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One of the boldest high school theatre programs in the country- PLAYBILL


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One of the boldest high school theatre programs in the country- PLAYBILL


 

OUR MISSION

Preparing Gifted and Talented Students for Post-Secondary Colleges and Careers in the Arts.


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Voted Austin's Outstanding Academic Theatre- Austin Entertainment Weekly

 
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WHAT'S ON


The Theatre is an opportunity to create the world that we want to live in onstage. In 2018-19 we invite you to create with us.

Reserve Tickets

WHAT'S ON


The Theatre is an opportunity to create the world that we want to live in onstage. In 2018-19 we invite you to create with us.

Reserve Tickets

sept 20-30 

Theatre: McCallum Arts Center

Runtime: 2hr 25min (inc. intermission)

Age Rating: Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Double Cast Performance Dates: Abby Lerma as Mother/Diva: 9/21, 9/27, 9/30, Madisyn Andrew-Moreno as Eleanor: 9/21, 9/27, 9/30, Lilah Guaragna as Mother/Diva 9/20, 9/22, 9/23, 9/28, 9/29, Maryanna Tollemache as Eleanor 9/20, 9/22, 9/23, 9/28, 9/29

“Need an escape? Try Starmites...No two ways about it, Starmites is out of this world. The heroine Eleanor is a modern-day Dorothy who dreams of being a super-hero and wakes up to find herself not over the rainbow but up above the stars in a phantasmagorical galaxy." - The Boston Globe

“...an unassuming futuristic rock musical, with sweet lessons about the awkwardness of growing up...It contains enough spoofs of the sci-fi genre to keep adults amused, and enough high-spirited music and action for all...The production...brims with charm and wit..." - New York Newsday


Nov 8-11 

Theatre: Fine Arts Building Theatre

Runtime: 120min (2hrs)

Age Rating: Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Enter the enchanted land of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a lush forest besieged by quixotic love triangles and feuding fairy kingdoms, awash with magic at every turn.  A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance and love and marriage. Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons are to be married and great celebrations are planned. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of his happiest and most loved comedies. It is called a "Dream" because of the unrealistic events the characters experience in the play — real, yet unreal, such as crossed lovers, meaningless quarrels, forest chases leading to more confusion, and magic spells woven by the infamous Puck.


JAN 31-FEB 10

Theatre: McCallum Arts Center

Runtime: 2hr 25min (inc. intermission)

Age Rating: Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

42nd STREET, is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway, featuring the iconic songs 42nd StreetWe’re In The MoneyLullaby of BroadwayShuffle Off To BuffaloDames and I Only Have Eyes For You. The ultimate showbiz musical, this is a show like no other, entertainment doesn’t get bigger than this. Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from Nowhere, USA but soon finds herself just another pair of legs in the chorus line of Broadway’s newest musical.  When the star of the show is injured, Peggy is pushed into the spotlight to save the production. Will she be able to rise to the occasion? Will a new star be born? This show has all the glamour and sparkle of old Broadway and is guaranteed to dance its way into your heart.


MAY 16-19 

Theatre: Fine Arts Building Theatre

Runtime: 2hr 25min (inc. intermission)

Age Rating: Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Our Town In the small town of Grover’s Corners, ordinary people lead extraordinary lives. This simple yet profound story of a community, brought to life by Thornton Wilder’s singular voice, allows us to contemplate life, death and the meaning of it all. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Miracles are the glory of the commonplace, and change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live and die in a hauntingly beautiful meditation on the glory of daily existence. Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play made its debut in 1938, and was hailed as "one of the finest achievements of the current stage." An American time-capsule, it is likely the play will be performed a thousand years from now as a classic of our era.


THE REP: STUDENT-DIRECTED ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL


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The Little Prince This play tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and the mysterious, regal "little man" he encounters there.  April 1, 2019 6:30pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

My Mother *%^#ing College Life What’s in the minds and hearts of college students today?  A thought-provoking portrait of a new generation struggling with higher education’s promise of “personal transformation.” April 1, 2019 7:30pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

Shakespeare in Mind takes a strange and wondrous trip through a dozen "post-modern Elizabethan" plays, poems and songs.  Interweaving comedy, romance, song and tragedy as it presents contemporary characters interacting with 20+ other classic Shakespearean characters. April 2, 2019 7:00pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip Gappers are fuzzy orange creatures that wreak havoc on the seaside town of Frip. A tuneful, hilarious and wildly theatrical youth musical presented by quick-change actors and a bevy of puppets, Gappers received its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in a Mark Taper Forum P.L.A.Y. production. April 3, 2019 7:00pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

