About Our Classes
Our classes are designed to not only instruct students in the musical theatre world, but to also promote life disciplines that will carry with them into adulthood. The following are just a few of the important developmental skills your child can take away from our classes.
- Self-Confidence - By preparing for a performance and playing theatre games on a regular basis, students get used to being in front and speaking in front of others. By observing others, students learn to make creative choices on stage and by having a safe and nurturing environment to rehearse scenes, students gain confidence and diminish feelings of stage fright.
- Flexibility & Problem Solving - Just as in life, things on-stage don’t always go as planned. By playing improvisational games that get young actors to think quickly on their feet and by working through unplanned mistakes during performances and rehearsals, students learn how to be flexible by going with the flow and also improve problem solving skills as they find ways to hide mistakes from the audience.
- Creativity & Imagination - Drama classes and performances give students the opportunity to let loose and make creative choices. When creating characters and situations, students develop their ability to view things in a new way and form different perspectives. The ability to put themselves in other roles and situations can transfer into the ability to come up with solutions to real problems.
- Teamwork - Though it is not often viewed as a team sport, acting is very collaborative. Everyone in a scene is important and if someone forgets to come on stage, misses a line, forgets to move somewhere, or loses concentration, the others onstage have to work together in the moment to try and adapt without the audience knowing that something went wrong.
- Physical Development - Most acting classes and pre-performance routines include a physical warm-up comprised of stretching, movement and concentration activities to help prepare actors for the physicality and mentality of any role they might play. These could include emulating the way a gymnast, football player, a senior citizen or a preschooler might move and hold their body. Musical Theatre requires a person to sing, dance and act simultaneously.
- Language and Communication - By playing new games, learning songs, reading from scripts, and playing pretend, students develop their vocabulary, ability to project (speak loudly), and their articulation & diction (speaking clearly). When in class or onstage they are encouraged to express themselves verbally, through facial expressions, and body language, which are key in making them better and more effective communicators for a lifetime.
- Concentration - When students are encouraged to listen to each other’s thoughts and ideas, take turns, and focus in the moment on the activities at hand, they are developing their concentration skills. Not to mention it takes a lot of concentration to remember lines or even just to remember to stay in character.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child attend a trial class?
No, we do not offer trial classes at this time.
Can I watch a class or stay with my child during a class?
No. Only students, teachers, and staff are allowed in the classroom during classes. This ensures a "safe space" environment, where students are allowed to take risks, be silly, and have fun without judgment, the pressure to entertain, or having to "do it right.” At the end of the term, parents will have the opportunity to watch the final showcase performance. Parents are welcome to stay in our lobby area during the class.
Do you offer a sibling discount?
Yes, we do! We offer $10 off your additional child’s fee. Contact us for details.
If I miss a class or performance do I get a partial refund?
No refunds or discounts will be given if a class or performance is missed. Our program is priced for the entire program, not per class session.
If the class is full, is there any chance my child will be added?
If your child is on a waiting list, you will be notified by the second week of classes if they may be added. We do not add participants after the second week of class.
Can I drop my child off early for class/can they stay late?
While we love your children, we are not available to provide childcare. Please plan to stay with your child until class begins, and please be on time for pick up. Students should not arrive earlier than 10 mins prior to class time and should be picked up within 10 mins after class ends.
Refunds and Withdrawal?
The deposit placed to hold your child’s space in class pays for show materials and licensing rights, and cannot be refunded or transferred to a future class. Refunds are issued at the discretion of the Artistic Director.
When is the deposit due? Is the deposit in addition to the class fee?
Deposits are due by September 15th, 2018. Full class fee balance is due by your child’s first class. If you are unable to pay in full, please contact the Director for assistance.
Deposits are not in addition to your class fee. It is applied to your final balance. Ex: Class Fee $100 - $20 deposit = $80 due at first class.
Is the fee due in full upfront or can I pay monthly?
