UK adds musical theater program

University of Kentucky students sing "Touch Me" for Jonathan Groff, one of the stars of the original Broadway production. Broadway and film star Jonathan Groff visited the cast of the University of Kentucky Theatre's production of "Spring Awakening," the acclaimed Broadway musical for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for best actor in a musical in 2007. This photo was taken at a rehearsal March 6, 2013, in the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Rich Copley | staff.

University of Kentucky students sing “Touch Me” from “Spring Awakening” for Jonathan Groff, one of the stars of the original Broadway production, at a rehearsal March 6, 2013, in the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building. © Herald-Leader staff photo by Rich Copley.

Students at the University of Kentucky have been able to get degrees in vocal music or theater, but not musical theater, until now.

Starting next fall, theater and music majors will be able to earn musical theater certificates while studying at UK. The certificate program will be available by audition and students in it will need to complete courses such as musical theatre, jazz dance, ballet, voice, vocal ensemble, and acting.

UK theater department chair Nancy Jones, who will oversee the certificate program, said the introduction of the certificate program was the culmination of a number of moves in the College of Fine Arts including the introduction of a dance minor under the direction of dance lecturer Susie Thiel and adjunct musical theater instructors Jeromy Smith and Lyndy Franklin Smith. The last several years, the theater department has presented musicals, including last year’s presentation of Thoroughly Modern Millie and this year’s production of Spring Awakening, which opens Thursday.

Auditions for the musical theater certificate program are in April and it will accept 10 to 12 students a year.

 

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