BAM CONSERVATORY ENSEMBLE
The BAM Conservatory Ensemble (BCE) involves two terms of intensive ensemble learning, master classes with industry-leading artists, and cutting-edge BCE productions. Selected by audition, this cohort of students will gain the confidence, knowledge, and exposure to become leaders of their arts communities in school, professionally, and beyond.
Due to COVID-19, BAM has implemented many preventative measures to keep our programs safe for our students, families, and staff. For more information on those measures, please refer to our BAM COVID-19 Policies.
Program meets Sundays, 5:15 - 9pm
Full schedule HERE
Designed for High School & College Students
View the BAMtheatre Tuition Policy.
(Additional costume fees for productions not included.)
AUDITIONS - Auditions for the 2020/21 Ensembles have closed. Auditions for this program take place once a year - check back next year for more information about how you can audition for the 2021/22 Ensembles.
BCE Season 2020/21
Performances: March 5 - 7, 2021
Dates & performance style are subject to change, COVID-19 restrictions dependent.
BCE 2020/21 - Program Overview
Sundays 5:15 - 9pm
September 2020 - March 2021
Full Schedule HERE
Students selected for this program will be invited to a full year of musical theatre training and performance opportunities. The curriculum will include classes, two exclusive productions, workshops and master classes led by industry theatre professionals, and a final showcase. Read more about each aspect of the program below.
Students will gather from 5:15 - 6pm every Sunday for an ensemble based acting class. Class content will be informed by the individual goals of the students in the program. This class is meant to empower each member of the ensemble, and it will cover a variety of topics over the course of the year, including script analysis, acting technique, song interpretation, audition technique, and many others.
In the Fall Term, from 6 - 7pm, students will take Musical Theatre Dance. Class content will incorporate a mixture of technique and choreography from the BCE productions.
Production rehearsals will take place every Sunday from 7 - 9pm (spring, 6:30 - 9pm). 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 rarely been produced, or a completely fresh take on a more familiar piece of theatre. This year, the BAM Conservatory Ensemble will focus on site-specific theatre and creating art in found spaces.
The Fall Term's production of A CHORUS LINE will be rehearsed, filmed, and then live streamed at a later date. The focus of this production will be skill-building (including, but not limited to song interpretation and dance technique) and training that can be directly applied to the show. The Spring Term's production of HEATHERS will focus on production and putting together all of tools that were developed in the Fall Term.
WORKSHOPS & BROADWAY MASTER CLASSES
Workshops will take place on Sunday, November 8, Sunday, November 15, and Sunday, November 22. Workshop content will be announced at a later date. Past workshops have focused on Viewpoints, Audition Technique, and Dance Technique.
Virtual Master Classes will take place on the first Monday of every month in the Fall Term on Monday, October 5, Monday, November 2, and Monday, December 7. Master Class Technicians include Broadway veterans Ryan McCartan and Krystina Alabado, and the Head of Musical Theatre at Boston Conservatory Laura Duncan. Past Master Class Technicians have included Laura Osnes, Eva Noblezada, Natalie Weiss, Santino Fontana, among others. BCE students must attend all master classes, and perform at one master class.
The BCE program will conclude with a showcase, featuring solo and ensemble performances from the students. This showcase will take place on Sunday, March 28.
BCE ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION POLICY
All students selected for BCE must participate in all components of the programs. Students are allowed no more than 3 absences from the total curriculum. Students may choose to participate in one of the productions in a non-performance capacity (stage management, assistant director, costume/tech design, etc), but this must be communicated at the time of auditions. Tuition is the same for all students, whether they are performing in one or both of the productions. View the full schedule HERE.
It is our goal to meet in person for all facets of this program. If it is deemed necessary by the restrictions set forth by the CDC or State of Illinois to alter our plans, we will do so. This could include live-streaming performances, or transitioning to a virtual platform for classes and production rehearsals/performances. By registering for this program, students agree to participate in all program structure variations. To better understand these plans, please refer to our BAM COVID-19 Policies.