Each fall prospective students from the greater Austin area are invited to attend the McCallum Fine Arts Academy Showcase. Each major at McCallum (Theatre, Choral Studies, Dance, Band, Orchestra, Classical Guitar, Piano, Visual Arts, and Cinematic Arts) offers a special live performance on the MAC stage and arts faculty members as well as current Academy students offer talkbacks, Q&A sessions, and tours of all the various arts departments. October each year.
MacTheatre will hold auditions to compete at TX Thespians 2017! Monday, September 4 from 5-7 PM in the Fine Arts Building Theatre
These events, often called IEs, allow students the opportunity to showcase their talents in either Performance, Short Film or Technical Events.
- McCallum may enter up to 6 entries in Performance Events and up to 7 entries in Technical Events.
- No single student may enter more than one of these National Qualifying Events. (Note: A group or duet event involves multiple students, but only counts as one ENTRY).
On Monday September 4, 2017 the Theatre Faculty will hold auditions for 6 Performance IEs and 7 Technical IEs from the following categories:
- Solo Musical, Duet Musical, Group Musical, Monologue, Duet Acting, Group Acting, Sound Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, Marketing, Costume Construction, Costume Design, Set Design, Team Mask Making (team of 4), Team Design Costume Design (team of 4), Team Design Hair/Make-Up (team of 4), Team Design Set Construction (team of 4), Team Tech Challenge (min 5 to 7 max), Team Improv Challenge (team of 4-6; 4 players, 2 alternates), Team Dance Competition (min 2 to 16 max), Short Film, Audition Scholarship, Leadership Workshop
Please consult the TX Thespians website for the competition guidelines specific to the event in which you are interested- you will need to download their handbook:
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THESE GUIDELINES AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE PREPARED ACCORDINGLY AND THAT YOUR WORK IS COMPLIANT WITH TX THESPIAN IE COMPETITION GUIDELINES.
Please prepare your audition according to these guidelines and be prepared to show your work and complete a brief interview at our on-campus auditions on Monday September 4.
Break a leg!
MacTheatre will hold auditions for thier fall play Act One Tuesday November 10 at 5pm in the Fine Arts Building Theatre with callbacks Wednesday November 11 at 5pm in the Fine Arts Building Theatre.
- Please prepare a 1-minute to 90 second comedic or dramatic contemporary monologue. For callbacks please be prepared for cold reading from the script.
"ACT ONE is tremendous fun, sweet and wise-wistful, [full of] insight into the joys and terrors of show business." —Time Out (New York).
Back To School Bash
The Royale Theatre Society hosts a “Meet and Greet” party each year to kick off the school year. This informal get-together at the JCC provides an opportunity for parents to get introduced, chat with faculty members, and get informed about upcoming initiatives, events, and performances. It is very important that ALL THEATRE PARENTS ATTEND. Food is served and there is a pool party for students. August each year.
MacTheatre Annual Budget
The schoolcode is mactheatre. Once inside the portal click on PUBLIC CALENDAR in the lower left corner to view the most up to date calendar.
Another MFAA tradition, approximately once per semester an afternoon talent show is held that is open to all students through auditions. Performances are only limited by student’s imagination.
Auditions are a key part of admissions for college Theatre programs. The top programs are extremely selective for admission, with several hundred students auditioning for 10-20 slots. MFAA Theatre students train extensively for college auditions including mock audition sessions as part of their coursework as well as one-on-one coaching and guidance from the Theatre Faculty.
How To Get Started Finding The Right College Program For You:
Quite spendy, college audition coaches offer the same college audition preparation that we offer at McCallum. The advantage to trusting McCallum faculty with your pieces is that we know you and have worked with you for four years. We offer our assistance because we want to see you succeed, not as a business model. Our faculty knows the subtleties of the schools, knows the program heads, and they know us. Save your money for those flights, application fees, hotels, headshots, makeup, and wardrobe. We recommend using a QUALITY audition coach if you have the means. Use a coach that is well connected and can give you access to Mary Anna Denard's MOONIFIED (unified) auditions in Dallas. The only two college audition coaches that can do that are:
Crew Sign Up
When you think you would like to crew a MacTheatre show you should sign as soon as possible up by filling out this online form.
Can anyone crew a MacTheatre production?
MacTheatre productions are open to any McCallum student either in the Academy or in the general population.
Fair Share Fees
Fair Share Fees are due for all Theatre majors on the first day of classes: AUGUST 21, 2017.
