Teen Conservatory at Playgroup Theatre
For students ages 14-17, Teen Conservatory provides a challenging, artistically demanding program within the nurturing, supportive environment that defines every PGT experience. Together with their peers, and guided by a dynamic creative staff, the three week Teens write their own original ensemble musical. Students in this program contribute to the concept, plot development, script, music and lyrics of their own show.
Since launching the TeenCo, our students have embraced the unique opportunities that come from participating in this true conservatory program within a joyful camp setting. In addition to working on their show, the Teens devote 3 hours each day to studying the craft of theatre in specially designed classes. Core classes, such as Acting Technique, Song Study, Dance, Improv, and Shakespeare are taught at an advanced level to hone existing skills, while style classes such as Suzuki and Chekov present opportunities for our older students to acquire new abilities. These skills are all utilized in the cast rehearsals. The process of shaping their own ideas into a musical allows our teens to explore issues of great depth and comedy to create memorable characters, beautiful music and exciting plots. Everyone plays an integral role and every voice is heard, promoting confidence in each actor’s ability to create. Performances of the original musical are held in our new Jonah Mac Theatre.
Throughout this intense yet non-competitive program, an atmosphere of respect, support and kindness is maintained in all classes, rehearsals and performances, allowing friendships to flourish and artistic abilities to be nurtured.
The Teen Conservatory is an advanced program. Students should be prepared to tackle difficult material and to move quickly through that material. They will be challenged to work at a professional level, taking advantage of this intensive program to grow and reach their individual and collective artistic potential. Students in the Teen Conservatory are expected to maintain a strong commitment to the learning process.
Students who enroll for 6 weeks have the option of participating in two 3-week sessions or auditioning for our Summer MainStage show.