re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER

briarbrad
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/15/05 at 08:43pm
SUNY Purchase has a really great acting program (probably Top 5 in the country), but they have no musical theatre program, per se. I would assume that an acting major could take voice and dance classes, though.

I think Hunter College is a part of the CUNY system...they have some kind of drama program, but I'm not too familiar with it.
brdwaybaby17
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/15/05 at 08:44pm
"I certainly have no clue to whom you people have been talking to but Elon pretty much sucks"

How do you even know this? And why is it getting so much attention if it "sucks?"
Footlooser
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/15/05 at 09:22pm
I would really appreciate any info anyone can give me about Ithica.
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Bwaybaby109
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/15/05 at 10:00pm
I go to Shorter College and it has a pretty awesome program with a great reputation. Most of the auditionees at the GA Theatre Conference that succeed to SETC are from Shorter. We're highly recommended by Dave Clemmons. We have many classes in mostly acting, music theory, piano, dance and a musical theatre lit class where we are required to sing a certain amount of bway songs each sem. We take private voice from a very good mainly classically technique vocal staff. We usally sing mostly bway songs in our lessons and a few classical songs. Plus we do 2 musicals a year and freshman have leading role opportunities. We have a great staff and we have many talented people in our department. It's really great so you check it out!
I also think Elon is a pretty good school as well. I've heard great things about it.
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jaso_n
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 12:11am
Has anybody mentioned University of the Arts?


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StephanietheStar
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 12:12am
I still like Rockford College...lol
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actor465
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 01:21am
Footlooser, I'm headed to Ithaca in the fall for MT, so I don't have too much experience-related info about it yet. But I'll definitely tell you about it once I'm up there for a while! What I do know is that everyone I've talked to who goes there absolutely loves it, and they feel like they're getting great training.
sean2
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 01:33pm
I have multiple questions:

My daughter is looking into OCU for their Dance Performance program. Do you know anything about it?

We cannot seam to find any other colleges that offer a Dance Performance program like OCU. Does any one know of any?

She wanted to go to college for musical theater until she saw OCUís Dance program. She likes both musical theater and Dance. Most schools that offer a dance program focus on ballet and modern. Although she does both she is stronger in Tap and Jazz. She does not want to go into a dance company. Unless it was a tap company. She wants to perform - Broadway, Disney, Cruise line ....

In general would she be better with OCUís Dance Performance program or a musical theater program?
briarbrad
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 01:55pm
Sean2-

My 2 cents. If her aspiration is to just be a dancer, than a dance major would make sense. However, if she is skilled as an actor and singer, as well, then a musical theatre major would make her a more versatile performer. Different MT programs place different amounts of emphasis on the importance of dance, as well, so you'd want to check into the amount and variation of dance classes at different schools. Some schools want their students to have a ton of dance, while others, it seems, look at dance as 'icing on the cake,' while singing and acting are considered the most important aspects. So since dance is such an important skill that your daughter wants to pursue, you'd want to make sure that her school is one that offers alot of dance.
show2n2
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joined:12/22/04
re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 04:25pm
OCU(*thanks Mr. Tuttle) Alums - Just read some of the posts about OKCU Alumni ~ Here are some that I could think of:

Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O'Hara, Lara Teeter, Teri Bibb, Julie Hansen, John Sawyer, Ron Raines, Roy Bean, Jonathan Beck Reed, Nathan Peck, Brad Musgrove, Stacey Logan, Allyson Turner,Dan Webb. There may be more working on Bdwy now, but that's all I could think of at the moment.

The Music School and Dance Depts. are gr8 as most of the other schools that were mentioned. But go visit the campuses, sit in on some classes, talk to voice, acting, and dance teachers. See which one fits you best. Best of Luck.

Updated On: 6/16/05 at 04:25 PM
WonderBoy
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 05:13pm
"I certainly have no clue to whom you people have been talking to but Elon pretty much sucks"

How do you even know this? And why is it getting so much attention if it "sucks?"

I know this because I know three people who attended Elon and all three left to go to a more desirable school. Sure, Elon is a small school in western NC that offers a Musical Theatre major and that can come across as very appealing to many but do thorough research on it and you will find out that it isn't necessarily a credible school to get a strong musical theatre degree in. I think most people that go there for musical theatre do not pursue a career in it.
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Mr. Tuttle
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 05:52pm
I believe it's OCU..not OKCU.
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winkle
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 06:35pm
I've been a lurker here for a long time but I must finally register and respond to your post. Sorry Wonderboy, your assessment of Elon differs with mine. I work for an Equity Theatre which recruits Apprentices and Interns every Season. Elon, which is NOT in Western North Carolina, it is in central North Carolina, is an exemplary program. We see kids from dozens and dozens of programs. We've accepted several Elon kids and year in, year out they are the most prepared, employable, multi-talented kids we see. They also have a great attitude and a well-rounded knowledge of the business. The fact that it is a true music theatre program, in which the kids are required extensive vocal and dance, means that most of the kids who really apply themselves are very ready for the professional world.

