Family Production Center

Production Information

Welcome to First Act Theatre Arts productions! We are so glad you’ve decided to join us! To make sure the students shine on stage, First Act needs your assistance! We hope you will enjoy making connections and being creative just like the students! Our Family Production Center provides you with all the necessary information to jump right in!

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Welcome New First Act Families!

First Act productions involve a lot of exciting events. We’ve provided a cheat sheet below to help you through everything that will happen during the process to help you out during your first show with us!

  1. Classes – you need to be enrolled in class in order to audition
  2. Auditions – you will sign up for audition time slot via Sign Up Genius
  3. Callbacks – you may or may not get called back for more auditioning
  4. Production Meeting – if you are cast in the show, the production meetings are a must for families
  5. Student Crew –  First Act students (ages 12 and up) can work behind the scenes helping with backstage, props, make-up etc.
  6. Rehearsals – Tuesday and Friday evenings and a couple of Saturdays up to the week of the show
  7. Production Committees – family members will be assigned to a production committee that will require about 20 hours of pre show preparation and several show commitments
  8. 2nd Production Meeting – final prep before Costume Parade & Show Week
  9. Costume Parade a time for the Artistic Team to see cast members in full costume, hair & makeup
  10. Performances – there are 6-7 performances (possibly one School Day Show)
  11. Cast Party – time for cast and crew to celebrate their hard work – lots of fun!
  12. Strike – after the last show, everybody cleans up, then there are awards and a Post-Show Celebration

For a complete guide to First Act productions, see the Production Reference Manual coming soon.  If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the First Act Office at (913) 681-3318. Office Hours are M-F, 10:00-4:00 p.m.

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Welcome New First Act Families!

First Act productions involve a lot of exciting events. We’ve provided a cheat sheet below to help you through everything that will happen during the process to help you out during your first show with us!

  1. Classes – you need to be enrolled in class in order to audition
  2. Auditions – you will sign up for audition time slot via sign up genius
  3. Callbacks – you may or may not get called back for more auditioning
  4. Production Meeting – if you are cast in the show, the production meetings are a must for families

 

  1. Student Crew –  First Act students (ages 12 and up) can work behind the scenes helping with backstage, props, make-up etc.
  2. Rehearsals – Tuesday and Friday evenings and a couple of Saturdays up to the week of the show.
  3. Production Crews – Family members will be assigned to a production crew that will require about 20 hours of pre show preparation and several show commitments. 
  4. 2nd Production Meeting – final prep before Costume Parade & Show Week
  5. Costume Parade a time for the Artistic Team to see cast members in full costume, hair & makeup
  6. Performances – there are 6-7 performances (possibly one School Day Show)
  7. Cast Party – time for cast and crew to celebrate their hard work – lots of fun!
  8. Strike – after the last show, everybody cleans up, then there are awards and Strike Show!

For a complete guide to First Act productions,  Production Reference Manual coming soon.  If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the First Act Office at (913) 681-3318. Office Hours are M-F, 10:00-4:00pm.

Prior to auditions, parent/guardian must agree to the following:

  • If my student is cast in the production, I will ensure that they are present at every performance and at each rehearsal to which they are called. 
  • If my student is sick, I will contact the Production Coordinator prior to the event they will miss.
  • If my student has two or more unexcused absences from rehearsal, they may be removed from the production.
  • Once my student has auditioned for a production, I will NOT be able to receive a refund for class tuition.
  • A $195 Production Fee will be assessed for my student, and I will ensure it is paid by the assigned deadline.
  • I will purchase required personal items such as tights, shoes, make-up, etc.
  • I will be present at both production meetings and will serve a minimum of 20 hours on a Production Committee.

Fun for the Whole Family

First Act Theatre Arts is not just for students! Families are a large part of making our program successful, and family members have a great time getting to know one another and working toward a great show!

Not only are families integral in helping ensure students are present and prepared, but they are also a vital part of the production process. When a student is cast in a production, at least one adult family member must attend two Production Meetings and serve on a Production Committee. These production committees work alongside the Artistic Team, Production Coordinator, and First Act Office Staff to design and build the production’s costumes, sets, marketing materials, and more! Being part of a Production Committee is a great opportunity for fellowship and fun! Through production work, many of our First Act families make lifelong friendships!

Fun for the Whole Family

First Act Theatre Arts is not just for students! Families are a large part of making our program successful, and family members have a great time getting to know one another and working toward a great show!

Not only are families integral in helping ensure students are present and prepared, but they are also a vital part of the production process. When a student is cast in a production, at least one adult family member must attend two Production Meetings and serve on a Production Committee. These production committees work alongside the Artistic Team, Production Coordinator, and First Act Office Staff to design and build the production’s costumes, sets, marketing materials, and more! Being part of a Production Committee is a great opportunity for fellowship and fun! Through production work, many of our First Act families make lifelong friendships!

First Act Production Committees

  1. Backstage 
  2. Costumes/Costume Clean-Up 
  3. Green Room 
  4. House 
  5. Makeup 
  6. Opportunity Baskets 
  7. Programs 
  8. Props 
  9. Public Relations 
  10. Refreshments 
  11. Sets
  12. Souvenirs 
  13. Tech – Sound and LIghts

Show Policies and Procedures

Attendance Policy

Rehearsals & Performances

Cast members are required to be present and on time for all rehearsals. Arrive 10 minutes early. You will be asked to sign in at all rehearsals. At auditions you will have the opportunity on your forms to tell the Artistic Team about any planned absences, such as scheduled family vacations. If you have any unexcused absences, you will be taken out of the scene being taught, and after two unexcused absences may possibly be removed from the production. Note: Arriving late or taking a cast member out of rehearsal early is the same as an absence and needs to be planned just like any other absence.