Theatre Department Fair Share Fees cover:
Texas Thespian Festival: $380
- Registration (2 plated dinners, workshops & shows included) $150
- Hotel Room (per room, per night & room sleeps 4) $ 180.00 -Individual Fee Per Student $135
- Audition, competition event, and troupe fees included $25
- Charter Bus Transportation included $70
Production Fees for the year: $150 (Production Fees are required of all Theatre students)
- Tech Week Meals
- Performance Rights
- Sound Equipment
- Lighting Equipment
- Guest Artists
- Theatre Department T-Shirt (each student must have a Theatre T-Shirt for event outings)
2017-18 Theatre Department Fair Share Fee Total: $530
I am a Musical Theatre Certificate student that is not a Theatre major. Do I have to pay Theatre Department Fair Share Fees?
No. Musical Theatre Certificate students that are Dance and Choral Studies majors can pay for each component separately: $380 for Texas Thespian Festival due August 21, 2017 (if you would like to attend the TX Thespian Festival), $75 Production Fees due at the start of each rehearsal process when cast, and $17 for a Theatre Department t-shirt due October 2, 2017.
Fine Arts Building Theatre- FABT
The smaller theatre at MFAA. Most Theatre Department productions are performed in the FABT including the mainstage straight plays and The Rep: Student Directed One Act Play Festival.
Freshman Orientation- Artist Academy
The MacTheatre Artist Academy is a 3 day-long event for Freshmen and other new students to get acquainted with MFAA and MacTheatre. August each year.
Headshot PHOTOGRAPHERS (RECOMMENDED)
How to Spell and Say “Theatre”
Always spell “theatre” with an “re” at the end, not “theater.” Avoid pronouncing it “thee-ate-er.” The cognoscenti say, “thee-ah-ter.”
Sign up for our Google listserve group where we talk about upcoming volunteer opportunities to support the Theatre Department and our thespians. You do not have to have a gmail address to participate.
If you want to be manually added to the group, send an email with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once registered you can easily contact all listserve members by simply sending an email to email@example.com
MacTheatre produces four major productions per year, two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester, always including a play and a musical each semester. Auditions for the next show of the season promptly follow the performances of the previous show.
Can anyone audition for a MacTheatre production?
MacTheatre productions are open to any McCallum student either in the Academy or in the general population.
McCallum Arts Center- MAC
The large theatre at MFAA. The mainstage musicals are usually the only theatre productions in the MAC.
New York and London
Every other year the Theatre Department at McCallum sponsors a spring break Theatre Education trip to New York or London to see Broadway shows and take master classes from Broadway or West End professionals.
paramount story wranglers internship
The Paramount Theatre has formed an exclusive partnership with Theatre majors from McCallum Fine Arts Academy. Theatre majors from the McCallum can apply to participate in a Story Wranglers production, which involves collaboratively adapting stories written by 3rd graders into a theatrical production performed at their elementary school.
Princess Tea Party Fundraiser
The Royale Court Players Thespian Troupe #4229 officers organize a Princess Tea Party fundraiser each Halloween where kids can have tea with their favorite fairy tale characters followed by a special live performance by the princesses.
Enrolling in Production Class is optional and the class is open to any McCallum student. Production class meets every Friday and once enrolled, students complete production hours by rehearsing or crewing MacTheatre shows and complete assignments related to the production of MacTheatre performances for class credit. Levels III & IV of the class are on a 5 point weighted scale and Production Class has the unique ability to raise the student's cumulative GPA if the student does well in the class.
Simply text the class code @mact to 81010 to receive MFAA Theatre Department text message updates directly on your phone.
ROYALE COURT PLAYERS- RCP
The Royale Court players or RCP is the official name of McCallum's Thespian troupe. The difference between the school's Thespian troupe and the theatre program: The Thespian troupe is a subset of the theatre arts program. It is the student honor society, a separate student organization, and membership is earned.
What is the Thespian Club?
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is a drama organization for high-school theatre students.
What are thespian points?
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the honor society for middle and secondary school theatre students. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts that meets the Society's general guidelines. Students meet one important induction requirement by earning Thespian points.
What is the International Thespian Society?
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association's student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS.
What is a thespian induction?
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the honor society for secondary school theatre students. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts. High school Thespian induction eligibility requirements and procedures are detailed in the Thespian Troupe Handbook.
1) JOIN MCCALLUM'S ROYALE COURT PLAYERS, THESPIAN TROUPE #4229
The National Honor Society for Theatre
MFAA Theatre Students who accrue 10 points based on after-school volunteer service for the Theatre Department (approximately 10 hours per point) are eligible for induction into International Thespian Society Troupe #4229. Hours are tracked by the Royale Theatre Society Thespian Union Steward parent volunteer.
