History of American Musical Theatre

Ryan and Joy Clark talk with Educational Director Anne Clark about their classes. 

A Book Club for Musical Theatre Nerds

with Ryan Mardesich

This class, geared at adults, explores the history and development of the musical theatre genre from its antecedents to the current state of Broadway. Every week, students will be provided with professionally filmed video of famous shows which will be the subject of short lectures and group discussions. The goal of the course is to provide the average fan of musical theatre more context for what makes a musical successful and effective, while being exposed to both classic and lesser-known works.

InstructorRyan Mardesich

Ages: Adult (18 and up)
Dates: Wednesdays, Feb 24-Apr 21; 7:00-8:30pm
No class March 24, 2021.
Zoom: Instructor will provide instructions prior to class start. Please check in 5 minutes early.
Materials: All materials will be available via Google Drive.
Tuition: $195 (20 student maximum)

Learning Goals:

  • Students will be able to recognize and identify the presence and function of “integrated” song and dance in the musical form.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze a musical based on discussed criteria and terminology.
  • Students will be exposed to classic, modern, and current musicals that are revolutionary to the form through professionally filmed distributed materials.

Technical Requirements: Students will need a strong and reliable internet connection as well as access to Zoom. They will need a working webcam and mic in order to fully participate. Students will need to be able to access Google Drive, where a class folder will contain all materials.