General Class Information
It’s easy to register online! Be ready to fill in a short medical history and note all of your emergency contact numbers. Our classes are very popular, and we do set caps so that we can offer the best teacher/student ratio. Enroll today so that there’s no disappointing “Sorry, that class is filled” news.
Fee Schedule: “Subscribers” refers to those with season tickets for either the Mainstage or Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre. Subscribers receive tuition discounts AND are the first to register for each class session. Non-subscribers can purchase season tickets to the Kate Goldman Children’s Theatre or Mainstage and receive tuition discounts and priority registration.
Grade Levels: Enroll your child in the grade level he or she will be entering in Fall 2018. Children are grouped by grade level so we may appropriately serve their developmental needs.
We understand that a child’s successful experience at the Playhouse is, in part, dependent upon the commitment of his or her parent. We appreciate your willingness to support your child in this regard. The following are a set of expectations designed to give your child a meaningful and safe experience.
Arrival Your child depends upon you to drop him or her off on time. Classes begin at the appointed hour, just like curtain time! Park your car in the lot and walk you child inside. There will be a sign-in sheet. If you need to arrive more than 15 minutes before class begins, sing up for our Before Care Program or plan to stay with your child in the lobby.
Departure Your child also depends on you to pick him or her up on time. Park and come inside to check or sign them out. There will be a Playhouse representative in the lobby to make sure that everyone leaves with a safe adult. If your student is old enough to drive, bike, or walk to classes alone, please let the education director know by way of a letter that states that he or she may come to and leave classes unaccompanied.
Medical Needs and Illness Please make sure that the emergency numbers you provide are for someone who is available to come should your child need to leave. If students tell us they are ill enough to go home, we take them at their word! Medical needs should be clearly outlined. The more thorough you are, the more efficient we can be.
Discipline Some students find that theatre classroom and performance etiquette is too demanding for them. Our disciplinary policy is as follows:
- To clearly state rules and expectations up front
- To give the student an opportunity to correct his or her own behavior
- To give a reasonable time-out within the classroom
- Shoes that lace up. This makes it both easy and safe to move around during play.
- A lunch and snack if attending a full day camp.
- A sweater to wear in case the room gets chilly.
- Electronic devices (Gameboys, other hand-held games, I-Pods, cell phones).
- Flip flops, open-toed sandals, etc.
Creative drama sparks children’s natural ability to become the characters they hear about in the books they love. This program is literature-based and designed to foster listening and cooperative skills as well as self-esteem and individual expression. Activities may include:
- Dramatic play
- Story enactment
- Imagination journeys
- Theatre games
Performance classes use the activity of putting on a play or series of scenes to explore four performance essentials, which include:
- Voice development
- Body awareness
- Character preparation
- Ensemble formation
The Playhouse, local newspapers and TV stations will occasionally document or feature Playhouse classes in film and news stories. If you do not want your child photographed, please notify the Playhouse in writing. Thank you.