The mission statement on The University of Oklahoma‘s Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre talks about providing a great education, top-notch training, and several types of opportunities in regards to the musicals they produce. This way the students that are selected for the excellent Musical Theatre BFA program at OU are assured to be artistically competitive upon graduation with others around the nation. “The School is committed to the development of new musical properties, cooperating with professional producers, companies and creative leaders in the field, in addition to regularly presenting works from the musical theatre repertoire,” (OUs musical theatre website).
The school offers a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and works well with the Drama & Dance department to offer their students opportunities to perform in plays and dance pieces.
The seniors get a NYC showcase each year for several of the top casting directors and agents in the city. So, if you are afraid that you won’t get that NYC experience going to school in the dust bowl, please put those fears aside and check out The University of Oklahoma.
One of their alumns, Kristin Beth Williams, made her West End debut in 2013 joining the London cast of Top Hat as Dale Tremont, the role created in the film by Ginger Rogers. She had rave reviews and made a splash over seas.
Although being a young program (their first graduating class was in 2001), they have had several graduates perform on Brodaway. Esther Stilwell appeared on Broadway in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Dan Horne recently joined the Broadway cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Emily Mechler is currently the Glinda understudy in Wicked on Broadway. Christopher Rice made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon in 2013. And of course, there are many more.
The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre is very competitive and quite selective. You must submit a video audition before (a few) auditionees get to audition live. Their reqruitment for the year often stats as early as October, so do not procrastinate getting your application & video in to OU!!!
Their alumni appear to be a close-knit group of performers and are very proud of their school. If you want to go to a University that has a top notch Musical Theatre program AND get the whole sporty vibe/school spirit AND have a great scholastic education, then OU is a school you should check out. They have it all!
If you are an alumn or current student, please leave a comment encouraging others to check out your school!