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Musical Theatre

School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Anderson University’s bachelor of music in musical theatre promotes strength in singing, dancing, and acting – the three main skills of the musical theatre stage. Students are given a broad musical context from which to grow their performance skills, and our faith-supportive environment adds depth to the emotional expression of our graduates.

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Program Overview

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre students at Anderson University have recital opportunities on a regular basis at which to showcase their voice. Students also have opportunities to perform in four productions each year, which include theatre, musical theatre, and opera. Students must also participate in a musical theatre showcase, which challenges them to develop their own show to highlight their individual skills and talents while also uplifting those of their classmates.

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Why choose AU for musical theatre?

  • Optimal size for expanded opportunities. The smaller theatre program at AU translates to small class sizes and multiple performance and backstage opportunities, giving graduates marketability in all areas of the theatre.
  •  Classes build upon elements from previous classes. This process assures each graduate a level of competency having mastered a method for their craft.
  •  Working with professionals. In addition to instruction by faculty in AU’s theatre program, students work with seasoned industry professionals in Indianapolis and central Indiana

The music theatre program at Anderson University is a place where you can develop your acting and directing skills while also learning about the historical and technical aspects of theatre productions. Performance opportunities each year include two main stage productions, two lyric theatre productions, and two black box productions. In addition to working with our own faculty, students work with a variety of guest artists and guest directors to develop their artistry and enhance their professional skills and connections.

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Program Options

Major
Complete the 80-hour undergraduate bachelor of music (BM) program at AU’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Complementary Major
Students who would like to pair their passion for musical theatre with their other skills and may opt for the complementary major. This course of study must be undertaken alongside other majors on campus and enables students to customize their studies to meet their career and calling goals.

Among the classes in the 45-hour complementary major are:

  • voice and movement for the actor
  • acting
  • stagecraft
  • voice lessons
  • technique classes in modern, jazz, and ballet

View the full list of courses for the Musical Theatre major.

Broadway Bootcamp

Learn more about AU’s week-long summer workshop for high school students that offers experiential training in acting, singing, vocal coaching, and dance.

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Classes

Among the classes in the 80-hour major are:

  • voice and movement for the actor
  • acting
  • stagecraft
  • voice lessons
  • technique classes in modern, jazz, and ballet

View the courses required for the Musical Theatre Major.

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Careers

A musical theater major can lead to a career as an actor, singer, musician, dancer, choreographer, director or self-enrichment teacher. We prepare graduates to perform in musical theater productions through training in acting, singing, and dancing, as well as experience working with choreographers and directors. Our graduates are developed into performers that are a triple threat – with skills in singing, dancing, and acting that give them a leg up at auditions and as part of casts.

OUR musical theatre FACULTY

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David Coolidge

David Coolidge

Associate Professor of Musical Theatre; Director of Musical Theatre Program

David Coolidge
David Coolidge

David Coolidge is the Director of the Musical Theatre Program at Anderson University. He received his MFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As a professional theatre artist, David toured with Jason Robert Brown in the Broadway National Tour of “Parade” directed by Hal Prince, served as the Director of six National Tours, and as the Assistant Artistic Director of TheatreworksUSA oversaw thirty National Touring Productions. As a coach, David works one-on-one with young professionals to develop a plan to successfully navigate the 'business of the business'. Past clients have been successful on Broadway, National Tours, TV, and Film including: MTV’s The Search for Elle Woods, The Good Wife, Army Wives, and Law & Order.

David Coolidge
M.F.A., University of North Carolina Greensboro
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre
Director of Musical Theatre Program
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Mary Beth Coolidge

Voice; Alexander Technique

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Mary Beth Coolidge

A native of Ohio, Professor Mary Beth Coolidge made her operatic debut in Arezzo, Italy where she sang the roles of Hero in L'Egisto and Lisette in La Rondine. Since then she has enjoyed multiple performances with Greensboro Light Opera, Greensboro Opera, UNCG Opera Theatre and Oberlin Opera Theater. Her favorite past roles include: Zerlina {Don Giovanni), Emily {Help Help the Globolinks), Miles {Turn of the Screw), Jenny Slade {Roman Fever) Kate {Pirates of Penzance).

