Collaboration : a performance showcase : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Hennell, Jaclyn G.
Jenkins, William R.
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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This project served as a laboratory for my classroom study of collaboration in conjunction with theatre production. As a performance major, I was required to take courses covering the non-performance aspects of theatre. This project was an extension of this study; allowing me to not only take on the role of actor, but also the director, stage manager, marketing director, etc. Taking on these responsibilities enabled me to grow in my understanding of collaborative theatre, and more importantly, strengthened my skills as an actor to effectively communicate with future colleagues.The outcome of this project was in the form of a Senior Performance Showcase. The Musical Theatre seniors performed a series of songs that represented their talent and growth made over the past 4 years. The material covered a variety of genres that we have studied in our respective voice labs, including contemporary musical theatre, golden age musical theatre, jazz, and pop.The purpose of the Senior Performance Showcase was to present to professors and fellow theatre and dance students a compiled and brief representation of what we have learned at Ball StateUniversity. This included a thorough coverage of Broadway musical genres, how to pick material that emphasized our unique strengths and appropriately marketed us to industry professionals, and how to properly incorporate our vocal and acting training in a performance setting. Our target audience for this specific performance was not industry professionals, so we were not looking for employment; rather, we sought to entertain our family, mentors, and peers that were in attendance.Serving as the coordinator of the Senior Showcase, my objective was to utilize my collaborative skills to produce the event. I gained experience in the non-performance aspect of a production to inform and future endeavors. Most importantly, this experience strengthened my communicative skills as an actor.