The Student-Written Musical TBA April 4, 2019 7:00pm Fine Arts Building Theatre

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THE PROGRAM


ACTING

TECHNICAL THEATRE

MUSICAL THEATRE CERTIFICATE

THE PROGRAM


ACTING

TECHNICAL THEATRE

MUSICAL THEATRE CERTIFICATE

ACTING

The Performance Theatre major is designed for young actors who are serious about their craft. Through challenging coursework and guidance from an actor-teacher, students develop their skills in all aspects of acting and theatre. Each year, the program presents five full productions, giving students a chance to explore a wide variety of repertoire and roles. The performance training is Stanislavsky-based and incorporates techniques designed to help the students explore the full potential of their own unique resources. When students leave McCallum, they have a broad range of experiences and are prepared for success in university, conservatory, and/or professional theatre. 

Curriculum

  • Acting for Film
  • College Audition Prep.
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Directing
  • Improvisation
  • Integration of Abilities
  • Meisner
  • Movement
  • Playwriting
  • Shakespeare
  • Significant Plays and Playwrights
  • Speech/Dialects/IPA
  • Stage Combat
  • Stanislavsky
  • Theatre History
  • Theatre of The Absurd
  • Viewpoints

TECHNICAL THEATRE

The Technical Theatre major gives students opportunities to study stagecraft and design in the classroom and use McCallum’s state-of-the-art facilities to make their ideas a reality. The program includes hands-on experience in scenic design, lighting design, costume design, sound design and stage management. Design and production students have opportunities for collaboration with other departments including Dance and Cinematic Arts. 

Curriculum

  • Scene Painting & Props
  • Set Design
  • Stage Management
  • Sound Design
  • Scenery Technology
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Technology
  • Costume Design

MUSICAL THEATRE CERTIFICATE

The Musical Theatre Performance Certificate program is an add-on to the primary major in Choral Studies, Acting, or Dance. To graduate with the performance certificate, students complete the additional four courses linked below in addition to all courses in the primary major.

Curriculum

  • Acting The Song
  • Choreography
  • College Audition Prep.
  • Contemporary Performance Styles
  • Directing
  • Golden Age Performance Styles
  • Musical Theatre Dance Styles
  • Musical Theatre History
  • Musical Theatre Writing (NEW!)
  • Voice
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COLLEGE MATRICULATION


 

MacTheatre is proud of its alumni, who have been accepted to the most exclusive theatre schools in the nation and Europe.

COLLEGE MATRICULATION


 

MacTheatre is proud of its alumni, who have been accepted to the most exclusive theatre schools in the nation and Europe.

COMPETETIVE

This is one of the most impressive high school theater programs in the country. I’ve seen graduates from McCallum compete successfully for placement at the very top BFA programs. I’m proud to call Joshua Denning a graduate of my program and to welcome his students to Wright State University.
— JOE DEER, Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, Wright State University

PROVEN

Experience in the Fine Arts Academy theatre program prepares students for successful auditions at leading theatre programs at the college or conservatory level. Recent graduates have been accepted to the following theatre schools:

  • Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music 
  • University of Michigan
  • Wright State University
  • Ithaca
  • Pace
  • NYU
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, UK
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Northwestern
  • Rider
  • Rutgers
  • Boston Conservatory
  • CalArts
  • Roosevelt
  • Point Park
  • Oberlin
  • University of the Arts
  • North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Emerson
  • Brown
  • Parsons
  • Vassar
  • DePaul
  • Liverpool Institute of the Arts, UK
  • Marymount Manhattan 
  • Webster
  • Syracuse
  • Montclair
  • Shenandoah
  • University Of Oklahoma
  • CAP21
  • University of Evansville

INTERNATIONAL

The Austin American-Statesman article about Wyatt Martin (Acting, 2015), who has been accepted into the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


SOME OF OUR SUCCESS STORIES

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GUEST ARTISTS


Throughout the year, guest artists from the Broadway stage and professional film and television industry provide Master Classes and residencies with the Acting, Musical, and Technical Theatre students.

GUEST ARTISTS


Throughout the year, guest artists from the Broadway stage and professional film and television industry provide Master Classes and residencies with the Acting, Musical, and Technical Theatre students.

Previous Guest Artists

 Special Guest Artist, Tony Award-nominee, Obie Award-winner, & Drama Leauge Award-winner, Adam Pascal with MFAA Musical Theatre Certificate student, Dylan Jacob Tacker

Special Guest Artist, Tony Award-nominee, Obie Award-winner, & Drama Leauge Award-winner, Adam Pascal with MFAA Musical Theatre Certificate student, Dylan Jacob Tacker

 

It all started at McCallum...