Cast attendance is mandatory for Tech Week and ALL performances. Arrive 10 minutes early for all call times. If you have an emergency, and will be late or will miss a rehearsal or performance, you must CALL your Production Coordinator. No emails or texts.

Important Note: Regardless of reason, excused or unexcused, if a cast member misses rehearsal (or is late for rehearsal or leaves rehearsal early), unless it was previously stated AT AUDITIONS – there is a strong possibility that they will be cut from any scenes that were rehearsed that day. This is NOT a punishment; it is simply a natural consequence of the pace of our rehearsal schedule. New material is learned each week and then we move on. We don’t have the time to back up and re-teach material for cast members who were not present.

Illness

In order to have productive rehearsals, each student needs to be well enough to fully participate. If your student is sick or contagious with fever, strep throat, Covid-19, conjunctivitis (Pink Eye), Chicken Pox, flu, rash or a cold with excessive sneezing or coughing, keep them home. Please make sure your student is free of contagious illness for 24 hours before returning to rehearsals.

 

If your student needs to miss a rehearsal due to illness, they must call the Production Coordinator the day prior, or as soon as possible, to be excused. If your student misses rehearsal more than two times due to illness, it will be evaluated by the artistic team whether they will need to be pulled from a scene. This is not a punishment; it is the nature of the pace of our rehearsal schedule.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather and/or poor road conditions, classes/rehearsals may be canceled for the safety of our students. Many times the weather may be dangerous in the mornings, but by class/rehearsal time, road conditions are fine. A decision will be made by 3 p.m. regarding any cancellation of evening activities. If class/rehearsal is canceled for any reason, an email will be sent to all participants. Updates can also be found on the First Act website: www.firstactkc.org, as well as on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. We always encourage checking our website first for the most up-to-date cancellation information.

Show Policies and Procedures

Attendance Policy

Rehearsals & Performances

Cast members are required to be present and on time for all rehearsals. Arrive 10 minutes early. You will be asked to sign in at all rehearsals. At auditions you will have the opportunity on your forms to tell the Artistic Team about any planned absences, such as scheduled family vacations. If you have any unexcused absences, you will be taken out of the scene being taught, and after two unexcused absences may possibly be removed from the production. Note: Arriving late or taking a cast member out of rehearsal early is the same as an absence and needs to be planned just like any other absence.

Cast attendance is mandatory for Tech Week and ALL performances. Arrive 10 minutes early for all call times. If you have an emergency, and will be late or will miss a rehearsal or performance, you must CALL your Production Coordinator. No emails or texts.

Important Note: Regardless of reason, excused or unexcused, if a cast member misses rehearsal (or is late for rehearsal or leaves rehearsal early), unless it was previously stated AT AUDITIONS – there is a strong possibility that they will be cut from any scenes that were rehearsed that day. This is NOT a punishment; it is simply a natural consequence of the pace of our rehearsal schedule. New material is learned each week and then we move on. We don’t have the time to back up and re-teach material for cast members who were not present.

Illness

In order to have productive rehearsals, each student needs to be well enough to fully participate. If your student is sick or contagious with fever, strep throat, Covid-19, conjunctivitis (Pink Eye), Chicken Pox, flu, rash or a cold with excessive sneezing or coughing, keep them home. Please make sure your student is free of contagious illness for 24 hours before returning to rehearsals.

If your student needs to miss a rehearsal due to illness, they must call the Production Coordinator the day prior, or as soon as possible, to be excused. If your student misses rehearsal more than two times due to illness, it will be evaluated by the artistic team whether they will need to be pulled from a scene. This is not a punishment; it is the nature of the pace of our rehearsal schedule.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather and/or poor road conditions, classes/rehearsals may be canceled for the safety of our students. Many times the weather may be dangerous in the mornings, but by class/rehearsal time, road conditions are fine. A decision will be made by 3 p.m. regarding any cancellation of evening activities. If class/rehearsal is canceled for any reason, an email will be sent to all participants. Updates can also be found on the First Act website: www.firstactkc.org, as well as on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. We always encourage checking our website first for the most up-to-date cancellation information.

Choosing to Drop a Show Policy

It is the policy of First Act Theatre Arts that if an actor auditions for a show and is cast, they must accept the role they are given. If the actor chooses not to participate in the production following the cast list being posted, they may NOT audition for another show in the same session. That actor will also NOT be considered for a lead role in the next production they audition. In addition, this action may be considered in future casting decisions and any written references. Not only is dropping a show unprofessional, it is disrespectful to the directors, cast members, and above all to the craft of theatre itself.

Production Fees

Production Fees are one of the five sources of income that support each production. The others are ticket sales, concessions, special activities and advertisements. Production Fees are the seed money to get the production rolling. Production fees are paid online, using your First Act account.

The Production Fee is a one-time fee per student of $195. The Production Fee includes one (1) show shirt, digital download of the production and two (2) tickets to the show. Cast members are also expected to assist with ticket sales by inviting classmates, teachers, family, and friends to purchase tickets. We have tried to incorporate as many expenses into the fee as possible in order to cut down on other requests for money during the production process.

Special Arrangements

While we think the Production Fee is a great value, we understand that it can be a daunting amount, especially for families that have multiple children in the production. We do not want to prohibit anyone from being part of a First Act production. If you would like to discuss special arrangements/payment plan options, please contact the First Act office at (913) 681-3318.