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BAM Conservatory Ensemble

Audition for BAM’s Award-Winning and Nationally Recognized

musical theater training program! 

 

The BAM Conservatory Ensemble (BCE) offers a professional level training program for students who want to excel in musical theater performance. Selected through an audition process, an ensemble of students will take part in a rich curriculum that involves classes, exclusive productions, and participation in the internationally celebrated Junior Theatre Festival. This is the ultimate opportunity for performers to level up their theatrical training, collaborate with peers who share the same passion for musical theater, and network with industry professionals on both a local and national level. This renowned program aims to instill self confidence, vast knowledge, and exceptional skills in its participants, while offering them invaluable experience  to blossom into leaders within their  communities in school, professionally, and beyond. This division of the BAM Conservatory Ensembles is designed for high school students.

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BCE 2024/25 PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

BCE meets Sunday evenings beginning Sunday, September 8. View the full schedule for the 24/25 season here

Students selected for this program will be invited to a full season of musical theater training and performance opportunities. The curriculum encompasses classes, specialized workshops, competitive performance opportunities, and exclusive productions. Read more about each facet of the program below:
 

WEEKLY CLASSES:

Students will attend the following classes during the BCE season, which will be held on most Sundays throughout the curriculum:

  • Ensemble Building: Every Sunday begins with a 30-minute ensemble building session to strengthen and unify the ensemble. This time includes a variety of acting exercises and team-building activities. Occasionally, it may also be used for costume fittings, meetings, and other activities.

  • Dance Tech: Students will engage in a 30-minute dance techniques class on Sundays. This class focuses on grounding dance techniques to elevate students' dance skills.

  • Acting Cohorts: In addition to regular BCE events, students will be divided into smaller Acting Cohorts that meet weekly at a different time. Participation in these cohorts is optional but highly encouraged. The cohorts meet for 8 weeks in the fall and 6 weeks in the spring.

 

BCE LAB:

In the first term, a series of 8 rotating labs will be offered, each featuring a unique workshop or master class.  These workshops may cover topics like Auditioning, Viewpoints, Circus, and more. In the past, we've had esteemed guest clinicians such as Bob Mason (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Jim Corti (Paramount Theater), Barbara Robertson (a Jeff Award Winning Actress), Natalie Weiss, and others. The full 24/25 LAB Session Schedule will be announced later this summer. 

BOOTCAMP DAY: "DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CHICAGO ACTOR"

Actors will come together for an exciting bootcamp day in the fall term. Details for this adventure are pending and will be shared soon! 

FALL PRODUCTION:

During the first term, students will also participate in the rehearsal process for the “Double Feature.” BCE and JrBCE will each prepare a musical to be performed in repertory. Both shows will be staged using competition standards, utilizing only the actors' bodies, faces, and minds to create the world of the play and tell the story! 

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JUNIOR THEATER FESTIVAL (JTF):

The Junior Theater Festival (JTF) is an incredible event that brings thousands of aspiring performers from all over the world together to share their passion for musical theater. Each group performs a 15-minute section from a Broadway Junior®️ show, which is adjudicated  by a panel of musical theater experts. The festival also includes workshops for students and parents, professional development for teachers, and a showcase of new musical adaptations. The festival culminates with a fantastic concert featuring top Broadway performers! Participating in this festival is a life-changing experience; students often consider it the best part of the program. This year BCE will travel to Atlanta, GA to participate in JTF!

In December, we will turn our attention to preparation for JTF. The adjudication cut will be a 15 minute excerpt from the Fall Production, and we will re-work the show to JTF standards.

Participating in the festival and covering travel expenses are additional costs not included in the base tuition for BCE. We ask for one parent chaperone for every 4 students. Additional JTF information is available here. Students who opt out of JTF are still invited to participate in JTF rehearsals and perform in the Local Showcase.

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SPRING PRODUCTION:

Upon returning from the prestigious Junior Theater Festival, the ensemble will reunite back home to create a spectacular spring production. BCE students will portray all principal, supporting, and primary ensemble roles in the production. The rehearsal schedule for this portion of the program will be a broken down call schedule: the full group may not be called to every rehearsal or for the full duration of each rehearsal. Members of the Junior company will also be invited to participate in a smaller youth ensemble, rehearsing independently from BCE, and performing in select segments of the show.

BCE PERKS:

In addition to participating in the above, BCE students also have the opportunity to get involved in the following:

  • Winter Cabaret: Base student ticket included in tuition.

    • Participation in the BCE performance number

    • A solo/small group performance of their own choosing

  • BAM Classes: 50% discount on weekday evening classes

  • Voice Lessons: 10% discount on voice lessons/private coachings

  • BAM Merch: 10% discount all year long!

Announcing the BCE 24/25 Season Productions: 

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Fall/JTF Production:
Frozen Jr

View Calendar & Production Dates Here

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Spring Production:
Hunchback of Notre Dame

View Calendar & Production Dates Here

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions will be held on:

Sunday, August 18

1 - 5pm Vocal Auditions

6 - 8pm Dance Call

Students will sign up for a thirty minute time slot for their vocal audition. Students may choose to prepare either two contrasting musical theater selections, or one song and one spoken monologue. Each audition selection should be one minute in length. For songs, please bring sheet music accompanist ready (double sided, three hole punched, in a binder). All should plan on attending the dance call.

Please bring a copy of your completed audition form (this will be emailed to you prior to your audition), and attach your headshot (or any recent photo) and resume.

If you are not available for an in person audition, you may sign up for a video audition. Please sign up using the schedule link below and select the "VIDEO AUDITION" option. Then, record your two song selections and also provide a video clip that showcases your movement abilities. Please send your videos, as well as your completed audition form, headshot, and resume to auditions@bamtheatre.com no later than 11:59pm on Monday, August 19. 

Tuition for the 2024/25 BCE program is $1,800.00.

Payment is due after acceptance into the program, and may be paid in monthly installments or in full. 

 

Tuition covers the student's participation in all classes, local performances, as well as costumes. Travel & Festival Participation fees are an additional cost. More information regarding BCE tuition & fees, including an estimated price breakdown for JTF, is available here. Part of BAM's mission is to ensure every student has access to our programs. Fundraising and scholarship opportunities are available. Email info@bamtheatre.com for more information.

View BAMtheatre's Tuition Policy

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