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 tends to 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 – New students who accept a position in the WEST Ensemble program commit to a full academic year (September – mid April) and must be available for all rehearsals and performances. Returning WEP students may request a fall or spring semester. This class must take priority over other extra-curricular activities. This is a commitment to excellence.

Parents: This is a full season commitment.  If your player does not finish the season for any reason, you are still bound to the financial obligation. 

2019/2020 Theme: Shakespeare

  1. Fall Production: The Beard of Avon
  2. Winter/Spring Production: Julius Caesar
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  1. Prerequisite: Director’s Invitation Only 
  2. Grades: 10-12
  3. Time: 6:15pm – 8:45pm
  4. Class Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Nov. 20 (BEARD)
  5. Wednesdays, January 15 – April 22   (JULIUS CAESAR)
  6. and Tech & Show schedules listed below.
  7. Location: Broadway Playhouse
  8. Cost: $200 per month for 8 months
  9. Please note the tuition cost is based on total program hours, not weekly classes.

BEARD OF AVON Tech & Show Dates: 

  • Tech & Dress:
  1. Tuesday, Nov 19 from 5 – 7:30pm
  2. Wednesday, Nov. 20 class extended from 5:00pm – 9pm,
  3. Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5 – 9 pm,
  4. Friday, Nov. 22 from 4:30pm – 7pm
  • Performances: Friday, November 22 & 7:30pm; Saturday, Nov. 23 @ 2pm; and Sunday, November 24 @ 2pm
  • Mandatory Strike: Sunday, November 24 following last performance.

This delicious and witty farce fashions the longstanding debate over who really penned the Bard’s cannon into a merry look at the mortality of artists and the immortality of their legacy.  A bumpkin known as “Will Shakespeare” who longs to be an artist flees from his filthy barn, his home bound wife and her incessant chores. In Elizabethan London, did this stagestruck dreamer become a front man for Sir Francis Bacon, the Earl of Oxford and even Queen Elizabeth, authors too proud to admit they scribbled plays for the unwashed masses? With a gleeful wink at intervening centuries, the author portrays Will’s comic struggles to become an artist in his own right while she reflects on artistic inspiration, the struggle to become an artistic master and the very meaning of creativity.


JULIUS CAESAR Tech & Show Dates: 

  • Tech & Dress:
  1. Sunday, April  19 from 4:30pm – 8:30pm,
  2. Tuesday, April  21 from 3:45pm – 8:45pm,
  3. Wednesday, April 22 class extended until 8:45pm,
  4. Thursday, April 23 from 6:15pm – 9pm
  5. Friday, April 24 from 4:30pm – 7pm
  • Performances: Friday, April 24 @ 7:30pm, Saturday, April 25 @  2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, April 26 @ 2pm
  • Mandatory Strike: Sunday, April 26  from 4:30-6pm

Shakespeare’s political thriller tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of his conspirators.

A limited number of partial scholarships available. You must register at the time you apply for a scholarship to hold a spot in the class. Scholarship request deadline: September 1, 2019.

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