I would contact Mr. Richter to ask how many theatre majors there are, I don't know. My D has had no trouble getting the classes she wanted. The only problem she has had getting into classes have been when there was a time conflict for classes she wanted.
There are numerous opportunities to perform, both in mainstage productions, and blackboxes and what are called third tier shows. There is also a newish film studies department and there are opportunities to appear in student films.
Before my D started I had similar concerns, as many times there are as many as 200 students auditioning for a show- as any student on campus can audition, and do- but since freshman year she has been called back for roles, and has appeared in both mainstage shows as well as blackbox student run shows, and directed a third tier production in her sophomore year.
I don't know specifics about the casting process- except that any student can audition. The only limit I know about casting is that when you are taking directing you cannot be in certain shows, as the directing class is considered a huge time commitment.
There are also opportunities to do shows at Allentown Civic Theatre (which is currently doing Rent) and some other smaller venues. One of my D's friends has been doing shows at Cedar Crest College too, as it is an all woman's college and needs lots of males to help out.
If you get a chance, come to campus this week to see An American Tragedy. It is a dark show, but should answer some of your questions about the quality of the program.
I just wanted to add that my D will graduate from Muhlenberg in a few months, and she plans to move back to California and look for work here. It will take some work on her part to make connections again here, as now her roots are on the east coast. But I have no doubt the training she has gotten will help her tremendously. I feel as though Muhlenberg was a great fit for her personally. She has been challenged, and given wonderful opportunities.
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