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Updated 1/5/2018

HEB Free First Sunday, January 7, 2018 | Celebrating Musicals!
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Bob Bullock Museum
Join a few of our Seniors and PPC Alumni at the museum while we Sing, dance, perform, and enjoy activities that celebrate Texas music and arts. This performance is the kick-off for Bernstein 100 Austin, a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday that will culminate with a celebration at the Long Center in June 2018.
ZACH Theatre’s Pre-Professional Company and PPC Alumni will be performing at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Enjoy FREE exhibition admission all day and participate special programs combine art creation, exploration stations, and gallery activities.

PPC SPRING DATES- Please mark your calendars!

1/22/2018 | First Day Back! w
Mondays, 1/22/2018-5/13/2018 (no PPC on Monday, 3/12)
Saturday, 4/7 | 9:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.  (Specific times TBA, please block off this day just in case)
Friday, 4/27 | 4:30-10:30 p.m. | Designer Run
Saturday, 4/28 | 10-7 p.m. (Specific times TBA)
Saturday, 5/5 | Red Hot and Soul (12 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.)
Sunday, 5/6 | 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Monday, 5/7 | 4:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/8 | 4:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/9 |4:30- 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, 5/10 | 4:30-10:30 p.m. |* Invited Dress
Friday, 5/11 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 5/12 | 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 5/13 | 2:30 p.m.
ELITE SCHEDULE: Please note that you will get a rehearsal schedule each week and will be posted on Elite page. Please block off every Sunday from 1:30-9 p.m. However, you may not be called for that long or at all. 
Sunday, 1/14/2018 TBA
Sundays, 1/21-Sunday 5/13
Friday, 4/6 | 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4/7 | 9:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.  (Specific times TBA, please block off this day just in case)
Friday, 4/27 | 4:30-10:30 p.m. | Designer Run
Saturday, 4/28 | 10-7 p.m. (Specific times TBA)
Saturday, 5/5 | Red Hot and Soul (12 p.m.- 11:30 p.m.)

Sunday, 5/6 | 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Monday, 5/7 | 4:30 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 5/8 | 4:30 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/9 |4:30- 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, 5/10 | 4:30-11:00 p.m. |* Invited Dress

Friday, 5/11 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 5/12 | 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 5/13 | 2:30 p.m.

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 is a big Texter! (917) 445-6608
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.
Ask Jen for more names! We have a tone of great acting teachers!
Jen M. | MT, jazz, 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 | Tap | hyperfeet.matt@gmail.com
Karly Powell Lewis | Jazz and Contemporary technique focus | karlyfaye@gmail.com
Ms. Tracy!!!| Tracy is amazing and has a wonderful studio! pnodva88@gmail.com
Karla Ent | Check out Karla’s website here. 
Karla’s work is so natural and beautiful. Karlaent@yahoo.com

Mark and I decided that it would be best to reschedule his Master class to some time in the spring. The PPC schedule is too crazy with events this fall. It will not be on Oct. 29th, I will post a new date when we confirm.


University of Michigan  is one of the top three MT programs in the country. We are pleased to announce that University of Michigan’s, Mark Madama, is interested in teaching a Master Class to all of our 9th-12th grade PPC students. This class is not open to the public. We are inviting him to work exclusively with ZACH Pre-Professional Company. I can’t tell you how amazing this opportunity is for our students! I am hoping that this will be a recurring Master Class. We have a PPC Guest Artist budget for fiscal year 2017-18 that we plan for in May. I have already budgeted for the scheduled guest artists for the season, so in order for us to bring Mr. Madama in, we will need financial assistance covering his travel expenses and lodging. ZACH will not be making a profit, this cost would strictly cover the expenses to bring him in.

Here are the details: Mark Madama | Master Class- Focusing on songs and material with Q &A:

    • Suggested donation fee of $30 for students that would like to attend. 9th-12th grade PPC students are eligible to attend
    • Suggested donation fee of $55 for students that would like to workshop their songs. Only 11th-12th grade students are eligible to actively workshop.


Mark Madama has been at the University of Michigan since 2000, teaching musical theatre performance classes at levels from freshmen to senior; musical theatre history classes from the 1860s to the present; and directing numerous productions including Assassins, Rent, Big River, Guys and Dolls, Company, City of Angels, The Pajama Game, Nine, Ragtime, Into the Woods, Children of Eden, Good News!, The Full Monty and the Horton Foote play 1918. He has also worked on the yearly “Senior Showcase,” which is presented in Ann Arbor and New York.Before starting his tenure at Michigan, Mark worked as a director, writer and actor throughout the world. He has been one of the resident directors at Music Theatre of Wichita for over twenty years. Mark has also worked regionally at such theatres as The Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, Studio Ensemble Theatre in New York, Casa Manana Musical Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Theatre Under The Stars, Kansas City Starlight, Theatre Memphis and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.

Mark’s production of Tintypes, in which he played a leading role as well as directing, was awarded Best Production at the Dundalk International Theatre Festival in Dundalk, Ireland, with Mark being awarded Best Director honors of the International Festival as well. His Tintypes also had the honor of representing the United States as the first American theatrical production to be presented in the Eastern block countries of Czechoslovakia and Poland after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Mark co-authored a new version of the 1927 musical Good News!, which has now been performed in over three hundred theaters in the United States, plus numerous international productions. He also wrote the book for the musical White Cliffs of Dover, which toured throughout the U.S. for over two years.

Mark has had the opportunity to teach master classes in many of the top performing arts studios, high schools and universities throughout the country, and continues to coach many professionals on upcoming auditions.


