For every show I direct, each student is asked to go through a detailed character analysis process. I’ve spent the past ten years putting together this comprehensive packet. In my experience, a detailed character study is important in both musicals and non-musicals. It seems obvious to theatre educators to delve into character analysis for straight plays. I have also found that it can truly change a musical, especially when the ensemble takes time to truly develop their characters. The ensemble is easily forgotten after they have been taught their songs and dances, but they create the world of the play. The more the ensemble understands about their characters and relationships, the more invested they will be in making them come to life. Feel free to use all or parts of this for your future productions. I hope you find it useful.
‑Ginger Morris (TAP Camp Director)