Frequently Asked Questions
Why must I fill out a membership to register my child in your theater program?
Because we are a private membership organization, you need to fill out an application and pay a yearly fee of $25 per family to become a member.
Does my child need to have experience in musical theater to perform in a show with AJT?
No, prior experience is not required, but we do love children who have already been bitten by the acting, singing and dancing bug!
What is required of parents whose children are performing at AJT?
Will my child be asked to do any homework to prepare for rehearsal?
Yes. You will be given a schedule in the first couple of weeks of rehearsal (after roles are assigned and excused absences are taken into account) that will specifically detail which parts of the script we will focus on each week. It is your child’s job to come prepared to every rehearsal with their lines and songs memorized for that specific day. We are very limited on time (it is very tight trying to put together a quality show with only two practices per week). We do not have time to learn all the lines or songs during rehearsal. Actors must come “off book,” or memorized, for that specific day so that the directors can block the scenes, give acting tips, choreograph dance numbers and perfect the singing. They cannot do their job if your child has not done theirs. Musical tracks will be given to you. We suggest that you play them constantly at home or in the car so that your child can memorize them.
Are parents allowed to attend rehearsals?
Parents are not allowed to attend rehearsals. Your children will be well taken care of, and we want to surprise you with all of their hard work on show days.
Is my child allowed to use their cell phone during practice?
Use of cell phones is strictly prohibited during rehearsal. This is so the kids can focus on rehearsing, creating and nurturing relationships with their friends and keeping focus on acting, singing and dancing.
Are there any backstage opportunities for my child because he/she doesn't want to perform on stage?
Yes, there are backstage opportunities at AJT. These include, but are not limited to, designing and creating costumes, making or scrounging for props, assisting with set design, assisting with hair and make-up design, and learning about stage sound and lighting. Please email us for more information about how your child can get involved.
My child did not get the part that they wanted. If we drop out of the show, can we get a refund?
All parts are important and we need all the parts filled! We cannot offer refunds at this time. Please help your child understand that disappointment and excitement are a natural part of musical theater.
How often will my child rehearse?
Rehearsals are twice per week, once on Sunday afternoon for five hours and once on Friday for three hours. As we get closer to the performance dates, there will be longer and more frequent rehearsals in the final two weeks before the show. Tech and dress rehearsals are mandatory, and no exceptions will be made.
My child is going on a family vacation and will miss a number of rehearsals. Is that acceptable?
We do not allow more than two absences for things such as family trips, soccer games, birthday parties, etc. Please only register for this show if your child is dedicated to being at rehearsals and making this show their priority. When your junior actor misses even one rehearsal, they can get very far behind. Additionally, their absence can affect other actors who have scenes with them. Absences for sickness are allowed but may require your child to schedule private time with a certain director to get caught up. The paperwork due on audition day will have a space for you to put your planned absences; ALL absences for things other than sickness must be listed on the questionnaire before your child auditions. We must know about absences ahead of time because they affect which parts your actor will get. In other words, a child who lists numerous absences will often not be given a lead role because of its affect on the show and other actors. And we need to write up a very detailed rehearsal schedule which will take their absences into consideration, meaning that we will not work on a section of the show where your child is vital on a day they have a scheduled absence.
What is your sick policy at AJT?
Are masks required at AJT?
What if my child wants to wear a mask at rehearsal or for the performance? Is that allowed?
What should I do if my child has COVID or has had a recent and close exposure to COVID?
What will you do if someone in the company gets COVID?
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