Water Works Teen Ensemble

In its tenth year, SRO Teen Ensemble, our extraordinary high school-age outdoor experience, continues to take on new challenges with its 2021 production. During the two-week program, students delved into character development, explored safe stage combat and sword fighting techniques, prepared costume designs, and learned all aspects of presenting a Shakespearean production. (Shakespeare Royal Oak 2021 programming is subject to CDC health and safety requirements as of the date of the program.)

In 2021, SRO Teen Ensemble auditioned and then staged a fast-paced adaptation of William Shakespeare’s original romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Love is in the air! This lively abridged script, with witty repartee and dynamic characters created especially for Shakespeare Royal Oak by our alumni director Barton Bund, is a perfect introduction to the world of the Bard. Brisk, clear and to-the-point, the SRO Teen Ensemble version of Much Ado is designed for maximum enjoyment.

All SRO Teen Ensemble students were registered with a Zoom Invitation to attend both a Workshop and the Auditions via Zoom. All students registered for the program are cast in a role. If a student expresses interest in technical areas–such as costumes, stage management, sound, or lighting, the curriculum will expand to incorporate those areas.

In 2021, SRO Teen Ensemble ran two weeks in Starr Jaycee Park, beginning July 19. Sessions held on July 19 – 23 ran from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on July 26 – 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The experience concluded with three performances of Much Ado About Nothing, on July 31 at 7:00 p.m., August 1 at 5:00 p.m., and August 2 at 7:00 p.m.

2021 SRO Teen Ensemble Rate: $306.75

Frequently Asked Questions

General Program Questions:

Where exactly are the programs held?
Starr Jaycee Park is located on 13 Mile Road between Main and Crooks. Student drop-off and pick-up will occur in the central parking area by the main sign.

What if I need to get a message to my child during camp? How can I reach someone in the park?
Call us at 248-399-3727 or email education@shakespeareroyaloak.com.

What do we do if it looks like rain?
At this time in consideration of the health and safety of students, staff, and interns, if heavy rain is forecast before class begins, a Zoom session will be scheduled for the day. If rain is likely, a teacher or member of the Water Works staff will contact you either the night before or the morning of classes to notify you.

What if it starts to rain in the middle of the day?
There IS a sheltered area at Starr Jaycee Park, so don’t worry. If the rain fails to pass over, we may contact parents by phone to pick their students up early. If we don’t already have your contact numbers, make sure you give them to us the first day of the program. Make sure you have an emergency contact listed so that we can reach someone at all times.

SRO Teen Ensemble Questions:

How can my family and friends see the show?
The productions are presented free of charge, though we welcome donations to support the production and Shakespeare Royal Oak’s programs.

What will rehearsals be like?
In the first week, we’ll spend some time getting to know each other and the script. We’ll likely begin staging on the second day of rehearsal. The rest of the first week will be focused on blocking, character work, and dance and fight choreography. In the second week, our days will be structured so that we neither burn out nor get bored – we’ll do advanced scene work as we put our show together, taking it scene by scene and building it into a full production. There will be plenty of time to review both movement and lines. By Friday (if not sooner), we’ll be able to run our show all the way through at least twice with all technical elements so that students are prepared for their performances. In an ensemble approach, even students who are not in a particular scene will have ample input into its staging, and there are virtually limitless possibilities in terms of casting and stage time for everyone.

What will non-actors be doing during this program?
Students interested in directing, stage managing, and design (costumes, props, sound) will have opportunities not only to shadow professionals as they work but will be asked to take initiative in their area of interest to actively contribute to the process and production.

What do we need to bring to rehearsals?
Healthy snacks and water are provided daily in the second week; however, Water Works Teen Ensemble will not provide lunch. Be advised that this summer’s program will be nut free. It is suggested that each student bring a lunch packed with a beverage, insect repellent, and sun block. Loose, comfortable clothing appropriate to the weather, including a hat, is also recommended. For the comfort and safety of your student, we ask that NO Crocs, clogs or flip-flops be worn; sturdy shoes that buckle or tie are required.

What are the requirements for auditions?
Students are asked to memorize one Shakespearean monologue (1-2 minutes long) for their auditions. There will also be a free audition workshop that students are welcome to attend. No headshots or resumes are required!

All SRO Teen Ensemble students will be contacted after they are registered with a Zoom Invitation to attend both a Workshop, taking place Saturday, June 12 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. via Zoom, and the Auditions, taking place Monday, June 28 from 7 – 9:30pm via Zoom (separate date/time can be arranged if conflict with audition time).

If you are planning to attend the workshop or to schedule an audition time, email: education@shakespeareroyaloak.com.

Please note: Students who are interested in design and wish to attend auditions as part of their process need not perform a monologue. Please contact us for more information!

Will there be costumes? What will they be like?
The ensemble will determine what costumes are necessary for our telling of this story, and parents/guardians should rest assured that they will not need to buy anything that cannot be pulled from closets!

Do you still have questions? Feel free to call us at 248-399-3727 or email education@shakespeareroyaloak.com. See you in the park!


Kelly Komlen (Director of Education) spent two summers performing with Shakespeare Royal Oak, playing Viola in Twelfth Night and Phoebe in As You Like It.

She graduated with a BFA in Acting from Wayne State University and completed post-graduate studies with the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia.

Currently, she is serving as the Theatre Director at Ferndale High School.

Katarina Moore (Assistant Director of Education) is a local educator and artist native to Royal Oak.

She works as a public speech and debate coach for The Roeper School and has worked with many local theatre companies in their education programs over the last five years.

A product of the Shakespeare Royal Oak KidsAct! and Teen Ensemble programs, this will be her sixteenth year in the Park.