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Musical Theatre

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    The stage is a place where artistic passions can truly come to life. There between the curtains, an artist bares her soul; and in her vulnerability, she offers the audience a priceless gift. Beauty is celebrated, truth is explored, and the Creator is worshipped when art is put into motion.

  • Whether it’s crooning into a microphone, tickling the black and white keys, dancing in front of a painted set, or conducting a 100-piece orchestra, the love for musical theatre produces a natural high that simply cannot be duplicated.

    If you:

    • thrive on rehearsal
    • have a good memory
    • love studying humanity
    • sing along to your favorite show tunes
    • are fascinated by what goes on behind the curtain
    • have empathy for people in other walks of life
    • enjoy working with others in a creative setting
    • aren’t shy when expressing or interpreting others’ creative work
    • don’t get discouraged easily
    • can keep yourself motivated through many auditions

    then you are ready to pursue a career in musical theatre!

    Solid course instruction plus many opportunities for acting experiences equal a dynamic theatre program. In a Christian environment, prepare for your professional success.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study acting, directing, dramatic literature, technical theatre/stagecraft.
    • For musical theatre, add the study voice, choreographic stage movement and piano.
    • Be part of many performance opportunities — on campus and in the community — throughout the year.
    • Connect with many alumni who are already pursuing professional theatre careers.
    • Learn from Professor Jerry Cohagan, an experienced theatre professional with a long performance career.
    • Audition for three mainstage productions each year: fall play, winter musical, student-directed play each spring.
    • Be part of many other performance opportunities like Broadway Revue, Spoons for Forks improvisational group, 24-Hour Theatre and summer productions
    • Be eligible for scholarships awarded annually to two outstanding theatre students.
    • And so much more!

    Possible theatre careers include: actor, producer, director, costumer, set designer, stage manager, house manager, technical director, public relations,

    Musical theatre is part of the Department of Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • At Olivet, you will have numerous opportunities to express yourself through theatrical productions.

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