All Teen Ensemble Members participate in a professional workshop environment taught by Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Director of Education. Going above and beyond what is offered in high school drama classes, the year culminates in the 7th 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.
Advanced students are invited to become a Member of the Teen Ensemble, after exceptional work and several semesters of study. 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.
Signing up for these advanced classes requires an email invitation from the Director of Education, a commitment to ensemble, and availability for both semesters.
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.
$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.
Virtual Teen Festival – Level II – June, 2020
Edited by Ione Calvin