ELITE RETREAT UPDATE: Hey Gang, We have an exciting Retreat planned! Surprise…we have Broadway Guest Artist and Assistant Broadway Choreographer, Greg Graham coming in to set a number on Saturday!! He will be with us from 10:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Whaaatttt….
Please note that there will be a scheduling change JUST for this Sunday, September 24. We have many conflicts this Sunday and since we have the Elite Retreat on Friday and Saturday, we decided to shorten our Sunday schedule a bit.
Sunday, September 24 Schedule
1:30- 3:00 p.m. | A Dance (Ballet) | Elite MTW A and B
3:00-4:30 p.m. | B Dance (Ballet) | Senior Class, Run Through Material
4:30-6:00 p.m. | C Dance (Ballet) | ALL are invited to attend: “Monologue-ing” Songs w/Jen
6:00 p.m. | SUNDAY CLASS ENDS, Students Dismissed
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN INVITED DRESS
PPC is invited to the Singin’ In The Rain Invited Dress! Let us know if you would like to attend the show as a PPC group! You must sign up to reserve your spot…Here are the details.
When: Wednesday, 9/27/2017
Where: TOPFER Theatre
When : 8 p.m.
Great Job Elite! We knocked out event music, class rotations, and had a surprise Guest Artist and Health Coach, Beverly Theodore. Beverly is a professional Dancer, Pilates Instructor and Physical Therapist. Beverly is an excellent resource for overall health guidance for performers. Feel free to email her about nutrition or health: firstname.lastname@example.org
PPC “BIG’s and LITTLE’s”
Each Company has their own PPC “Big” and “Little”. Basically these are your PPC buddies (or mentors). We started this buddy system last year with The Elite Company and they loved it! Big’s are leaders and should be around to offer their Little support. CLICK HERE for BIG and LITTLE FORM.
We will announce them again at the A Company and B Company orientations.
PPC ELITE- Please fill in your BIG and LITTLE on the contact sheet (I forgot who I paired you with…haha).
We will have a Big and Little Small gift exchange at the Retreat!
PPC ELITE MAKEUP RETREAT
Friday, September 22- Saturday, September 23
Arrival: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Dismissal: 2:30 p.m. Saturday ** THIS IS A TIME CHANGE**
Dinner at Shady Grove Friday
Sleep over in Nowlin
Breakfast Saturday morning and then we get to work!!!
Please sign up for food and volunteers HERE
We will start with Choreography on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and we plan to go to dinner at about 8:15 p.m. Please plan to bring $$ for Shady Grove or Holla Mode and/or any extra off campus treats.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MASTER CLASS FOR PPC
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:
MARK MADAMA BIO:
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.
COLLEGE AUDITION INFORMATION | PPC PARTNERS WITH MARY ANNA DENNARD
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.
MOONIFIED COLLEGE AUDITIONS:
Dates and Location:
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.
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
Unified AUDITION INFORMATION:
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
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: