Musical Theatre (BFA)

BFA in Musical Theatre

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Prepare for a career in theatre through the multifaceted Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program at Liberty University. Develop your craft by concentrating on music, dance, and acting.

Beyond the classroom, you’ll hone your expertise by taking advantage of the many on-campus opportunities available. Six academic shows are produced each year between the Tower Theater and The Box Theater. You will also have the opportunity to audition for the professional arm of the department, the Alluvion Stage Company, which produces one to two shows each season.

Liberty University is also an active participant in:

  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)
  • Virginia Theatre Association (VTA)
  • Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)

For complete information on the BFA in Musical Theatre, including academic requirements, policies and procedures, please see the BFA Handbook.


Courses You Could Take

  • Careers in Professional Theatre (THEA 481)
  • Christian Aesthetics in Theatre (THEA 381)
  • Various Dance Technique Classes (THEA 108, THEA 109, THEA 208, and THEA 209)
  • Musical Theatre I and II (THEA 251 and THEA 351)
  • Harmonic Practices and Theory (MUSC 105)
  • Stage Combat (THEA 321)

For a complete list of required courses, please see the BFA in Musical Theatre Degree Completion Plan.

  • Musical Theatre Program Entry Requirements

    In-Person Auditions

    Please bring a headshot and current resume.

    Two 32-bar Song Excerpts

    • Song excerpts must be memorized
    • From a Broadway musical
    • One ballad selection
    • One up-tempo selection
    • At least one excerpt selection prior to 1965
    • Sheet music must be properly marked with start and stop points and in the correct key
    • Sheet music must be presented in a 3-ring binder
    • Pianist will be provided

    One 60-second Monologue

    • Monologues must be memorized
    • One speaking character
    • From a published, Contemporary play – no books or movies
    • No props or costumes
    • Age-appropriate
    • Subject to be worked by the Faculty

    Video Auditions

    Two 32-bar Song Excerpts

    Song Excerpts should be a full-body shot

    • Song excerpts must be memorized
    • From a Broadway musical
    • One ballad selection
    • One up-tempo selection
    • At least one excerpt selection prior to 1965
    • Sheet music must be properly marked with start and stop points and in the correct key
    • Sheet music must be presented in a 3-ring binder
    • Pianist will be provided 

    One 60-second Monologue

    Monologue should be medium-shot (waist-high)

    • Monologues must be memorized
    • One speaking character
    • From a published, Contemporary play – no books or movies
    • No props or costumes
    • Age-appropriate
    • Subject to be worked by the Faculty

    Slate (close-up shot)

    • Name
    • Year in School
    • Hometown
    • Name of School

    All clips should be combined into one video and use quality sound and lighting. Be sure to use a neutral, solid color background. Please ensure your face is completely visible at all times.

    Videos only accepted via Youtube or Vimeo. Please submit your video audition and digital headshot and resume to lncooper@liberty.edu. Following the submission of your video, you may be contacted for a Skype or in-person interview.

  • Musical Theatre/Acting Audition Combined Entry Requirements
    • Two contrasting, 60-second Monologues (see Acting Audition Entry Requirements)
    • Two 32-bar Song Excerpts (see Musical Theatre Entry Requirements)
    • Headshot & Resume
  • Declared vs. Accepted

    Declared

    You have declared the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre on your DCP and will follow all BFA program policies until such time as you are not accepted or choose not to continue to declare the BFA on your DCP. 

    Accepted

    You have completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts program entrance audition and have been accepted by the THEA Faculty into the BFA program. You will follow all BFA program policies until such time as you have graduated or are otherwise no longer in the BFA program.

  • Academic Auditions/Production Interviews

    All declared BFA Majors are required to complete a Production Interview and an Audition.

    All accepted BFA Majors are required to complete an Audition, with the option to Interview.

    All declared and accepted BFA Majors will be required to provide the following for Academic Auditions:

    • 16 bars of music
      • Sheet music must be properly marked with start and stop points and in the correct key
      • Sheet music must be presented in a 3-ring binder
      • More detailed guidelines for each audition will be announced separately and are subject to change
    • 30-second monologue
      • More detailed guidelines for each audition will be announced separately and are subject to change
    • Updated Headshot/Resume
      • This will be returned to the student upon completion of casting 
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