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Musical Theatre History 101–MULTI DAY CLASS

In this course, students will learn the history of musical theatre and how cultural events, politics, and society shaped the art form (and vice versa) as we know it today!
Jack Murphy
16 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 12 learners
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Over 8 weeks
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will obtain a knowledge about the history of musical theatre, with the ability to connect the development of the art form to the history of our culture and society as a whole. 
I have over 15 years experience performing in musical theatre, as well as attending conservatory and collegiate programs. Through my education, I have taken numerous courses in musical theatre and theatre history. Through research, essays, presentations and heavy discussions, I have a thorough background and expertise in the history of American musical theatre. 
Discussion posts will be assigned each week to students. The prompts will consist of something relating to the content covered in class. 

In this week's class, we learned about the impact of the choreographer Bob Fosse. In this week's discussion post, please find a video on YouTube of a number choreographed Bob Fosse we did not watch nor discuss in class. In your post, please include a link and short paragraph explaining what show it is from, a brief synopsis of the show, and why this piece interests you. 
Any videos from YouTube and or other materials/links will be provided by the teacher.
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Students will design a project presentation on any musical of their choosing, from any era. In this presentation, they will give production details such as synopsis, history, cultural significance, and connection to any of the eras/types of musicals discussed in the course. Students have the freedom of how they want to design the project! From a traditional PowerPoint to a mini-musical, the possibilities are endless! The more creative, the better! The only requirement is instructor approval prior to starting the project. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
In this course we will be discussing minstrel shows and black face because the origins of musical theatre come from these racist and extremely problematic performance practices. There will be no photos, videos, or recordings of these performances in the course content. Instead, we will be discussing, asking questions, and providing history on this content in an appropriate manner. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 


Jack MurphyActor and Educator
16 total reviews
26 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Jack and I come to Outschool as an actor and educator. I have 15 years of experience performing in a number of musicals and plays. I graduated from an arts high school as a musical theatre major and earned my BA in theatre.... 
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