We encourage full payment upfront but we understand that sometimes that is not an option for families. Should you need to pay monthly, you will be asked to turn in three post-dated checks that will be deposited each month.
WHAT ABOUT HOLIDAYS?
Rehearsals are scheduled around national holidays. We follow the Etowah County and Gadsden City School Calendars. As a rule, if the schools are out FOR A HOLIDAY, we are out as well. *Please note that in the event that a Holiday falls on a class date, class may be rescheduled for another day in the week, especially if a performance is coming up. We do not recognize School In-service Days as Holidays. In the event that an In-service day falls on a class date, we will NOT cancel the class.
WHAT ABOUT BAD WEATHER?
As a rule, if the Etowah County/Gadsden City schools have been called off due to bad weather, we will also cancel class. If bad weather occurs after school hours, it will be up to the Director(s) discretion on whether or not class will be cancelled. *Please note that in the event of bad weather, class may be rescheduled for another day in the week, especially if a performance is coming up.
Is there a DRESS CODE?
Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times, including performances when not in costume. During class, students must wear clothing that is suitable for dancing. No baggy pants, skirts, dresses, bare feet, heels or other clothing that the student can not freely move in. Students are allowed to change into appropriate class attire when they arrive at the studio. During performances, when not wearing costumes, students will not be allowed to wear inappropriate clothing such as gang wear, graphic tees with violent content, slang, vulgarity, curse words, etc. Students will be asked to change if the instructor deems clothing inappropriate.
The "Fine Print" ~ Our Policy
By registering for a CCT class, parents/guardians shall hereby release and discharge CharACTers Children's Theatre (c/o CharACTers Inc.), it's owner and it's employees and volunteers from any harm, cost, liability, claim, or charges resulting from the use of the facilities known as CharACTers Children's Theatre, the participation and instruction connected therewith. When you register your child, you further acknowledge that you are allowing the student on the registration form to participate with permission and agree to hold CharACTers, it's owner and it's employees and volunteers harmless and free from any responsibility for any illness or injury to the student/family listed.
1) For the safety of all concerned, we ask that our students arrive and exit in a timely manner. Please bring students no earlier than 10 mins prior to class and pick up within 10 mins after.
2) Students should be dressed appropriately and ready for class when they arrive. (See "Is there a Dress Code" above).
3) All students and parents/guardians should adhere to the no-tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior in class including, but not limited to, disruption, aggression, ill-tempered, vulgar language, bullying, uncooperative, and repeatedly not following the dress code.
A) Parents/Guardians are not allowed inside the classroom during normal class times. It distracts from the creative process and encourages disruption from the student.
B) Friends, additional family members (siblings, cousins), and special guests are not allowed in the classroom during rehearsal time. If a student brings someone with them and it has not been approved by the Director, the guest will be asked to sit outside of the classroom without supervision.
C) Students are not allowed to have a personal cell phone on them during class time. All cell phones will be surrendered at class start time. Students will be able to use their phone during breaks and after class.
D) If a student needs to have their phone available to them due to emergencies, the Director must have written notice prior to class start time.
E) Students are not allowed to bring electronic devices for entertainment purposes, such as laptops, mp3 players, gaming devices, etc. Laptops are only allowed for homework related purposes.
F) Students may bring books and other non-noise making devices to class as long as it does not disrupt class.
G) If the student brings any other item that could be a disruption, the Director has the right to remove the item from the student as needed.
H) Food is only allowed to be brought to class if the student can finish it before class, after class, or during designated breaks. Water is always encouraged. *Some classes/events, sugary drinks will not be allowed into the classroom.
4) Signing in/out - All Students under the age of 10 must be signed in/out by a parent/guardian. Students age 11 and older may leave the building when class dismisses. When the child exits the building, we are no longer responsible for your child.
5) CharACTers is not liable for any damage to your own personal property. If you don't want it damaged, don't bring it to class. CharACTers is not liable for any personal injury acquired during classes or performances.