Posted 8/31/2017
At the Elite Retreat, our students worked with National College Audition Coach, Mary Anna Dennard. We have decided to work closely with Mary Anna, because we believe her program offers many wonderful opportunities for our students. Mary Anna knows the majority of the Leading Fine Arts Schools Professors and Department Heads and is a major player in the College audition world.
Mary Anna also hosts a College Audition in Dallas. This audition is called “Moonifieds”. I think it is best described as a “Boutique audition”. The Monifieds audition is a national audition that hosts 22+ schools and 90 students.
Moonifieds is an excellent audition experience! Mary Anna has managed to keep this audition very exclusive and small. She is now working with us and has invited the PPC seniors to participate this audition. Those PPC students (that are not currently involved with Dave or Mary Anna) that wish to participate in Moonifieds, will need to sign up for the Online Acting Prep and also pay the Moonified fees.
This is a BIG deal for our students in PPC! This audition is closed to everyone else in the country except for PPC, Dave Clemons students and Mary Anna’s private students.

  • PPC College Audition Coach package Includes:
    • Online Acting prep package: https://collegeauditioncoach.com/store/category/online-prep
    • Students will be able to access the material concierge for monologue
    • Invitation to Moonifieds (Moonified fee)
    • Access the private facebook group and forum with up to date college information (just for Moonifieds students)


Dates and Location:
November 16th-19th
Dallas, TX

Event Details:
Includes workshops with college reps, parent ed and enrichment seminars. The bonding begins as you network with other young artists and parents. Best of all, you get up-close and personal with college recruiters as you learn first-hand about their acting and musical theatre programs.

Schools Attending:
2017 schools expected: Baldwin Wallace, Ball State, CAP 21, Coastal Carolina, Missouri State, Montclair State, Ohio Northern, Otterbein, Pace, Penn State, Point Park, Rider, Shenandoah Conservatory,TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, University of the Arts, University of Arizona, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, Viterbo, Wright State


  • Ellie Z., PPC Alumni
    • The audition is local (Dallas), so it is close and less expensive
    • Mary Anna organizes each audition for you
    • The entire process is very laid back, organized, and well planned.
    • It is small and not overwhelming
    • 90 students at the audition vs. 600 at Unifieds
    • You get more time in the room with each school. For example, I was asked to sing my third song at almost every audition. I was able to ask questions and get to know the people in the room.
    • There is only one dance call
    • It was so nice to have an organized, relaxed, audition process before I went to Unifieds.
    • There are smaller schools that do not attend Unifieds. These schools only have on-campus auditions, so
    • I was be able to audition for them in one place.
    • It is so fun! You bond and connect with the small group of MT students that are from all over the country!
    • LOVED this experience and it was totally worth it!

National Unified Auditions:
The National Unified Auditions is a loose coalition of college theatre programs that hold auditions at the same locations each year:

Unified Date and Locations:
January 20 & 21, 2018 – New York
Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave.

February 5, 6, 7, & 8, 2018 – Chicago
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.

February 10 & 11, 2018 – Los Angeles
Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 W. Century Blvd.

Members of Unifieds:
There are 25-30 “official” members of Unifieds: U Arts, Ball State, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati, Cornish, Emerson, U Evansville, Hartt (U Hartford), Ithaca, Miami (Fla), Michigan, Montclair St., Northern Illinois, Oklahoma, Otterbein, Penn State, Point Park, Roosevelt, Santa Fe, SCAD, SMU, TCU, Utah, Viterbo, Webster.Many more schools conduct auditions in the same locations (25-50 more), but not all schools. To confirm that a school will be holding auditions at Unifieds, you have to go to the theatre department website for each school and check the dates and locations for their auditions.

ADDITIONAL UNIFIED Audition Information:
You have to audition separately for each school.
Students have to sign up for an audition with each school individually. Carefully check all application and audition registration procedures, they will vary from school to school. Some schools require you to apply in order to register for an audition slot, others do not.
Some schools require video prescreens to be submitted prior to granting an audition slot.
The audition list for some schools fill up fast. Some schools run out of slots by November.
All auditions are individual, each student auditions in a small conference room in front of a panel of faculty members.
Some Musical Theatre programs hold group dance calls for Musical Theatre auditions in addition to individual auditions, sometimes on a different day from individual monologue+songs auditions.
Multiple Dance calls for each school
Some schools do have walk-in slots available, although this is not guaranteed and walk-ins are highly unlikely to be available for the top programs.
Student organizes their own schedule
For Musical Theatre, an accompanist is provided by some schools, while other schools require the student to bring their accompaniment and a device to play the accompaniment (an iPod and a battery-powered speaker dock, for example).
There are over 600 students that audition in the three-five days.
I have also gathered information about Unifieds:

  • Ellie Z.-
    • There are more schools at Unifieds, so a lot of audition opportunities.
    • You have to do separate dance calls for each school.
    • For example, I had 7 dance calls and Elizabeth had 13. The reason I only had 7 dance calls is because I already knocked out my 1 dance call from Moonifieds where my schools already saw me dance, so it was a lot easier.
    • There wasn’t a lot of time in the room. It was very fast and they are strict about timing.
    • You set your schedule and sometimes the schedule is delayed.
    • There is not one cohesive organizer for the process. Each school is individual, so if one school is running over time, and you have 10 minutes to get to another audition far away because the first school is late…you have to figure out how to reschedule.
    • It is not organized, I would suggest taking a parent or coach to help you with your audition schedule and to help you stay on task.


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