FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How, Where, When?

How do I register for class?

You may register by calling us at 540-400-7795. You may also complete the registration form AND annual release form located at the top of this page and mail it to the address provided on the form. Registration must be accompanied by tuition. Make checks payable to Roanoke Children‘s Theatre.

How quickly do classes/camps fill?

Classes and especially camps fill quickly. Classes and camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that each class size is limited.

Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

Families who register by mail with receive an email confirmation after their payment is processed. Additionally, Roanoke Children’s Theatre will send a reminder email or phone call one week prior to the session start date. Be sure to note the start date and time your class or camps on your personal calendar at the time of registration. If you have not received a confirmation after mailing your registration, please call 540-400-7795 to confirm.

Where are the classes located?

Classes are held inside Calvary Baptist Church. Parents should pick up and drop off at the back door of the church. During the school year parents should walk students 6 and under to the studio. Older students may enter by themselves. During camps ,there will be a RCT Academy instructor waiting outside to sign-in and accompany your student to camp.

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What should my student wear to class?

Students should wear comfortable clothes (skirts or dresses need to be worn with shorts or leggings) they move easily in. Students should also wear close-toed shoes. Individual instructors may have special requirements for attire and will notify you before class starts.

Are make up classes available?

We strive to keep class sizes small and maintain an excellent Teaching Artist/student ratio. For these reasons, we are unable to offer make up classes.

Snow Policy

We typically follow the Roanoke City Public Schools snow cancellation announcements. Please check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date announcements.

Is Financial Assistance available?

Eligible families may receive scholarships for classes through our generous sponsorships. There are a few full and partial scholarships available, please contact (540) 400-7795 for more information.

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Which class and why? What happens in class?

What is the Roanoke Children’s Theatre’s Young Professionals Ensemble and Junior Ensemble?

The RCT YP Ensemble is a program for talented students ages 13 and up who wish to become core members of the Roanoke Children’s Theatre. RCT YP Ensemble members will meet once a week to continue to build their craft while working with area professionals and Guest Artists. Students will become an integral part of the Roanoke Children’s Theatre and will work as interns in various aspects of theatre, so that they may learn all aspects of theatre production. RCT Ensemble members are chosen each year by audition or invitation only.

Which program is right for my child?

Our teaching artists do an excellent job of helping students to feel comfortable in all of our classes. Our classes serve students ages 3 to 18. Class and camp choice is based on age and experience. Please give us a call if you aren’t sure which program is right for your student.

What if my child has special needs?

Please contact the Education office if you have any concerns about your child’s needs. Our programs are often beneficial to children with special needs, and we will be more than happy to speak with you about how your child can benefit from theatre training.

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What happens in a typical class?

Elementary, Middle, and High school classes begin with focused warm up activities and exercises. Depending on the class, students then engage in the exploration of improvisation, musical theatre or scene study activities. Core theatre skills such as projection, diction, blocking, stage directions and objectives are taught throughout the semester. The students then spend the remainder of class rehearsing their final showcase. On the final class day, parents and friends are invited into the theatre for a performance demonstrating some of the work done throughout the semester or camp. Costumes are theatre company t-shirts and dark pants or shorts. Costume pieces will be added as needed.

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Who will be teaching? How can we be part of the experience?

Can parents stay with their student during class?

All education classes provide an opportunity for parents to observe their student‘s work at the end showcase. We find that our students retain stronger focus if parents are not in the theatre during class. Some of our youngest students may experience some separation anxiety on the first day of class. We find the most effective method for separation anxiety is a quick but loving goodbye from the parent. Once they arrive in the theatre, students are immediately engaged in classroom activities.

What are the qualifications of RCT Artistic Instructor?

Staff members at the Roanoke Children’s Theatre are accomplished, talented theatre educators with a passion for working with young people. All our Teaching Artists have been trained in theatre education and many have advanced degrees in theatre, education or both. Our artistic instructor bios are available here so you can learn more about your student’s instructor.

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What is the RCT Theatre Academy Showcase?

All RCT class sessions conclude with a special Showcase, when students present work and demonstrate skills learned throughout the session to an “audience” of their parents, family, and friends through a casual, fun, and interactive presentation in the theatre. During the school year our emphasis is on process not product. Using classroom time to teach technique and skills is the best way for us to build up your student’s natural talent. The Showcase is a chance for parents to see what a typical class session is like as well as chance for students to present their work.

More questions? E-mail me at

education@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

or call 540-400-7795

Kelly Germain

Director of Education

Meghan Griffith

MAIN OFFICE: 540-400-7795

BOX OFFICE: 540-345-2550

E-MAIL: info@roanokechildrenstheatre.org

LOCATION: The Jefferson Center

541 Luck Ave SW

Roanoke, VA 24016

MAILING: P.O. Box 4392

Roanoke, VA 24015

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