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


Voted Austin's Outstanding Academic Theatre 2015 & 2016

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


Voted Austin's Outstanding Academic Theatre 2015 & 2016

 

OUR MISSION

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

 
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WHAT'S ON


Hungry immigrants in a face-off with resentful and underemployed citizens? Check. Law enforcement that’s partial to some and not to others? Check. A Dream that seems too far off for too many people? Sadly, check. The world is a work in progress and MacTheatre’s 2017-18 season ETHICAL CULTURE still has plenty to sing and say about that.

 

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WHAT'S ON


Hungry immigrants in a face-off with resentful and underemployed citizens? Check. Law enforcement that’s partial to some and not to others? Check. A Dream that seems too far off for too many people? Sadly, check. The world is a work in progress and MacTheatre’s 2017-18 season ETHICAL CULTURE still has plenty to sing and say about that.

 

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MacTheatre's 2017-18 Season

MAINSTAGE


September 28-October 1 & October 5-8, 2017 McCallum Arts Center

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Don’t miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love…and in deep, deep trouble!

Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams.

STORY

What Is the Story of Catch Me If You Can?
Catch Me If You Can follows the adventures of Frank Abagnale Jr., a suburban kid in the early 1960s who leaves home before graduating from high school and parlays a gift for telling tall tales and forging checks into an around-the-world spree. Doggedly pursued by FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Frank manages to pose as an airline pilot, an emergency room doctor and a lawyer, winning the heart of nurse Brenda Strong along the way. The charming young con artist is greatly influenced by his father (who has his own brushes with the law) and forges an unlikely friendship with Hanratty.

SHOULD I SEE IT?

 What Is Catch Me If You Can Like?
This bright and bouncy show features a topnotch cast and a sixties-influenced score by the Hairspray team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Narrated by Frank as if his story is a television special, Catch Me draws audiences in to his web of relationships with his parents, FBI agent Hanratty and eventually his girlfriend and her parents. The show manages to walk the fine line of making Frank likeable in spite of his crimes. (From the show’s first scene, we know he’ll eventually pay for his misdeeds.) Whether or not you’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s hit movie based the same subject matter, if you enjoy a comic caper, Catch Me If You Can is the musical to see.


Is Catch Me If You Can Good for Kids?
Although Catch Me If You Can is not a classic "family show," there is nothing objectionable in the script and songs, and the musical's peppy vibe will appeal to school-age kids.


November 9-12, 2017 Fine Arts Building Theatre

Act One

The arts are a reflection and contemplation on our daily lives. If you take away the arts you take away our humanity. 

Growing up in an impoverished immigrant family in the Bronx, Moss Hart dreamed of being part of the glamorous, magical world of show business- someday, somehow. From dropping out of school to becoming the toast of the town, his autobiography Act One recounts the making of a Broadway legend. It says you can escape a home where you feel you don’t belong, you can escape a town you find suffocating, you can follow a passion (the theater, but not just the ­theater) that is ridiculed by your peers, you can—with hard work, luck, and stamina—forge a career doing what you love. However modest or traumatic your beginnings, you can find your way to Oz—and you don’t have to go back to Kansas anymore. 

In an article in New York Magazine, Frank Rich calls Act One, "The greatest showbiz book ever written."


February 1-4 & 8-11, 2018 McCallum Arts Center

West Side Story

From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.


May 17-20, 2017 Fine Arts Building Theatre

44 Plays For 44 Presidents

MacTheatre is about CREATING a movement: the ART of a Revolution. Join us. Think and question with us. Create a movement with us. All are welcome.

44 Plays For 44 Presidents is a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the office so far. Their mistakes and successes are celebrated by a company of actors who take turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. Beginning with George Washington's almost Eden-like perfection, the scenes shift frequently between the comic and the tragic, from Ben Franklin giving Thomas Jefferson a Borscht Belt-style roast, to the frank portrayal of William Henry Harrison's life as an "Indian slayer," and later the grim onset of the Civil War. Act II starts off the twentieth century with the assassination of William McKinley, moves through a Nixon-praising dance number, a George Bush Sr. mini-musical about dirty campaigning and arrives at a polarized America in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama plays. Audience members consider their role in shaping the history they've just witnessed, as they are left to ponder where the presidency has gone since its fall from paradise...and where it will go next.

ABSOLUTELY FREE THEATRE


7pm March 26, 2018 Fine Arts Building Theatre 

THE SOUL OF ROBIN HOOD

The notorious Robin Hood and his band of outlaws steal from the rich, creating a fearsome reputation amongst those who dare to travel through the mighty Forest of Sherwood.

But they do not share their spoils with the poor and are unloved by the people, who must also pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John as he plots to steal his brother's crown.

In this time of chaos and fear, it is down to Marion to boldly protect the poor and convince Robin that he must listen to his heart if they are to save the country.


7pm March 27, 2017 Fine Arts Building Theatre

VERY STILL AND HARD TO SEE

This short play cycle recounts the history of a cursed hotel and the unfortunate guests who stay there. From riding in an erratic elevator and dealing with possessive ghosts to managing an ever-expanding hole in the floor armed only with cleaning supplies, these encounters with the unkown chillingly collapse the distance between the real and the surreal and remind us that, sometimes, bad things do happen for a reason.

Heaven And Hell On Earth: A Divine Comedy

 In this comic anthology, written for an ensemble of young actors, an array of devilishly talented playwrights put a contemporary spin on a fascinating eternal obsession. Grappling with their own diverse experiences of vice and virtue, salvation and damnation, characters from the twenty-something generation interpret their world with amusing revelations and surprising insights.


