Musical Theatre Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Musical theatre combines singing, dancing, and acting to entertain and inform the audience. This asset contains summative projects for a musical theater unit or class.

Musical Theatre

From Oklahoma! to Hamilton, musical theatre has maintained its standing as a popular form of entertainment. Musical theatre uses multiple methods, such as music, dance, words, and actions, to evoke emotion and tell a story. The following projects enhance students' experience with musical theatre.

Music Video

Grade level: 9th - 12th

Time: 1-2 weeks

Materials:

  • video camera
  • computer with editing software
  • background music track and lyrics
  • video clips from musical songs

Guiding Questions:

  • What ideas and feelings do I want to communicate to the audience?

Procedure:

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Have students watch video clips from musicals and discuss the ideas and feelings that are communicated through each song. Have students take notes on how the dialogue, lyrics, music, and actions of the stage actors are implemented.
  • Now, have them select a current song from pop culture to turn into a musical theatre performance.
  • Students should work together to add dialogue, choreography, and actions to enhance the storytelling aspect of the song.
  • Have students video their performance and edit it before playing for the class.

Playbill

Grade level: 6th - 12th

Time: 2-3 days

Materials:

  • computer/internet/printer
  • sample playbills
  • video of a musical theatre performance

Guiding Questions:

  • How does a playbill enhance a musical theatre performance?

Procedure:

  • Divide students into small group.
  • Have students examine some sample playbills. Students will take notes and discuss the format and information that is included in a playbill.
  • They will then either reflect on a musical performance their class has done or watch a video of a musical they have not seen.
  • Students should create a playbill for the performance that includes dates, cast information, and a synopsis.

Write a Jingle

Grade level: 6th - 12th

Time: 1 week

Materials:

  • computer/internet

Guiding Questions:

  • What makes a commercial jingle memorable?

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