British Musical Theatre History


MUSC 1070: Topics in Music: British Musical Theatre History

This course satisfies a three-credit fine arts general education/Global Citizenship Program requirement.

Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Chair, Department of Music, Webster University

Study in Summer 2014 with a musical theatre buff who also loves London — three and a half weeks on-line, followed by a ten day excursion to London.  See five shows.  Soak up the sights and sounds and thrills of one of the world’s greatest cities.  Check in with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Company.  Walk the Shakespeare walk at the Globe Theatre.  And have time for your own pursuits.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Week 01: The Beginnings; Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Week 02: The Music Hall, Revues, Noel Coward
  • Week 03: 50’s and 60’s, Rocky Horror, Staging and Technique
  • Week 04: Lloyd Webber, Mega-Musicals, Transplants; travel to London
  • Week 05: On Location

Sample Itinerary in London

Day One: Depart USA for overnight flight

Day Two: Arrive London; orientation; evening meal as group; walking tour of West End

Day Three: class; meet London theatre production staff; tour theatre; evening show

Day Four: class; matinee show

Day Five: British Library; Evensong at Westminster Abbey; evening meal together

Day Six: class; art gallery visit; theatre archive; City of London museum; show

Day Seven: class; guest lecture; museum visit; Gilbert & Sullivan show

Day Eight: class; individual topics excursions; show

Day Nine: class; lunch together; final guest presentation; Globe Theatre visit

Day Ten: return to USA


Online Dates:
May 26 – June 28, 2014 (five week summer term)
Travel Dates in UK:
June 18 – June 28, 2014


Who can take this course and travel to London?
This course is available for any undergraduate student at any institution. Students at other Universities may enroll in the course as a non-degree seeking student. Webster University Alumni are also welcome to register. Please verify with your advisor if this course can be used as an elective in your program.

Please contact Jeffrey Carter at or 314.968.7033 to register for this course.

Can I bring a family member or friend with me?

Only registered students will be allowed to participate in the scheduled activities for the class. Webster University does not assume any liability or responsibility for travel companions, friends or family members accompanying students in the course.


When do I need to log in to the World Classroom course?
Students can access the course in Blackboard beginning Monday, May 26, 2014.

Tuition and Fees

How much is the tuition for this course?
The tuition will be 3 credits at the Summer 2014 online course rate. See Catalog for details.

How much is the study abroad fee and what is included?
Students pay a study abroad fee of $150. The fee covers international health insurance, a Lonely Planet guidebook, an International Student Identification Card (ISIC), and pre-departure and on-site orientation.

When do I have to pay the study abroad fee?
The study abroad fee of $150 is due by the course registration deadline of March 1, 2014. It is non-refundable after the registration deadline.

How do I pay the Study Abroad fee?
Students may include a check made out to Webster University and send it in with the Study Abroad application. Please include your student ID # and the course title on the check. Students may also contact the bursar’s office at (800) 981-9803 or (314) 968-7410 and ask to pay by credit card. Students should send payment to the
Office of Study Abroad
Attn: Kate Brooks
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119


How much is the deposit and when do I have to pay it?
The deposit is your $150 Study Abroad Fee. It is due by the course registration deadline of March 1, 2014. The $150 deposit is not refundable after the deadline.

What is the Program Fee and what does it include?
There is a program fee that covers the in-country costs associated with this course. It is $1200. It includes shared accommodation, local transportation, breakfast daily and some other meals, and entry fees to selected shows.  (London hotels are pricey, so this is actually a pretty good deal!)

How do I pay the program fee?
The program fee will be billed to your student account shortly before the start of the course.

What is the Withdrawal Policy for this course?
A special withdrawal policy applies to the program fees associated with this course. Students may withdraw from the course subject to refunds:
Withdraw by March 1, 2014 – 100% program fee
Withdraw by April 15, 2014 – 50% program fee
Withdraw after April 15, 2014 – 0% program fee

Tuition will be refunded according to the University withdrawal policy found in the 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog.

Is Financial Aid Available?
Students should speak with their financial aid counselor to determine what  funds are available.

How much will travel expenses cost for this course?
IN ADDITION TO TUITION, here are estimated expenses for this trip:

PLEASE NOTE – Some of these expenses are estimated amounts. Actual costs may vary depending on your travel preferences and purchases in country.

Airfare: estimate $1,400
Program fee:  $1,200
Includes 9 nights shared accommodations, breakfast daily, some meals,
entry to at least three West End shows
Additional meals/miscellaneous: estimate $300
Study Abroad Fee(insurance, guidebook, ISIC card): $150


LondonStreetscapes13Where will I stay while in London?
You will stay with fellow class-members. Prices are based on a shared double room with another student enrolled in the course. If you would prefer a single room, there is an additional fee of $175.  Accommodations are at Webster’s London campus.

If you plan to add additional time, you are responsible for all arrangements and payments for the extra dates. Dr. Carter can provide hotel suggestions in and around London.

How will I pay for my accommodation?
The cost of accommodation is covered in the program fees noted above. The charges will be billed to your student account.

What if I’m already in London for a summer term?
The program fee is reduced by $700 for students who are already in London for a five weeks or more, and living at Webster University housing in London.

Travel Considerations

You may book your flight through any travel provider that offers the best deal based on your location or frequent flier miles. We recommend as a good resource for student travel discounts. Note, student tickets typically require an International Student ID Card. (ISIC) You will receive an ISIC card as part of your study abroad package.

