MDT Musicals

The Music Dance Theatre program sponsors a variety of musical productions that support the training received in classes and studios. Every other year, a large-scale musical is presented in the DeJong Concert Hall with a seating capacity of 1200.  These musicals include support from the BYU Symphony and are generally well-known titles such as PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and MARY POPPINS.  On opposite years, MDT sponsors a smaller-scale musical in the 500-seating Pardoe Theatre such as INTO THE WOODS and CHILDREN OF EDEN usually performed with a small instrumental ensemble or a recorded sound track.  During that same academic year, MDT also presents a ‘workshop’ musical. This is usually a new work where students and faculty develop material at various stages of completion. Vocals style, size of cast, dance requirements, theatricality and other considerations all play a part in the selection of these MDT musicals. MDT students are required to audition for all MDT-sponsored musicals. The Theatre and Media Arts Department presents other musicals as well as non-musicals each season that MDT students may opt to audition for as well.

Highlighted Alum

DeLaney Westfall isn’t British, but for more than a year, she’s done everything she can to convince people she is.

After spending five months performing as Northampton factory worker Lauren in Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” Utah-native actress Westfall was cast as a 19th-century Londoner named Johanna in the Off-Broadway production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” — and had a weeklong overlap of performances for one and rehearsals for the other.

“I would sometimes just get really confused because during the day, I was doing a standard British accent (for ‘Sweeney Todd’), and then at night, I’d have to switch it very slightly to this Northampton accent (for ‘Kinky Boots’),” Westfall said in an interview. “You just have to switch your mindset.”

Archives

Wonderland

The Count of Monte Cristo

Children of Eden

Peter Pan

Oklahoma

Crazy for You

Aida

Into the Woods

The Phantom of the Opera

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Quilters

My Fair Lady

Casey at the Bat

The Music Man

Mary Poppins

White Christmas

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

She Loves Me

Merrily We Roll Along

Berlin

Archives

List of Past Productions