PROGRAM Overview

Promising young performers can hone their talents through the Musical Theatre and Acting Preparatory Program at McCallum Fine Arts Academy. Faculty members of McCallum’s acclaimed Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance programs offer private lessons and group classes in voice, acting, and dance throughout the summer. As experienced performers themselves, our instructors understand the importance of creating a positive and challenging environment in which middle school and high school students can build technique and confidence in the performing arts.

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MTAPP helps students gain professional-level skills and prepare for roles in high school, community theatre, and professional theatre performances. MTAPP also equips high school students for auditions to gain entrance into highly competitive college and university theatre programs. MTAPP can assist students at all levels of performance ability, and no auditions are required.

Students may register for the musical theatre package of classes, encompassing acting, voice and dance or in classes in a single discipline. 

It’s all designed to help young performers shine on stage!

Admission

MTAPP at McCallum is designed for students ages 12 to 18, who want to improve their technique in voice, acting, dance, or all three disciplines by participating in weekly private lessons and/or group classes. 

Students should register at least two weeks before the beginning of the class session. Those who register early receive priority scheduling for private lessons.

No audition is required.

Curriculum

MTAPP provides exceptional, professional-level training to students ages 12 to 18. Students may choose from an array of private lessons and group classes in acting, dance, or voice, or select the Musical Theatre package that includes all three disciplines. Private lessons in contemporary pop singing are open to students of all ages.

Acting

  • Private Acting Lessons – one hour or half hour: Weekly training of the imagination, mind, body, and voice for the actor, with application to monologues and/or songs; suited to audition preparation.

  • Private Alexander Technique – 45 minutes: Weekly classes explore ways to release unnecessary muscular tension and redirect energy for more flexibility and ease in the body and voice for more successful performing and living skills.

  • Stage Combat - one hour: Beginning weekly with unarmed "hand-to-hand" combat, this class gives the student a safe and reliable set of combat techniques for use on stage and in front of the camera. As the class progresses, more advanced concepts are introduced involving rapier and broadsword.

Dance

  • Ballet Class – Dancers learn movement proficiency and the basis of all modern dance technique within a classical ballet training framework. Ballet meets twice weekly for an hour and a half.

  • Broadway Jazz Dance Class – Dancers learn movement proficiency and versatility within jazz and musical theatre dance. Jazz meets once per week for one hour.

  • Tap Dance Class – Dancers gain a greater understanding of rhythmic structures in traditional and contemporary approaches to tap technique. Tap meets once per week for one hour.

  • Contemporary/ Lyrical Dance Class - This class uses motion to interpret music and express emotion. Dancers will learn to demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music.  Contemporary Lyrical meets once per week for one hour.

  • Private Dance - Students can expect to receive knowledgeable attention to detail while promoting the individuals own personal artistry. Students will be given corrections, exercises, and physical/verbal cues to work up to their highest potential. Private dance lessons are available for 45 minutes or one half hour per class.

Private Voice Lessons

  • Musical Theatre Voice – one hour or half hour: Weekly private lessons concentrate on the fundamentals of vocal technique with application to the musical theatre repertoire.

  • Contemporary Pop Singing – one hour or half hour: Singers learn to sing with style by concentrating on the fundamentals of vocal technique, with application to contemporary music such as pop, rock, jazz, blues, and country. *Open to all ages.

Musical Theatre Package

  • This intensive schedule is designed for the student who wants to work on all disciplines of musical theatre performance. It includes weekly group classes in *ballet, Broadway jazz dance, and tap dance, and weekly half-hour private lessons in voice and acting. *Ballet class will meet twice weekly.

Registration Process

No audition is required. Students simply register and pay for classes below and then coordinate with their instructors for lesson scheduling.

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Musical Theatre Voice (1 hour) 5 lessons $225

Weekly one hour lessons (private) concentrating on fundamentals of vocal technique and applying to Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock or Classical repertoire. Instructor will call to schedule lesson time.

Instructor: Michelle Hache

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Private Acting (1 hour) 5 lessons $225

Weekly one hour lessons training imagination, mind, body, and voice for the actor and applying to monologues and/or songs. Great for audition preparation! Instructor will call to schedule lesson time.

Instructor: Joshua Denning

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Group Ballet Class  (1.5 hours) 10 lessons $170

2 weekly ballet classes where dancers learn movement proficiency and the basis of all modern dance technique within a classical ballet training framework.

