Keywords

Musical Theatre Choreography, Dance, Theatre

Abstract

Limited training exists for young, aspiring choreographers who wish to work in the realm of musical theatre. University programs turn you away if your focus is not on concert dance and few good books can be found on library shelves to gain knowledge. Most books that do exist are very outdated and lack the practical knowledge and information necessary to become a successful musical theatre choreographer today. This research will help to determine whether a methodology can be developed for training musical theatre choreographers. The research data collected stems from the creative minds of choreographers and performers. A select group of professional musical theatre choreographers completed surveys in regards to the craft. Three of the participants were observed using their creative teaching strategies in rehearsals. Furthermore, selected performers responded to a set of questions in regards to the selected participants' strategies. All of the collected data was analyzed to determine which choreographic methods and strategies result in the most successful rehearsal periods and products. The favored methods and strategies, as well as other information, assisted with recognizing the necessary knowledge that an excellent musical theatre choreographer must possess. That knowledge was divided into elements that will make up the courses within the desired methodology. The conclusion finds that a methodology for training musical theatre choreographers is obtainable, consisting of the study of the determined elements. With the development of a text and a university to pioneer the program, aspiring choreographers will have a way to gain beneficial knowledge and experience in the craft of musical theatre choreography.

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Graduation Date

2007

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Weaver, Earl

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

Theatre

Degree Program

Theatre

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0001713

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0001713

Language

English

Release Date

September 2007

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until September 2007; it will then be open access.

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