I know a little bit about IU's MT program. My d is a theater major there, choosing not to audition for the BFA because she fell in love with the university and knew she wanted to go there. She was told that she would be able to take many of the same classes as the MT kids but have more flexibility in her other course selection. She is taking private voice lessons with Ray Fellman who also works with the BFA kids and she is absolutely ecstatic about that! She was in Seussical last fall as a freshman, much to her surprise. We saw the show twice and were very impressed by the level of talent. The cast had a nice blend of students...grad students, BFA MT, theater and non-theater kids. It appeared to us that the director George Pinney, whom she loved and is a fabulous choreographer, was focused on putting the best kids in the production, irregardless of their majors. That being said, my d tells me that the kids cast for the spring production of Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum are mostly BFA kids and the director is the head of the department. So perhaps he really wants to showcase the program? It is tough to know what they are looking for as far as talent goes...the boy who was Jo Jo in Seussical auditioned last year and didn't get in to the BFA program!
IU has informed the kids that their musicals next year will be The Wild Party and Oklahoma. If I can answer any more questions, I will try!