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Musical Theatre Overview

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Theatre Department offers a focused, high-level, quality education to dedicated Actors and Technicians interested in pursuing advanced studies of theatre Acting, Musical Theatre, and Technical Theatre. Students in the Musical Theatre program receive a college-preparatory curriculum, where they will focus on all aspects of Musical Theatre. 

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Program Accolades 

The Las Vegas AcademyTheatre Program has a long history of being a leader in the Arts community.  Recent Awards include:

 

2021--Spotlight Award: Audrey Freund (Las Vegas Academy, Something Rotten)

2020--Arts Educator of the Decade, Megan Scalise (Broadway World)

2019

Best Actor: Joey Cooper (Las Vegas Academy, Kiss Me Kate)

Best Costume Design and Construction: Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Kiss Me Kate

Best Ensemble: Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Kiss Me Kate

2018

Best Actor: Cole Duffy (Las Vegas Academy, Dogfight)

2017

Spotlight Award: David Wade and Nikole York (Las Vegas Academy, Cinderella)

2016

Best Actor: Deimoni Brewington (Las Vegas Academy, Footloose)

Spotlight Award: Jessica Vanek (Las Vegas Academy, Rent)

2015

Best Actor: Deylan Dean (Las Vegas Academy, Aida)

Spotlight Award: Ja’Keetrius Woods (Las Vegas Academy, Aida)

2014

Spotlight Award: Aurora Watts-Esquibel and Nathaniel Harlan (Las Vegas Academy, In the Heights)

National Thespian Mainstage Performance of Of Mice and Men

2013

National Thespian Mainstage Performance of Big River

 

Las Vegas Broadway World Awards:

2013-Best Show By A Local Theater Group (Oklahoma - Las Vegas Academy - Lowden Theater)

2014-Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical (Jekyi Post - In the Heights - LV Academy Theatre - Lowden Theater)

Best Performance in a Play (Off-Strip) (Marisa Caddick, LVA Black Box Theater)

2018 Best Ensemble Cast (SCAPIN - Las Vegas Academy)

Best Leading Actor in a Play (Dalen Todorov - SCAPIN - Las Vegas Academy)

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Program Curriculum 

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Musical Theatre Program focuses on all aspects of the craft of acting, and musical theatre, from fundamentals to advanced techniques. Students spend their first two years as theatre majors training in the techniques of theatre and musical theatre performance to develop as artists. Musical Theatre students work on developing performance skills and techniques that ground them in solid performance techniques, along with a dance elective each year to help develop their movement abilities. As Juniors, students may select to focus their studies and join the musical theatre track.  This track will enhance their skills in musical theatre voice, dance and acting training.  Students will work with core instructors, as well as many guest artists who specialize in choreography and voice to help prepare them for college auditions and professional opportunities.  During the course of their Junior and Senior years, musical theatre majors will study important dance styles, develop a musical theatre portfolio of songs from a diverse array of styles, and continue studying acting training and script analysis.  The conservatory’s caring and dedicated faculty members focus on developing students into great actors by instilling principles of confidence, presence, focus, creativity, imagination, persistence, listening, and understanding. Acting Conservatory students have the opportunity to perform in plays produced by the Acting and Musical Theatre Conservatories, classroom recitals, special events, and showcases.

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Program Outcome 

The Musical Theatre Program as part of the Theatre Conservatory trains students to become serious performing artists with the skill sets necessary to pursue a professional career in the industry, attend a prestigious college/university in a major of their choice, and/or participate in an arts school or conservatory program. The Conservatory’s caring and dedicated faculty members focus on developing students into great actors by instilling principles of confidence, presence, focus, creativity, imagination, persistence, listening, and understanding. The Conservatory encourages the development of practical life skills beneficial to students’ futures regardless of the post-graduate path they choose to follow. While in the program, students develop strong communication, creative thinking, collaboration, leadership, problem solving, conflict management, and time management skills.