Jr BAM Conservatory Ensemble
Audition for BAM’s Award-Winning and Nationally Recognized
musical theater training program!
The Junior BAM Conservatory Ensemble (JrBCE) 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 in Grades 3 - 8 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 young 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.
JrBCE 2023/24 PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
JrBCE meets Sundays from 1 - 5pm beginning Sunday, September 10. View the full schedule for the 23/24 season here.
Students selected for this program will be invited to a full season of musical theater training and performance opportunities. The curriculum includes three terms of study, incorporating classes, specialized workshops, competitive performance opportunities, and exclusive productions. Read more about each facet of the program below:
TERM ONE: Rotating LAB & Double Feature Performance
In the first term of the program, students will take part in a rotating series of classes and specialized workshops led by experts in the musical theater industry. 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 23/24 LAB Session Schedule will be announced later this summer.
During the first term, students will also participate in the rehearsal process for the “Double Feature.” JrBCE and BCE 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! In term two, the directing team will craft a 15 minute cut from the Double Feature show to be used as the JTF competition piece.
TERM TWO: Junior Theater Festival
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 JrBCE will travel to Sacramento, CA to participate in JTF West!
In December, we will turn our full attention to JTF. The JTF cut will be a 15 minute excerpt from the full 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 JrBCE. We encourage parents to attend the festival and we ask for one parent chaperone for every 4 students. You can find more information about JTF here.
TERM THREE: Spring Production
Upon returning from the prestigious Junior Theater Festival, select members of JrBCE may be invited to participate in the BCE Spring Production. All principal, supporting, and primary ensemble roles will be performed exclusively by BCE (High School). JrBCE students in good standing within the company may also be invited to participate in a smaller youth ensemble for the spring production, rehearsing independently from the High School company and performing in select scenes in the show. 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. Some roles also may be called later than 5pm on select days, pending actor availability.
In addition to participating in the above, JrBCE students also have the opportunity to get involved in the following:
Winter Cabaret: Base student ticket included in tuition.
Participation in the JrBCE 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!
Don't miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary journey through the world of musical theater, where creativity, growth, and the most amazing performance experiences await!
We are thrilled to announce the BCE 23/24 Season Titles:
Double Feature/JTF Production
View Calendar & Production Dates Here
Sweeney Todd (HS Edition)
View Calendar & Production Dates Here
JrBCE AUDITION INFORMATION
Auditions will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, August 29, 5 - 9pm Vocal Auditions
Thursday, August 31, 5 - 7pm Dance Call; 7 - 9pm Callbacks
Students will sign up for a thirty minute time slot for their vocal audition. Students should prepare two contrasting musical theater selections (approximately 1 minute cut of each) and bring sheet music accompanist ready (double sided, three hole punched, in a binder). All should plan on attending the dance call, or should submit a dance reel showcasing their movement ability.
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 email@example.com no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 29.
Tuition for the 2022/23 JrBCE program is $1695.00.
Payment is due after acceptance into the program, and may be paid in installments or in full.
(Tuition covers the student's participation in all classes, local performances, and events. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)
View BAMtheatre's Tuition Policy.