Musical Theatre is a uniquely American art form, explored through this unique unit by instructor Annie Dragoo.

It is divided into two parts: first, students view a documentary called Broadway the American Musical - available on YouTube. Students will reflect after each episode and there is an available viewing quiz.

After viewing, discussing and reflecting on each episode of the PBS Documentary, Broadway: The American Musical, students will research a specific topic in order to create and design a musical theatre museum exhibit. It’s a great three-dimensional demonstration of knowledge, and there is a rubric provided for the completed exhibit.

This is not your traditional textbook history learning!

Overview

The overview outlines the materials in the unit, which are divided into two parts: viewing a documentary and researching/creating a museum exhibit on a musical theatre topic.

1: Give My Regards to Broadway

By viewing this documentary, students explore Broadway’s history from the vaudeville shows and operettas of the 20th century to 21st-century extravaganzas such as Hairspray and Wicked. In this lesson, students will view, discuss, and reflect on Episode 1.

2: The Charleston, Jazz, and the New American Slang

In this lesson, students will view, discuss, and reflect on Episode 2.

3: Broadway Gives Hope

In this lesson, students will view, discuss, and reflect on Episode 3.

4: The Golden Age

In this lesson, students will view, discuss, and reflect on Episode 4.

5: Broadway Reinvents Itself

In this lesson, students will view, discuss, and reflect on Episode 5.

6: Broadway and the Global Economy

In this lesson, students will view, discuss, and reflect on Episode 6.

7: Topic Research and Exhibit Planning

In Part Two of this unit, students will research the influence of a musical theatre topic in the past and present. Students will apply their knowledge by creating, designing, and presenting a musical theatre museum exhibit.


8: Museum Day

Students will showcase what they have learned about their musical theatre topic in a museum exhibit. Students will also learn about additional musical theatre topics by viewing other exhibits and answering questions found in the Museum Exhibit Questionnaire Book.

Standards Addressed

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts


British Columbia (2018)


GRADE 7 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Describe, interpret and respond to works of art

GRADE 8 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Describe, interpret and respond to works of art