Musical Theater: Acting for the Stage

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Class 166344-7-30: MUSICAL THEATER -
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far:
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If you love theater and want to learn what it takes to become a stage actor, this is an excellent place to start. Our focus is on stage performance, with a close look at how it relates to the experience of acting in musical theater on stage.

In this portion of the series, participants will learn the basics of stage acting – from blocking (“upstage” vs. “downstage”) to projection (very different than film acting) to “opening up” to the audience (physically, not emotionally).

We will talk about how to convey character and emotion to audience members from 15-50 feet away. We will also cover how to understand and write blocking instructions and how this can help in musical theatre.

Musical Theatre: Acting for the Stage is part of our MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM. But you do not need to take the Singing for Beginners or Moving to the Music courses in order to participate in this one. It’s open to anyone who wants to learn about stage acting. Our focus in the series is on musicals, but anyone interested in stage acting is welcome to sign up. 

Above: Rachel Rene as “Bloody Mary” in “South Pacific” with Seattle Musical Theatre. Production photo by Jeff Carpenter.


Looking for MUSICAL THEATER CLASSES for adults in Seattle? If you’re fascinated by the complexities of musical theater, Rekindle School’s MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM is a great way to get your feet wet! All of our Seattle classes have openings at this point.

  1. Musical Theater: Singing for Beginners 
  2. Musical Theater: Moving to the Music
  3. Musical Theater: Acting in Musicals
  4. Musical Theater: Performance Showcase
  5. Musical Theater: Auditioning for Musicals
  6. See also: Seattle Acting Classes
  7. See also: Choral Singing for Beginners

“Which Class Should I Take First?”

  • You can take the classes in our MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM individually, just for fun — or take all five, and earn a Certificate in Musical Theater Fundamentals.
  • The first three classes can be taken in any order. Just be sure you take all three of them before moving on to the PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE.
  • Whether you spell it MUSICAL THEATER or  MUSICAL THEATRE, our classes are a fun place to start.

Above: Rachel Rene as “Stepmother” in “Into the Woods” with Twelfth Night Productions. Production photos by Gary Wigle.

The cast and crew of “4 Short Plays” by Robert Francis Flor, directed by Rachel Rene. Promotional photos by Robert Flor.