All Teen Ensemble Members participate in a professional workshop environment taught by Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Director of Education. Going above and beyond what can be 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, while 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, we work on advanced character development, voice and movement, script analysis and ensemble development, while choosing the performance pieces and potentially, developing original material. During the spring, we apply the skills learned and rehearse for Festival performances, open to the public.
Signing up for these advanced classes requires an invitation from the Director of Education, a commitment to ensemble, and availability for both semesters with the following specifics:
- Invitations sent in mid-August via email
- Mandatory Information Session on Thursday, September 6 at 8 pm
- Classes from September 10 to December 5, 2018
- Showcase Staged Reading on December 12, 2018
- Classes from January 23 to April 24, 2019 (we begin two weeks PRIOR to the regular semester)
- Tech Rehearsals: Saturday, April 19 (12-4 pm), May 1 & 2 (7:30-9:30 pm)
- Performances: Friday, May 3 & 10 at 7:00 pm
- Saturday, May 4 & 11 at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 pm
- Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 pm (for parents only during our Showcase Week)
Grades: 7 - 9
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, 5:00-6:30 pm.
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.
- WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:00 pm