BAMtheatre to participate in International Theatre Festival Feb. 180-20

Updated 2/3/2022 5:43 PM

BAMtheatre will be traveling with 30 students to compete in the Junior Theatre Festival on Feb. 18-20 in Sacramento, California.

The international festival brings together student musical theater troupes from all over the world for a weekend of musical theater mayhem and madness.


Each troupe performs 15 minutes of a show for adjudication by a panel of musical theater experts. The weekend also features special workshops for students and parents, and a variety of performances and concerts that all participants will attend.

This past fall, students auditioned to be a part of BAM's Junior Conservatory Ensemble program. Thirty students were selected to take part in this year-round training program, which encompasses acting classes, special workshops, and performance opportunities. As part

of their curriculum, students in JrBCE will rehearse a 15-minute excerpt from "Shrek Jr." to perform at the Junior Theatre Festival this month.

A group of over 60 people will be traveling together to support the BAMtheatre troupe's participation in this event.

The Junior BAM Conservatory for 2021-22 includes: Liam Rees (Elmhurst); Gianna Porcelli (Berwyn); Mia Angeletti, Kendall Forcash, Libby Foster, Abby Nordby, and Olivia Tobolski (Clarendon Hills); Luke Speyer, Sam Trani, and Ava Dickenscheidt (Downers Grove); Alex McCarty, Ashton Rozich, Gavin Schmitz, Julia Solberg, Sophia Sheth, Veronica

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Gartner, and Caroline Hurley (Hinsdale); Cole Levin (Oak Brook); Jane Steinhagen and Payton Meller (La Grange); Carlie Thomas and Maeve Rogers (Willowbrook); Ryan Coglianese and Delilah Pawlowski (Western Springs); Cannon Forsman, Ella Forsman, Maddison Beecham, and Kate Myers (Darien); and Giuliano Garcia and Peyton Smolarczyk (Chicago).

Since 2001, BAMtheatre has provided creative educational theater opportunities to over 1,000 students each year.

BAMtheatre was established to create opportunities for youth to receive professional musical theater training and education. The students go on to study theater and music and leading educational institutions including NYU, University of Michigan, the Boston Conservatory, and others. BAM teaches performance and love of theater in a fun, energetic and engaging manner.

Summers are filled with programs suited for students of all ages. Through workshops, discussions, and master classes, BAM performers receive the best training and learn not only about performance, but every aspect of theatre. For additional information, visit

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