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Working with professional directors, designers, and artists, students apply classroom training to the stage, learn rehearsal process and etiquette, and the discipline of performance. A play is a big commitment. Students should attend every rehearsal (conflicts must be listed at time of audition), meet memorization deadlines, and come to rehearsal prepared for the day.

Auditions will be held at ZACH Theatre on the following dates: Thursday, March 22nd | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, March 24th | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

We are no longer accepting auditions, if you have any questions please email Chad at cdike@zachtheatre.org

Phantom Tollbooth
By Susan Nanus
Based on the book by Norton Juster
Directed by Shannon Fox

Grades 4 – 12 • $600

For Milo, everything is boring and nothing interests him. But when a mysterious tollbooth appears in his room, he suddenly finds himself wrapped up in a fantastical adventure in the Land of Wisdom. With the help of a ticking watchdog named Tock and an absolutely infuriating—but definitely not boring—Humbug, Milo must bring Princesses Rhyme and Reason back to rescue the kingdom.

M-F, June 11-July 5 | 6 – 9:30 p.m. | No rehearsal on July 4th

Friday, July 6 at 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 7 at 2 & 7 p.m.

ACTivate: Out of Bounds
Directed by Meg Greene and Chad Dike
Grades 6 – 12 • $600

How do boundaries protect us? Confine us? When can pushing boundaries lead to discovery? When can it lead to harm? Using creative writing, movement, interviews, and digital media, you will create an original theatre performance exploring boundaries in your life, relationships, and society.

NOTE: ACTivate is offered in partnership with SafePlace’s Expect Respect program.

M-F, June 25 – July 26 | Time TBD

Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 at 2 & 7 p.m.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kevin Gates
Grades 6 – 12 • $600

Young Proteus only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But on a trip to Milan, he gets one look at the lovely Silvia . . . and dumps Julia in a heartbeat. Two problems: Silvia is his best friend’s girl, and Julia won’t be dumped that easily. Stir in some bandits, an outraged father and a bad-mannered dog, and it’s friend versus friend in a wild tale of romantic rivals.

M-F, July 9 — August 9 | 6-9:30 p.m.

Friday, August 10 at 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 11 at 2 & 7 p.m.

ZACH Improv Showcase
Directed by Will Cleveland
Grades 4 – 12 • $400

Take your improv skills to the next level on ZACH’s stage! Students will rehearse short and long form games to present a final show as a part of ZACH’s summer series.

M-TH July 9 – August 2 | 6 — 9:30 p.m.

Friday, August 3 at 9:30 & 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 4 at 2 & 7 p.m.


Auditions will be held at ZACH Theatre on the following dates: Thursday, March 22nd | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, March 24th | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

To sign up for an audition, please click here.

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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