In the Fall Semester, all students will attend weekly technique and master classes while focusing on preparing for performances in the community including Chuy’s Day Parade, Dancing with The Stars Austin, Dell Children’s Hospital Gala, Boys and Girls Club Gala, Austin Trail of Lights, Austin Fab Five Gala, Domain Breakfast with Santa, Jr. League Armadillo Bazar. High School Junior and Senior students focus on College Rep and Technique for College Auditions.
In the Spring Semester, students will continue their technique work while rehearsing for the PPC Musical Showcase and performances at ZACH's Annual Red, Hot, and Sour Gala on the Topfer Theatre. The PPC showcase is designed to highlight specific performance abilities and their skills learned.
PPC A: Grades 5th- 8th Mondays | 4:30- 7:30 p.m.1.5 hours Dance technique and Event Material and Showcase Choreography 1.5 hours Audition technique, Acting Fundamentals, Musical Theatre Workshop.
PPC B: Grades 8th-10th Mondays | 5:30- 8:30 p.m.1.5 hours Dance Technique1.5 hours Musical Theatre workshop, MT Audition technique1.0 hours Material | Choreography
PPC ELITE: Grades 10th-12thSundays | 3:00- 9:00 p.m.This Company has a 5 hour class rotation
PPC RETREATS (Attendance is Mandatory):
PPC A & B RETREAT:TBA
ELITE RETREATS: FALL: TBAWINTER: TBA
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:***Audition Dates and Times can be found on the next page***Please prepare two contrasting, 32 bar cuts of a song and a one minute monologue. We will have an accompanist, so please do not sing with a track or acapella and you must bring your own sheet music cut for the accompanist.
ALL Students are required to attend a dance call.
The dance call will consist of a warm-up and will also be taught choreography. Suggested attire for the dance call only: Leotard or fitted tank top, tights, dance skirt or shorts. Dance shoes. ***Please note: the dance call may not be the same day of their audition time.
VIDEO SUBMISSIONS:Onsite auditions are strongly preferred to video submission. However, you may send in a video submission if you are unable to attend audition dates.
VIDEO SUBMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:You must still fill out the audition form on the next page.Please email your head shot, resume, and video of your two contrasting songs (we would like to see the entire song, not a cut), your monologue and any additional footage of you dancing to email@example.com
The Acting Conservatory is a multi-year program for high school students who have a serious desire to pursue an in depth training experience in acting. The goal of the program is to provide students with the professional acting training, resume experience, and audition preparation needed in order to pursue a life in the theatre--whether that be as an actor, director, writer, teacher, or dramaturge. Each year, company members will receive two semesters of an advanced level acting class and exclusive master-class opportunities taught by industry professionals from LA, NYC, Europe and more. In addition to individualized career and college counseling, members are also guaranteed one performance opportunity each year to build their resume. During the fourth year of the program, students will focus on audition technique of all forms including cold reading, ensemble auditioning, and material showcases with an emphasis on preparing students for their college auditions.
Conservatory students have been the recipients of B. Iden Payne Awards and Greater Austin High School Musical Awards Best Actor Awards. They have worked with Austin theatre companies such as ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, The City Theatre, and The Vortex. They have also done numerous commercial projects and worked on local and feature films. Graduates of the program are excepted into an average of 9 schools per student and receive and average of $50,000 in scholarships.
FRESHMAN YEARMondays, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Acting Technique and Improv
SOPHOMORE YEAR Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Classical Technique and Script Analysis
JUNIOR YEARMondays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.Film Acting and Monologue Book Prep
SENIOR YEARMondays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.Audition Technique and College Audition Preparation
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS***Audition Dates and Times can be found on the next page***
For Rising Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors:Please prepare a one-minute memorized monologue from a play and be prepared to talk about why you would like to be a part of the Conservatory.
For Rising Seniors:The audition process for seniors is somewhat more strenuous. The other students in the Conservatory have spent their sophomore and junior years building a book of appropriate monologue material to use in their college auditions and any new student to the program will need to show they are ready to join the group--not only in talent but in preparation. Rising seniors will need to present 4 one to two minute long monologues of contrasting tone. One those 4 monologues must be from Shakespeare and in verse. Students will also need to bring paper copies of their audition material and be prepared to do a short interview on why they would like to join the Conservatory.
VIDEO SUBMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:Deadline: August 17, 2019You must still fill out the audition form on the next page.Please email your head shot, resume, and video of two contrasting monologues (4 monologues for rising seniors--see above rising senior audition requirements) to Kate Shaw-Nappi at firstname.lastname@example.org