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Musical Theatre

Dorothy Dickson Darte Center • 570-408-4420 (T) • 570-408-7842 (F) • Email
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To pursue a career in Musical Theatre Performance, you need an education that will help you become exceptionally competitive as a performer.  The right college can make all the difference.  

You will want to have a strong foundation in music, acting and dance. Wilkes University’s Musical Theatre Program takes a serious integrative approach to voice, acting, dance and technical theatre within a liberal arts context.

In addition to weekly private voice lessons Wilkes offers numerous vocal opportunities throughout the year:

  • Four mainstage shows (two of which are musicals)
  • Faculty directed black box shows
  • Student directed black box shows
  • Sing with our Jazz Band, University chorus and Chamber singers.

All levels of dance are offered every semester:

  • Ballet, jazz, tap and modern
  • Classes in chorography
  • Multiple dance opportunities with the resident ballet company


The musicals in our production season range from classics like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” to newer cutting edge offerings such as the difficult and dark neo- Brechtian musical “Adding Machine A Musical”.  

Our students have opportunities to perform in every possible setting from intimate cabaret to proscenium – from original works to children’s theatre.  It’s always interesting.

We encourage you to visit Wilkes and see a production. The best show of strength of a school’s program is the quality of production it is ultimately able to produce.   

Come and talk with our students. Take a tour of the Darte Center and the Darling Theatre. Meet the faculty. See the campus. It’s a great way to get a feel for Wilkes and whether it’s for you.

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