2) SUBMIT YOUR THESPIAN POINT SHEET EACH ACADEMIC YEAR
A Thespian Point Record should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to the RTS mailbox in the FABT each year by May 1. Each student should keep a cumulative point record throughout their time at McCallum even after they have been inducted. Point accumulation may begin during the first semester at McCallum
Thespians who demonstrate high academic success in overall coursework while achieving excellent work in theatre earn the distinction "scholar." The scholar distinction always follows the student’s rank to create his or her full designation:
- Thespian Scholar
- Honor Thespian President's List Scholar
- National Honor Thespian Scholar
- Students with a 3.5 GPA become Vice President's List Scholars, and students with a 4.0 GPA are awarded the President's List Scholar distinction.
- Back To School Bash
- Halloween- Princess Tea Party Fundraiser
- Texas Thespian State Festival- a convention of over 7000 high school Thespians!
- Current Student and Alumni Holiday Party
- RCP Lock In
Royale Theatre Society- RTS
An organization of Theatre Department parents who volunteer their time to assist the department with concessions, Tech Week food, events, and fund-raising. The Royale Theatre Society meets one evening each month and begins the year with a meet-and-greet party for all department parents and faculty called the Back To School Bash.
Tech Week and Tech Week Food
The week before a production when final rehearsals are held in the evening (cue to cue rehearsal, dress rehearsal, run-throughs). The Royale Theatre Society parents supply dinner each evening for up to 100 students.
Each year each Performance Theatre (Acting), Musical Theatre Certificate, and Technical Theatre student travels with the Theatre Department to the Texas Thespian Festival.
Texas Thespian State Festival is filled with:
- Main Stage Performances
- Play Marathons
- College Auditions
- Performance Competitions
- Technical Competitions
- Nationally Acclaimed Guest Speakers
- All Convention Events
- Late Night Social Events
- Thespian-related vendors
- Opportunities to advance to the International Thespian Society National Festival
- Opportunities to meet other Thespians from all over TX who share a great passion for Theatre
November 15-18, 2017 at the Gaylord Texan Resort
1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051
The Rep: Student-Directed One Act Play Festival
Cutting-edge, innovative, student-conceived productions in one act, held in the spring. Level 3 and 4 Acting and Musical Theatre students “pitch” their concepts for productions to the faculty at the start of spring semester and three to four are selected for production, performed in repertory over several evenings along with the Level 1 UIL One Act Play contest entry. The Rep also includes McCallum's unique student-written musical. Only Level 3 and 4 students are able to direct for The Rep and only Level 2, 3, and 4 students may serve as cast or crew for The Rep.
Theatre Class Websites
Theatre Department College Night
At Theatre Department College Night in the fall, the Theatre faculty explain all the in’s and out’s of the college admission process for theatre students: BA vs. BFA, the audition process, how to prepare for college, the best schools for theatre, and more.
Theatre Department Website
The MFAA Theatre Department website is www.mactheatre.com. You can download forms and important Theatre Department information from the CURRENT STUDENTS page and tickets for MacTheatre shows can be purchased from this site.
Tickets to MacTheatre productions can be purchased via the WHAT'S ON and TICKETS links at wwww.mactheatre.com
MFAA Theatre Students who accrue 10 points based on after-school volunteer service for the Theatre Department (approximately 10 hours per point) are eligible for induction into International Thespian Society Troupe #4229. Hours are tracked by the Royale Theatre Society Thespian Union Steward parent volunteer. The Induction Ceremony and Banquet is sponsored by the Royale Court Players Thespian Troupe #4229 elected officers and the Royale Theatre Society parent advocacy organization and is held at the end of the school year on the MAC stage. Thespian officers are also elected at the end of each school year.
UIL One Act Play Contest
All freshman Acting majors participate in the production of McCallum's University Interscholastic League One Act Play Contest entry. At the start of the spring semester the play is cast and rehearsed in the freshmen Acting major's class and performed not only at the various locations and dates of the competition, but also in repertory with The Rep: Student Directed One Act Play Festival productions.
Each year in February 50+ college programs hold auditions in Chicago called “National Unified Auditions” (also held in NYC, Las Vegas, and LA).
During the first two weeks of each academic year private voice teachers register McCallum students for on-campus private voice lessons. These private lessons can be taken during the student's Theatre, Musical Theatre, or Choral Studies class periods.