Frequently Asked Questions
- How Do I Join?
- How Do I Get Information?
- Where are you located?
- How do I contact you?
- What are your fees?
- What do your fees pay for?
- Is the studio fee refundable?
- Read a short article about YAG's founder, method, and process
- Who is eligible for auditions?
- I'm younger than the specified age -- can I still audition?
- Do I have to prepare a monologue?
- Do I have to attend all scheduled auditions?
- How do I have an optimum audition experience?
- Can I stay and watch my child audition?
- Will I get a role?
- When will you post the cast list?
- I decided I don't want to be in the play
- What is Double-Casting?
- Can I be in two plays at once?
- Can I do "tech"?
Summer Theatre Academy:
- How much does the Summer Theatre Academy Cost?
- What times does the Summer Theatre Academy run daily?
- Where is the Summer Theatre Academy held?
- Do you offer early drop off or late pickup?
How Do I Join?
We do not have a formal membership process. We schedule 4-6 play productions or series of classes each year plus a 2-week summer theatre academy. Anyone who is eligible (i.e., meets the age requirements) is welcome to audition. We do not require any previous experience. All actors who audition will be cast unless they decide not to participate. A studio fee is required from all play or class participants ($150 for the 2009-2010 season). Summer academy tuition rates are posted when planning for each year's summer academy is underway.
How Do I Get Information?
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How do I contact you?
Please see the contact page for information on how to contact us.
What are your fees?
Our studio fee for each play and class series during the 2011-2012 season is $175. This is per child for each production. The studio fee is due on or before the first rehearsal following casting. We greatly appreciate prompt payment.
What do your fees pay for?
The studio fee is an important source of revenue for us and enables us to pay for theatrical venues, professionally trained and experienced directors, and production costs such as set, costumes, props, and publicity
Who is eligible for auditions?
Anyone who is within the specified age range for the production is welcome to audition. We will usually specify both a lower age limit and a grade level (i.e., 14 years or in 8th grade). If you are in the specified grade level but haven't yet reached the specified age, you are eligible to audition. For example, if 14 years/8th grade is specified, 13-year-old 8th graders are welcome. No preparation or previous experience is necessary. Our auditions are handled as a class or workshop with actors evaluated in group situations. It is part of our philosophy to provide opportunities and challenges for both experienced actors and those who are trying out acting for the first time.
I'm younger than the specified age, can I still audition?
This is discouraged. If we have specified a lower age limit, it is because our focus for the play is on providing an experience for children of that age or above. The director will teach the play in a manner that is more suitable for those children and rehearsals may be intense and end at a later hour than is acceptable for younger children. We do hope that you will participate in one of our plays which targets your age group or wait until you are old enough.
Do I have to attend all scheduled auditions?
For an optimum audition experience, please plan to attend all posted audition dates (usually two, sometimes three), arrive on time and stay until the audition is over. It is not neccessary to attend every audition for a production, but it is encouraged.
How do I have an optimum audition experience?
Plan to attend all posted audition dates, arrive on time and stay until the audition is over, if you are ill or have a schedule conflict please make sure we know that you are still interested in being cast, relax and have fun.
Can I stay and watch my child audition?
Parents may not watch the auditions. It is distracting to the actors and director to have parents in the room while they are running an audition. Some actors feel inhibited if they know that family members are watching them, to the detriment of their acting. Parents may stay in the building during the auditions or they may leave and return to pick up their actor. Board members will be on hand to answer questions.
Will I get a role?
We will cast everyone who attends any of the scheduled auditions. If you attend only one audition, we will cast you in the play. It is possible that some actors will be assigned more than one role depending on the director and the production. Some directors may consider requests by actors for particular roles; others may not. It is part of our philosophy that all roles are of equal important regardless of the number of lines or length of time on stage. We expect the cast to work together as an ensemble.
When will you post the cast list?
We try to complete casting within two weeks of the first audition date. We will post the cast list on our web site. If you join the email group associated with the play, you will be notified via email that the cast list has been posted. Casting can involve some very difficult decisions and we appreciate your patience if it is delayed. If your name is not on the cast list, let us know! Casting is not a perfect process. Errors do occasionally occur and sometimes roles are inadvertently omitted from the cast list.
I decided I don't want to be in the play, what should I do?
If you decide you don't want to be in the play, please let us know before we complete casting if at all possible! We realize that sometimes actors attend an audition and then decide they cannot participate in the play. If you let us know you don't want to participate, we won't cast you.
What is Double-Casting?
If there are more actors available than roles, we often assign some roles to 2 actors who perform it at alternate performances. Directors may have different ways of handling this. Watch for specific information during the play production process.
Can I be in two plays at once?
Although we don't usualy schedule performances for two plays on the same dates, rehearsal schedules often usually overlap. There isn't a yes/no answer to this question and although some actors have managed it successfully, we don't generally encourage it due to the time commitment involved. We want everyone to have the best experience possible so please consider carefully whether you have time to make the required commitment. You should also consult with both directors before deciding to do this.
Production Time Commitment & Typical Timeline
There are usually two 2-hour rehearsals per week. Rehearsals for most plays are twice a week, 5:30 - 7:30pm but this can and does frequently vary according to the schedule of the director and rehearsal space. Not neccessarily everyone is needed at every rehearsal during the early weeks of rehearsals. The second week before the performances, extra rehearsals may be added and the length of rehearsal time increased. Extra rehearsals will usually be held during the weekend before the performances. Please hold your schedule open that weekend.
The week of the performances is called tech week. It begins when the set and rehearsals move to the performance venue. Rehearsals are usually every evening and end late. We particularly need everyone at these rehearsals so please hold evenings free during tech week. This can be an intense time but it is ultimately a rewarding experience.
Absences and Conflicts
Every actor should attend every rehearsal to which they are called. If you are ill, please stay home until you feel better. If you have to be absent for any reason, please let us know. You will be given appropriate contact information by the producer or director. Some directors will be flexible about regularly scheduled conflicts, like religious classes or music lessons, but please try to cancel these types of commitments during tech week. And remember this is up to the director. We need everyone at all tech week rehearsals and everyone at all performances. If you have too many conflicts, please consider carefully whether or not you have time to participate in the play. You can always be in a future play when you are not so busy.
Do you offer early drop off or late pickup?
We currently do not offer any extended hours, therefore it is very important that you drop off and pickup your children on-time. If students are too early they will not be able to get into the building.
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