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TexARTS Triple Threat Pre-Professional Program

The TexARTS Triple Threat program is a technique-focused curriculum for students who are dedicated to advanced musical theater training. Built on a core of classes that cover the three pillars of musical theater skills - singing, acting, and dancing - Triple Threat students also meet weekly in workshop sessions to synthesize all they have learned and focus on special topics that will help grow as performers.

We recognize that students have myriad performance and learning opportunities at school and in quality arts programs in the Austin area. The Triple Threat program is expressly designed to provide students with the technique and skills to be successful in these programs. Our schedule is also designed to focus training on a handful of days each week so students can pursue other, complementary musical theater activities in addition to the program.

Triple Threat Staff

We believe that exposure to a variety of creative perspectives and experience best prepares our students for a future in musical theater. We also recognize that consistent guidance through the program and a close eye on each student’s development is critical to success. The Triple Threat curriculum will be crafted and directed by Jarret Mallon, the TexARTS Executive Director, and Jerome Schoolar, the TexARTS Academy Director. They will draw heavily on their combined decades of musical theater experience to create the just right balance of new creative experiences and practical pre-professional preparation.

The weekly activities of program participatins will be led by a Mentor with a strong background in all musical theater disciplines as well as a strong resume featuring both amature and professional production experience. The Mentor will be responsible for ensuring that workshop curriculum augments technique class curriculum and for providing regular feedback to students and communication to parents. Master teachers will augment the Mentor’s efforts and provide their specific expertise in workshop topics as well as choreography and creative direction for performance pieces.

Triple Threat Youth

Designed specifically for students in late elementary school and middle school, the Triple Threat Youth program helps establish and grow the foundational skills required for musical theater. Students are required to take these core curriculum technique classes:

  • Jazz for Musical Theater - focused on the specific application of jazz technique to musical theater, this class allows students to continue to grow their foundational jazz skills

  • Ballet - foundational to all dance technique, we believe our youth students should continue their ballet education through middle school

  • Voice for Musical Theater - complementary to private voice instruction, the curriculum rotates through important lessons such as selection and critique of audition songs, acting the song, and singing as part of an ensemble

  • Acting for Musical Theater - a dynamic and fun class that helps students advance their acting skills for performance but also prepare for college and professional auditions

Students are encouraged to take additional, optional dance classes including Tap and Hip Hop to round-out their dance foundation.

On Thursdays students will meet for 90 minutes to synthesize the skills they’ve learned in their technique classes. They will:

  1. Learn and practice performance pieces to share at a demonstration at the end of the semester.

  2. Work on audition preparation and other skills that support performance in musical theater productions.

  3. Have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes view of the TexARTS professional series creative process from the shows’ creative teams and attend the shows to see how the process comes to life in performance.

Triple Threat Teen

As students move into high school the Triple Threat program turns its focus to camp, college, and professional performance preparation. Predicated on the expectation that participants have already developed a strong technique foundation, students continue to take a core set of technique classes with a focus on efficiently maintaining their technique:

  • Dance for Musical Theater - a multi-disciplinary class that covers all core musical theater dance styles on a rotating schedule with a focus on how to apply these styles in college and professional environments

  • Acting for Musical Theater - a dynamic and fun class that helps students advance their acting skills for performance but also prepare for college and professional auditions

  • Voice for Musical Theater - complementary to private voice instruction, the curriculum rotates through important lessons such as selection and critique of audition songs, acting the song, and singing as part of an ensemble

For students who want to continue to focus deeply on dance technique optional advanced Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop technique classes are available for enrollment.

On Thursdays students will meet for 2 hours for special workshop sessions specifically relevant to camp, college, and professional preparation.

  • Multi-week seminars will focus on topics such as how to navigate the camp and college audition process, building audition videos, song and monologue selection and critique for specific audition scenarios, and more.

  • Students will also have the opportunity to get a behind the scenes view of the TexARTS professional series creative process from the shows’ creative teams and attend the shows to see how the process comes to life in performance.

  • A portion of the workshop sessions will also be used to develop performance pieces to share at a demonstration at the end of the semester.

  • Triple Threat Teen students will have the opportunity to perform in A Cool Yule, the TexARTS Professional holiday production in December.

Audition Requirements and Commitment Expectations

Admission to the Triple Threat program begins with a placement audition. It’s expected that program participants have already begun a study of dancing, singing, and acting prior to participating in the program. A commitment to and passion for dedicated musical theater technique training are also critical. We ask all participants to commit to 5.5 hours of class time each week across technique and workshop classes. Participation in all core classes on a weekly basis is required.

The placement audition process has two components:

  • Participation in the Summer Dance Intensive August 7 -11. Throughout the week the intensive staff will evaluate the skill level and work ethic of every student in the intensive. For those students interested in the Triple Threat program this will be their dance placement audition.

  • Music and Acting Presentation on August 11. On the morning of Friday, August 11, interested students should be prepared to present 16-32 bars of a song from a musical that best shows their voice and personality as well as one age appropriate monologue from a published play or musical, no more than 1 minute in length. TexARTS Academy staff and the program Mentor will evaluate these auditions.

The TexARTS staff, Dance Intensive staff, and Mentor will collaborate to place students in the appropriate Triple Threat program and core class levels based on age and experience. They will also make recommendations on additional dance technique classes and levels that would most benefit the student.

Participants will be notified on Monday, August 14 on their placement details and be provided next steps for registration.

If you are interested in auditioning for the Triple Threat program please share your intention with our Academy staff by emailing jerome@tex-arts.org. Additional audition information including the specific time of music and acting presentations will be provided.

Fees & Class Placement

Fees for all technique classes, Thursday workshops, and optional incremental dance technique classes are included in a single semester fee. Fees for participation in our performance programs like The Nutcracker and our Musical Theater Academy shows are incremental. Triple Threat program fees are subject to our Tuition and Fees Policy.

Students will be placed in appropriate dance classes based on their previous experience and skill as observed in the audition process. We have revamped our dance offerings to better simplify the progression for students and allow for a more predictable weekly schedule. At any point in the semester an instructor can recommend that a student move up to the next level of dance class to continue their progress.

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