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PERFORMANCE & TECHNICAL THEATRE PROGRAM

There are two majors within the theatre department at McCallum Fine Arts Academy: the performance-based theatre (acting, playwriting, directing) major and the design and production (tech theatre) major. These students produce multiple performances each year in McCallum’s theatre facilities.  Acting theatre majors may also pursue a Musical Theatre Certificate.  All McCallum students are invited to audition for the department’s plays and musicals.


With McCallum’s Theatre focus, students participate in pre-professional training and exceptional performance opportunities from the very start. Throughout their four years, students are cast and crew in a range of musicals and plays, as understudies, ensemble members, supporting parts, designers, and leading roles. Students also have the opportunity to perform in and collaborate on films produced by our award-winning Cinematic Arts program.

MacTheatre is a lively, friendly group of musicians and actors. The theatre department itself is intimate and supportive. Our students form close-knit groups, developing personal and professional relationships that last for years. At McCallum we are known for our integration of craft training, the care and attention we give to individual student development and the strong ensemble ethic shared by our staff and students.

 
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THREE FOCUSES, ONE PROGRAM

“Daring, bold and fearless as it breaks from the status quo.”— BROADWAY WORLD AUSTIN

 

PERFORMANCE THEATRE

Major

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

  • Meisner

  • Movement

  • Playwriting

  • Shakespeare

  • Significant Plays and Playwrights

  • Speech/Dialects/IPA

  • Stage Combat

  • Stanislavsky

  • Theatre History

  • Viewpoints

PERFORMANCE THEATRE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

THEATRE ARTS COURSE (I, II, III & IV)

To be taken every year in sequence.

TECHNICAL THEATRE I

No recommendations.

DANCE I

Dance can be taken for PE credit.

PARTICIPATION AS CAST OR CREW IN FACULTY-DIRECTED SHOW

Ninth grade required to participate in one show. Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade participate in two shows each year.  These shows require attendance at all rehearsals, performances, tech calls as appropriate.

EARN A MINIMUM GRADE OF 70 IN EVERY CLASS

Evaluated every six weeks grading period.

EARN A MINIMUM GRADE OF 80 IN ALL FINE ARTS CLASSES LISTED ABOVE

Evaluated every six weeks grading period.

MAINTAIN A 90% OR ABOVE IN-CLASS ATTENDANCE RATE & HAVE NO SERIOUS BEHAVIOR INFRACTIONS

Evaluated every six weeks grading period and as needed.

ACADEMY ENRICHMENT PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENT

To be completed in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

GRADUATE ON THE DISTINGUISHED PLAN

(4 core academic courses all 4 years)

 

TECHNICAL THEATRE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

TECHNICAL THEATRE COURSE (I, II, III & IV)

To be taken every year in sequence.

THEATRE ARTS I

No recommendations.

ART I

Recommended in 9th or 10th grade.

PARTICIPATION AS TECHNICAL CREW IN FACULTY-DIRECTED SHOW

Ninth grade required to participate in one show. Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade participate in two shows each year.  These shows require attendance at all tech calls - from the first production meeting through strike.

EARN A MINIMUM GRADE OF 70 IN EVERY CLASS

Evaluated every six weeks grading period.

EARN A MINIMUM GRADE OF 80 IN ALL FINE ARTS CLASSES LISTED ABOVE

Evaluated every six weeks grading period.

MAINTAIN A 90% OR ABOVE IN-CLASS ATTENDANCE RATE & HAVE NO SERIOUS BEHAVIOR INFRACTIONS

Evaluated every six weeks grading period and as needed.

ACADEMY ENRICHMENT PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENT

To be completed in 9th, 10th and 11th grade.

GRADUATE ON THE DISTINGUISHED PLAN

(4 core academic courses all 4 years)

 

MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE - FOR PERFORMANCE THEATRE MAJORS

This is an optional minor students can choose.  In addition to your Major requirements, you would need to complete the following expectations.

MUSICAL THEATRE I & II

Recommended in 11th & 12th grade.

CHOIR I

Recommended in 9th or 10th grade.

DANCE I

Recommended in 9th or 10th grade.

PARTICIPATION AS CAST IN FACULTY-DIRECTED SHOW

Require one musical every year.

THEATRE PRODUCTION FEES

Must be paid every year.  Contact Director for scholarship info.