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Musical Theatre

School of Arts & Humanities

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The Musical Theatre degree is an interdisciplinary major where students train in voice, acting, and dance. The intimate size of the program allows students to be involved in all aspects of theatre—developing performance skills through singing, acting, and dancing while exploring stage direction and the technical and design aspects of theatre production. Students learn from passionate and knowledgeable music and theatre professionals and create musical productions each year,  performed in a state-of-the-art facility.


Basic Music Theory; Basic Conducting; Applied Voice Stud;, History and Literature of Musical Theatre; Fundamentals of Acting; Fundamentals of Directing; Stagecraft; Jazz, Tap, and Modern Dance




The Musical Theatre Scholarship is a competitive, renewable scholarship awarded to a limited number of students each year who demonstrate successful previous experience in musical theatre and exhibit excellent performance ability in singing and acting through an audition. The award amount is determined by a combination of the student’s audition results, program needs, and funding availability.

For priority consideration, applicants seeking musical theatre scholarships should be admitted to Milligan University by December 1 and audition by the end of February. Although an in-person audition is preferable, if a personal audition is not possible then applicants may audition by submitting a video.

Musical theatre scholarships are renewable for a total of four years enrollment and require full-time enrollment during fall and spring semesters. Scholarship recipients are required to maintain academic standards and to participate in musical theatre productions either as a performer or offstage in tech as stipulated by their scholarship award contract.


The musical theatre audition involves both singing and acting components: 

Perform two songs in contrasting styles that demonstrate your range and versatility.  Selections should be from musicals, operettas, or English art song repertoire.  Songs from certain musicals/composers are considered either iconic and/or performed too frequently, making them less effective for auditions.  Therefore, please do NOT select music from the following shows: Les Miserables, Wicked, Rent, or any musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Both selections should be accompanied, and an accompanist will be provided.  Please bring clean, well-marked sheet music in the appropriate key, organized neatly in a binder.   

Perform a memorized one-minute monologue that showcases your abilities.  Selections should be from published plays (not movies, the internet, or other sources) and should exhibit some element of journey or discovery.  Also, the chosen character should be within a reasonable span of your own age.  Please avoid monologues that require heavy accents, eccentric character traits, or specific costumes or props.   


  1. Complete your admissions application to Milligan.
  2. Complete the prospective musical theatre student form.
  3. Contact Rita Myers, music secretary, at 423.461.8723 or rmyers@milligan.edu, for program questions or to schedule an audition. Students must have completed the above processes (application and music form) prior to scheduling an audition. See audition dates below.

Audition dates for 2021

Saturday, January 30,  1–3 pm

Saturday, February 13, 1-3 pm

Other Scholarship Opportunities

All scholarship awards from the Musical Theatre Program become part of the total institutional package offered by the University to the student. Other University scholarship and financial aid opportunities can be found at www.milligan.edu/SFS.

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McGlothlin-Street TheatreMcGlothlin-Street Theatre

Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts was dedicated February 1, 2008 and houses the McGlothlin-Street Theatre. The theatre is a state-of the-art facility that includes a 294-seat theatre with proscenium stage, fly system, orchestra pit, green room, dressing rooms, box office, and concessions area. The theatre is used for the University’s celebrated theatre arts program, humanities program, academic lecture series, and various campus and community events.  View photos of the facility »

Seeger Memorial ChapelMary B. Martin Auditorium & George O. Walker Auditorium

Seeger Memorial Chapel was dedicated November 4, 1967. The chapel is a multi-purpose structure serving the University in worship, instruction, lectures, concerts, and drama. The main sanctuary-auditorium, which seats 1145, was renovated in summer 2010 and named the Mary B. Martin Auditorium. The George O. Walker Auditorium, located on the lower level, accommodates 125 and is named in honor of George O. Walker, a long-time trustee and friend of the University.  View photos of the facility »


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Rebecca "Tess" Evans-Shell

Rebecca "Tess" Evans-Shell

Theatre Technical Director & Artistic Designer

Phone: 423.461.8478
Contact via email
Office: Gregory Center


Richard Major

Richard Major

Professor of Theatre; Director of Drama Productions

Phone: 423.461.8771
Contact via email
Office: Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, Lower Level