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School of Music

Butler Opera Theatre

Butler Opera Theatre presents fully staged, full-length productions of music theatre in its varied forms: opera, musical theatre, cabaret and review. One full-length production is offered each year, with scenes from operas and musical theatre offered on alternating semesters. This integrated forum provides the singing/actor with opportunities to analyze characters, explore subtext, determine motivation and effectively portray a musical character to an audience. Exercises, assignments, and performance experiences expose students to the practices of different eras and genres, while expert vocal coaching acquaints students with appropriate style and presentation. Students will have access to master classes given by guest artists and will work with visiting professional directors, choreographers and designers.

Recent productions include: Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim, H.M.S. Pinafore by Arthur Sullivan, The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart, The Medium by Gian-Carlos Menotti, Quilters by Barbara Damashek, and The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian-Carlos Menotti.