FIRST ACT POLICIES

FIRST ACT POLICIES

Below you will find policies regarding classes, productions, and camps.

Please contact the associated staff member with any questions or concerns.

Classes – Michelle Evans – michelle@firstactkc.org

Productions – Grant Golson – grant@firstactkc.org

Camps – Grant Golson – grant@firstactkc.org

Class Policies

Class Attendance Policy

If your student will miss class, email michelle@firstactkc.org or call the office at 913-681-3318. If your student will miss a dance class email liz@firstactkc.org. If your child is ill, keep them home. There are no refunds for missed classes.

Every student will complete a class conflict form before the first class indicating their excused absences. However, should a child’s attendance in classes become an issue, students may be removed from end-of-the-session class performances or in extreme cases removed from the class entirely. Special consideration may be granted regarding absences due to illness, family emergency, and/or unforeseen school functions. After two unexcused absences, the family will be notified by the Education Director, Studio Director, or Class Coordinator.
 
Students enrolled in a leveled class may have to repeat that level or may have the opportunity to receive private instruction from a First Act KC instructor (at the cost of the family) to catch up before the next session of classes.

Class Inclement Weather Policy

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 at least 2 hours before the start of the event regarding any cancellation of activities. If class/rehearsal is canceled for any reason, an email will be sent to all participants. For after-school timed events, updates can also be found on First Act KC’s Facebook and Instagram pages. We always encourage checking our website for the most up-to-date cancellation information.

PLEASE NOTE: First Act Theatre Arts does not make up classes nor do we credit, refund, or pro-rate tuition for classes canceled due to inclement weather.

Class Refund Policy

You may drop a class through the first week of the class session and receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. After the conclusion of the first class week, no refunds will be given.

Dance Studio Attire Policies

First Act Dance Studio strives to create a safe and professional environment for dancers to work and learn.

In order to do this, the following guidelines have been established:  

  • Students should wear dance clothes during class and a leotard if applicable (see specific classes HERE). It is difficult for instructors to see lines in baggy street clothes.
  • Hair should be pulled back away from face and secured.
  • Girls should put hair in a bun for all ballet classes.
  • Various shoes are required for proper instruction in classes.
  • All dance shoes, bags, and property of the dancer should be labeled with the dancer’s name.
  • No jewelry should be worn during class.
  • No gum, food or drinks are allowed during class time. Water bottles are an exception.

Read this document for more information about specific class’s requirements.

 

Production Policies

Production Attendance Policy

An unexcused absence is defined as the following: any absence from a rehearsal not indicated on the conflict sheet at the time of auditions for any reason other than sickness or family emergency. Please note that absences communicated AFTER the cast list has been posted will be considered unexcused unless they are for sickness or family emergency. 

When a student has 2 unexcused absences, the directing team reserves the right to remove that student from a scene or song in the show.

When a student has 3 unexcused absences, they may be dropped from the show. Any appeals must be made to the Executive Director.

Any student with 5 or more absences (~25% of the rehearsal process) listed on their conflict sheet will not be considered for a lead role in the show. 

Tech Week Absences (starting on Move-in Sunday and continuing until the close of the show) are only allowed with approval from the Executive Director. 

If a student misses a performance, they will be immediately removed from the show and will not perform in the remainder of the production. Sickness and Family Emergency are exceptions to this rule.

Production Illness Policy

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.

Production Inclement Weather Policy

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 our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

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.

Camp Policies

Day Camp Cancellation Policy

You may receive a full refund of your registration fee (less a $25 processing fee) up to two weeks before the first day of camp. If you decide to withdraw from a camp less than two weeks before the first day of camp, we can offer you a credit towards a future First Act class or camp. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any credits/refunds/make-ups/pro-rated fees for missed days of camp.

There is no charge if a camper needs to change their enrollment to a different week of camp and space is available.

Overnight Camp Cancellation Policy

There’s a $100 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your space in Middle School and High School Overnight Camps. Please call the office at (913) 681-3318 if you would like to enroll by paying this deposit.

Camps must be paid in full by June 30th. After June 30th, please make note that no refunds are given.

Drama Camp Payment Policies

An audition is required for the Performance Section of Drama Camp. There will be a limited number of students cast. Therefore, each student will be charged a $25 deposit. Full tuition will be assessed after the show has been cast.

Campers may register at any time for the Behind the Scenes section of Drama Camp as long as space remains. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a space. Tuition is due in full by June 15, 2024. Students who audition for Drama Camp but are not cast are welcome and encouraged to enroll in Behind the Scenes Camp.