GVSU has a long history of producing successful musicals on campus, including musical comedies, operas, and plays-with-music. In addition, Theatre majors have opportunities to train for musicals in numerous courses in dance, vocal singing, musical theatre acting, and the history of musical theatre. This reflects GVSU Theatre's long-standing commitment to the belief that the contemporary musical stage offers the most significant challenges and professional rewards for theatre artists.
GVSU's program stages Broadway-style musicals as well as operas. Students perform as actors, production technicians, costume assistants and managers for the Musical/Opera Theatre program, performing to more than a thousand patrons during the run of a show. In recent years titles have included ROCKY HORROR SHOW, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, INTO THE WOODS, THE BARTERED BRIDE, MY FAIR LADY, SECRTE GARDEN, and GUYS AND DOLLS to name a few.
Plays-with-music are also frequent crowd-pleasers at GVSU. Many modern dress productions of the Shakespeare Festival, for example, have included ball scenes and song-and-dance interludes, such as TWELFTH NIGHT and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with their jazz and swing band styles. While many contemporary plays like IDIOT'S DELIGHT, FRIDA KAHLO--WHEN WILL I DANCE? MOTHER COURAGE, and THE HOBBIT have all featured live music, dance and singing onstage.
A unique feature of GVSU's Musical/Opera Theatre program is its high professional standards. Faculty artists and guest conductors join students in the orchestra pit for productions; and guest directors and designers are brought to campus for residencies during the rehearsal period. Choice of titles, staffing assignments, and scheduling for musicals is jointly planned by Music and Theatre faculty a year in advance, ensuring that the eventual production is successful and instructive for everyone involved.
GVSU's dance, music, literature and acting courses that develop skills in musical theatre performance are open to all students wishing to create a musical theatre emphasis as Theatre majors. While there are no special financial aid awards for students in this area, all Theatre majors-regardless of their emphasis--are eligible for scholarships awarded annually by the Theatre faculty. If you're interested in developing a concentration in musical theatre performance as a Theatre major, you should inform your advisor as soon as possible and obtain guidance for creating your study plan.
Box Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. On weekday evening performances, we will be open at 10am through curtain time. On Saturday and Sunday matinees, we will open at noon. On Saturday and Sundays without a matinee, we will open at 5:00 p.m. Please call for more details.