Theatre

Theatre & Stage Production FAQ


Q:

 What performance options do students have?

A:

 The actor training program is studio based and designed to guide students in the development of their technique. Performing is a regular part of studio work, but public performance is limited to juniors and seniors.


Q:

 How many shows do students do each year?

A:

 Juniors do two public performances, Junior Scenes and Musical Theatre, and one workshop performance, Shakespeare Scenes.

Seniors do three public performances, two main stage and one tour, and a performance in England in May.


Q:

 What types of plays do students perform?

A:

 The Theatre Department presents a mix of classical and contemporary plays.
 


Q:

 What is a jury?

A:

 A jury is a final exam in performance. Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are juried with scenes and monologues that have been prepared in class and rehearsed outside class and presented before a faculty panel.


Q:

 Are students cut from the program?

A:

 Students may be cut from the program if they consistently fail to meet our expectations for their effort in the studio.


Q:

 What supplies do students need?

A:

 Acting students need “warm-ups”. This should consist of sweat pants, a sweat shirt, short and a tee shirt that are neutral in color and without graphics. They also need a binder to be devoted to their Theatre classes.


Q:

 What is an “ensemble”?

A:

 Acting students are grouped in ensembles and take all their Theatre classes with this group. They remain with their ensemble all four years. The ensemble is a working unit, not a group of friends and is intended to provide an open and accepting creative environment for each student.


Q:

 What is the grading policy of the Theatre Department?

A:

 Students are graded on effort not talent. Our benchmark is the BCPSS definition for the letter grade “C” as “satisfactory”. In our program a student who comes to class every day and does the work that is required is doing satisfactory work. In order to attain a grade higher that “C” a student must exceed our expectations.


Q:

 Can students perform outside of school?

A:

 We allow students in good standing (arts and academic) to perform outside school. Each student must submit a complete rehearsal and performance schedule to the department before accepting a role.


Q:

 What is the average class size?

A:

 16 – 18 students.


Q:

 How are parts cast?

A:

 Students are assigned roles in productions by the faculty directors based on what casting the faculty feels will best serve the students’ individual artistic development.


Q:

 Do you offer musical theatre?

A:

 Musical Theatre is not a major at BSA, but the Theatre Department does offer Musical Theatre as a year long course for juniors.


Q:

 Where do graduates of the Acting Program go to college?

A:

 Our graduates have been accepted into the most competitive college-level conservatories in the country including: Julliard, NYU, University of Minnesota/Guthrie, SUNY Purchase, CalArts, Carnegie/Melon, North Carolina School for the Arts, and many others. We have also sent graduates to the finest four-year liberal arts programs including: Harvard, Brown, Smith College, Rutgers University, Columbia, Oberlin, as well as many state universities.



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"I had never been in a place, let alone a high school, where everyone is like a big group of friends that support each other day by day as they expand their artistic and academic capabilities."
Robert Mantegna
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