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Telling Stories Through Song

Learn About Musical Theatre

From the amphitheaters of ancient Greece, to the Yiddish Theatre of the 19th century, to the modern-day Broadway stages, musical theatre performances continue to entertain audiences worldwide. Join musical theatre performer and UMS teaching artist Thani Brant as they perform songs from the contemporary musical canon and take us through some vocal exercises to prepare us for singing. So get ready to warm up your voice and belt out a song!

To learn about the origins of musical theatre and how to write your own “I Want” song, explore the accompanying slides and worksheets.

Recommended for

Grades 5-12 (Ages 10-17)

Accompanying Presentation

View on Google Slides or download as a PDF


Fill in the Blank (PDF)
Singing Your Want (PDF)
Word Search (PDF)

About the Artist

Thani BrantThani Brant is a senior undergrad at the University of Michigan pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Musical Theatre Composition. They grew up in Fresno, CA where they fell in love with performing and the creative process. Throughout their time in Michigan, Thani has had the immense joy of working at Pioneer High School as a choreographer and director, and they hope to continue teaching throughout their career. Most recently, Thani performed in MUSKET’s Newsies in Concert, and Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Soul, a new work written and directed by Michael McElroy.


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