New for autumn 2018, the Nursery Ensembles are groups rehearsing in the Nursery ethos of player empowerment, emotional connection and freeform silliness. We are looking to expand the Nursery family to include a load of new players. Both ensembles will be directed by Artistic Director Jules Munns.
Ideal for those with a few years of improv experience, looking to expand and bed in their skills, the Mainstage ensemble will play every Saturday night at the Nursery from 15th of September until the end of the season. A unique opportunity to play regularly for three months, building ensemble and creating a show that brings out the best in all of the players and delights the audience. Some of the Mainstage Ensemble will be pre-cast and some will be cast by audition. These will run in parallel with Nursery Originals and all efforts will be made to make sure that players can play in both as much as possible.
Rehearsals: Thursdays 13th September to 4th October 7-10pm, 29th September and 6th October 11am-4pm.
Performances: Every Saturday at 8pm (call time 7pm) from 22nd September to 22nd December.
A pathway towards the mainstage ensemble and a grounding in the techniques and skills necessary to play in Nursery Original shows, the Nursery Student Ensemble will rehearse every Thursday from October 18th to December 13th, culminating in a run of four performances at the Nursery’s Sunday night Carousel show. This combination of rehearsal and performance will allow players to investigate their tastes and grow as performers. The Student Ensemble will be subject to a coaching fee of £200 payable in two installments at the start and the end of the season (15th October and 19th November). Financial help is available through the Jason Chin Scholarship if this is prohibitive.
Rehearsals: Thursdays 18th October to 13th December 7-10pm
Performances: Fours Sunday at 5.30pm (call time 4.30pm) from 17th November
First round ensemble auditions will be held on the 21st of July with 90min slots from 11am to 5.30pm. Offers will be made in the couple of days after, primarily though not exclusively for the Mainstage Ensemble. A second round of student ensemble auditions will be held on the 16th September, though some players may be offered a place in the Student Ensemble from the first round. You are welcome to take both auditions subject to space. To take part, please email a summary of your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We plan to make the Nursery Ensembles a regular part of the programming, with players graduating from Student to Mainstage Ensemble and Nursery Originals (subject to audition). However, until we are running the programme, we do not know what will be possible and membership of the Student Ensemble should not be taken as a guarantee of this.
Both of the above ensembles are significant commitments and we expect them to be treated as such. Though we understand that players are unlikely to be able to commit to all shows in a season, we ask that players are available for the large majority of them.