Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Arts and Letters and University Honors


Arts & Letters

First Advisor

Jonathan Walker


Richard Rogers (1902-1979), Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) -- Lyrics, Musicals -- United States -- 20th century -- History and criticism




The purpose of this paper is to outline the process I used to prepare a performance of ten songs written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, a famous composer and lyricist duo who wrote five notable works for the stage during the “Golden Age” of Musical Theater. I ask the question: how can I use evidence of motivation and desire in Hammerstein’s lyrics to help inform my acting a vocal choice in the performance of each song? I investigate manifestations of desire in each of the song lyrics on my set list and reflect on the reality of applying my findings from these investigations to rehearsal. I found that in general, these lyrical analyses helped me understand the subtext of the lyrics and mood of the character, however I it was also necessary to experiment with movement and physical alignment in order to transfer the idea of the character into the complete embodiment of them.

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