Music Theater Workshop|
This class will be a collaborative, hands-on workshop for playwrights and composers who will work together throughout the semester to create original, one-act musicals. Students will generate show ideas, draft librettos, and musicalize their scripts to create original musical theater pieces. Both playwrights and composers will write lyrics. Students will explore writing strategies and narrative structure and apply those skills to tell stories through the distinct genre of the American musical. Students will leave the class with a grasp of the components of this art form, as well strategies to create new work of their own.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: THEA199 OR MUSC103 OR MUSC201
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings and listenings will include:
Rodgers and Hammerstein, OKLAHOMA
Rodgers and Hammerstein, CAROUSEL
Loesser, Swerling and Burrows, GUYS AND DOLLS
Bernstein, Sondheim and Laurents, WEST SIDE STORY
Wilson, THE MUSIC MAN
Bock, Harnick and Stein, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Sondheim and Wheeler, SWEENEY TODD
Flaherty, Ahrens and McNally, RAGTIME
Lopez, Marx and Whitty, AVENUE Q
Campbell, Joseph, THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES
Goldberg, Natalie, WRITING DOWN THE BONES
Barry, Lynda, WHAT IT IS
|Examination and Assignments: |
An original, one act musical.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
For composers, the course prerequisite is MUSC103, MUSC201 or equivalent skills as demonstrated through the Music Department theory placement test. For playwrights, the prerequisite is THEA 199. Songwriters/composers: please submit audio files of two original, contrasting compositions or songs, via email to the professor. Playwrights: please submit one five-page dramatic scene and one monologue via email to the professor.
Deadline for submission of materials (via email to professor): Monday, 9/4/17, @ 9 am.
|Instructor(s): Kotis,Greg Times: ...W... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: CFAHALL; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 18
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|