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Welcome to The Online
Junior Intern Company
WHO ARE THE JUNIOR INTERNS?
The Barn’s Junior Intern Company is comprised of 25 performers and 5 technicians ages 12-18 who, over the course of nine weeks, rehearse, build, and perform plays and musicals for young audiences. The Junior Interns not only play all of the roles in each of the productions, but they also help with organizing and planning technical and design elements, as well as help in the running of the shows. JIs get a chance to work with professional guest directors, designers, choreographers, and actors.
Some members of the Junior Intern Company performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2019
Photo by Brittany Sue Hines
This company of teenagers is a touchstone of our work at the Barn, both in their own training, as well as for the Children’s Theater Series they provide to our community. We want these young artists to continue creating vibrant theater, connecting with peers, and exploring creativity in these unprecedented times. This will remain a production/performance-based learning opportunity, but with the structure of working online, we are able to expand our work to include more masterclasses with theater professionals across the country, and work on a variety of one-on-one skills.
Through our new online program, we aim to provide high-quality performing arts training and an opportunity for young people to come together. Over the course of 9 weeks, the Junior Intern performers and technicians will rehearse, create, and perform 4 digital productions! These will include:
A Disney musical revue
A Shakespeare podcast
An original play (written by the JIs!)
The Pirates of Penzance
Check out more information about all of these at our Children's Theater Series page.
We hope many of you will join the company this year, and many more of you will watch our productions as they stream live and recorded!
A video about the impact and experience of being a Junior Intern
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The company rehearses and works Mondays through Fridays within 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (including a lunch break). We will be rehearsing and working via Zoom, an online telecommunication platform. This year, we will have full-group rehearsals in the morning, with only select afternoon meetings, to allow for more time outside of rehearsal to work individually and spend time away from screens. Performances will be on select Thursdays and Fridays, both live and pre-recorded, as well as a five-episode podcast that can be listened to any time. The full program runs from June 22nd through August 22nd, with each production getting two, three, or four weeks of rehearsals. Junior Intern productions are directed and choreographed by Director of Education Josh Feder, Education Programs Manager Andrew Miller, Education Associate Brittany Sue Hines, and JI Program Manager Desiree Zarate. Other workshops and masterclasses will be held throughout the summer, for students to meet and learn about various aspects of the theater industry, theater history, and other important theatrical skills.
Besides mounting highly professional shows, this performance- and production-based program fosters individual growth in performance and backstage skills as well as nurturing an ensemble experience where each member supports and encourages their fellow company members. Theater exercises and educational workshops, in conjunction with the work toward each production, develop the skills of each member of the company.
BACKSTAGE JUNIOR INTERNSHIPS
Junior Internship is also available for teenagers interested in the technical and administrative aspects of theater, in the areas of Sets/Props, Costumes, Sound, Lighting, and Stage Management. This summer, our Tech JIs will work closely with our Program Manager and Directors to help in all design and organizational aspects of our digital productions. They will work to plan and curate costume and prop design elements that people have in their own homes, create digital backgrounds s, edit and orgnize videos, and assist in working on sound design and sound effects for the videos and podcasts. They will also assist in schedules, managing the rehearsals and administrative duties, and working on the technological needs of the productions. Interviews are held at the same time as auditions for the performer JIs.
We will be using Zoom to rehearse, work, and perform this summer. If you have any questions regarding how to use Zoom, please refer to this Zoom How-To Guide we have compiled for you. You can access this document by clicking on the PDF icon below!
The program fee is $750.00 for the full 9 weeks, payable at time of registration. We are able to keep this extraordinarily low fee with help from our Annual Fund. We feel that it is important that theater education be affordable as we train tomorrow’s theater lovers and performers.
TUITION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE!
We at the Barn believe an education in the performing arts should be available and accessible to everyone. We know many people are currently dealing with loss of income and financial instability in light of COVID-19 and the subsequent economic disruptions. So it is with great pride that we offer Tuition Assistance at any level needed.
We know how meaningful theater can be, and we understand the impact of that shared experience. Especially in these difficult times, coming together to sing, act, design, and laugh can be transformative.
Tuition assistance is available thanks to a generous donation from Bar Harbor Bank and Trust with a shared commitment to make theater education accessible to all. Please email email@example.com before registering for our education programs to discuss full and partial tuition assistance options.
Technology assistance has also been made available through the generosity of Mount Royal Academy. Thanks to our friends at Mount Royal Academy, we have Chromebooks available for families who need to borrow them to participate in our programs. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this option!