WEST Ensemble Players

A season-long Pre-professional program, WEST Ensemble Players (WEP), explores and enriches acquired skills, including physical and vocal work, characterization, emotional truth and availability, active pursuit of an objective and ensemble storytelling. This important class encourages honing skills and taking greater risks. Students delve more thoroughly into character development and script analysis, with emphasis on creating acting objectives and discovering scenes through character relationships.

Although no set curriculum defines WEP, the program does focus on material that highlights intricacies of language (both classical and modern) and themes of social justice.

Class consideration  – This class is by Director invitation and recommended for advanced WEST students including those who have participated in our summer conservatories or those with a demonstrated commitment to the craft of acting and who enjoy experiential and project-based learning. Students will experience a variety of theatre methodologies and techniques throughout the curriculum and should be prepared with an open mind and a sincere desire to study the craft of acting.

Limited Availability –  The number of spaces available in the class is determined by the material selection and returning students have priority. Typically only one or two spaces open each year. There is an active wait list. Students who participate in conservatory-style programs, Page to Stage do have an admittance priority provided they are in good standing and demonstrate the commitment to succeed in WEP.

Commitment – Students who accept a position in the WEST Ensemble program commit to a full academic year (October – mid May) and must be available for all rehearsals and performances. This class must take priority over other extra-curricular activities. This is a commitment to excellence.

Fall Production:  Welcome to the Monkey House

Spring Production: TBA

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  1. Prerequisite: Director’s Invitation Only
  2. Grades: 10-12
  3. Time: 6:15pm – 8:45pm
  4. Class Dates: Tuesdays, October 2, 2018 – May 7, 2019
  5. Location: Broadway Playhouse
  6. Cost: $200 per month for 8 months
  7. (There is a $5 per month processing fee for all monthly payments. Please note the tuition cost is based on total program hours, not weekly classes)

Monkey House Tech & Dress Schedule:

  1. Sunday, January 6 from 10am – 6pm
  2. Monday, January 7 from 6:30pm-9pm
  3. HOLD: Wednesday, January 9 from 4pm-9pm
  4. Thursday, January 10 from 6:30-9pm

 Monkey House Performances:

  1. Friday, January 11 at 7:30pm
  2. Saturday, January 12 at 3pm & 7:30pm
  3. Sunday, January 13 at 3pm

Mandatory Strike: Sunday, January 13 from 4:30-7pm. All actors are required to participate

Spring Production Tech & Dress Schedule:

  1. Sunday, April 29 from 10am -6pm
  2. Monday, April 28 6:30-9pm
  3. Wednesday, May 1 from 6-9pm
  4. Thursday, May 2 from 6-9pm

Spring Production Performances:

  1. Friday, May 3 at 7:30pm
  2. Saturday, May 4 at 3pm & 7:30pm
  3. Sunday, May 5  at 3pm

Mandatory Strike: Sunday, May 5 from 4:30-7pm. All actors are required to participate

About the plays

Its theatrical excitement comes from the brilliant words and the dazzling display of original ideas. Vonnegut begins with a moving episode about right now in which a young man searches for companionship and identity through participation in amateur theatricals, appropriately entitled Who Am I This Time? An edged satire of the future concludes the first act.

The Time’s literary critic describes Vonnegut as “… a zany but moral mad scientist at the controls of a literary time machine. He is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer. Though Vonnegut is knocking a misplaced sense of values by showing the horrifying results, he’s doing it with an irreverent chuckle.”