Performance Ensemble

Ensemble, our most popular program, is an intensive musical theatre experience emphasizing training in voice, acting, and dance.  The Ensembles put on a full-scale production every semester. This is a high priority, highly intensive program.  Tuition for Ensemble includes a weekly hour of dance.  In addition, Ensemble members are required to take an acting or voice class.  If you are interested in joining Ensemble, please contact us to schedule an entrance interview.  

In the Fall, the ensemble is combined for all grades (4-12), where the younger students learn from the older ones, and they work together to put on a stellar, large-scale production. Past Combined Ensemble productions have included "Les Miserables," "Spamalot," "Big Fish," "The Sound of Music," "The Pirates of Penzance," "Pippin," and "Tommy" among others.

In the Spring, the ensembles separate into a Junior Ensemble and a Senior Ensemble, for a specialized focus within each age group. 


Junior Ensemble (Grade 4-9)

The BTC Junior Ensemble offers young performers a broad-based, well-rounded training in acting, singing and dancing, as each child is required to study all three disciplines. The focus of the work is Broadway Musical Theater and its specific needs for dynamic performing. What sets BTC Junior Ensemble work apart from other children's theater programs is the professional expectation and teaching. The students are treated as young people rather than as children. The children are given responsibilities to practice at each class. The result is that BTC productions cross the traditional line that keeps children's theater childish, phony, and without dynamics. Junior students often perform in classic Broadway adult shows but in age-appropriate ways.

Themes are discussed and extrapolated on, issues are debated and explored, and the understanding the students bring to their work enlightens the performances. As always at BTC, theater is viewed as a vehicle for self-development.

Jason & Fiona stress the following priorities to all Ensemble students: 1. Family responsibilities. 2. Homework and school responsibilities. 3. Ensemble responsibilities. Jason & Fiona require students to keep these priorities straight in order for students to remain in an Ensemble. Therefore, parental involvement in the Ensemble programs benefits all. Parents can volunteer for any of the many needs of the volunteer committee. Parents can make evaluation meetings with Jason & Fiona, or simply phone in to talk about the issues in the student's lives.

Ensemble time commitments must be considered and taken seriously, as absent students deter the best work from the Ensembles. Rehearsal schedules will include extended hours, and long weekend rehearsals. This time is absolutely vital to the success and professionalism of the BTC Junior Ensemble productions, which have previously included "Tarzan," "Willy Wonka," "Anne of Green Gables," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and "The Prince and the Pauper" among others.

Senior Ensemble (Grade 9-12)

The BTC Senior Ensemble is the most comprehensive musical theatre training program local students can participate in. It is the most advanced work BTC offers its students. Technique and craft are emphasized as the basis for growth. As most of the students are teen-agers, Jason & Fiona take special care in dealing with the issues of these young peoples' lives. Through discussion and theatre games designed for deepening connections, self-expression in responsible and creative ways allows for smooth transitions.

The singing and acting work focuses on real professional teachings that offer students a method which they can take anywhere to work. The Senior Ensemble performances are often breath-taking in their professionalism and theatricality.

Jason & Fiona stress the following priorities to all Ensemble students: 1. Family responsibilities. 2. Homework and school responsibilities. 3. Ensemble responsibilities. Jason & Fiona require students to keep these priorities straight in order for students to remain in an Ensemble. Therefore, parental involvement in the Ensemble programs benefits all. Parents can volunteer for any of the many needs of the volunteer committee. Parents can make evaluation meetings with Jason & Fiona, or simply phone in to talk about the issues in the students' lives.

Ensemble time commitments must be considered and taken seriously, as absent students deter the best work from the Ensembles. Rehearsal schedules will include extended hours, and long weekend rehearsals. This time is absolutely vital to the success and professionalism of the BTC Senior Ensemble productions, which previously include "Avenue Q," "Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd," "Company," "A Little Night Music," and "Little Shop of Horrors" among others.


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Broadway Training Center of Westchester, under the artistic direction of Jason Brantman and Fiona Santos, was recently awarded Best Theatre Classes in Southern Westchester by Westchester Magazine.  This premiere performing arts school, located in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, provides children, teens, and adults with Broadway oriented performing arts training focusing on the joy of accomplishment and the enrichment of personal expression through classroom and performance work. Broadway Training Center of Westchester is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.