Jr BAM Conservatory Ensemble
The Junior BAM Conservatory Ensemble (JrBCE) is a program designed for creative young performers who are ready and excited to expand their performance technique and knowledge of the musical theatre industry. Selected by audition, 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 in Atlanta, GA. 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.
JrBCE 2022/23 PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
BCE meets Sundays from 1 - 5pm 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. This year, JrBCE will be traveling to Atlanta, GA to participate in the Junior Theatre Festival! Read more about each component below:
For the first two hours of each Sunday, students will rotate between classes that focus on the foundations of Musical Theatre: Voice, Acting, and Dance. In Voice, students will receive group vocal instruction to build vocal technique and develop their ensemble sound. In Acting, students will be exposed to various acting methods and techniques, and learn to connect with their peers on a deeper level onstage. Finally, in Dance, students will enhance technique and learn combinations stemming from a variety of musical theatre styles. Students selected for JrBCE 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.
JUNIOR THEATRE FESTIVAL:
The Junior Theater Festival is a festival designed for serious minded performers who are committed to working hard and delivering an amazing performance. Organizations from all over the world attend each year and present a 15 minute condensed version of a Broadway Jr production under the license of Music Theatre International or Disney Musicals. The weekend festival includes the show presentation, workshops, guest speakers, awards, a dance party, and a ticket to a Broadway-style performance.
Rehearsals for the JTF show will begin in September, focusing on the 15 minute cut we will be performing at JTF. The festival will take place January 12 - 16, 2023 in Atlanta, GA. 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. Additional JTF information is available here.
After the Junior Theatre Festival, students will then return home to rehearse the extended version of the show we performed at the festival. The full show will then be performed for our final performance weekend in March. We are thrilled to announce that the 22/23 JrBCE Production will be MATILDA JR! To view the full JrBCE schedule, click here.
JrBCE 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.