Salem’s musical theatre minor provides a background in music, the history of musical theatre, studio training in voice, acting, and four years of experience on the musical theatre stage. But theatre at Salem is not limited to the musical stage. There is a vitally active, fifty-year-old co-curricular theatre company, Pierrettes, that presents two productions per year, one dramatic play and one musical. These provide opportunity for work onstage, in front-of-house, and in all elements of technical theatre.
When you minor in musical theatre with voice emphasis you will complete the following course requirements: One semester of music theory (Music 112), The Musical in America (Music 103), four semesters of voice performance (Music 20-V, 30V and 40-V; one-quarter course each, totaling one course), Acting (Music 151), and four semesters of Musical Theatre (Music 150). All courses must be taken at Salem.
Pierrettes have been fortunate to have talented professionals directing their work. One of those is Michael Kamtman (MFA in Directing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and MA in acting, University of Connecticut) who has been a member of the core acting company of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. He was a co-founder of Winston-Salem’s Blue Moon Theatre Company and is an active director in the Piedmont Triad.
Salem students minoring in musical theatre have gone on to graduate school as well as into careers such as these: the Guilford (England) School of Acting; production coordinator with Sundance Productions; International Tour of West Side Story; production coordinator, North American Tour of 3 Mo’ Divas; and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.