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 2019. Children are grouped by grade level so we may appropriately serve their developmental needs.
We understand that a child’s successful experience at a Playhouse class 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 your 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 sign them out. There will be a Playhouse representative in the lobby to make sure that everyone leaves with a safe adult. If you run later than 10 minutes, your child will go into our after care Program and you will be assessed the $6.00 fee for an afternoon’s stay. If your student is old enough to drive, bike, or walk to classes alone, please email Robin Spahr at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the form that you must fill out, giving them permission to 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. Please note that we cannot administer medication to students.
Discipline Some students may 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
Bring (labelled with names, please):
- Shoes that lace up. It makes it both easy and safe to move around.
- Nut-free lunch, snacks and beverage to full-day camps. Beverages and snacks can be purchased by full-day campers at the noon hour.
- Nut-free snack and beverage for half-day camps.
- Refillable water bottle
- A sweater or jacket in case the room gets chilly.
- Electronic devices (cell phones, IPods, video games, etc). They are easily misplaced, and can be distracting for both the owner and other students. If students must bring cell phones, they will be asked to keep them in their lunch box/backpack. To encourage community-building, students are not allowed to use phones during class time, including lunch and breaks, unless used as a therapeutic outlet. Students are welcome to contact family members through the education office if needed.
- Flip flops, open-toed sandals, etc. They can be hard to move in comfortably and safely. Students should all wear tennis shoes, Keens or something similar to ensure full range of movement.
CREATIVE DRAMA: Preschool-Grade 2 (approximately)
Every class at the Playhouse is unique, and our teaching artists employ a variety of techniques and genres, with different approaches and outcomes. Most camps for younger students, particularly for kindergarten, first and second grades are focused on creative dramatics. Creative drama sparks children’s natural abilities to become the characters they hear about in the books they love. These camps are literature-based and designed to foster listening and cooperative skills as well as self-esteem and individual expression. A creative drama typically class does not culminate in a “performance” on the final day, however students are given the tools to share each day’s story with their families.
Activities may include:
- Dramatic play
- Story dramatization
- Imagination journeys
- Theatre games
- Creative movement
Creative drama classes are marked with the symbol
ACTING CLASSES: Grades 3-12 (approximately)
Performance classes use the activity of putting on a play or series of scenes to explore performance essentials, some of which include:
- Voice development
- Body awareness
- Character preparation
- Ensemble formation
PERFORMANCE ACADEMY: Grades 4-12 (approximately)
In Performance Academy, actors are taken through a more disciplined process. Audition, rehearse, and perform a play to learn how to polish skills in a dynamic, challenging environment. Previous experience is not required, but can be helpful.