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Christopher Garcia
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The Theatre major features two options: a broadly focused and interdisciplinary Theatre Arts track, and a specialized track in Theatre Performance. The Musical Theatre major builds upon the same liberal arts foundation with serious training in acting, voice, and dance. Regardless of major or track, all students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills and intellectual curiosity. Faculty are seasoned professional scholars, performers, writers, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and choreographers bringing the "real world" into the classroom.


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The Department of Performing Arts produces 5 mainstage theatre shows per school year. Our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of shows from classics to contemporary works; from traditional book musicals to new cutting edge musicals. We also feature a New Works program that affords students the opportunity to be a part of premiere productions of original new plays and musicals. We produce shows in our Studio Theatre in the Katzen Arts Center, and in the Greenberg Theatre, a 296-seat proscenium theatre near AU's main campus.

Get tickets to the best Off-Broadway shows all across New York City. Find Off-Broadway shows in NYC from renowned institutions like The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theater, and Atlantic Theater Company. See new Off-Broadway plays and Off-Broadway musicals, or get tickets to long-running Off-Broadway hits such as Little Shop of Horrors and The Play That Goes Wrong.

SchoolPlays (large casts of young performers)Ourlarge cast plays and musicals are great for elementary and primaryschool students (grades K-6). They are especially written for youngperformers with simple, easy to memorize dialogue and flexiblecasting so all your kids can join in the fun.AChristmas Carol (35+)

TouringPlays (small casts of older performers)Ourtouring plays are written for small casts, require minimal tech, andare excellent for Middle School and High School aged performers.Every play has been professionally produced, is a proven success, andseveral won Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and theOhio Arts Council.AThousand Cranes (3+)

Medium(Expanded) Cast Plays (in addition to touring)Thesescripts are expanded versions of our most successful smallcast touring plays. They are suitable for more elaborate mainstagetype productions when it's practical to use more actors.AThousand Cranes (13+)

The program provides professional conservatory training designed to help singers, dancers and actors become accomplished musical theatre performers. Students participate in a number of productions while in residence and create a freshman and a senior showcase, the latter functioning as their New York debut for agents and casting directors. In addition, students undertake courses in English, history, psychology, dramatic literature, social and ethical issues and the humanities.

The vocal audition requires the preparation of two selections chosen from the standard musical theatre repertoire. One selection should have a sustained legato line; the second should be "up-tempo" and provide a contrast in rhythm, mood, characterization, style and approach. It may show special skills such as comic timing, dramatic flair, ability with patter, or, for women, the "belt" voice. By selecting songs that are similar in every way, inexperienced auditionees often miss the opportunity to show a range of abilities.Selections should be no longer than 32 measures each. Long verses or repeated choruses are not recommended. Quality not quantity is the key, and most adjudicators would savor any performer who has the foresight to be succinct. Like Oliver, the adjudicators can always ask for more.The entire audition should be memorized.In Cincinnati, an accompanist will be provided. Auditionees should bring sheet music in the correct key with all cuts or repetitions clearly marked. Music should be placed in a binder for the benefit of the accompanist. Taped accompaniment is not acceptable in Cincinnati.At auditions in all other cities (New York and Chicago) auditionees should provide recorded accompaniment on an I-Pod or CD (no cassette tapes, please.) Sound equipment will be provided, though auditionees may elect to use their own.

For the acting audition, auditionees should prepare a comic or dramatic monologue from a contemporary or classical play. The monologue should be suited to the age of the auditionee and should not be in dialect. The monologue should be no longer than one minute. Longer selections will be cut off by the timekeepers.Adjudicators may engage applicants in a short question and answer session.Auditionees must provide a head-shot or recent photograph and a resume listing theatre training and roles played. Scrapbooks, press-clipping and videotapes are not accepted.

The first graduate of the program was Pamela Myers (Class of 1969). In true "showbiz" fashion, she boarded a Greyhound Bus for New York City to seek fame and fortune. Her first Broadway audition was for a new musical written by a young composer and based on a series of one-act plays about life in the Big Apple. She sang a country and western song, "Little Green Apples" and was cast in the role of Marta. The composer was Stephen Sondheim; the musical was Company and nightly Pamela stopped the show singing "Another Hundred People." A year later she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress. More recently, she returned to CCM as a guest artist, playing the role of Jeanette Burmeister in our production of The Full Monty and Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!

Since then, CCM has graduated many students who have made a name for themselves as performers, directors, musical directors, choreographers and producers. And we have continued our association with the Tony Awards, with the coveted statuette going to such names as Faith Prince (Class of 1979) for Guys and Dolls, Michele Pawk (Class of 1985) for Hollywood Arms, Stephen Flaherty for Ragtime, Kevin McCollum (Class of 1984) as producer of the musicals In the Heights, Avenue Q and Rent, Karen Olivo for West Side Story and Tom Viola (Class of 1976), in recognition for his work with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

More than 3 million patrons have passed through our doors since 1977, attending more than 4,000 performances. Numerous plays and musicals that were originally produced at La Mirada have toured the country and have played to audiences around the world, including the award-winning production of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan.

For full-length plays, Clue finally beat out Almost, Maine (the most popular production for high schools this decade) for the No. 1 spot. The rankings come out as schools across the country are being challenged to adapt their theater and concert performances to online platforms because of the coronavirus.

The school wasn't able to perform the show as planned last spring due to the coronavirus, so over Zoom, the cast and crew created a radio drama. They sold tickets and streamed the audio for "one night only!" in May.

"In the '60s the language and subject matter changed," explains Corathers. "It was also excruciatingly expensive to put on a play, so new plays had small casts. People were just not writing plays that could be produced in high schools."

Disney Theatrical plays a substantial role. "Live theater is adapting animated films," says Corathers, pointing to Beauty and the Beast. "They are instantly family-friendly. They are familiar stories with great songs and lovely music."

One last tidbit. The popularity of many productions (especially musicals) seems to depend almost entirely on licensing. High schools can't produce a show until it has run its course on Broadway and in regional theaters.

In a spreadsheet, we compiled separate lists of the plays and musicals listed in Dramatics' annual survey. Because of inconsistencies in the lists over time (some years included the number of schools while others listed only a rank), we scored shows according to their rank in a given year: 15 points to the No. 1 show, 14 points to the second, and so on. Any show that ranked below 14 was awarded 1 point. For more information on this project, email

Our diverse season includes plays, musicals, spoken word performances, adaptations of classic literature, storytelling, improv comedy, and new works. Please join us for this amazing season.Note: Based on guidance from the University System of Georgia (USG), all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities. Unvaccinated individuals are also strongly encouraged to continue to socially distance while inside campus facilities, when possible. Learn more.

Waukesha's prime location for live entertainment and theatre education. WCT is a non-profit community theater located in the heart of downtown Waukesha, providing plays, musicals, and theatre education for the whole community.

In this B.F.A. in drama program, you'll learn the skills necessary to fulfill your dreams as a performer. As a drama major, you can choose between two specialized tracks, acting or musical theater performance. Students specializing in acting will focus on advanced acting techniques, directing, technical theater and playwriting, and students specializing in musical theater performance will study singing and vocal techniques, dance, music theory and musical theater history.

Drama majors in this program will help produce eight productions, including the annual Celebration of the Arts, two intimate cabarets, one student-directed production, two mainstage musicals and two mainstage plays. Here's more information about the drama B.F.A. program:

Students will continue to examine the development of classic and renaissance drama into today's contemporary theater. They will explore the theatrical theories and methods developed in the 19th and 20th centuries and their influences on all forms of theater. 041b061a72


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