She is actively involved in the Alexander Technique community, pursuing her teaching certification with the Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies. She enjoys a whole-self approach in her performing and teaching. She holds a Masters of Music in voice performance from U.N.C. Greensboro and a Bachelors of Music in voice performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

M.M., University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Diana Miles Huntoon

Voice

Diana Miles Huntoon

Soprano

Diana holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from Millikin University and a Master of Music Degree in Performance from Bowling Green State University. She is also a Level III Certified Teacher of Somatic Voicework™, The LoVetri Method. Professional organizations include The Ohio Light Opera, Toledo Opera, The Indianapolis Symphony, The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Indiana Opera Theatre. Favorite roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutté, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, and Maria in The Sound of Music. Diana also counts Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s The Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Requiem in her repertoire. She is also a studio singer at Aire Born Studios recording choral arrangements for music publishing companies including Beckenhorst Press, Hal Leonard and Boosey and Hawkes. She can be heard on the newly recorded Requiem, by Mark Hayes and The Music of Living by Dan Forrest. Diana recently appeared as the soprano soloist with the Butler Symphony Orchestra on Beethoven’s Egmont. She is currently on staff at Anderson University as Adjunct Instructor of Voice, Taylor University as Adjunct Instructor of Voice, and formerly at Butler University as Adjunct Instructor for Jordan College of the Arts.

M.M., Bowling Green State University

Fritz Robertson

Dr. Fritz Robertson

Professor of Music; Voice Area Coordinator; Director of Boze Lyric Theatre

Fritz Robertson
Dr. Fritz Robertson

A performer of national reputation, Fritz Robertson has appeared with the Bangor Maine Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Bel Canto Chorus & Orchestra of Milwaukee, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and in our nation’s capital with the National Chamber Orchestra and the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra. He has often been a featured soloist with the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, Washington, under the direction of renowned conductor and composer Gunther Schuller. Mr. Robertson has performed extensively in the Greater Boston area as soloist with organizations including the Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Cecelia, and the John Oliver Chorale. In great demand as a guest artist in Indiana, Mr. Robertson has been a featured soloist with the symphony orchestras of Muncie, Marion, Anderson, Lafayette, Manchester, Carmel, Fort Wayne and was privileged to be a featured soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade To Music, on Maestro Raymond Leppard’s farewell concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Celebrated for his definitive accounts of the major Baroque and Classic oratorios and cantatas, the Bloomington Herald-Times said of his recent performances in Bach’s St. John Passion, “Fritz Robertson served stunningly well as the story-telling Evangelist. His is a bracing high tenor along with an ability to make every word distinctly clear; there was a professional authenticity to his critically important contribution.” Though particularly involved in the performance of Baroque music, his extensive repertoire includes such diverse works as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, and Honegger’s King David. Mr. Robertson has been a frequent collaborator with the Lafayette Bach Chorale Singers in performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Magnificat in D Major, Handels’ Dettingen Te Deum, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.  Performing with cast members from the City Opera of New York, Robertson sang the triple role of Governor/Vanderdender/Ragotski with the Lafayette Symphony in Bernstein’s Candide. He is a featured soloist on the Pro Organo label CD recording,  “In Praise of the Organ: Latin Choral and Organ Music of Zoltan Kodaly.”

With his wife, mezzo-soprano Patricia Robertson, he has appeared in recital in many venues including the Saint Andrew’s Concert Series in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, Washington, the Shenendoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and the Banco Centrale Concert Series in Cuenca, Ecuador. At AU, as Dr. Robertson, he serves as Professor of Music, Voice Area Coordinator, and Music Director for the Boze Lyric Theatre.

Fritz Robertson has been at Anderson University since 1991.

Contact Fritz:
fsrobertson@anderson.edu
Professor of Music
Voice Area Coordinator, voice, opera, song lit, pedagogy
B.M., B.S., University of Maine at Orono
M.M., Boston University
D.M.A, Ball State University