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.  Ensemble members are required to take a dance class, plus either 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 "Mary Poppins" 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 apart from other children’s theater programs is the commitment to growth and excellence, along with providing each Ensemble member unique opportunities to shine.  Junior students often perform classic Broadway shows in age-appropriate ways.

Themes are discussed, 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 in order for students to remain in an Ensemble.

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,” “Into The Woods,” “A Little Princess,” “Peter Pan," and “A Year With Frog And Toad" 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.

The singing and acting work focuses on real professional teachings that offer students a method which they can take anywhere, in any endeavor. 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.

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 have previously included "Avenue Q,” “Peter And The Starcatcher," "Sweeney Todd," "Company," "A Little Night Music," and “A Chorus Line" among others.


NEW - Mini Ensemble (Grade K-3)

Our NEW Mini Ensemble: for young aspiring performers who are ready for a classroom rehearsal process that culminates in performance!

Mini Ensemble has two presentations during the year, in addition to participating in the end-of-year recital. These mini- performances range from abridged shows to revues focusing on a theatre writer. Mini Ensemble will include: assigned roles, a small amount of student take-home responsibility, and lots of singing and acting!  As a yearlong class experience, Mini Ensemble offers each and every class member a moment to shine, encouraging each student’s individuality while developing skills through the course of the year.  Mini-presentations last approx. 30 minutes during scheduled class time at BTC; space is limited but tickets are free.  Having a teaching team of both a director and a music director makes this program a truly unique experience for K-3rd graders.  There are no additional rehearsals outside of class time, and Mini Ensemble members are not required to take additional courses to qualify.  This is a very pared-down introduction to the full Ensemble experience BTC offers it's older students.  Mini Ensemble is for our youngest BTC'ers - a chance to work alongside each other in a collaborative, supportive, stress-free semi-production environment.  All singing, all acting, all fun!


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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 premier 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.