  • Broadway Star Adam Pascal (Memphis, Aida, Cabaret, Chicago, Rent)- Auditioning For Musical Theatre
  • Olesya Rulin famous for her role as Kelsi in the Disney High School Musical film franchise- The Spiritual Care of the Performing Artist
  • Emmy award-winner Allen Robertson workshopped his new TYA musical Tortoise & Hare with our advanced Musical Theatre students
  • Jon Hacker, National Tour of Newsies and Broadway company of Jersey Boys- 16-Bar Auditions & Musical Theatre Dance
  • Catherine Weidner, Head of Theatre, Ithaca College- Meisner Technique & College Audition Prep.
  • Broadway Performer Cody Wiliams (On The Town, Cinderella, Memphis)- Acting The Song
  • Roger Del Pozo, New York Film Academy- Acting For Film
  • Blake Babbitt, New York Film Academy- Acting For Film
  • Internationally-Acclaimed Physical Theatre Company Action Hero- Physical Theatre & Movement
  • Broadway Veteran Dave Clemmons (Les Mis, Scarlett Pimpernel, Civil War) Founder, Dave Clemmons Casting- College Audition Prep.
  • Internationally-Acclaimed Performance Artist Carla Goldman- Devising Theatre
  • Professional Film & Stage Actor Aaron D. Alexander, BFA University of Texas- Stage Combat: Hand to Hand & Rapier
  • Jelani Remi, Electra Weston, and 14 Members of the Cast and Crew of the National Tour of The Lion King- Professional Theatre Practices
  • Union Broadway Technician Jeff Miller- Guest Sound Design
  • Award-winning Austin Actress Lara Wright, American Academy of Dramatic Arts- Guest Director, Trenchcoat In Common, You Can't Take It With You, The Man Who Came To Dinner
  • Master Teacher Beryl Knifton- Guest Director, Rumors, Halequinade, The 39 Steps, Billy Liar, Dialects
  • Adam Roberts, master's degree in music and college teaching certificate from the Florida State University and undergraduate degrees from Kent State University and Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music- Guest Musical Director, Contemporary Broadway and Pop/Rock Vocal Technique
  • Patrick W. Anthony, MFA Lighting Design, The LIR- Guest Lighting Designer
  • Court Watson, MFA Scenic & Costume Design, NYU- Scenic & Costume Design from Page to Stage
  • Founder of Austin-Based Nationally-Acclaimed Experimental Theatre Company Rude Mechs Madge Darlington- Devising Theatre
  • Northwestern University X-Factors- Pop/Rock Musical Theatre Performance
  • Shana Merlin and Sarah Marie Curry, Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation, ZACH Theatre- Musical Improv
  • Scott Vandenberg, Lighting Faculty at Texas Sate University- Guest Lighting Designer
  • McNally Smith College of Music- Vocal Jazz
  • Christine Ferguson, BFA Musical Theatre, Texas State University- What Is My Type?
  • Michelle Hache, MA Voice, The Julliard School, BFA Voice, Okahoma City University- Guest Director, Cyrano The Musical
  • Adam Miller-Batteau, BFA Acting, University of Michigain- Guest Fight Director, Cyrano The Musical, Animal Farm
  • Patrick Shaw, Managing Director, Rude Mechanicals Off Center Teens- Devising Theatre
  • Nick Mayo, Broadway and Juilliard Alum- Staying Generous and Stanislavsky's Given Circumstances
  • Shawn Churchman, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, Oklahoma University- College Audition Prep.
  •  Ramón Valdez, Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts- The College Theatre Experience
  • Joe Deer is Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of The Musical Theatre Initiative at Wright State University. He was founding president of The Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance, an international organization of educators and training programs dedicated to recruiting, training and placing talented young artists into Musical Theatre professions. Prof. Deer has taught and directed internationally at some of the worlds top Musical Theatre programs, including The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Carnegie Mellon University, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Stage School of Hamburg (Germany), Danish Academy of Musical Theatre, Sheridan College (Toronto) and many others. He is a frequent guest at the top pre-college programs in the nation.- College Audition Prep
  • Molly Fox, Professor of Anthropology, UCLA- Writing for the Musical Stage
  • Frank Cortez, Union Stage Hand, The Long Center-Professional Rigging Practices
  • Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard- Puerto Rican History: From Tainos to West Side Story
  • Connor Jameson Casey, Peter, Finding Neverland National Tour- Life On The Road/Auditioning in Musical Theatre
  • Omar Abdullah, Artistic Director, ComedySportz Austin, Showcase Improvisation
 
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THE FACULTY


THE FACULTY


 
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Joshua O'Daniel Denning- Acting & Musical Theatre

