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Our largest undergraduate program, the Musical Theatre degree focuses on making our students complete performers: singers, actors, and dancers.Graduates go on to perform in regional theatre, on and off Broadway, and with regional and national touring companies.

Unlimited: the Music and Lyrics of Stephen Schwartz

Senior Nicole Elledge meets Stephen Schwartz after the opening night of Unlimited!  

Musical theatre students explored the material of one of today’s most well-known composers and lyricists as Unlimited: The Music and Lyrics of Stephen Schwartz made its premiere at The Catholic University of America on Feb 20th, 2015 with Stephen Schwartz in attendance.  Unlimited was conceived by Joshua Morgan, artistic director of No Rules Theatre Company, Matt Cowart, and Zak Sandler. It was directed by Sally Boyett, with musical direction by faculty member, Marc Bryan Lilley (B.M. 2006). The student vocalists included Hasani Allen, Erica Clare, Nicole Elledge, Brian McNally, Harrison Smith, and Allison Verfhofstadt.

N. Thomas Pedersen, head of the Musical Theatre Division, said he was “ecstatic” to bring the revue to Catholic University with the help of No Rules Theatre Company. “A chance for our students to work on the material of a living Broadway composer in collaboration with the original creative team who put this revue together for their age group is a true gift,” Pedersen said. “I am often asked to workshop new pieces and when I saw this one, I knew it would speak to our young artists and audience. Stephen Schwartz is their composer and their grandparents’ composer too.”

The revue, which was co-presented by the Musical Theatre Division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and No Rules Theatre Company in Arlington, VA featured works by Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who is best known for the Broadway hits Pippin, Godspell, and Wicked. Schwartz also contributed lyrics for films, including Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Enchanted

“I thought you guys did great,” Schwartz said to the beaming students. “I really got to know each one of you very distinctly, which is a wonderful thing, musically.” The Washington Post
 

Stephen Flaherty with Division Head Tom Pedersen and Alumna Rose Hemmingway

Music Theatre Division Head, N. Thomas Pedersen joins Rose Sezniak Hemmingway and Broadway Composer Stephen Flaherty at 54 Below in New York City after a concert performance of Flaherty and Ahrens, A Man of No Importance. Rose, best known for her role as Rosemary Pilkington opposite Daniel Radcliff in How to Succeed In Business without Really Trying is a 2005 graduate of the Music Theatre Division. 

Alumni News:


Sean Patrick Doyle MT, 2005

Sean Patrick is currently appearing on Broadway as Angel in the Tony-winning tuner, Kinky Boots. Best known for playing the roller-skating lackey, Garv, in 20th Century Fox's The Sitter, opposite Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell, Sean Patrick also provided singing vocals for Sir Ben Kingsley in Focus Features' Oscar-nominated stop-motion, The Boxtrolls.

Sean Patrick originated the role of Chantal the Songbird in the Tony award-winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles, opposite Emmy-winner Kelsey Grammer and Tony-winner Douglas Hodge.

For more information on Sean Patrick Doyle, visit his website: http://www.seanpatrickdoyle.com

Tim Rogan MT, 2011

Tim is currently starring as Lancelot in the National tour of Camelot. Before joining the company of Camelot, Tim appeared as Gaston in the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast. In the DC area, Tim worked at Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Shakespeare Theatre.

For more information on Tim Rogan, visit his website: http://www.tim-rogan.com

Kate Williams Grabau MT 2006

Kate is on the Camelot National as Lady Anne, along with Tim Rogan. Kate has extensive DC credits and has just completed her MFA in Acting at The University of Southern California.

For more information on Kate Williams, visit her website: http://www.katherinegrabau.com

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