AP PHOTOS: Germany Young Ensemble
BERLIN (AP) Hoping to demonstrate their posture, agility and strength, a handful of boys and more than 120 girls between ages 7 and 9 tried out for the Young Ensemble of Berlin's Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre in February.
Hundreds of children apply every year for only 20-30 spots in the theater's renowned Young Ensemble.
Overall, some 250 children, ages 7 through 16, attend the school at any one time.
The ensemble provides year-round theatre training for children. All children receive two years of basic training in classic dance, drama and jazz, after which they may depending on their talents specialize in solo acting, singing, solo singing, acrobatics, hip hop or street dance.
Here is a gallery of images from Germany Young Ensemble.