Teen Ensemble

All Teen Ensemble Members participate in a professional workshop environment taught by Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Artistic & Education Director.  Going above and beyond what is offered in high school drama classes, the year culminates in the Annual Teen Festival, an integral part of our season.  Plays chosen for the Festival offer age and experience appropriate roles, focusing on teen issues — identity, fitting in, being left behind, peer pressure, family, loss, depression, friendship, social media …  Exploring relevant themes in a safe, creative environment encourages expression and helps develop tools to navigate through these years.  Teens also get active in the community by sharing readings and performances at the local library, with scout troops, elderly residences and even outside, at Valpo Parks.

During the fall, work focuses on advanced character development, voice and movement, script analysis and ensemble development, along with choosing the performance pieces and potentially, developing original material. During the spring, we apply the skills learned while rehearsing for Festival performances, open to the public.

Advanced students are invited to become a Member of the Teen Ensemble after several semesters of study, demonstrating quality work and a positive, collaborative attitude.

Those who are interested and have not had several semesters of study in our Theatre School may audition and interview, once a year, in September.  AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 FROM 5-8 pm.  Please prepare a short scene with a current Ensemble Member (no longer than 3 minutes).  Email Ms. Lisa to sign up for an audition slot once scene and partner are set.

Being a member of the ensemble and participating in these advanced workshops requires an exceptional commitment to our guidelines, a positive, collaborative attitude, and a dedication to attending the 90-minute weekly sessions.  

FALL SEMESTER
  • Invitations sent in mid-August via email with guidelines, agreement and calendar
  • members need to register PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 16.
  • all members must attend the Mandatory Information Session on FRIDAY, September 16 at 7:30 pm. PLEASE BRING SIGNED AGREEMENT AND MEDICAL RELEASE.
  • participate in all workshop Classes from September 21 to December 14, 2022
  • showcase Staged Reading on December 14, 2022
SPRING SEMESTER
  • attend workshop Classes from FEBRUARY 1 to MAY 17, 2022 (we begin TWO weekS PRIOR to the regular semester)
  • MANDATORY Tech Rehearsals: WEDNESDAYS, MAY 3, 10, 17  (4:30-6:00 – LEVEL I,  6:00-7:30 pm – LEVEL II & 7:30-9:00 pm – level iii)
  • MANDATORY FINAL DRESS ON MAIN STAGE FOR LEVEL 1, 2 & 3 – THURSDAY, MAY 18 (4:30-9PM)
  • Performances: Friday, May 19 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 pm & SUNDAY, MAY 21 AT 2:30 PM
  • CERTIFICATE CEREMONY & SENIOR CELEBRATION SUNDAY, MAY 21 IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING PERFORMANCES.

Grades: 7 – 9
$175.50 or discounted $325 for full-year registration

This challenging workshop sharpens Ensemble Members’ improvisation foundation while furthering the concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is applied through the creation of scenes. The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment.

  • WEDNESDAYS- 4:30-6:00 pm
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PAID FULL YEARshow details + $0.00 (USD)  
Returning Discountshow details + $173.50 (USD)  
Semester Payment Planshow details + $103.50 (USD)  


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Grades: 10-11
$175.50 or $325 discounted for full-year registration

This challenging workshop focuses on bringing a character to life through an advanced exploration of text. Students progress in their abilities identifying and playing objectives (wants/needs),  breaking a scene into beats, and “listening and responding.” Ensemble Members also develop skills to analyze and critique dramatic work and suggest alternative artistic choices.  The continued emphasis is on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment.

  • WEDNESDAY- 6:00-7:30 pm
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PAID FULL YEARshow details + $0.00 (USD)  
Returning Discountshow details + $173.50 (USD)  
Semester Payment Planshow details + $103.50 (USD)  


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Grades: 12
$175.50 or $325 discounted for full-year registration

This challenging workshop is for Seniors that have been a part of the Ensemble for at least 2 prior years.  The focus is ensemble and advanced techniques.  The continued emphasis is on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment.

  • WEDNESDAYS- 7:30-9:00 pm
Details Price Qty
PAID FULL YEARshow details + $0.00 (USD)  
Returning Discountshow details + $173.50 (USD)  
Semester Payment Planshow details + $103.50 (USD)  


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Virtual Teen Festival – Level II – June, 2020

Edited by Ione Calvin

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