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Casa Mañana’s Apprentice Program offers rigorous, professional musical theatre training to students. Intended for the most dedicated young performers in the DFW area, the program is led by seasoned experts and equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the industry.

The program has two distinct components: The Apprentice Program classes, and the annual Apprentice Program Production. Both are by audition only and are separate auditions.


Apprentice Program classes are process-based courses that focus on developing students’ technique in dance, acting and voice. Classes include the signature, year-long Apprentice Spotlight Company course, as well as Advanced Dance, Acting Performance and Audition Prep. Students receive special consideration for Casa Mañana Mainstage productions. Enrollment in a class does not guarantee casting in the annual Apprentice Program Production.

Auditions for the 2024-25 Apprentice Program classes are August 3, 2024.


The annual Apprentice Program Production is a Mainstage professional production backed by the full resources of Casa Mañana. The show is professionally produced, from directing to sound design to choreography, and is included as part of the Casa Mañana Broadway Season. Show selections are intended to be challenging pieces that give students the opportunity to work in a professional environment. 

Auditions for the Apprentice Program Production are held each year in the spring. You do not need to be enrolled in the year-long Class to audition. 

Carrie the Musical
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2024 SHOW

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day. This show is suitable for most audiences.


Since its creation in 2010, Apprentice Program participants have been accepted to such prestigious universities and training programs as Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University, Webster University, Otterbein University, The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC and Baldwin Wallace University.

Apprentice Program alumni work professionally in the theatre industry all over the country, including national tour casts and crews.

Big Fish


The CMSMT periodically hosts Masterclasses during the year in a variety of disciplines. Recent Masterclasses have covered topics like the British accent and audition preparation. Current CMSMT students receive discounts and priority access for Masterclasses. 

Pictured: The Audition Preparation Masterclass with instructors Jackie Burns and Dee Roscioli, stars of Wicked on Broadway.


2010 | Les Misérables: School Edition

The Cast of Les Misérables: School Edition
Photo by Curtis Brown

2011 | The Secret Garden

Kathryn Porterfield, Molly Franco

Photo by Curtis Brown

2012 | Parade

Kathryn Porterfield

Photo by Curtis Brown

2013 | Side Show

The Cast of Side Show

Photo by Curtis Brown

2014 | Jekyll & Hyde

Addie Morales

Photo by Curtis Brown

2015 | Big Fish

Addie Morales

Photo by Curtis Brown

2016 | Children of Eden

The Cast of Children of Eden

Photo by Curtis Brown

2017 | Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Charlie H. Ray

Photo by Curtis Brown

2018 | Sweeney Todd

The Cast of Sweeney Todd

Photo by Curtis Brown

2019 | Carrie the Musical

Sydney Dotson

Photo by Curtis Brown

2021 | Bonnie & Clyde

Tristin Thompson, Maya Michalski

Photo by Chip Tompkins

2022 | Bat Boy

Brendan Behm

Photo by Chip Tompkins


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