Talent Unlimited High School has the distinction amongst New York City Public Schools as having the only program designated specifically to training young people in all three techniques that comprise Musical Theatre. Students in the Musical Theatre Department focus equally on Acting for the Stage, Vocal Technique, Dance Technique, and Musical Theatre Application and Performance. TUHS performs one mainstage musical and one black-box musical per year along with various showcases throughout the season. Because of the multi faceted art form, Musical Theatre students' course outlines are broken into Level 1 through 4 as follows.
Musical Theatre Level 1
In acting, students are introduced to improvisation and the basics of stage performance. In vocal performance, students combine with the Vocal Music Department to learn choral singing and individualized technique. Musical Theatre Basics includes both dance training and an exploration into the art form of Musical Theatre.
Musical Theatre Level 2
Students continue their work alongside the Vocal Music Department and delve further into vocal mechanics. Musical Theatre class combines both acting for the stage and how to apply those skills to a Musical Theatre Performance. Dance continues and specific choreographic Broadway styles are introduced.
Musical Theatre Level 3
Specific vocal attention is given to selecting Musical Theatre songs and applying previous years training to vocal technique. Acting focuses on scene work and monologue preparation for college. Students study Musical Theatre History and give presentations on musicals of their choice from each era. Once a week, Levels 3 and 4 combine for Song Interpretation Master Class with Ms. Berry-Wolfe and Mr. Smythe. Students in Level 3 are eligible to audition for both the mainstage musical and the MT Showcase. Dance instruction continues and is carried over onto the mainstage.
Musical Theatre Level 4
Music Theory and sight singing are added to vocal technique curriculum. Acting further explores the areas of contemporary monologues and scene work as well as student-written pieces. Students study Musical Theatre History and give presentations on actors and directors of their choice from each era. Once a week, Levels 3 and 4 combine for Song Interpretation Master Class with Ms. Berry-Wolfe and Mr. Smythe. Students in Level 4 are eligible to audition for both the mainstage musical and the MT Showcase.