Character Songs in Musical Theater


Join us in April for a two-day vocal workshop online!


Musicals operate on a heightened dramatic scale. Characters burst into song to tell us about who they are, their hopes, desires, and motivations. Character songs do not move the action forward, but instead propel the character and the audience through the show. They are also the most memorable and recorded songs from musicals as they deal with universal wants and needs.


Led by TIP veteran Karen Pauley, participants will look at the vocal technique and the various voice qualities that are used to ensure that the character clearly articulates their desires and motivations. They will also look at ways to create the character to ensure that sound and physicalization of the character is consistent during both speaking and singing.


Participants will need a device on which you can access Zoom, and a musical theater character song that you want to work on. You can sing the song a cappella or play a backing track.


About the instructor: Karen has been singing for most of her life, has studied classical and contemporary styles, and has an Advanced Professional Diploma in Teaching Contemporary Singing. She is vocal director for TIP Youth, has been vocal director for five TIP shows, and also works with Tokyo Theatre for Children.



When: Saturday, April 16th 1pm-4pm & April 23rd 1pm-5pm (JST)


Where: Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link to the meeting.


Fee: ¥3000 total for both sessions


Tickets: Here!


The workshop will be held in English.