Theatre (THE)

Associate Professor Sollish, Chair
Associate Professor Frost
Associate Professor Sartwell
Assistant Professor Freeman
Specialty Instructor Bert

The study of Theatre at Belhaven focuses on story and service.  Students will gain a working knowledge of dramatic structure, the function and application of story, and the history and contemporary field of theatre. Students will be given the opportunity to explore and apply that knowledge, stretching their God-given abilities in practical experiences while working in collaboration with each other, as well as faculty and guest artists, all in the spirit of service to their collaborators, their community and their Creator.  Culminating projects in theatre include supervised internships, individualized senior projects or recitals, THE 441, 498 and 499.

All majors in Theatre, regardless of degree or emphasis, are required to complete the following courses:
  THE 120, 140, 141, 151, 211, 250, 305, 473, 474, 475, and 6 semesters of Theatre Lab (6 hours) and enrollment in THE 100 Theatre Seminar (0).  (Total: 33 hours)

For students interested in a generalist approach to theatre, the department offers opportunities for participation in course work and production for majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.   The department also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree with an emphasis in Theatre Ministry and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre degree with an emphasis in Dramatic Writing. 

For students interested in concentrated study in acting or musical theatre, the department offers opportunities in course work and production leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting degree or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre degree.  Students must complete a satisfactory audition prior to admission to either of the department's B.F.A. programs. 

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (no emphasis)

The B.A. in Theatre is a liberal arts degree designed to give students a wide range of training in different facets of the art of theatre, both off stage and on.  The Bachelor of Arts program allows students the flexibility to pursue a diversity of interests both within the department and outside of their major.  Students who graduate with a B.A. in Theatre may choose to continue their study at the graduate level, teach theatre at the secondary level, and/or pursue careers as actors, designers or technicians in professional or non-professional venues. 

The minimum number of hours in theatre courses required for a B.A. is 46.  In addition to the core classes listed above, the course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre include: THE 110, THE 205, 3 hours of a Performance or Technical elective, and 4 hours of additional Technical electives.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Theatre Ministry emphasis)

The B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Ministry is a liberal-arts degree intended to provide students skills and training in both theatre arts and in ministry.  Students who graduate with a B.A. in Theatre (Theatre Ministry) will be prepared to utilize the art and craft of theatre to serve within a variety of ministry organizations.

The minimum number of hours in theatre courses required for a B.A. with a Theatre Ministry emphasis is 53.  In addition to the core classes listed above, the course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Theatre Ministry) include: THE 200, 300, 3 hours in Scriptwriting or a Technical elective, 6 hours of Ministry and Worship electives, and two hours of Technical Electives.

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Dramatic Writing emphasis)

The B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Dramatic Writing is a liberal-arts degree intended to provide students a solid foundation in theatre studies in general and specifically in the creation and development of new plays.  This degree is designed for students who wish to pursue additional professional and/or graduate study in playwriting. 

The minimum number of hours in theatre courses required for a B.A. with a Dramatic Writing emphasis is 54.  In addition to the core classes listed above, the course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (Dramatic Writing) include: THE 210, 410, 412, 472 or 493, CWR 211 and a 3 hour Creative Writing elective.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

The B.F.A. in Acting is a professional degree that provides an intensive study in acting supported by general studies.  Students in this program are required to audition and be available to perform in all departmental productions.  B.F.A. in Acting students are required to participate in Audition Day Juries each semester, presenting a growing list of potential audition material.  To graduate, B.F.A. in Acting students must perform a Senior Showcase, demonstrating command of the material learned in coursework.  Students who graduate with a B.F.A. in Acting will be prepared to pursue acting as a career.  Students who graduate with a B.F.A. in Acting may choose to continue their study at the graduate level.  The minimum number of hours in theatre courses required for a B.F.A. in Acting is 78.  In addition to the core classes listed above, the course requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting Theatre (Acting) include: THE 251, 261, 265, 293, 295, 351, 361, 365, 451, THE 257 or 281, THE 280 or 493, MUS 110 and 111, 16 hours of Theatre electives, and 2 hours of Senior Showcase (THE 498).

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre is a professional degree that provides an intensive study in musical theatre, including singing, dancing, and acting.  This rigorous study of musical theatre is supported by general studies.  B.F.A. in Musical Theatre students are required to audition and be available to perform in all departmental productions.  Students in this program are required to participate in Audition Day Juries each semester, presenting a growing list of potential audition material.  Students are required to pass a piano proficiency test.  To graduate, B.F.A. in Musical Theatre students must perform a Senior Showcase, demonstrating command of the material learned in coursework.  Students who graduate with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre will be prepared to pursue careers in musical theatre. 

The minimum number of hours in theatre courses required for a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre is 84.  In addition to the core classes listed above, the course requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre include: THE 251, 257 and 258, 265, 276, 281 and 282, 293, 295, 333, 365, 376, DAN 115, 116 and 117, MUS 121 and 122, MUS 123/124, 223, 224, MUS 393, 8 semesters of voice lessons (8 hours), 3 semesters of choral ensemble (3 hours) and 2 hours of Senior Showcase (THE 498).

Theatre minor (21 hours):

The requirements for a minor in Theatre are: THE 120, THE 140, THE 141,THE 151, THE 211, 3 hours of Theatre Lab and 6 hours of Theatre Electives (excluding Theatre Lab).  Two semesters of participation in THE 100 Theatre Seminar is also required.

Honors Program: The theatre department offers opportunities for students to enroll in honors courses from its department.  The following are general education, elective, and major courses that may be taken as honors courses:  THE 200, 210, 250, 300, 340, 472, and 475.  For students majoring in this department, one must pass a minimum of nine hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors courses of other departments.  Each course must be passed with a B or better.  No more than 18 hours are required for the honors degree.  For other honor's program policies, see "Honors Program" under the "Administration of the Curriculum" section of the catalogue.

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