Instructor: Natalie Jolly-Uehara

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Group Contemporary Class  (1 hour) 5 lessons $85

This class uses motion to interpret music and express emotion. Dancers will learn to demonstrate balance, extension, isolations and control utilizing the lyrics or mood of the music. Contemporary requires solid ballet technique as well as experience in jazz.

Instructor: Natalie Jolly-Uehara

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Stage Combat Group Class (1 hour) 5 lessons $85

Stage combat will teach the foundation skills necessary for performers entering either stage or television/film productions where choreographed combat may take place. Fundamental safety skills are stressed, as well as techniques common to conflict situations from all periods in history. The focus of this class will be to learn safe and dramatically effective techniques of staged violence

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Musical Theatre Voice (1/2 hour) 5 lessons $115

Weekly half-hour lessons (private) concentrating on fundamentals of vocal technique and applying to Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock or Classical repertoire. Instructor will call to schedule lesson time.

Instructor: Michelle Hache

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Private Acting (1/2 hour) 5 lessons $115

Weekly half-hour lessons training imagination, mind, body, and voice for the actor and applying to monologues and/or songs. Great for audition preparation! Instructor will call to schedule lesson time.

Instructors: Joshua Denning

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Group Broadway Jazz Dance Class  (1 hour) 5 lessons $85

Weekly Broadway jazz dance class where dancers learn movement proficiency and versatility within jazz and musical theatre dance. Learn jazz fundamentals and iconic choreography from Broadway.

Instructor: Natalie Jolly-Uehara

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Private Dance (45 minutes) 5 lessons $225

When it’s just you and a teacher in the studio, you get all the attention. Work problem turns, leaps, flexibility, and more. You don’t have to have a specific problem to take privates, but it helps to talk to your teacher about your goals and keep an open line of communication.

Instructor: Natalie Jolly-Uehara

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College Pre-Screen Filming Package $400

1) Go over your pre-screen filming requirements for every college on your list, so you don't miss a single detail and make sure you are prepared and organized for your pre-screen filming date.

2) Film all of your pre-screen video requirements in one all-inclusive session. Record in a recital hall with beautiful acoustics, an accompanist, acting coach, and vocal coach, so you shine in every pre-screen video clip.

Receive fully edited HD pre-screen video clips tailored to every college's unique pre-screen video requirements

You will receive all combinations of pre-screen video clips (edited to fulfill each college's requirements and labeled by college name), so that you can easily upload to your pre-screen applications and apply away!

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Private Alexander Technique (45 minutes) 5 lessons $165

Release unnecessary muscular tension and redirect that energy for more flexibility and ease in the body and voice. This holistic, intense and purposeful experience creates a powerful and lasting effect in your daily life. *Ages 14-18

Instructor: Joshua Denning

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Musical Theatre Package $485

This intensive schedule is designed for the student who wants to work on all disciplines of musical theatre performance. Includes weekly group classes in ballet, jazz, and tap dance.

Also includes weekly half-hour private lessons in voice and acting.          

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Group Tap Dance Class Class  (1 hour) 5 lessons $85

Weekly tap dance classes where dancers gain a greater understanding of rhythmic structures in traditional and contemporary approaches to tap technique. Learn tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap.

Instructor: Natalie Jolly-Uehara

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Private Dance (1/2 hour) 5 lessons $115

When it’s just you and a teacher in the studio, you get all the attention. Work problem turns, leaps, flexibility, and more. You don’t have to have a specific problem to take privates, but it helps to talk to your teacher about your goals and keep an open line of communication.

Instructor: Natalie Jolly-Uehara

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MTAPP Repertoire Class Monday, July 20, 2020 6:00-8:00pm

Open to all currently enrolled MTAPP students, Repertoire Class allows students to perform songs and/or monologues they have been working on during the summer session. The student will receive valuable feedback from MTAPP faculty and guests to further help with skills and their overall performance package.


MTAPP Summer Session June 8 – July 26, 2020

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION due Friday, May 29, 2020.

  • Please note that the session is 7 weeks in length to allow for vacations, etc.

  • MacTheatre requires that payment for MTAPP lessons are credit card only. No cash or checks.

MTAPP has a no refund policy – every hour of every class is essential, on-time and full-session attendance is mandatory. If a student has to drop, we will issue credit that has to be used by the end of the fiscal year or you may take any unused tuition as a charitable contribution to MacTheatre, and we will provide a confirmation letter. If your plans change, please email MTAPP founder Joshua Denning at joshua.denning@austinisd.org.

Upon registration a confirmation email will be sent to you with important class details.

 
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