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Acting Company for Excellence (ACE)

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The Acting Company for Excellence represents a select group of young actors who have met the rigorous standards established for admittance by the Directors of North Texas Performing Arts. Each theatre (PCT, FVYT, & FYT) has its own ACE program. Students are committing to membership and service in a particular theatre’s ACE Team.
This company’s primary goal is to distinguish certain students who demonstrate a desire for excellence on stage and off. ACE members will mentor students to further enhance leadership skills, hone the craft of acting and performing, improve communication, and learn other valuable skills beneficial to a career in the arts.  Company members will be selected based on their level of experience, talent (via audition), and maturity both on and off the stage.

Special Benefits

Acting Company for Excellence Members will receive the following special benefits:
  • Participation in special events and activities
  • Special participation in the “Members Only” Balloting for the Annual AMP Award Program
  • Participation in Acting Company for Excellence advanced acting workshops
  • Priority access to special classes and programs
  • Priority selection of audition slots for upcoming shows (ACE members will NOT be given priority selection for role casting but for audition slots)
  • Invitation to ACE Only Productions
  • Exclusive eligibility to be considered for the PCT/MYT/FYT Summer Touring Shows
  • Exclusive eligibility to earn tuition credit by serving as a student intern
  • Member of the Acting Company for Excellence Student Board to provide input to PCT/MYT/FYT ACE programming and selection
  • Eligible to register for ACE Summer  Educational Trips
  • Annual critique with panel of directors regarding student progress
  • Access to ACE-logo’d clothing and gifts

Expectations

Actors will be held to the standard of the following expectations throughout the course of their membership in the ACE program. In order to be considered an active member, students must fulfill each of the following minimum requirements:
  • Has performed in a minimum of five “major” North Texas Performing Arts productions or equivalent from a comparable theatre.
  • Has performed in at least two NTPA major productions in the past twelve months.
  • Is 6-8th Grade for Junior ACE.
  • Is 7-12th Grade for ACE.
  • Is a Member in good standing with NTPA.
  • Has been nominated by a Director of NTPA.
  • Demonstrates maturity during rehearsal and performance.
  • Demonstrates respectful behavior of theatre staff, director, show parent, and parent volunteers
  • Has paid the annual Acting Company for Excellence dues ($49 which includes membership and audition fees).
  • Successfully completed a Director’s audition, and met the performance standard as set by the NTPA Directors.
  • Receives an audition critique annually.
  • Attend 50% of Local Meetings (held once per month)
  • Attend 50% of Quarterly Meetings (held 4 times per year).
  • Attend 50% of fundraisers.
  • Attend 50% of performance events.
  • Serve on the PCT/MYT/FYT ACE Ambassador Team to appear at community events.
  • Serve 10 hours annually in volunteer service for PCT/MYT/FYT (to give back to the theatre, not for tuition credit; students may serve more volunteer hours for tuition credit)

Audition and Acceptance Process

The Audition and Acceptance Process will consist of the following:
  • Emailed application for admittance
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – one artistic and one academic or professional
  • Live Audition (see ACE and JUNIOR ACE requirements below)

Live Audition – ACE

Musical Students

  • Prepare 2 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-32 bars) of Contrasting Styles to be performed with LIVE PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT.
  • Prepare 1 Monologue from professionally accepted literature
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors
  • Provide sheet music in appropriate key for live accompaniment

Non-Musical Students

  • Prepare 2 Monologues of Contrasting Styles
  • Prepare 1 Musical Theatre cutting (16-32 bars) to be performed with LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT.
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors

Live Audition – JUNIOR ACE

Musical Students

  • Prepare 2 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-32 bars) of Contrasting Styles to be performed with a BACKING TRACK supplied by the student.
  • Prepare 1 Monologue from professionally accepted literature
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors

Non-Musical Students

  • Prepare 2 Monologues of Contrasting Styles
  • Prepare 1 Musical Theatre cutting (16-32 bars) to be performed with a BACKING TRACK supplied by the student.
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors
  • ACE Dues

ACE Members Annual Critique

Musical Students

  • Prepare 2 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-32 bars) of Contrasting Styles
    • ACES: Provide sheet music in appropriate key for live accompaniment
    • JR: ACES: Provide track in appropriate key for live accompaniment
  • Prepare 1 Monologue, Dramatic or Comedic, from any play, Classic or Contemporary

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 minutes

Non-Musical Students

  • Prepare 2 monologues of Contrasting Styles from professionally accepted literature:
    • 1 Classical – Must be written in poetry or verse, Dramatic or Comedic, from any play written before 1940.
    • 1 Contemporary –  Dramatic or Comedic, both from any play written after 1940.
  • Prepare 1 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-32 bars) of Contrasting Styles
    • ACES: Provide sheet music in appropriate key for live accompaniment
    • JR: ACES: Provide track in appropriate key for live accompaniment

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 minutes

Probation

In the event that a student does not meet the requirements for active involvement, they will be placed on probation. While on probation, students will not:

  1. be allowed to use any earned tuition credit
  2. be allowed to participate in any ACE public performances
  3. receive ACE accreditation in any playbills

Auditions

Next ACE auditions are August 18, 19 21, 2018. 

Reserve your audition slot
Download the Audition Application

ACE Dues

Pay ACE Dues for 1 Year
Pay ACE Dues with Recurring Payments

ACE Classes and Auditions