After graduating with a BFA in Acting With A Musical Theatre Emphasis from Wright State University's renown musical theatre program Joshua split his time between New York, New York, and Hamburg, Germany, where he played Adult Simba in The Lion King directed by Julie Taymor and Britney in We Will Rock You directed by Ben Elton. Josh began performing in professional Equity theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, where he grew up, at age 10 and received his Equity card his senior year at Wright State dancing in a production of West Side Story with The Human Race Theatre Company. Since that time Josh has become an award-winning actor sustaining many leading roles in classic and popular plays and musicals in international, regional, summer stock, and university venues. Tremendously inspired by the work of the acclaimed directors and teachers Josh has had the privilege of working with, Josh was called to teaching. Josh's experience and versatility has allowed him to foster strong relationships with students passionate about pursuing a career in the performing arts. When Josh isn't in the classroom or the rehearsal studio he can be found designing scenery, working out, or catching up on 80's horror and sci-fi films. Josh is currently recording an album of Broadway and pop music for friends and fans that

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MB Davis- Technical Theatre

Originally from Las Vegas, MB Davis pursued a BFA in musical theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA in visual arts from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Upon completion of his studies in Santa Fe MB went on to receive his MFA in Film from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  MB is also a proud former member of IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States and worked for many years as a professional union stagehand and carpenter in high-level Las Vegas venues. MB became a certified teacher in 2013 with certification is Theatre Arts, Technology Applications, Art, and Special Education. When MB is not in the classroom or the theatre he can be found producing his own original films or exploring Austin with his three beautiful daughters.

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Natalie Uehara- Musical Theatre Dance

After earning a BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, Natalie danced professionally at theme parks and on international cruise lines for many years. During her time in NYC and beyond, she trained and worked under some of the most prestigious names in the Musical Theatre industry, including Ann Reinking, Chet Walker and Gregory Hines. Natalie recently relocated to Austin from Honolulu, HI where she was the director of Castle DanceForce for over 8 years. Here she worked hard to develop and expand the dance department at the internationally recognized Castle Performing Arts Center (CPAC). Furthermore, she was the resident choreographer for CPAC, working on at least 4 musical productions per year. She was on the faculty at Diamond Head Theatre and the Punahou Dance School, both prestigious arts organizations in Hawaii. Natalie was also involved in Oahu’s vibrant theatre industry, both as a performer and choreographer. In 2010, she won a Hawaii State Theatre Council award for choreography for her work on the Hawaii premier of the musical, Zombie Prom. She is thrilled to join the Arts Academy at McCallum High School where she looks forward to working with both theatre and dance majors. Additionally, she is a new faculty member at ZACH Theatre. Natalie has been married to her husband, Chris Uehara, for 9 years and together they have two beautiful children, Kobe (6) & Giabella (4).

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Tyler Mabry- Musical Theatre

For over a decade, Tyler Mabry has composed and performed original music in the Austin area, in collaboration with various organizations, collectives, and performers. Mabry is a Vortex company member, music director for kidsActing, and pianist at Berkeley United Methodist Church. Persephone, his first full-length musical for adult performers, premiered at Vortex earlier this year. He has been nominated twice for a B. Iden Payne award for Best Original Score, for Persephoneand for Running Wild (ACT). Other recent theater credits include the Barbarella-inspired aerial rock spectacle Agent Andromeda (Sky Candy), W. (AJRT) Cuchulain (Vortex), Stuffed! (FronteraFest), Two Gentlemen of Verona(Something for Nothing), and Jive, Kitty!(ACT). He has also composed numerous sacred choral works including a Christmas cantata (The True Light, with Victoria Schwarz), and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus” (soon to be published by Shawnee Press). When not in rehearsals and techs, he plays with the neo-soul group Jade and the Foxtones. Tyler Mabry holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in piano performance from the University of the Ozarks.

 

MCCALLUM FINE ARTS ACADEMY


The mission of McCallum Fine Arts Academy is to foster a diverse group of student artists who will create, lead, inspire, and contribute to a global community.

 

FIVE PILLARS

1. Focuses on the individual development of each student.

2. Provides high-quality instruction.

3. Integrates collaborative. intentional, reciprocal relationships with the broader Austin arts community into programs and instruction.

4. Encourages an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and instruction.

5. Graduating students produce a pre-professional level of product in their chosen art form.

 

MCCALLUM FINE ARTS ACADEMY


The mission of McCallum Fine Arts Academy is to foster a diverse group of student artists who will create, lead, inspire, and contribute to a global community.

 

FIVE PILLARS

1. Focuses on the individual development of each student.

2. Provides high-quality instruction.

3. Integrates collaborative. intentional, reciprocal relationships with the broader Austin arts community into programs and instruction.

4. Encourages an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and instruction.

5. Graduating students produce a pre-professional level of product in their chosen art form.

 

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