7pm March 28, 2017 Fine Arts Building Theatre

LIFT  

LIFT is a witty and provocative musical exploring connections and relationships in city life. 

Eight people get in a lift at Covent Garden tube station on an ordinary morning. They may be complete strangers, but in some way they are all connected and if they reached out to one another they might just change their lives forever. The journey of the lift takes just one minute - will they do something about it today or will they choose to carry on being anonymous, walking off into the rush and losing themselves once more in the city? LIFT is about people and connections. The connections we have without knowing about them, the connections we lose sight of and the connections we don’t mean to have.


7pm March 29, 2017 Fine Arts Building Theatre

THE STUDENT-WRITTEN MUSICAL

Written, choreographed and directed by McCallum's own Musical Theatre III, & IV students. 

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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- 16-Bar Auditions & Musical Theatre Dance
  • Catherine Weidner, Head of Theatre, Ithaca College- Meisner Technique & College Auditioning
  • 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 Auditioning
  • 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
  • Master Teacher Beryl Knifton- Guest Director, Rumors, Halequinade, The 39 Steps, Billy Liar
  • Adam Roberts, master's degree in music and college teaching certificate from the Florida State University and received undergraduate degrees from Kent State University and Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music- Guest Musical Director, Contemporary Broadway and 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
  • The Northwestern University X-Factors- Pop Rock Musical Theatre Performance Style
  • 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
 
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THE FACULTY


THE FACULTY


 
From left to right: Joshua O'Daniel Denning. Laura Kieler, Sarah Hirsch, Natalie Jolly-Uehara

From left to right: Joshua O'Daniel Denning. Laura Kieler, Sarah Hirsch, Natalie Jolly-Uehara

Joshua O'Daniel Denning- Acting & Musical Theatre

After graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University, Joshua split his time between New York, New York, and Hamburg, Germany, where he played young adult Simba in The Lion King directed by Julie Taymor. Following Josh's 2-year stint in The Lion King he has appeared in over 30 professional productions of classic and popular plays and musicals in international, regional, summer stock, and university venues. Josh most recently appeared as Tick/Mitzi in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at ZACH Theatre (Broadway World nomination). Josh is the recipient of numerous Broadway World Awards including Best Direction of a Musical Bonnie & Clyde, Best Scenic Design The Producers, Best Family Friendly Production Les Miserables, Outstanding High School Or College Production The Producers. Josh is currently Head of Theatre at McCallum Fine Arts Academy. Under his direction McCallum has twice earned the distinction Outstanding Academic Theatre by the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards. His acting has twice earned him distinction from the Austin Critics' Table Awards and the Austin Creative Alliance/B. Iden Payne Awards for his portrayal of Angel in RENT at ZACH Theatre. Josh is also a recipient of the Odyssey of The Mind Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award for spontaneous problem solving. www.joshuadenning.net

Sarah Hirsch- Musical Theatre

Sarah Hirsch holds a B.A. in music from Yale University and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.  Favorite music-directing credits include Company (Nittany Theatre at the Barn), Parade (FUSE Productions), and See What I Wanna See (Yale Cabaret).  Sarah is an avid musical-theatre-writer.  Her musical The Fall of the House of Usher (an adaptation of Poe’s story) won the Outstanding Musical Award at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival, and Becoming David received an Equity reading at the Dramatists Guild this past summer.  Sarah is thrilled to join McCallum as the new Assistant Choir Director/Musical Theatre Teacher.  www.sarahahirsch.com

Laura Kieler- Technical Theatre

Originally hailing from Chicago, Laura Kieler moved to Texas to pursue a BFA in Theatre Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus in lighting and set design and construction.  After completing her degree, she worked as the Technical Director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, TX and College Park High School in The Woodlands, TX.  Before deciding to combine her passion for technical theatre and teaching, Laura spent a year working with Brown Couch Theatre Company in Chicago where she stage managed and earned her title as "Jigsaw Wizard" during set builds.  She found her love of teaching through an AmeriCorps position that gave her the opportunity to teach and engage students in community issues on the south and west sides of Chicago. While working for the AmeriCorps, she also organized community service events across Chicago as well as serving as a literacy tutor trained in the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute methodology.Laura believes theatre is an incredible tool in creating dialogue through exploration and expression of ideas in our ever-changing and shifting society and world.  She is excited to share her experience and skills with the McCallum community. Outside of theatre, Laura enjoys art, live music, the Chicago Bulls, and traveling. 

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 8 years and together they have two beautiful children, Kobe (4) & Giabella (2).

 
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I want to be a part of the most unique theatre curriculum available to Central Texas students.

GUIDELINES

The audition panel is looking for:

  • A vibrant and energized body and mind
  • A healthy body and a healthy voice
  • A knowledge of theatre, television and film
  • An ability to transform the written text in either song or speech into believable and theatrically truthful words and thought
  • An ability to freely use your imagination
  • An ability to listen and follow instructions
  • At the point of an offer being made or a place on the reserve list, the audition panel will have assessed the following:
  • An ability to work with others to achieve a presentable piece of work
  • Spontaneity
  • An ability and previous experience in singing, acting and dancing (for Musical Theatre the panel will expect potential in at least two out of the three)
  • An ability to attempt everything regardless of previous experience
  • A receptive and enquiring mind
  • A voice and body that is trainable and a personality responsive to our methods of training
  • An ability to listen and follow instructions
  • It is not possible to give any feedback from the audition process

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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