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 – New 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. 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.

2018/2019 Theme: Wild About Wilde

Fall Production:  Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Spring Production: Lady Windemere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde

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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)

Fall Production 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

 Fall Production 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

GROSS INDECENCY: In early 1895, the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of Wilde’s young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, left a card at Wilde’s club bearing the phrase “posing somdomite.” Wilde sued the Marquess for criminal libel. The defense denounced Wilde’s art and literature as immoral, leading the prosecuting attorney to declare, “It would appear that what is on trial is not Lord Queensberry but Mr. Wilde’s art!”  Evidence that had been gathered against Wilde compelled the Crown to prosecute him for “gross indecency with male persons.” With Wilde’s arrest, his hit plays running in London’s West End were forced to close. In the third and decisive trial, Wilde was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor. He was separated forever from his wife and children, and wrote very little for the rest of his life. 
GROSS INDECENCY uses trial transcripts, personal correspondence, interviews and other source materials to tell the story of the downfall of the great man of letters whose artistic genius has long been overshadowed by the scandal surrounding his imprisonment.
LADY WINDEMERE’S FAN: Lady Windermere’s Fan is one of Oscar Wilde’s most witty and uncompromisingly satirical plays. It examines the gender politics within marriage and society, and the ambiguous idea of sexual morality among the upper classes. Until Mrs. Erlynne is introduced, Lady Windermere believes that she has a perfectly happy marriage with her adoring husband and young child. However, once she is alerted to Lord Windermere’s seemingly brazen relationship with another woman, Lady Windermere begins to question her own feelings, her marital position and the loyalty of her husband.  Taking a serious yet comedic look at marriage, sex and gender, Wilde’s play contains one of his best known lines: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”