Keep Boyd Gaines as Our Acting Teacher

Keep Boyd Gaines as Our Acting Teacher

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The first class of Manhattan School of Music’s musical theatre program is soon to create a milestone for the institution by becoming the first musical theatre graduates in the conservatory’s history. These three and a half years have been a thrilling ride for all of us, and we only want to end our last semester as Musical Theatre majors here with a triumphant finish. That being said, we feel that if we are to properly represent MSM’s Musical Theatre program with our best foot forward and impress the industry with the strength of our training, acting classes should remain high on the priority list. Our last semester at MSM shouldn’t be one where acting training is not guaranteed, in fact, it should remain as one of our core classes with Boyd Gaines as our teacher since he’s already begun to propel our growth as actors with an unparalleled mastery. 

Upon our acceptance into the first year of this program, we were promised that we would be trained as actors first, because there are many people in this competitive field that can sing and dance, but there aren’t as many that are true storytelling artists. It’s the acting that will set us apart. So far, that promise has been held true by having acting classes as a core part of our three and a half years at MSM, so to strip that away would be jarring, and not true to the promise we were initially given. As students in this theatre program, we pay a high tuition, and if our money is to truly reap the benefits of an esteemed theatre curriculum, acting shouldn’t be overlooked, and we feel that we’ve really reaped these benefits this past semester with Boyd Gaines as our professor. In fact, increasing our time with him throughout the week would be extremely beneficial, since as of now, we only have his class for 2 hours and 40 minutes a week and we are aware that there is so much more to learn. As the first class, we understand that instability in the curriculum is a sometimes inevitable outcome with anything that is new, and we have tried our best to roll with the waves and make the best with what we have, however, with Boyd Gaines as our acting teacher, it’s one of the first times that we have felt confidence and stability in our acting training. Losing that sense of stability we’ve craved is not fair. 

Being a part of the first class of Manhattan School of Music’s Musical Theatre program has been a fulfilling experience, especially because so much of our experience has been molding the program into the incredible force in the college theatre world that it’s already becoming. We all deeply believe that if we are guaranteed our exceptional acting training with Boyd Gaines up until our graduation day, it will not only make us feel all the more prepared to step out and tell stories as a profession, but elevate MSM’s name as a conservatory that pushes and challenges its students to become the most genuine and respected actors they can be.

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