The world's largest ensemble
for kids and young people
Young Berliners from all the world over
are the stars of our Young Shows.
Young Berliners from all the world over
are the stars of our Young Shows.
Every year, over hundreds of children apply for the 20–30 spots.
According to the motto of “Kids perform for kids,” they showcase
their talents on the huge stage every winter season.
The kids are taught by experienced teachers who are trained to work with children. The teachers direct the kids’ education in the stage disciplines of dance, singing and acting (speech) according to their talents. The kids quickly learn that theater work is also always teamwork. Rigorous training, rehearsals, corrections and a lot of discipline are essential, not only for a successful premiere but for every show.
The choreographers, acting and vocal coaches, acrobatics and master trainers involved in the junges Ensemble (young ensemble) are experts in their fields. The training takes place in an atmosphere suitable for kids and no one is burdened beyond their capabilities. It is by no means a walk in the park nonetheless.
Six young people share insights into what it’s like
to be a part of our Young Ensemble.
I have been dancing since I was three. I attended three other dance schools before joining the Friedrichstadt-Palast five years ago. I definitely don’t regret my decision, as I feel like an entirely different person on stage here.
Diving into a whole other world with the audience and hearing all of the applause is such a great feeling! That’s why I love dancing with the junges Ensemble (young ensemble) so much.
We dance here at the Friedrichstadt-Palast because we often came to watch the junges Ensemble (young ensemble’s) shows and were always really impressed. We have both been dancing since we were little, so decided to audition. It is so much fun to appear on stage in such cool costumes and to meet so many great people, too.
I first performed in the grown-ups’ show ‘BerlinILLUMINATED’ when I was ten. I can still remember how nervous I was! But when I began speaking, I immediately felt at ease. I have known ever since that I want to stay at the Palast. That’s why I took part in the dance auditions and ended up joining the junges Ensemble (young ensemble).
I absolutely love to dance! Since visiting the Palast for the first time five years ago, I have seen every show and dreamed of dancing on the huge stage to music beneath the bright show lights in crazy costumes. My big dream became a reality when I passed the auditions. I am now very proud to be a member of the junges Ensemble (young ensemble) and look forward to performing in lots of new shows.
I performed in a kids’ show for the first time when I was just three. My older sister danced in the same show. I knew all of the words, songs and dances to the entire show back then! I was finally able to audition for the junges Ensemble (young ensemble) myself when I turned six. And I was lucky enough to be accepted! I really enjoy performing on this very special stage. The training can be hard work, but I immediately forget this when I see all of the happy faces in the audience and hear the thunderous applause.
The children in our Young Ensemble receive semi-professional stage training in dance, acting and singing. The dance training is compulsory; additional specialist courses in acting and singing are offered from the fourth year of training. The training is geared towards the needs of our Young Shows, which are performed annually in the autumn and winter.
Membership of the Friedrichstadt-Palast’s Young Ensemble is also a wonderfully enriching experience that will enable you to develop important skills, such as the ability to work as part of a team, a sense of responsibility and self-confidence as well as to make countless friends. While there’s no certificate at the end of your time here at the Palast, you’ll receive a recommendation for their future development – perhaps on stage again or in film or television.
Children can join the Young Ensemble’s ballet group from the age of six (school-age children). Membership of the Young Ensemble ends when you reach the age of 17 at the latest. It is alternatively possible to join the Young Ensemble from the age of nine as a lateral entrant.
Training and rehearsals take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. two to three times per week. Each training session lasts 1–1.5 hours. During the performance season from mid-November to the end of January, our Young Shows already start at 4 p.m.
We charge an annual fee of €240 for the Young Ensemble training as well as a one-off admission fee of €30.
Auditions are held to get an impression of your dancing and physical talents as well as your singing and acting abilities. These take place in two different age groups:
Every February, we hold open auditions for all children aged 6–7 years (school years 1 and 2). This is exclusively a ballet audition. There’s no need to submit a written application in advance. We announce the dates for the open audition on our website every autumn.
Every January/February, we hold auditions for all children aged 9–15 years in dance, acting and singing. The dance audition is compulsory; the acting and singing auditions are open to those with a particular interest and aptitude. As the children will be integrated into our existing groups as lateral entrants, experience in these fields is definitely an advantage. A written application must be submitted in advance. Once we’ve reviewed all of the applications, we’ll decide who we’d like to invite to the auditions.
There’s no need to register in advance for the open ballet auditions. All interested children can simply come to the Friedrichstadt-Palast on the audition day and introduce themselves. There’s no need to prepare anything in advance. We pay particular attention to the physical requirements, movement and musicality of our youngest dancers. The audition is held in larger groups in our ballet hall; parents are able to wait in the foyer during the audition.
The auditions for children aged 9–15 years are by invitation only. In the dance component, one of our dance teachers will work with you to prepare a short choreography, which must then be performed in small groups. So there’s no need to prepare anything in advance. Should you be interested in participating in the singing and/or acting auditions, you’ll have the opportunity to do so afterwards. We’ll provide a short improv text, which we’ll also work on together beforehand. For the singing component, we ask that you prepare two songs of your choice (one ballad and one up-tempo song).
At least one of the two songs should be in German.
All auditions comprise two rounds. Your overall suitability is assessed in the first round; after the second round (admission procedure), we’ll decide who we’d like to offer a spot in the Young Ensemble. This will then be followed by a three-month rehearsal period.
We ask that all children bring dance clothes or sportswear and appropriate footwear (slippers if available) with them to auditions.
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