All you people complaining about how kids these days need to learn to project: Are you talking about musicals or straight plays? Because I totally agree with you if you’re talking about plays, but in a musical it just isn’t (usually) possible, and that has something to do with the direction musical theatre has been taking the last twenty years or so. Yes, maybe, maybe they should be able to project over a 20-piece orchestra playing Oklahoma or something, but there’s no way one person is going to be heard over a 5-piece rock band armed with electric guitars and towers of amplifiers. And, honestly, I wouldn’t want them to try. Crank up the volume and turn that mother out!
But of course if you’re talking about a small house and a light orchestra in a softer show, then yes, actors do need to learn how to project without screaming. But it should be on a case-by-case basis, IMO.