Advanced Music Theatre

TEEN  •  STUDIO  •  YOUTH  •  JUNIOR

Welcome to the premier pre-professional music theatre program in the city.
It’s time to rethink the possibilities of youth theatre.

Bravo Academy’s Troupe Program is a year-long experience dedicated to providing the finest music theatre education to the Greater Toronto Area. Four ensembles, spanning ages seven to nineteen, present two showcases and six full-scale musicals a year. Our highly skilled Artistic Team supports, trains and encourages young performers to new be the best they can be. Ensembles rehearse in the state-of-the-art Studio Theatre in our brand new facility.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:
• Singing, Dancing & Acting Training
• Opportunity to work with Top Industry Professionals
• Two Music Theatre Performances each year
• Professional Costumes, Sets, Lighitng, Sound Design & Band
• Exclusive Access to Workshops with Performers, Directors, Writers, Agents & More
• Preparation for Post-Secondary Education in the Arts
• Build Confidence
• Make Friends
• Have Fun!

HOW DO I JOIN TROUPE?
Admission to Troupe Programs is by audition only. Auditions will be held May 23, 27 & 30 for our 2017/2018 Troupe Programs.

Bravo Academy’s JIMG_56294unior Troupe is one of a kind: a pre-professional ensemble for students aged 7-10. Though they may be young, Junior Troupe students are mighty. Cast members rehearse and perform in a full-scale Junior Musical in this prestigious year-long program. Students are privileged to work with a top-notch team of teaching artists and are exposed throughout the year to exclusive masterclasses and workshops to expand their technique in singing, dancing and acting. Many of our Junior Troupers continue on to our older advanced music theatre programs as well as professional stage productions, film, television and voice-over work.

Junior Troupe produces a showcase performance mid-November and a full-scale Junior Musical in the spring.

Acceptance by Audition Only

Mandatory Rehearsal Schedule
Mondays: 6:00-8:00pm
Sundays: Exact Time TBA

Spring 2018 Production: TBA

Click here to view our Past Productions.

IMG_66828Bravo Academy’s Youth Troupe is truly a destination, pre-professional performing arts program for young performers. This highly skilled group of pre-teens produces shows like no other. Youth Troupe is the only youth program in Toronto to produce two full-scale musicals a year – and it is an intense and rewarding process. Cast members are expected to have strong skills in singing, acting and dancing, and are mentored by a professional artistic team. Through the rehearsal period, students expand their performance skills through practice and are exposed to a variety of masterclasses and workshops. The work this Troupe produces is nothing short of extraordinary. Many of our Youth Troupers continue on to our Studio and Teen Troupes as well as professional stage productions, film, television and voice-over work.

Youth Troupe produces two Junior full-scale Musicals a year: one in December and the other in May.

Acceptance by Audition Only

Mandatory Rehearsal Schedule
Thursdays: 6:00pm-8:30pm OR Saturdays: 12:45-3:15pm
Sundays: Exact Time TBA

Fall 2017 Production – TBA

Spring 2018 Production – TBA

Click here to view our Past Productions.

Grease 2011-1Studio Troupe is Bravo Academy’s premiere stepping-stone ensemble, connecting training with performance. This Troupe is our most diverse in terms of age range and abilities, and gives students the chance to learn and grow by spending the first weeks of rehearsals in masterclasses to build technique in music, acting and dance. Our teaching artists lay out a strong foundation of skills in areas such as sight-singing, score analysis, Broadway dance technique, scene work and character development before delving into rehearsals for the final musical. On top of skill building, Studio Troupe students produce a full-length, professional quality musical complete with professional costume design, lighting, sets and a band. Studio Troupers are hard-working, committed, and dedicated to learning, and often continue on to audition for Teen Troupe and graduate to pursue post-secondary careers in the field.

Studio Troupe produces a short musical in December and a full musical in May.

Acceptance by Audition Only

Mandatory Rehearsal Schedule
Wednesdays 6:30pm-9:30om
Sundays: Exact Time TBA

Fall 2017 Production – TBA

Spring 2018 Production – TBA

Click here to view our Past Productions.

 

11048612_840113596036167_6444214192492812330_nBravo Academy’s Teen Troupe is the premier, audition-based music theatre ensemble for young performers, and the only ensemble in Toronto that presents two full-scale, professional quality musicals per year. This exclusive ensemble is the training ground for pre-professional teen artists. Through rehearsals, students develop their technique by training with an incredible team of professional teaching artists twice weekly. Shows are complete with professional production teams, design teams and pit band, and are presented in a downtown theatre. Throughout the year students are also exposed to exclusive workshops and masterclasses with industry professionals. Many Teen Troupe students continue on to international post-secondary programs (Sheridan, Randolph, NYU, and more), and performing careers (Mirvish, Sterling Festival, TV, Netflix, Film).

This isn’t an ordinary program. Teen Troupe is the premier destination program for serious young performers.
Please contact our team to find out more about this prestigious ensemble.

Teen Troupe is the only ensemble to present two full musicals: one in December and one in April.

Acceptance by Audition Only

Mandatory Rehearsal Schedule
Tuesdays: 6:30pm-10:00pm
Sundays: 5:30pm-9:30pm

Fall 2017 Production – TBA

Spring 2018 Production – TBA

Click here to view our Past Productions.

