Introducing The Muscal Theatre & Acting Preparatory Program at McCallum Fine Arts Academy

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.

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. 

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.