Musical Theatre

The new Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre offers comprehensive, professional training in acting, dance and voice in a diverse, collaborative and Christ-centered environment. Students receive performance-focused training with opportunities to be in musicals, operas, plays, workshops and showcases. The program offers extensive opportunities for networking with professionals.

 

Program Opportunities

  • A New York agent showcase each Spring for seniors
  • Study abroad in Bavaria and Hamburg at the International Performing Arts Institute, with connections to international casting opportunities through Stage Entertainment, the largest producers of musicals in the world
  • Participate in auditions and job contacts at Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)
  • Learn how to market yourself, develop a resume and website, and manage your social media network and footprint
  • Study musical theatre singing/belting
  • Accredited by National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • Guest Artists have included specialists in dialect, combat, voice and belt, and Lessac Kinesensic Training, plus international stage directors
  • Performance-focused training with opportunities to be in musicals, operas, plays, workshops and showcases
  • Centrally located for regional audition opportunities
  • Alumni are working in all areas of theatre
  • Opportunities to workshop and perform new works
Courses
  • Auditioning for the Global Musical Theatre Market
  • Ballet, Jazz, Tap
  • History of Musical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre Studio
  • Theatre History
  • Acting I, II, III, IV
  • Musical Theatre Showcase
  • Production Procedures
  • Directing
  • Music Theatre
  • Weekly Voice Lessons
Auditions

Please visit umobile.edu/audition to sign up for your audition time. For other audition information, contact Elyn Collier at 251.442.2551.

Meet our Faculty

Mr. Bruce Earnest

Associate Dean, Alabama School of the Arts
Producer, Performing Arts Series
Producing Artistic Director, International Performing Arts Institute

B.A., Westfield State University, M.M., University of Miami
Doctoral Studies, University of Southern Mississippi

Bio

As an internationally recognized singer-actor, Mr. Bruce Earnest has performed in over 60 operatic and musical theatre roles in Europe and the United States. In addition to his work at University of Mobile, he is and producing artistic director of the International Performing Arts Institute, which has branches in Kiefersfelden, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Bangkok. Thailand and New York City. He has students working in major opera and musical theatre productions in the UK, Europe, on Broadway and in National tours throughout the United States. He has served as casting/musical consultant for Stage Entertainment International and past European productions of AIDA by Elton John, Mama Mia, Wicked and Phantom of the Opera.

 

Mr. Earnest earned his Bachelor of Arts in music administration from Westfield State University, a Master of Music in opera from the University of Miami, and is pursuing doctoral studies at University of Southern Mississippi.

 

He has performed with the Theater am Gaertnerplatz, Stadt Theater Passau, Opera Roanoke, The Berkshire Opera, Dayton Opera, Orlando Opera, Florida Grand Opera, The Wiener Volksoper, Virginia Opera, Mobile Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Springfield Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Hamburg Musical Orchestra and the Orlando Philharmonic and off-Broadway. Mr. Earnest has produced or directed more than 70 musicals and operas including: Side by Side by Sondheim, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, Lend Me A Tenor, My Way, Tin Types, Into The Woods, The Fantastiks, Baby, Oklahoma, Chicago, Camelot, Phantom of The Opera, The Saint of Bleeker Street, La Rondine, Don Pasquale, Tosca and The Impresario. Earnest has conducted master-classes and workshops on singing and acting interpretation in the United States and Europe.

 

Previously, Mr. Earnest was director and associate professor of musical theatre at the University of South Dakota, associate professor of voice at Folkwang Universität, Essen, Germany; guest professor of voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany, and assistant professor and coordinator of musical theatre at the University of Central Florida. He is the co-author of “A Beginning Actor’s Companion,” published by Kendall Hunt.

He serves as pastor of music at Government Street Baptist Church in Mobile, AL.

Dr. Patrick Jacobs

Professor of Music
Director, Opera and Vocal Studies

 

 

Bio

Dr. Patrick Jacobs is a two-time Metropolitan Opera regional finalist and winner of the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. Noted for his “strong, bright voice,” Dr. Jacobs has performed principal roles with opera companies throughout the United States, including New Orleans Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fresno Grand Opera, and many others.

 

Born in Louisiana, Dr. Jacobs attended Loyola University in New Orleans, and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music before he finished his education in New York at SUNY Stony Brook. He made his debut as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in a program of sacred music in 2009, and has performed as a soloist in concerts with companies including: the Berkshire Choral Festival, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Northwest Florida Symphony, and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra.

 

Professional engagements for the 2016-2017 season include artistic/stage director for Sweeney Todd with Joe Jefferson Players, singing George Benton in Dead Man Walking with Pensacola Opera, as well as solos in Handel’s Messiah with Choral Society of Pensacola and a concert of contemporary art song with Crescent City Chamber Artists in New Orleans.

 

As a judge and clinician, Dr. Jacobs has worked with the Alabama District VII Solo & Small Ensemble Festival, the Pensacola Music Teachers Association’s Sonata competition, National Association of Teachers of Singing Alabama state auditions, and has served as a guest clinician at the Florida Theater Conference, and with several high schools in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

 

He also serves as the classic worship leader / choir director at Saraland United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Rebeca Lake

Mrs. Rebeca Lake, MFA

Assistant Professor of Theatre

 

 

 

Bio

An award-winning scenic designer, Rebeca Lake is an emerging regional designer. Her most recent designs were for the Natchez Music Festival’s Tricentennial 2016 season production of Showboat and she was a guest artist at the University of Southern Mississippi for Next to Normal.

 

She received her Associate of Science. in visual arts from the Northwest Florida State College, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from University of Mobile, where she continued to work in the theatre department as an assistant. She then went on to study at the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving her Master of Fine Arts in theatre with a scenic design and technical emphasis. Her design work during her time there won several awards. In 2015 at the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival she won first place for her props design for The Tempest which she presented at USITT and was granted a one-week scholarship to the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. In 2015 she also won the Region IV SETC David Weiss award for Theatrical Design Excellence for her unrealized design of Bent. She was one of eight national finalists to attend the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in D.C. where she presented her scenic design of Violet. She has been nominated to present her final graduate design, The Matchmaker, at Region IV KCACTF in 2017.

 

She has worked for various theatre companies in different capacities throughout the East. In the summer of 2013 she worked at the Lexington Children’s Theatre as a teaching artist and pianist. In May of 2015 she worked as an assistant designer to Director Paul Houghtailing (Pirates of Penzance) and Director Robert Grayson (Madam Butterfly) at the 2015 Natchez Music Festival. She was the assistant props master at the Chautauqua Theatre Company in New York. In the summer of 2014 and 2016 she was the paint charge for the Southern Arena Theatre at the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

“I encourage my students to ask questions and to actively seek out answers because, in an environment where they are not afraid to ask the hard questions, incredible and life-changing discoveries can be made.”

– Rebeca Lake

 

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