HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE
Sept 26-Dec 12, 2020
Led by NCTC Conservatory Director Stephanie Temple, this master class is the ultimate performance experience for serious (or seriously fun) students. During the fall session, high school students will create not one, but two theatre pieces to share with family and friends! First, we’ll produce The World’s Worst Production of Dracula in time for the all-Conservatory Halloween Spooktacular event. Next, the students take the lead as we collaboratively develop their passion projects. A Scene Fest? A radio play? Social Justice theater? It’s up to you! Actors will build on their creative skillset while exploring a topic close to their hearts for this culminating performance opportunity.
*Spring session will focus on the fully-produced annual production, title TBD.
Dates: 9/26/20-12/12/20 (11 sessions, no class 11/28)
Day/Time: Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, 120 minutes, plus additional rehearsal TBD
Instructor: Stephanie Temple
Prerequisite: Previous performance experience and director’s approval. New students
should contact Stephanie@nctcsf.org prior to registering for more
information and to schedule an interview.
What makes the Saturday Ensembles so special?
For nearly four decades, Saturdays at NCTC have been abuzz with activities for young people--from classes to showcases to full-blown productions. As students age up through the program, we are able to both meet them where they’re at and offer new challenges. So many kids have grown up with NCTC! Our dedicated staff works hard to make a connection with each ensemble member and to champion them through their growth in the program.
The community expectations are high of the Ensemble members. We expect older students to be mentors both by modeling their training and engaging with and supporting young performers. We challenge our younger students to enthusiastically try new skills, regularly perform works-in-progress for students and staff, and to actively see theatre productions. And we expect all of our students to treat each other with respect and to be mindful that they are working in a professional theatre environment.
Unlike other programs that offer performances in familiarly titled shows, we strive to earn the “new” in our name. Though sometimes based on known stories, we custom build experiences and performance pieces for our students, assuring that everyone has a meaningful place on the stage. Students are at the heart of all that we do. While our curriculum may be ever-evolving, our mission has stayed the same: Saturday Ensembles are a way of building a community for emerging theatre artists and a way in which we can celebrate them and their efforts.
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