Directing the Musical: a seminar

A seminar taught by Douglas Anderson

Thanks for the great response and interest in this class–the class is now full. Perhaps we will offer it again in the future!

Doug has directed over forty musicals and operas in his career, and he’s eager to guide a few committed people through the complex process of planning and creating a musical production. In late August Doug will begin preparing the musical RAGTIME, which will be the Town Hall Theater/Middlebury College January Term production this year. As he works through a series of specific exercises that he uses to prepare any production, the students in the class will do them as well – in effect, preparing their own production of RAGTIME. The script and score will be analyzed, we’ll think about imagery and iconography and stage space, we’ll build crude models that will give us a feel for how the production will flow and how the set will create physical relationships.

The focus of the course is the process – a process that can be applied to any play or musical. The seminar will meet weekly and will run from late August to early December. Students, if they wish, can stay with RAGTIME and serve as assistant directors during rehearsals in January, working with what is sure to be a terrific student cast. RAGTIME opens at Town Hall Theater on January 22, 2015.

Interested people should contact Doug at:

A few words about your theater experience and anything else you’d like to add would be welcome. The seminar is free.