 

2017/18 Troupe Auditions are being held in MAY at Bravo Academy

Audition Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 23
  • Saturday, May 27
  • Tuesday, May 30

Click here to book your 2017/2018 Troupe Audition.
Audition Information Form

Requirements for Auditions:

All of our Troupe programs are audition-based and highly competitive. Once accepted students also audition for their role(s) in the year’s productions. While students do not require past music theatre experience to audition, successful applicants are those that demonstrate a high level of singing and acting ability in the auditions. In addition, a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and overall energy are major factors.

Audition pieces must be memorized. An accompanist will be provided and students must provide their own sheet music (preferably double-sided, hole-punched and in a binder). If you have any questions about the auditions, or are having trouble finding the right material, please feel free to contact us.

Junior Troupe & Youth Troupe Audition Requirements
1 Music Theatre Piece (age appropriate) – prepare 16-32 bar selection AND complete piece (students may only be asked to sing the 16-32bars)
1 Monologue (30 seconds or under in any style)
Please bring a headshot and resume/audition form to your audition.

Studio Troupe & Teen Troupe Audition Requirements
2 Contrasting Music Theatre Pieces – prepare 16-32 bar selections AND complete pieces
1 Monologue (1min or under in any style)
Please bring a headshot and resume/audition form to your audition.

YouTube Auditions
Students who are unable to audition in person may submit an electronic application during the audition period:

A completed Audition Info Form
A resume (if available)
A headshot (.jpeg file)
YouTube links to the following:
Junior/Youth: 1 Music Theatre piece (full piece); Studio/Teen: 2 Contrasting Music Theatre Pieces (full pieces)
1 Monologue (1 min or under in any style)
In 90 seconds or less, please tell us why you would be a beneficial addition to the Troupe

Attendance

– Attendance to rehearsals is mandatory for every Troupe student.
– The Artistic Team and Administration must know about any and all potential conflicts before the start of term. Any additional conflicts must be communicated to the team at least 4 weeks in advance.
– If a student must be away for a rehearsal it is their responsibility to book extra necessary coaching with the Artistic Team, at an additional cost.

Rehearsal Schedule
– Each troupe rehearses twice weekly.
– Students are always called to the weekday rehearsals. For week-day extended calls and weekends, the schedule will dictate if select students are called or if rehearsals are for the entire Troupe.
– It is the student’s responsibility to check the online schedule on Student’s Corner every week.
– The Artistic Team will work hard to accommodate known conflicts (see above).
– All students must be available for the entire duration of Tech Rehearsals and shows: one week in December and one week in the Spring, weekday nights and weekend days and nights.

Classroom Rules
Troupe students rehearse in the Studio Theatre, along with the Dance Studio and private studios as necessary.
– absolutely no nuts, seeds or gum
– jazz shoes and/or character shoes are required
– comfortable clothing
– water permitted only in the studios
– respect, cooperation, and positive attitude

What to Bring to Rehearsal
– script
– pencil & eraser
– water bottle
– recording device (for recording harmony tracks etc in rehearsal)
– notebook

Student Expectations & Decorum
– Arrive on time and ready to work to each rehearsal
– Prepare material in advance (check the schedule on Student’s Corner)
– Respectful and professional behaviour in rehearsal
– Kind and accepting demeanour to fellow cast members

Performance Dates 2017/18

Junior Troupe
Winter Showcase: December 2017
Spring Show: April 2018

Youth Troupe
Winter Show: December 2017
Spring Show: May 2018

Studio Troupe
Winter Show: November 2017
Spring Show: April 2018

Teen Troupe
Winter Show: December 2017
Spring Show: April 2018

2016/17 Artistic Team

Artistic Director
Melissa Bencic

Directors

Melissa Bencic (Teen)

Junior, Youth & Studio TBA

Choreographers

Ashley Arnold (Teen, Junior)

Youth & Studio TBA

Music Directors
Daniel Rutzen (Teen)

Junior, Youth & Studio TBA

Producer
Melissa Bencic

Stage Manager
TBA

Lighting Designer
TBA

Costume Designer
TBA

Head Of Properties
TBA

Set Designer
TBA

Hair & Make-Up Designer
TBA

Sound Designer
TBA

Head Scenic Painter
TBA

Head Carpenter
TBA

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers, without whom these productions would not be possible.

Fees
Junior Troupe: $1150 + HST
Youth Troupe: $1750 + HST
Studio Troupe: $1850 + HST
Teen Troupe: $1950 + HST

Registration
Upon acceptance into the program, students must submit the following:
1) A Non-Refundable Annual Registration Fee ($30);
2) A Non-Refundable $200 Deposit;
3) Tuition for the fall session; and
4) A post-dated cheque for the spring session.

Troupe Program Withdrawal Policies
Withdrawing from the fall session: A refund, minus the Annual Registration Fee of $30
and 30% of fall-term tuition will be available to students who give notice before July 1.
No refunds will be issued after July 1. Written notice is required for all troupe program
withdrawals.

Withdrawing from the spring session: A refund, minus the Annual Registration Fee of
$30, and 30% of spring-term tuition will be available to students who give notice before
November 1. No refunds will be issued after November 1. Written notice is required for
all troupe program withdrawals.

Extra Lessons and Coachings
It is highly suggested that Troupe students consider private voice lessons, dance lessons and/or vocal coachings due to the fast-paced nature of the program
Private lessons and coachings are available at an additional fee.