ACE Logo, Acting Company for Excellence

“ACE,” or Acting Company for Excellence is a select group of experienced and dedicated youth, in grades six – twelve, who have met the rigorous standards for admittance. This elite group of young adults  demonstrate a desire to further their education in the arts. We now have an ACE group at Frisco and McKinney Youth Theatres as well as Plano Children’s Theatre.

The Acting Company for Excellence represents a select group of young actors and actresses that have met the rigorous standards established for admittance by the Directors North Texas Performing Arts. Each theatre (PCT, MYT, & FYT) has its own ACE program. Students may be a member of more than one theatre’s ACE team but must fulfill the membership responsibilities to each ACE team to which they belong. 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. In addition, ACE membership will mentor students to further enhance leadership skills, the craft of acting and performing, improve communication skills, and teach other valuable skills which would be beneficial to a career in the arts. Company members will be selected based on their level of experience, their acting, dance or musical talent as tested via audition, and their maturity both on and off the stage.

Auditions

REQUIREMENTS TO AUDITION: Ages 7th-12th grade, MUST have participated in 5 productions in the past 12 months, (2 of which must have been with NTPA).

Auditions: Check back for future audition dates

Download the Application

 

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 of 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
  • Once a year consultation session with panel of directors regarding student progress
  • Access to ACE-logo’d clothing and gifts

Note: Actors will be held to the standard of the following expectations throughout the course of their membership in the ACE program.

 

Audition and Acceptance Process

  • Emailed application for admittance
  • Two Letters of Recommendation – one artistic and one academic or professional.
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors.

Musical Students:

  • Prepare 2 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-24 bars) of Contrasting Styles
  • Prepare 1 Monologue from professionally accepted literature
  • Provide sheet music in appropriate key for live accompaniment

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 minutes

Non-Musical Students:

  • Prepare 3 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.
  • 2 Contemporary – 1 Dramatic, 1 Comedic, both from any play written after 1940.

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 minutes

ACE Dues

Ace dues are $49/year. You can choose to pay for just one year or set up your payments for automatic renewal each year.

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

ACE Members Annual Critique

Musical Students:

  • Prepare 2 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-24 bars) of Contrasting Styles
  • Prepare 1 Monologue from professionally accepted literature
  • Provide sheet music in appropriate key for live accompaniment

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 minutes

Non-Musical Students:

  • Prepare 3 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.
  • 2 Contemporary – 1 Dramatic, 1 Comedic, both from any play written after 1940.

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 minutes