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UPDATED 12/7/2018

We are in Holiday Season and have a few important announcements. Please read everything carefully:)
3-4:30 p.m. Tap1 Tap 1 MT 1
4:30-6:00 p.m. Tap 2 Tap 2 MT 2
6:00-6:30 p.m. Music for TOL Run Run Rudolf
6:30-7:30 p.m. TOL Set Material
7:30-8:30 p.m. SR. Check In
3-4:15 p.m. NO CLASS MT 1
4:15-5:30 p.m. MT 2
5:30-6:30 p.m. REVIEW TOL
6:30-8:30 White Elephant and PARTAYYY!!!
Monday, 12/17 NOWLIN TRAIL
5:00 p.m. ELITE and B Call TIME
5-7 p.m. Review TOL
7:00 p.m. Walk to Trail of Lights
8-9 p.m. Performance
9:00 p.m. Dismissed at ZACH

These auditions will be held for all of our students that would like to be considered for Matilda. We are casting older students to fill out the older featured characters and adult ensemble. This show will be double cast due to day/school and evening performances. 
You must fill out the Google form by this Friday, November 30th to be considered: MATILDA AUDITION FORM
If you are NOT auditioning for MATILDA, and you are in A or B Company, then you will have regular dance class that evening in the ZPACC. All auditions will be in the Nowlin. 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 | 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
B Company and Elite Company will be performing at this event. We would love for A Company to be there as well! This will be a really fun event! 



  • Class lists
  • Materials and Dress Code
  • Master Calendar
  • Policies and Handbook
  • Weekly Elite Schedule
  • Elite Rotations | View a more specific schedule of ELITE rotations HERE. 

FALL SEMESTER: September 16 – December 16 (No class November 25)

PPC ELITE DEMO: Monday, December 17

Invite your friend and family to this event! The PPC Demonstration is a casual demonstration where you get to show off what you have learned in class.

Your placement in the class rotations is determined by dance leveling and musical theatre workshop. You are required to take your assigned dance class. You can take as many dance classes as you like, but you must be approved by Jen to take the advanced dance class: PINK. Underclassmen are invited to observe the Senior College Prep-classes.

SPRING: January 7- May 7, 2019

Rehearsal is from 1:30 PM- 8:15 PM. We run the spring semester like a professional rehearsal schedule. Not everyone will be called every time for the entirety of rehearsal, rather the call times will be staggered and announced the Sunday before.

WINTER RETREAT: Sunday, December 30- Monday, December 31

PPC ELITE Mandatory Rehearsals:

Friday, May 10 | 6-10 p.m. 

Saturday, May 11 | 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 12 | 10 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

TECH May 13-18

PERFORMANCES | May 18 (Invited Dress) 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 19 | 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 | 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 24 | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 25 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 


MONDAYS, Jan. 7- March 4 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.


March 5-24

TECH March 24- 31

April 2- May 5

RHS is ZACH Annual Gala PPC Elite usually performs at this event.
Rehearsals: May 1-3
Performance: May 4 at ZACH Theatre

We have an excellent team at ZACH and I want to make sure that everyone has access to private lessons if needed.  Please let the teachers know that you are a member of PPC and that we referred their services. 
  • Josh Wechsler | Josh has an online booking site. He typically works with ages 14 and up. CLICK HERE to book with Josh.
  • Paul Sanchez | You have probably seen Paul in A Christmas Carol singing “Oh Holy Night” Paul is classically trained and is a wonderful voice teacher. Four-  30 min lessons for $120, Four- 1 hr lessons for $200, Four- 45 min lessons for $175. Paul is available Monday through Friday 1 pm to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday from 3 pm to 7 pm. Contact Paul: psvoicelessons@gmail.com
  • Michelle Hache | Classical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre | Michelle has her private studio up North, but is available to take on a few PPC kids. She is a big Texter, so feel free to reach out to her via text. | (917) 445-6608
  • Angela Irving | Please contact Josh for her information
Ask Jen for more names! We have a tone of great acting teachers!
  • Nat Miller| Acting coaching and he is awesome about working honesty in your work | nmiller@zachtheatre.org
  • Jen Mahlstedt | Help select material and also work on monologues and Acting technique.
  • Kate Shaw Nappi | Kate specializes in Shakespeare and can help with monologue coaching. | kshaw@zachtheatre.org
  • Abe Reybold | Amazing at acting coaching! areyblod@zachtheatre.org
  • Jen  | MT, Jazz, Conditioning, Choreography | muscle and structural alignment and strength, technique in turns and jumps, combination sequencing and performance. | jyoung@zachtheatre.org
  • Ian Bethany | Ballet!! I recommend him for ALL boys! | ianj.bethany@gmail.com
  • Marianne Hakanson | Contemporary. If you can get in with Mrs. Marianne, she will push you and make you an amazing dancer! She is up North at M.A. Dance Project.
  • Matthew Shields | Advanced Tap | hyperfeet.matt@gmail.com
  • Karly Powell Lewis | Jazz and Contemporary technique focus | karlyfaye@gmail.com
  • Josh Sallerson | Jazz and Contemporary |  jsallersondance@gmail.com
  • Andrea Torres | Tap and Jazz | aptorres14@gmail.com
  •  Tracy Loftsgaarden| Brush up on your music fundamentals or learn piano. This skill is INVALUABLE in this business! Tracy is amazing and has a wonderful studio! pnodva88@gmail.com


