12 of the Best Ensemble Acting Scenes For All Boys
Written by Tiffany Wilkie
August 28, 2019
It’s competition season. You are probably looking for a powerful scene to feature your awesome boys, so we’ve collected a list of all-male ensemble acting scenes from different periods of theatre for your next acting class or thespian competition.
The videos are used as a reference.
A Scene from Lord of the Flies by Willam Golding
A Scene from Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon
THE STORY: When we last met Eugene Jerome, he was coping with adolescence in 1930’s Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit during WW II, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital ‘L’ along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.
A Scene from The Pillowman by
THE STORY: With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, THE PILLOWMAN centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.
A Scene from Stand Up Tragedy by Bill Cain
THE STORY: Tom Griffin teaches Hispanic boys at a Catholic school on New York’s lower east side. He tries to rescue one student: Lee Cortez, a talented artist trapped in a violent environment. Lee’s home life is startlingly presented as the actor playing him also portrays his slatternly mother and his violent brother. Lee is murdered by his brother, a jealous maniac who can’t stand to see him transcend the forces dragging him down. Terrific rap numbers are interspersed with the collage like scenes, providing a students’ eye view of the world.
A Scene from THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS by Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gregory J. Qaiyum,Jeffrey Qaiyum, Erik Weiner
THE STORY: The Bomb-itty of Errors is an award-winning Ad-Rap-Tation, hip-hop theatre retelling of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. The show lasts one hour and thirty minutes and is part play and part rap concert. Refreshingly current but retaining the integrity of the original.
A Scene from A MidSummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
THE STORY: In one of the most famous of literary love quadrangles, A Midsummer Night’s Dreamtells the tale of Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander, and Helena; four misguided lovers whose journey into the woods lands them in even more trouble, as members of the fairy kingdom decide to use them as veritable pawns in their own love games. Against the backdrop of the wedding of Duke Theseus and Hippolyta, and the fiery battle of wills between the Fairy King and Queen, Oberon and Titania, the four lovers are challenged by magic and trickery to finally work out what love is all about.
A Scene from True West by Sam Shepard
THE STORY: This American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale.
A Scene from Nothing Serious by Rich Orloff
THE STORY: Nothing Serious is a collection of Rich Orloff’s 10 most popular and acclaimed 10-minute comedies, including two affectionate dissections of Theatre Itself (Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson and Oh My God, It’s Another Play). From Antarctica and Disneyland to the Garden of Eden and inside the womb, Orloff creates theatrical worlds that are both imaginative and hilarious.
A Scene from American Buffalo by David Mamet
THE STORY: In a Chicago junk shop, three small-time crooks plot to rob a man of his coin collection, the showpiece of which is a valuable “Buffalo nickel.” These high-minded grifters fancy themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality of the three – Donny, the oafish junk shop owner; Bobby, a young junkie Donny has taken under his wing; and “Teach,” a violently paranoid braggart – is that they are merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams.
A Scene from Choir Boy by
THE STORY: The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
A Scene from Romeo You Idiot by Tim Kochenderfer
THE STORY: Nothing could come between Romeo and Juliet. Not the most bitter mafia rivalries, nor the itchiest poison ivy, nor even the wooings of an alleged vampire could tear them apart. Yes, the love of Romeo and Juliet could survive anything. Well, except for poison. Romeo, You Idiot is a relentlessly irreverent spoof of Shakespeare’s original.
A Scene from The History Boys by Alan Bennett
THE STORY: An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form (senior) boys in a British boarding school are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling.
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