West Ensemble Players 2017/2018

A season-long advanced-acting program, WEST Ensemble Players, 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.

This is a limited enrollment class requiring a Director’s invitation to join at the start of each season.  Please note the number of spots available in this program is determined by the play selection returning WEP members have priority registration. Experienced Page to Stage and summer conservatory students have special consideration for availability since WEP is designed to extend and expand those program goals.

2017/2018 WEST Ensemble Season

January – February

SHE KILLS MONSTERS

by Qui Nguyen

WINNER – 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Deceptively breezy and rather ingenious. The whole enterprise is kind of dopey and kind of invigorating and kind of remarkable. It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” – The New York Times

 

February – May

ANTIGONE by Sophocles

It takes guts to stand up to the most powerful man in the country. Especially when you’re 15. After both of her brothers kill each other in opposing sides of a war, Antigone dares to defy her uncle, King Creon, by burying her ‘traitor’ brother. When Creon discovers that Antigone has performed the burial despite his command, he orders her to be walled up in a cave alive thus starving her to death. Creon does not listen to the pleadings of Ismene, Antigone’s sister, nor his son Haemon, who is engaged to Antigone. Haemon goes to Antigone’s cave, sees that she has hung herself and kills himself as well. Hearing this, his mother also takes her own life at the fateful end of this Greek tragedy.

“When [Antigone] casts those burning eyes into the audience and proclaims that ‘What a person can do, a person ought to do,’ it makes you want to run out and paint a picket sign for whatever you happen to believe in.” –St. Paul Pioneer Press

  • Grade: 10-12
  • Time:  6-8:30pm
  • Class Dates: Tuesdays, September 19 – May 8
  • (No class: November 21, December 26, January 2 & April 3)
  • Location: rehearsals at Garfield Park Community Church; Tech week & Performances at Broadway Playhouse
  • Cost: 8 monthly payments of $155

 

  • Additional Rehearsals & Tech schedule for MONSTERS:
  • January 30 – 6:30-9:30pm;
  • Thursday February 1- 6-9pm;
  • Friday, February 2 6-9pm;
  • Saturday, February 3  2-5:30pm;
  • Thursday, February 8 6-9pm (pick up) ; and
  • Sunday, February 11 9am-12pm (strike)

 

  • SHE KILLS MONSTERS Performances:
  • Saturday, February 3 @7pm;
  • Sunday, February 4 @ 2pm;
  • Friday, February 9 @7pm; and
  • Saturday, February 10 @7pm
  • Additional Rehearsals & Tech schedule for ANTIGONE:
  • Sunday, April 29 2-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 3 6-9pm
  • Friday, May 4 6-9pm
  • Saturday, May 5 2:30 – 6pm – HOLD THIS DATE

ANTIGONE Performances:

  • Saturday, May 5 @7pm;
  • Sunday, May 6 @ 2pm;
  • Monday, May 7 @ 10am*
  • *school performance @ Broadway Playhouse