The Music Department, in cooperation with the Theatre Department, offers courses in Music Theatre History, Music Theatre Appreciation (for those students needing to fulfill their humanities requirements) and a Music Theatre Workshop each semester.
During the fall semester, students enrolled in the history or appreciation course will study the origins of musical theater in America up through Rodgers' and Hammerstein's groundbreaking musical, Oklahoma. During the spring semester students will begin the semester with Rodgers' and Hammerstein's shows through the musicals of today.
Each Spring, the Music Department also offers a Musical Theatre Practicum where students meet twice a week to prepare a fully-staged program of musical theatre scenes. In this fun, welcoming environment students are challenged to hone their acting, singing, dancing, dialogue, character preparation, musicianship, memorization, and audition skills. All experience levels are welcome - no audition is required, however students who would like more involved scene assignments are encouraged to offer a short audition in the first week. This hands-on, ensemble class is open to both St Charles students and community members.
Each summer the Music Department in cooperation with the Center Stage Theatre at SCC presents a large scale production. Past shows have included Once Upon a Mattress, She Loves Me, State Fair, The Mikado, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Big River, The Music Man, Anything Goes and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Students working on the musicals may enroll and receive instrumental, vocal, theater or dance credit through their involvement.
If you would like more information about the Musical Theatre courses or the summer musical at SCC, contact Lynne Snyder. For information on the Musical Theatre Practicum, contact Anthony Heinemann. See more information on earning the Certificate of Musical Theatre.