This nationally-recognized program is offered through the Department of Theatre. Within a liberal arts context, it provides students with knowledge of and training in all aspects of musical theatre in order to compete for employment opportunities in the entertainment industry where musical theatre talent is utilized.
For two consecutive years our WCSU musical theatre productions of “Parade” and “Drowsy Chaperone” have won “Outstanding Musical” in the nation from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in 2016 & 2017. In addition, in 2018, EVITA received 10 national awards. Students in both casts and crews had the opportunity to work with directors and choreographers from the Broadway community. Also, some of the designers who worked on the productions have received Emmy awards or have had their work published, which reflects the top quality leadership that we provide for our students.
The program includes training through courses such as Acting I, II, III, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Private Voice Instruction, Music Theory, Keyboard Competency, Auditioning Techniques, Voice and Diction, Theatre History and Transition Workshop. During their final year of undergraduate studies, our students participate in the Senior Showcase which includes private auditions with NYC agents and casting directors.
Admission Auditions for Musical Theatre Degree Program
Prospective students are highly encouraged to have their admission acceptance to the university prior to scheduling an audition
Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre is a participant in the Musical Theater Common Pre Screen for the 2019-2020 cycle.
We will be following option A for both song and monologue choices, with an optional wild card video. No dance video is required for the prescreen, but it will be required at the in person audition.
Students wishing to pursue a degree in Musical Theatre in the Department of Theatre Arts must adhere to the following criteria for admission:
- Perform and pass an audition, in person, for members of the faculty. The student, through this audition, must exhibit the standards and skill sets required for entry into the Musical Theatre program, including:
- ability to effectively perform with accompaniment two songs, one ballad and one uptempo. One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice). One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
- ability to perform a 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play.
- ability to learn and perform a short dance phrase that demonstrates movement skills. (On Site Audition Only)
- Provide a hard copy of a picture and resume at the time of your audition.
- Fulfill general admission guidelines found in the catalog for the university, school and department.
Acceptance to the Program
Within 2-3 weeks of your audition date, you will receive notice of whether you have been accepted to the program, put on the waiting list for acceptance, or denied acceptance. If you are put on the waiting list or denied acceptance to the program, you will be automatically accepted into the Theatre Arts Department as a performance major, unless you notify us otherwise. Registration into classes will occur once you have paid the tuition deposit for the Fall Semester.
Auditions at Western Connecticut State University
*Information on obtaining an audition slot will be posted shortly*
In-Person Audition Dates Will Be
December 7th-Western Connecticut State University
January 19th-Pearl Studios, New York City
February 22nd-Western Connecticut State University
February 29th-Western Connecticut State University