Academy Showcase

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 for their spring musical West Side Story on Monday November 13 and Tuesday November 14 from 5-8pm in the Fine Arts Building Theatre. Callbacks will be by invitation Wednesday November 15 from 5-6pm.

  • Vocal Audition: Monday November 13, 5-8pm FABT
  • Dance Call: Tuesday November 14, 5-8pm FABT
  • Callbacks: Wednesday November 15, 5-6pm FABT
  • Please Prepare: a 16-32 bar golden-age musical theater song that shows range.
  • Performers will need to complete both the vocal audition and the dance call to be considered for casting


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

Charms Calendar

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.


Coffee Houses 

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.

College Auditions 

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:


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:

Dave Clemmons College Advisory Program


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.

dance instructors (RECOMMENDED)


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
  • Costumes
  • Performance Rights 
  • Scenery/Lumber
  • Sound Equipment
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Props
  • Guest Artists
  • Custodians
  • 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.

Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards


ABM Photography

David Long

Headshots In A Truck

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.”


MacTheatre Code of Ethics

MacTheatre Parents Googlegroup

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

  • Once registered you can easily contact all listserve members by simply sending an email to

Mainstage Productions

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.

Playbill Bios and Headshots

Cast and Crew members for each show must submit their Bio and Headshot and by the deadline (3 weeks prior to opening night) or it will not be included the Playbill.

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. 

Production Class 

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.



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.


  • 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.


A Thespian Point Record should be submitted to 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.


Summer Programs

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.

Texas Thespian Festival

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:

  • Workshops
  • 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 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 Documents

Theatre Department Website 

The MFAA Theatre Department website is 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.

Theatre Tickets

Tickets to MacTheatre productions can be purchased via the WHAT'S ON and TICKETS links at

Thespian Banquet

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.