The ZACH Academic Performing Arts Academy (ZACH ACADEMY) is a well-rounded training program that offers our students an Academic Curriculum in addition to Performing Arts classes on ZACH Theatre’s Main Campus.

In partnership with virtual schools, such as iUniversity Prep, we can offer an academic and artistic program that can exceed national standards of excellence. Students now have the opportunity to have affordable private education that allows more time for training, creative projects, professional opportunities, and travel. This results in a flexible academic model for students to compete at an elite artistic and academic level. iUniversity graduates have been accepted into America’s foremost colleges including Harvard, Yale and Juilliard

2018-19 School Year
6th-12th Grade
$5,500 Tuition for the school year


An Audition is required for new students. Please email jyoung@zachtheatre.org for more information about the audition process. Current PPC students are exempt from 2018-19 auditions.


Students are supervised and guided by a ZACH Academic Coach from 9:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Monday- Thursday. The Academic Coach  provides students with support and guidance through their learning.


Monday through Thursday 9:00 am- 4 pm on ZACH Campus for Academics and Performing Arts classes. Fridays being a flex day, are reserved for master classes, rehearsals, and workshops from 2-4 p.m. Fridays are also open for private instruction.

Learn more today about ZACH ACADEMY for your young artist. To schedule a private tour please email jyoung@zachtheatre.org.

Space is extremely limited.

What Performing Arts Classes do we Offer?

  • Acting | 1 hour
  • Jazz Technique | 1.5 Hours
  • Choreography Workshop | 1 hour
  • Theater Jazz | 1 hour
  • Power Yoga | 1 hour
  • Advanced Piano | 1 hour
  • Beginning Piano (second semester) | 1 hour
  • Musical Ensemble | 1 hour
  • Commercial Jazz | 1 hour
  • Tumbling | 1 hour
  • Tap | 1 hour

Is it possible for me to enroll in the second semester? 

Yes, it is. You must contact Jen Young: jyoung@zachtheatre.org . You will need to submit a video audition, and also apply for a virtual school system. 

• Please be kind and respectful to your teachers and peers
• Use your manners with Directors, Guest Directors, Parents, etc.
No Cell phones allowed in rehearsal. You will get two warnings
• Do not lie down or sit when we are working in class
• Take initiative and help others
• Work hard and stay focused
• Communicate when you have a concern
• Please do not talk or give suggestions in rehearsal
• Be leaders with the younger PPC groups
• Please keep talking to a minimum and only at appropriate times
• There is no talking at all when rehearsing with a guest artist
• The only people who are allowed to give notes are the Directors, Dance Captains and Section Leaders

Performance Features: are given to students that work really hard, show kindness and respect to their peers, and are consistent with their training. When selecting featured students, we consider upperclassmen first.

• It is always safe to meet in the Whisenhunt building. There will be Main Stage rehearsals in the NOWLIN, so please check your email and the Facebook group to know which studio to go to.

• Email is the best for Jen! jyoung@zachtheatre.org
• jwechsler@zachtheatre.org
• Join facebook group
• Jen DOES NOT check Face book messages that often
• Jen’s Cell- (512) 704-4846
Please come to Jen or Josh with any questions or concerns. We are very open to feedback and appreciate open communication.

PPC CONTRACTS: Due on September 30, 2018
Please note that if a student is in breach of contract, then the student will be dismissed from the Company will not receive a tuition refund.


• If you exceed the allotted two unexcused absences/ per semester
• There is a no bullying tolerance. Any bullying or hurtful gossip will be reviewed and student may be dismissed.
• Any gossip about PPC guest artists or teachers is in breach of contract.
• You are expected to work hard and review your material at home. The student will recieve two warnings, after two warnings, we will propose a conference meeting to determine if PPC is the right fit.
• Preparation- You must have all of your materials and follow dress code policy.



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