The West Virginia University School of Theatre and Dance is holding auditions for students who hope to enter the new Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Musical Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 4-7 p.m. at the Creative Arts Center.

The new major places equal emphasis on training in acting, music and dance, and shares curriculum and resources drawn from both the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance.

“The primary focus of our BFA in Musical Theatre program is to create professional collaborative performers who not only have the ability to shine on any stage, but the knowledge to get in the stage door in this highly competitive entertainment industry,” said Bryce Britton, the new director of the Musical Theatre program.

Prospective students should prepare two contrasting songs that display both acting and vocal range. One of the selections should be up tempo and contemporary, while the other should be a ballad or character-driven choice song. Students are also asked to prepare a classical monologue (prior to 1900).

The total audition package should between four and five minutes. An accompanist will be provided and students are asked to bring sheet music in the appropriate key.

WVU’s new BFA program in Musical Theatre is competitive with similar programs across the country, especially in the limited number of accepted students, and the intensity and class time devoted to the study, practice and performance of music, theatre and dance, Britton said.

Career opportunities for musical theatre majors include working as professional performers in the television, film and entertainment industries.

Please contact Professor Bryce Britton at or 304-293-6981 to schedule an audition.

For more information, visit, call 304-293-2020, or email



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