There are multiple airline options that fly to UK. Below is a list of sources that you may wish to consider when making your flight arrangements or for reference.

When should I book my flights?
You should wait until after the registration to confirm that the class is viable or not. If there are not enough students to participate we will have to cancel the course. The minimum enrollment is 8 students.

When should I arrive in UK?
Please make sure that you arrive in London no later than Thursday morning, June 19, 2014, as we will have class that afternoon.. This means that you may need to leave the US, Europe or Asia no later than Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in preparation for course session beginning on Thursday.

When can I depart UK?
Students may leave at any time after the on-location study tour concludes on Friday, June 27, 2014. Your housing reservations are provided through the night of Friday, June 27, 2014 assuming most students will depart on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Students may also opt to stay longer or travel at their own expense before returning home.

Can I arrive earlier or extend my visit to London?
Yes, we encourage the opportunity to travel if you are able to do so; however any arrangements to extend the time in London are the student’s responsibility. Please contact your instructor with questions or recommendations on where to go and what to do or refer to the guidebook that you will receive from the Office of Study Abroad. Note: all additional travel arrangements are to be made by the student.

Which Airport do I need to fly into/from?
Students may fly into and depart from either of the following airports:
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
London Gatwick Airport (LGW)

How do I get from the Airport to the Hotel?
Students have several options to transfer from the airport to the hotel. More information regarding arrival procedures will be provided in the online course.

Will I need a passport and a visa?
Yes, you will need a valid passport to enter the UK along with a letter confirming your enrolment in a short-term study program and proof of your departure plans (flight itinerary). If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa for a stay of less than 180 days in the UK.

If you hold a visa from another country, you may need a visa to enter the UK. Please refer to this site to determine whether you need a visa.

*Please note that it is ultimately each student’s responsibility to ensure compliance with immigration laws and determine if student visas are necessary. Visa regulations change often and without notice. To obtain the most up-to-date information, please visit your local UK embassy website.

A PERFECT English breakfast.
A PERFECT English breakfast.

Course Matters, Application and Registration

What is the Course Title and Course #?
Grad Course: MUSC 1070 British Musical Theatre History

How do I enroll?
There are three steps to complete your enrollment in this course. Please complete these steps by the registration deadline of March 1, 2014.

1. Complete the Study Abroad Application for this course and submit it to the Office of Study Abroad. You can email copies and send the supporting material separately if it’s easier. The Study Abroad Application for this course can be found online at

2. Email Dr. Jeffrey Carter at and request registration. Please include your student # in the email.

3. Pay your deposit.

When can I register and apply?
You can sign up for this course now. Summer registration officially opens in February 2014 but students can register for this course by submitting the study abroad application and emailing a registration request to Dr. Jeffrey Carter at 314.968.7033 or Space is limited to 16 students. We will register students first come first serve based on the complete Study Abroad Applications that are received.

Should I go ahead and register and consider myself “signed up,” or should I wait for confirmation from you?
Students should send the Study Abroad Student Application forms and all the additional materials including passport sized photos, passport photocopy and program deposit, to the Office of Study Abroad for the travel portion of the course. Course registration is a separate step and must be done as outlined above. After the registration deadline, Webster University will begin processing your travel information and determine that there are sufficient enrollments in order for the course to “Go.” You should ensure the course appears on your student schedule to verify enrollment. You will be contacted if the course is cancelled. Visiting students or WINS affiliate students (non-Webster) will be registered by the Office of Study Abroad after their information is processed.

Can I register through an extended campus or should I do it all online?
Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Carter at or 314.968.7033 to register for this class. You will still be enrolled as a student at your local campus but we will register you and send you a confirmation email.

How many students will travel to London?
Maximum enrollment is 16 students. A minimum of 8 is required for the course to go.

If I have questions about the course, how do I contact the instructor?
Dr. Jeffrey Carter at

Where can I find basic information about London and UK?
UK London


Does the campus residence hall have Internet Access?

What’s the currency in UK?
UK’s currency is called the pound (GBP) Approximate exchange rate: 1.00 GBP = 1.7 USD. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted and you can exchange U.S. dollars and Euros at banks throughout the country or in the airports. Students can access ATM machines at the airport or on nearly every street corner.

Students can review exchange rates at:

Language Requirements
Classes are taught in English and students do not need to know a foreign language to enroll in these classes.

What’s the weather like in UK in June?
London has a temperate climate with all four seasons and no extremes of temperature. Spring is a season of unpredictable weather; it can be chilly, damp and grey or it can be sunny with pleasant temperature. Generally, the average daytime temperature in London in June is 74°F.

What should I pack?
Because of the unpredictability of the weather you could consider dressing in layers. Business casual dress is appropriate for theatre visits and lectures. You should also bring casual clothing for evenings and fun visits. Don’t forget comfortable sandals or shoes as you will be doing quite a bit of walking.  Flip-flops and the like are tough on the feet when you’re in them all day; think about sensible shoes!

Contact Information
For general questions about this course, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Carter at or 314.968.7033.

For questions about the study abroad Application, the Student Treatment and Release Form, the deposit and other travel logistics, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.
You may contact the study abroad coordinator by telephone or via email. Kate Brooks Office of Study Abroad 314-968-6988

Program Changes

The information provided in this document is a general guideline for the course. Details may be adjusted or modified as the plans are finalized. Any changes will be communicated in a timely manner to all registered students.

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