College of Arts and Humanities

Theatre, B.F.A.: Musical Theatre

Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts track in Musical Theatre serves those students interested in a career on the musical theatre stage. It is offered for students who, upon graduation, plan to pursue a specialized career in professional theatre. Because of its geographic location, UCF is a top choice for students interested in musical theatre. BFA standards are high, both for admission and for continuation in the program. Production assignments are regulated to serve the artistic growth of students, coordinating production experience with classroom exploration.

The Musical Theatre B.F.A. program offers a sequence of courses in acting, movement, voice, dance, music theory, and piano. Classwork is augmented with practical production experiences. Drawing upon a variety of acting, dance, and voice methodologies, the professional musical theatre performance program offers an organic approach to musical theatre performance training. The first two years focus on the fundamentals of music theory, piano, acting, ballet, jazz, and musical theatre voice, with an emphasis on the development of artist's instrument. During the junior and senior years, emphasis is placed on studio training, musical theatre scene study, and musical theatre repertoire.

Throughout four years of study, the faculty seeks to instill within its students the necessity for an in-depth understanding of the musical theatre performance process and upon the development of personal working methodologies. The senior year is highlighted by the professional internship.

Estill Voice Training logoThe UCF Department of Theatre is one of three Educational Affiliates of Estill Voice International™ in the world. Educational Affiliates are institutions that include Estill Voice Training™ in their curriculum and have at least two faculty members who are EVT Representatives (Certified Master Teachers or Certified Course Instructors). Estill Voice Training helps singers and speakers find a full range of expression in their voices, while promoting healthy vocal habits.

Requirements

The faculty evaluates students desiring to become majors via an audition. All prospective students must prepare and provide the following:

  • An 8 x 10 Headshot (color or b/w)
  • Résumé
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • One monologue and two contrasting songs from the musical theatre repertoire to total no more than three minutes
  • Sheet music in the correct key - no recorded accompaniment will be allowed. Clearly mark starting point, any cuts, and end point.
  • Dance wear including dance shoes (ballet slippers or jazz oxfords) for dance audition
  • Experienced tap dancers should bring tap shoes
  • Transcripts of prior college credits

These items are separate from any items requested by admissions. You may audition before completing your application to the University, but we do require that you have started the application process and strongly recommend that you submit your application to UCF prior to auditioning. You cannot be accepted into the BFA program without being accepted to the university.

Schedule Your Audition

Musical Theatre applicants must submit an audition video through Acceptd. Scheduling through Acceptd provides the opportunity to submit a video audition and be prescreened for a live callback.

Contact:

Earl D. Weaver
earl.weaver@ucf.edu
407-823-5158
Campus Location: PACT231

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