage Combat, Resume Creation, Film Acting, Fosse Style, Partner Dancing, Acrobatics, etc.

Rehearsals

Musical Theatre Majors rehearse song and dance numbers from musical theatre repertoire in the evenings. Some numbers will include the entire group of musical theatre majors, while many numbers will be smaller groups, duets or solos. Each participant will have the opportunity to audition for solos as well as featured singing, dancing and acting roles for the final showcase.

Showcase

The selections for the final showcase reflect a variety of composers, choreographers and librettists from many different eras. Previous showcase material includes scenes and songs from Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along & Company, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years & William Finn’s A New Brain. Original choreography to Fosse’s “Bye Bye Blackbird” and Michael Bennett’s “One” and numbers from Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Footloose have been performed in past showcase performances. Musical Theatre majors may also take on roles in the Camp Films, which premiere in the main theatre on the final day of camp.

 

*NOTE: All campers for TAP Junior, TAP Senior, and TAP Advanced are required to audition at the beginning of camp. Auditions are held for many reasons. The staff will get the opportunity to know all the campers and their strengths and weaknesses in all types of performance. Additionally the staff will be able to make casting decisions about the final showcase, place campers in the correct class levels, and make sure that all classes are challenging and appropriate. All campers will participate in multiple sections of the audition. The audition process will be conducted in a professional and encouraging environment. It will be fun, but we are expecting your personal best. Visit Placement Auditions for more information.

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