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The Minor in Musical Theatre Dance

Course Requirements for the Minor: 23 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An introduction to the aesthetic principles and practical methods actors use to bring life to characters in plays. Special attention is given to themes of healthy vs. unhealthy personal, family, and social relationships and their critical examination through the active inquiry of rehearsal. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (009210)
This course is designed for the theatre or dance student interested in studying representative dance techniques which are used in musical theatre productions. Because musical theatre dance incorporates a wide range of purposes and styles, the dances studied will reflect that diversity. 4 hours activity. (009509)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of dance techniques through preparation and performance of smaller ensemble roles or a single featured role in original choreography for Chico Dance Theatre, department musical productions, or other approved activities. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009525)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of script analysis, acting, singing, and other musical theatre performance skills through preparation and performance of a larger role in a department production or other approved activity. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009517)
Through careful reading and study of major works in the Musical Theatre canon, this course examines this unique art form and the cultural factors that influenced its creation and evolution as well as the aspects of our contemporary society that are influenced by it. 3 hours lecture. (021170)
Prerequisites: THEA 112 or THEA 160, THEA 203 or THEA 303, or instructor's permission.
A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography, including historical context, composition and dramatic focus. Practical application of choreographic principles with emphasis on stage productions. 1 hour seminar, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009536)

Dance Technique and Theatre Production

11 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of script analysis, acting, singing, and other musical theatre performance skills through preparation and performance of a smaller role in a department production or other approved activity. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015863)
An introduction to technical theatre production in the areas of stage lighting practices and equipment operation. Class includes lecture/discussion and practical assignments. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. Formerly THEA 121. (001653)
An introduction to technical theatre production in the construction of stage costumes, accessories, and masks. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009514)
An introduction to technical theatre production by the transformation of the actor by means of paint and plastic application to meet the requirements of theatrical production. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009215)
Development of movement techniques for performance. A course for majors in Theatre and Music. Open to interested non-majors. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (009225)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional techniques of ballet in musical theatre, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. (009505)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of tap dance in musical theatre, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. (009508)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the basic traditional forms of jazz dance in musical theatre, with the possibility of advancing into an intermediate level. 4 hours activity. (009507)
This course is designed for the student who is interested in learning basic traditional forms of modern dance in musical theatre. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009506)
Prerequisites: THEA 150, THEA 230, THEA 240; either THEA 160 or THEA 112H, or permission of the instructor.
An extension of the work begun in THEA 160 to enhance students' understanding and skill in the areas of analysis, creative imagination and believable theatrical behavior. Through exercises, guided improvisations, discussions, journal writing and scene work, students develop a personal methodology of approach to the problems of acting. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009227)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of script analysis, acting, singing, and other musical theatre performance skills through preparation and performance of a larger role in a department production or other approved activity. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009517)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Applied study and practice of dance techniques through preparation and performance of larger ensemble roles or multiple featured roles in original choreography for Chico Dance Theatre, department musical productions, or other approved activities. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015864)
Prerequisites: Audition or permission of instructor.
Students will spend classroom time learning and rehearsing pieces from the musical theatre canon. In addition, students will be directly involved in a touring company presenting musical theatre selections for interested groups off and on campus. Tour dates will be scheduled as requested, with a concentraton on the spring semester. 4 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 8.0 units. (009524)
Prerequisites: THEA 160, THEA 230, THEA 260.
The analytical and physical movement techniques for performance introduced in THEA 130 are refined and expanded; students create solo, duet, and group movement pieces. Rotating topics covered include mime, stage combat, commedia, or mask work. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (002498)
Prerequisites: THEA 231 or permission of instructor.
This course is designed for the musical theatre student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in ballet and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. (009518)
Prerequisites: THEA 232 or permission of instructor.
This course is for the musical theatre student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in tap dance and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. (020003)
Prerequisites: THEA 233 or permission of instructor.
This course is designed for the musical theatre student who has achieved an intermediate level of technique in jazz dance and is interested in maintaining a more advanced level. 4 hours activity. (009519)
Prerequisites: THEA 170, THEA 222, THEA 250.
A study of the visual interpretation and enhancement of plays through the study of the design and history of costumes for various theatrical forms, including plays, operas, musical theatre, and dance. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (009235)
Prerequisites: THEA 170, THEA 250.
A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of directing, including script analysis, blocking, composition, dramatic focus, and actor coaching. A series of staged scenes using outside actors are a central part of the course activities. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009529)
Prerequisites: THEA 112 or THEA 160, THEA 203 or THEA 303, or instructor's permission.
A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography, including historical context, composition and dramatic focus. Practical application of choreographic principles with emphasis on stage productions. 1 hour seminar, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009536)
Prerequisites: THEA 382 and permission of instructor.
Development of a unique choreographic project for theatrical production, based on choreographic principles taught in THEA 362. This process goes beyond conception, creation, rehearsal, and performance of the dance project, to include new production elements (such as lighting, costuming, and video). 1 hour seminar, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (009537)

Note: THEA 202, THEA 302, THEA 303, and THEA 383 may be repeated for credit but only 3 additional units of practica may be counted toward the minor.

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