I have no personal attachment to the school whatsoever. Also, the vast majority of the Elon kids move on from our program, remain in the business and are frequently employed. It's a solid school. If you know three people who transferred, maybe it just wasn't a good fit OR maybe in all honesty, the competition got to them.

yer pal,
winkle
WonderBoy
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 06:52pm
Winkle, I totally respect your opinion but your opinion is really no more valuable than my own. It is each persons views and experiences. You are indeed correct, I was wrong about the location of the school as it is NW of the Triangle area. I am not trying to discourage anyone from going to Elon as I have never been there, I can only rely on what the three people I know said about their own experiences. If anyone is seriously looking at a school then they need to do as I said before and do all the research that they can. Find the best program that fits them. On a side note, the three people I know all went on to 'top ranking' musical theatre schools and maintain strong and steady careers. I think it is great that you have had positive experiences with Elon students and my hat goes off to them. Regardless, it still doesn't make the program one of the best in the country.
"For me, THEATRE is an anticipation, an artistic rush, an emotional banquet, a jubilant appreciation, and an exit hopeful of clearer thought and better worlds." ~ an anonymous traveler with Robert Burns
winkle
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 07:05pm
Fair enough. The phrase, "Elon pretty much sucks" would give me reason to think you have personally investigated the situation. I'm sorry your three friends had a bad experience.

Bottom line, there truly is little on which you can gauge "the best musical theatre schools in the country" because, unfortunately, the volatility of this business oft times assures that some of the best people go unemployed, some of the worst are employed and ultimately... a cross section of Broadway success stories usually have little to do with secondary education.

But I appreciate the civil response. I think it's best to adopt the "if you can't say anything nice" approach, share the positive info we have and realize that usually the negative information is... well, not based on dependable information. Sometimes, it's just too personal.

yer pal,
winkle
WonderBoy
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 07:08pm
You are indeed correct. I have a tendency for saying what I think no matter what. As I have no personal experience with Elon, I should have refrained from saying anything at all. Thanks very much and I truly appreciate your response. Take care :)
"For me, THEATRE is an anticipation, an artistic rush, an emotional banquet, a jubilant appreciation, and an exit hopeful of clearer thought and better worlds." ~ an anonymous traveler with Robert Burns
Mr. Tuttle
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 09:46pm
I love political correctness!

Having worked with a couple Elon grads of the last few years, I can't say that I would recommend their school for a comprehensive program. One couldn't tap..the other was taught screaming=singing.
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soulman83
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 11:19pm
Picking schools are all about what you want out of it. I am going to CCPA(Chicago College of Performing Arts) at Roosevelt University. The faculty is awesome, the facilities are awesome, and you are in Chicago which is probably the second best theatre town in America. so lets be reall here! good luck! =)
winkle
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/16/05 at 11:34pm
Mr. Tuttle, maybe it's because all the good ones want to work with us.

yer pal,
winkle

Updated On: 6/16/05 at 11:34 PM
Aigoo
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StephanietheStar
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/17/05 at 02:34pm
I'm angry at that website Aigoo--they don't mention Rockford College...which is a great school :)
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Mr. Tuttle
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/17/05 at 02:51pm
Winkle..not sure what you mean but..

sure...okkkaaayy.
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Roxie_Hart
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/17/05 at 03:42pm
Freeadmission -

I'm at Elon, and while I'm not a music theatre major, I have a TON of friends who are. Our program is PHENOMENAL, but hard to get into. Definitely audition for either the BFA in Music Theatre or BFA Acting. This is a fabulous school.
Ashley
freeadmission
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/17/05 at 05:56pm
Thanks, Roxie. I was just about to pose a clarifying question on the very topic. I'll definatly start thinking about audition schtuff then. I'm probably going to take my first two years at a considerably cheaper college and transfer in, but your input makes my decision easier. Thanks.
Roxie_Hart
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/17/05 at 06:05pm
No problem! And hey, if you have any questions or want some information on the program, feel free to IM me (ClassicFilmBroad). I'm minoring in it and I work in Academic Advising so... there isn't much I just couldn't tell ya. =)
Ashley
Joelbeans
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re: BEST COLLEGES BFA MUSICAL THEATER
Posted: 6/17/05 at 06:11pm
I wish I would have been into theatre in college like I am now, but looking at all of my voice students, I would try to think of something to fall back on just in case. I have had some of the most talented singers come through my vocal studio, and now that they are in college they aren[t getting anything, and theatre has been all they want to do.....just look at how many out of work actors there are in NYC....sorry to sound like a parent....just llok out for everyone.....