BAM Conservatory Ensemble
The BAM Conservatory Ensemble (BCE) is an advanced musical theatre training program that meets throughout the academic year. Selected by audition, an ensemble of high school students will take part in a rich curriculum that involves classes, exclusive productions, and participation in the internationally celebrated Junior Theatre Festival in Sacramento, CA. The objective of this program is to build confidence, knowledge, and skill, and provide exposure to develop the students to become leaders of their arts communities in school, professionally, and beyond. Read more about each component of the program below.
BCE 2022/23 PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
BCE meets Sundays from 5 - 9pm beginning September 11. The full schedule breakdown for the year is available here.
Students selected for this program will be invited to a full year of musical theatre training and performance opportunities. The curriculum will be broken down into various components incorporate classes, cutting edge productions, and competitive performance opportunities. New this year - BCE will be traveling to Sacramento, CA to participate in the Junior Theatre Festival! Read more about each component below:
Classes will meet for the first eight weeks from 5 - 7pm every Sunday. This year, students will begin with Ensemble Based Acting, where they will be exposed to various acting methods and techniques, and learn to connect with their peers on a deeper level onstage. From there, they will then head into Musical Theatre Dance where they will enhance technique and learn combinations stemming from a variety of musical theatre styles. Students selected for BCE also have the option to enroll in Advanced Acting: Scenes & Monologues (Fall, 2022) and Advanced Acting: Song Interpretation (Spring, 2023) which meets on Thursdays from 6 - 7pm throughout the fall and spring terms at no additional cost. More information on these additional class opportunities can be found here.
The production component of the BCE program aims to expand the horizons of our students by introducing them to something they would rarely have an opportunity to study and perform. It is our desire to present a completely new and fresh piece of musical theatre - either a title that has been rarely produced, or a completely fresh take on a more familiar piece of theatre.
JUNIOR THEATRE FESTIVAL:
The Junior Theater Festival (JTF) is the world’s biggest and best celebration of young people performing musical theater. JTF brings together student musical theater troupes from all over the world for a weekend of musical theater mayhem and madness. Each troupe performs fifteen minutes from a Broadway Junior®️ show for adjudication by a panel of musical theater experts. The weekend also features professional development for teachers, workshops for students and parents, a New Works Showcase featuring new musical adaptations soon to be released and concludes with a grand finale concert headlined by Broadway’s best!
We will begin rehearsing the JTF show (title announced August 1!) in December, and then travel to the festival, which will be held February 16 - 20, 2023 in Sacramento, CA. Please note that festival participation and travel fees are additional costs, and not included in the tuition for BCE. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the festival. We require one parent chaperone for every 4 students in attendance. After JTF, students will then return home to perform an extended version of the JTF show for our final performance weekend. Additional JTF information is available here.
We are thrilled to announce that the Fall BCE production will be HEAD OVER HEELS and the Spring JTF production for BCE will be INTO THE WOODS JR! View the full BCE schedule here.
BCE AUDITION INFORMATION:
Auditions will take place on Sunday, August 28. Students will sign up for a 30 min vocal audition, and then be assigned to a dance call. Dance calls will take place from 3 - 4pm and 4 - 5pm, depending on skill level. For the vocal audition, students should prepare two contrasting songs (the cut should be no longer than 1 minute in length) in the style of their preference. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key, as we will have an accompanist. Please bring a headshot (any picture is fine), and a resume.