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Teen Ensemble

Ages 14-18

Through intensive production programs and master classes, participants will dig deep into the techniques and practices and experience all the onstage and offstage worlds of a theatre performer.

Teen Ensemble is for high school students and recent graduates ages, 14-18 (recent graduates are welcome). Beyond honing their vocal, dance, and acting abilities, students will get hands-on experience putting those skills to the test through performance and technical theatre challenges. Whether they are a seasoned performer or just venturing onto the stage, there’s a place for everyone! Participants create their own summer adventure as they choose from a variety of 1-week, 2-week programs as well as half-day masterclasses geared towards offering a range of performance experiences. Ensemble members should expect to challenge themselves to grow and learn, celebrate their talents, and collaborate with peers and professionals.

Full-Day Programs

Chicago-High Schoool Edition: In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap… until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune, and acquittal. Specifically designed to be content-appropriate and flexible, Chicago: School Edition has been adapted and suits all experience levels. We can’t wait to bring this iconic production to life and explore everything Fosse! Grab your dance shoes and get ready to go behind bars with the cast of Chicago!

This Broadway at Brooks experience is a three-week summer theatre workshop for participants in ages 14-18 (recent graduates are welcome). Participants will gain artistry skills, increasing their ability to execute excellent technique, through instruction from our experienced and diverse team. Hosted in the Brooks School’s state-of-the-art theater, industry professionals with an invaluable depth of knowledge and years of experience in the field, provide a meaningful and long-lasting summer experience for our students. Every student will be challenged and take away valuable performing, public speaking, and social skills. The focus of this program is on the theatrical process, not the product. This program culminates in a performance that fellow Brooks campers, friends, and family can attend!

Teen Ensemble-Tech Troupe: Explore lights, sound, scenery, paint, props, and more as we go backstage this summer! Participants will work with a professional Technical Director to bring our summer shows to life while learning new skills and exploring their technical interests. No experience necessary! This is a full-day three-week program from 9:00-4:00.

Half-Day Programs

Teen Ensemble Intensive-Broadway Dance & Movement: Explore a wide range of dance styles and techniques through this intensive program. This is a half-day morning program from 9:00-12:15 PM.

Teen Ensemble Intensive-Performing a Song: The right notes are only part of the story when it comes to singing in a show. This intensive focuses on how to highlight and communicate the story of the song in order to captivate the audience and enrich the performance. Students will work on solo and group repertoire. This is a half-day afternoon program from 12:30-4:00 PM.

Teen Ensemble Intensive-Audition Workshop: Work through your questions, fears, and excitement surrounding the audition process. Participants will select audition material that showcases their strengths and receive feedback from peers and professionals about how to improve their audition technique to put their best foot forward. This is a half-day morning program from 9:00-12:15 PM.

Teen Ensemble Intensive-Acting Technique and Timing: From Chekhov to Adler, there’s a lot of ways to understand a character. Participants in this intensive will explore a range of acting techniques in an effort to find what works for them and discover their unique strengths. This is a half-day afternoon program from 12:30-4:00 PM.

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About the Space

The Brooks Studios and Stages Program provides participants with a variety of activities and spaces that no other local camp can equal. Participants will have access to our 270-acre campus. The newly constructed Center for the Arts opened its doors to students, faculty and staff for use on October 30, 2018. The $28 million facility has transformed the school, bonding the visual, musical, and performing arts together and placing them on display at the center of campus.

Performances, teaching, and community gatherings have a spacious, comfortable home in the theater, with 387 seats. Its stage connects to a scene shop and a 1,200-square-foot Black Box theater, which provides a flexible teaching space and an additional performance venue. A costume shop, changing room, and green room are included as well.

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A Typical Day

Ensemble rotates through acting, music, and dance each day. In these time blocks, students collaborate with one another, professional instructors and a teen intern team to learn their lines, notes, and choreography. There are breaks built into the day (including some outdoor time during lunch) to allow students to re-group and socialize. At the end of the day, students participate in tech time where they gain skills in technical theatre including costume, props, and lighting.

8:30-9:00 Drop-Off
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting
9:15-10:45 Acting
10:45-11:00 Morning Snack
11:00-12:00 Music
12:00-1:00 Supervised Lunch/Free Time
1:00-2:45 Dance
2:45-4:00 Tech Time
4:00-4:30 Pick-Up
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Costumes hanging on hangers

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