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Pirates of Penzance

The CCM Experience

MANY THINGS are special about the musical theatre at CCM. Perhaps the most special are the performers who graduate from our program: men and women well grounded in the demanding techniques of musical theatre—imaginative and creative, and capable of bringing their intellectual and artistic gifts to bear on the problems of the art.

Our graduates can think and do, can explore their art in depth, and communicate their intentions in fluid and expressive ways. Musical Theatre demands a high level of commitment from our students. Discipline and professionalism are the essential components of this program. Hours spent in the classroom, the studio and the rehearsal room are long and grueling, but the rewards are great.

The program has a limited enrollment so that it can provide the individualized attention that this area demands. Today, a performer wishing to pursue a career in musical theatre should be able to sing and dance and act with technical mastery and craft. And that is the minimum requirement!

AT CCM, training in musical theatre is not about being famous or becoming a star. It is about learning to work in ways that contribute positively to the art of the musical theatre. It is about freeing our own creativity, establishing a love of "the art in ourselves" and building a lasting appreciation for the performing arts.

There's no denying you'll find music at CCM—we're one of the oldest conservatories of music in the United States. But if you look past our name and into our curriculum, you'll find a lot more. CCM is a comprehensive school for the arts with programs in opera, dance, musical theatre, dramatic performance, theatre design and production, television, radio, music performance, music education and arts administration.

Over 1200 undergraduate and graduate students (representing 44 states and 35 foreign countries) attend CCM. In the Corbett Center for the Performing Arts they create over 800 public performances each year—more than any other arts organization in Ohio.

As a CCM student, you'll have an opportunity to perform in state-of-the-art theatres. You'll have dance studios, rehearsal halls, a scene shop, a costume shop, a make-up lab and dozens of practice rooms, teaching studios and general purpose classrooms at your disposal. And if that's not enough, the superb facilities also include a proscenium theatre, a thrust stage, a new vocal arts center, a space dedicated for master classes in all performance areas, an acoustically-perfect concert hall and a versatile "black box" studio theatre.

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER and you get — a high-energy, conservatory style training center for artists of all kinds situated right in the middle of a dynamic state university. For the student intent on pursuing a professional career in the arts — it's the place to be.

"The program at CCM is unique. I have been researching programs for a while and this is the first I found that truly trains performers to be triple-threats. The students that graduate from the program are dedicated, driven and passionate about what they do, and I admire them very much. In talking to students before and after my audition, it seemed that everyone was eager, hungry to learn and supportive of others in the program."

Letter from a prospective student, 2009
Meet Our Students

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing
Our Alumni

Leslie Kritzer

Leslie Kritzer
Class of 1999

Lisa Howard

Lisa Howard
Class of 1997

Kim Criswell

Kim Criswell
Class of 1979

 

Photo Credits

Banner Top: Julie Trammel, Adam Laird and company in The Pirates of Penzance.