SRO Teen Ensemble

SRO Teen Ensemble

In its 11th year, SRO Teen Ensemble, our extraordinary high school-age outdoor experience, continues to take on new challenges with its 2022 production. During the two-week program, students delve into character development, explore safe stage combat and sword fighting techniques, prepare costume designs, and learn all aspects of presenting a Shakespearean production. (Shakespeare Royal Oak 2022 programming is subject to CDC health and safety requirements as of the date of the program.)
SRO Teen Ensemble will run two weeks in Starr Jaycee Park, beginning July 18. Sessions held on July 18 – 22 running from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and on July 25 – 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The experience concludes with three performances of As You Like It, on July 31 at 7:00 p.m., August 1 at 7:00 p.m., and August 2 at 7:00 p.m.
2022 SRO Teen Ensemble Rate:
For 2022, SRO Teen Ensemble will stage a fast-paced adaptation of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It. The play follows the story of two cousins, Rosalind and Celia, as they flee the oppressive upper-class society of their family within the royal court to follow their own passions into the Forest of Arden. This year, students will meet the added challenge of moving Shakespearean verse out of the Tudor period and into the totally tubular 80s. Inspired by the women who shaped modern rock and the wild styles of our favorite hair metal bands, the Forest of Arden will become a sticky-floored concert venue and the courts transform into a yuppie-packed board room. All the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players, dude; so join us as we jam out to the bodacious bars of the Bard.
All students registered for the program will be in the production. Students may also attend as technical students (non-actor) and will be given theatrical technical training in stage management, sound design, dramaturgy, and choreography. Students wishing to do both will be given the opportunity to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Program Questions:

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.

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.

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.

SRO Teen Ensemble Questions:

The productions are presented free of charge, though we welcome donations to support the production and Shakespeare Royal Oak’s programs.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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 See you in the park!

Director of Education

Katarina Moore

is a local educator and artist native to Royal Oak. She currently resides in Ludington, MI and is working at Mason County Central as a public speech and debate coach for their forensics team during the school year.
Kat holds a B.A. in English and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She has worked with local theatre companies over many years including Shakespeare Royal Oak, the Detroit Public Theatre and Village Players of Birmingham, as well as within educational theatre programs such as DramaKids of Oakland County and The Roeper School.
An alumna of the Shakespeare Royal Oak KidsAct! and Teen Ensemble programs, this will be her 17th year in the Park.


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