BERLIN — 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.