What’s the Best Way to Contact an STA representative?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Is the Parent Meeting and Why Do I Have to Attend?
Having a parent meeting at the beginning of each production helps everyone to get on the same page, and helps us to go over any details that might be different from show to show. Our parent meeting will be is always the during the first rehearsal of a production.
What Should We Know for Rehearsals?
The focus of rehearsals is to teach songs, dances and blocking.
There are some things you can do to help us with this process:
1) Make sure your student has used the restroom before rehearsal!
2) Help your student(s) practice at home. They should be listening to the CDs and practicing their lines out loud with an adult EVERY day. Kids need practice often in order to retain everything - there are A LOT of details involved in every show!
3) ATTENDANCE IS CRUCIAL. When your student misses, s/he not only misses out on important information that we don’t have time to redo, but it significantly impacts everyone else with whom s/he is on stage. Please let us know in advance if your child cannot attend rehearsals, via phone email or text. Unexcused absences may result in lines/parts being given to other students,.
Do Parents Stay for Rehearsals?
No. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. If you receive permission and must stay, we do ask a few things. 1) Please stay away from the students, as far away from the "stage" area as possible. 2) Please do not bring siblings to rehearsal. 3) Please remain as quiet as possible, and please step into the hall if you have to answer a phone call. Our final week of rehearsals will be closed to spectators.
What Are the Costume Requirements?
We typically the costuming, however, different shows and parts require different things. We will always request that your student wear specific undergarments and may sometimes request that you provide some sort of base on which we can build a costume. This information will be provided after the show has been cast.
Why Do Parents Have to Buy/Sell Tickets to the Show?
Ticket sales go directly to cover the cost to rent our facility. Additionally, we have custodial fees, insurance policies and a number of other costs associated with the rental. On top of that, we have to pay royalties to the company who licenses the scripts.
We make every effort to keep the ticket prices lower than most comparable shows.
Where Does the Production Fee Go?
Theater is surprisingly expensive! In addition to facility rental fees, production fees cover all costumes, scripts, materials, sets, etc. Especially as we do new and bigger shows, we create more and more from scratch. We do not charge costume fees. In addition, there are on-going costs throughout the year, such as insurance and storage fees, which we pay whether we are in session or not. We also provide our own in-house need-based scholarships and financial assistance.
Why Do Tech Week Rehearsals Go So Long/So Late?
The short answer: It’s theater. If your child continues to participate in any type of theater, the tech and dress rehearsals will run long and late. And because our students only get ONE dress rehearsal in their performance space with all the sound and lights (which is kind of crazy when you think about it!) we have to make sure everything is right. It just takes time and we greatly appreciate your support and patience.
Does My Child Stay Between Performances?
Everyone must leave the theater in between performances - no supervision is provided.
Can I Take Pictures?
Flash photography is dangerous for our performers. Audience members are welcome to take pictures but ONLY if there is NO flash at any time.
Why Can’t I Record the Show?
For most of our shows, we provide a DVD recording. Unfortunately, due to our licensing contracts with Music Theatre International, no audio or video recordings of any kind by audience members are allowed.. Should recordings be made, we could be fined and/or lose our ability to license shows in the future. We appreciate your understanding.