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FAQs

Please read through these frequently asked questions to see if we can answer your question. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us.

2020 Summer Camps

Please note: the answers that pertain to Summer 2020 supersede other answers that may be found in other sections of this page.

What precautions are you taking to keep campers and staff healthy?
We take the health and safety of our students and staff seriously. Please read through our CoronaVirus Response page which outlines our program, procedural, and hygiene changes.

Can I request AM/PM cast placement?
You are welcome to request your preference and we will do our best to accomodate all requests. Please understand that we may not be able to honor all requests.

Will my kids be in the same Cast (AM or PM) even if they are in different shows?
Yes. We will make sure siblings are placed in a cast with the same time period (AM or PM) to help with transportation, etc. 

Can I do Moana and Into the Woods or Jungle Book and AristoCats and be there all day?
This is certainly possible. Logistically, students will need to go home for lunch (or eat off St Lukes property) since we cannot supervise students during this time.

However… we strongly recommend that students commit to one show and take advantage of the online curriculum that we have created to supplement rehearsal time. We have incredible teaching artists that have worked hard to create this digitally delivered curriculum and we are confident that taking the time to complete these exercises and activities will help the student grow in their singing, dancing, and acting abilities.

What do I do if I’m sick or someone in my family is sick?
If you feel sick at all, for any reason, PLEASE STAY HOME. Send an email to producer@paacolorado.org and include the symptoms you are experiencing. Any student who has a fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, or vomiting is required to stay home until they are symptom free for 48 hours.

If you know you have come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME. Send an email to producer@paacolorado.org and we will work with you on a plan of action.

Have the staff and faculty been tested for COVID-19?
The staff and faculty have not been tested for COVID-19. Right now in the state of Colorado, we cannot access testing for individuals who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. As soon as we are able to access testing for asymptomatic individuals, this will become part of our prevention strategy.

Should students bring their own hand sanitizer from home?
Yes please! If you have individual size containers, please send it with your student. Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer after they blow their nose, sneeze, or cough into their elbow. PAA does have hand sanitizer on hand that is between 62% and 70% alcohol based. 

Should students bring their own masks from home?
Yes please! Students will be asked to bring and wear a mask during most of their day/when it makes sense while at PAA. If a personal mask is not available, PAA will make every attempt to provide a student mask.

How are you handling Auditions during this Safer-at-Home period?
We have moved to video auditions for our earliest camps and hope to be able to offer small group auditions for our later camps. We will be in touch with all enrolled families to detail the audition process.

Is the online curriculum at a scheduled time or pre-recorded?
For Summer 2020, the online curriculum is pre-recorded, so students can learn at a time that is convenient for them and their families.

The camp I enrolled in was cancelled/changed dates/changed locations/changed format. What are my options?Although we had hoped to stick to our planned Summer Camp schedule, with the anticipated restrictions around group gathering limits and social distancing recommendations, it is clear we need to make adjustments. Since your program has changed, you are welcome to take advantage of any of these options.

  1. You may stay enrolled in the new version of your summer camp.
  2. You may choose to enroll in a different PAA Summer Camp (view camps here)
  3. You may keep the tuition as a credit toward a future PAA program. These credits are good for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. Credits expire 12/31/2020 (Spring registration opens Oct 1)
  4. You may choose to donate your tuition to PAA.
  5. You may request a refund of your tuition (less the processing fees paid when you signed up).

 

Classes

What is the teacher to student ratio in classes?
Depending on the class, the ratio can range from 1:3 to 1:15.

Does PAA offer classes or camps for my 3 year old? 
PAA offers opportunities for Pre Kindergarten children in our Theater in a Trunk series during spring, summer and fall sessions.

What kind of classes does PAA offer?
We offer many different types and levels of classes that are curriculum driven and age appropriate in acting (improv, auditioning, character and scene development) , voice, dance (hip hop, musical theater, ballet, tap) and technical theater (set build, make-up, props, costumes, directing).

What items does my student need to bring to class?
Students need to bring a water bottle, and dance shoes (if applicable). Please label all personal items.

What is the dress code?
We ask that students wear clothes that allow for ease of movement and cover private areas of their body.

Do you offer a shoe exchange?
PAA has an informal shoe exchange. If your student has outgrown a pair of dance shoes, they may be able to find a pair that fits them in the exchange box and swap. There is no charge for a shoe exchange swap, however if you take a used pair without donating a pair, the charge is $5. Please note that this service is voluntary, not guaranteed and not monitored.

Do you have recitals?
At the end of each semester PAA holds a Shareformance so each class can showcase what they learned. These are usually held on or near the last day of the semester at or near the same time the class would normally be held. Shareformances are free to attend.

Does PAA offer adult dance classes?
YES! Different types of dance and movement classes are offered each spring and fall session.

 

Shows

What staff do you have for each production my child is in?  
Faculty production teams include a Director, Choreographer, Music Director, Technical Director, Stage Manager, Props Manager, Costume Designer, Sound Designer and Light Designer. PAA supports the faculty production teams with staff members that include our Production and Site Manager and Artistic Director.

How many students are in a show?
There are 25-50 students in a show depending on the age and level of the production.

What items does my student need to bring to class/rehearsal?
Students need to bring a water bottle, dance shoes (if applicable), pencils, and script every day. Students will be told when lunches also need to be brought. Please label all personal items.

What is the dress code?
We ask that students wear clothes that allow for ease of movement and cover private areas of their body.

What is the absence policy?
For last minute or emergency conflicts contact Sam Leahy at producer@paacolorado.org, or 303-900-7041 x0. Please be advised that more than two unexcused absences, or many additional new conflicts not listed on the conflict sheet provided at auditions, may result in recasting.

What should students wear under costumes?
We ask that every student provide a base to wear under their costume. Unless otherwise instructed, the base costume is: Non-baggy shorts and tank tops in a neutral color without writing or graphics, and/or a dance leotard and tights for females. This clothing needs to be brought in at the beginning of tech week. The base costume will stay on site at PAA until the completion of the program.

What shoes does my student need?
FOR CLASS/REHEARSAL: If your student has dance shoes, please have them bring the shoes each day. Other than dance shoes, tie on shoes are recommended for students. Please do not wear “light-up” shoes. Closed toe shoes are required for all tech theatre students.

FOR PERFORMANCES: Dance or Jazz shoes (nude or black) are required to be worn for Fall and Spring performances and for Shareformances (unless otherwise instructed by the teaching artist).

Do you offer a shoe exchange?
PAA has an informal shoe exchange. If your student has outgrown a pair of dance shoes, they may be able to find a pair that fits them in the exchange box and swap. There is no charge for a shoe exchange swap.  However if you take a used pair without donating a pair, the charge is $5. Please note that this service is voluntary, not guaranteed and not monitored.

What are auditions like?
Audition information can be found here.

Where do performances and rehearsals take place?
Depending on the time of year and program, PAA rents facilities throughout the community. During the spring and fall sessions, PAA rents St. Luke’s UMC for classes, rehearsals and performances. During the summer session, PAA rents area school facilities that are available in Highlands Ranch in addition to St. Luke’s UMC.

Do your shows require tickets?
PAA performances require a paid ticket for admission. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults in advance, or $12 for students and $15 for adults on the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased on our website or at the door. Shareformances are free to attend.

Can parents watch auditions or rehearsals?
In order to create a supportive, non-distracting environment for the students, we do not allow adults to view students’ while auditioning, rehearsing, or in classes.

 

General Information

How can I contact someone at PAA?
Sam Leahy is the Production and Site Manager for PAA. She supports our families and acts as your liaison. If there are any questions concerning a production or class, please contact Sam at producer@paacolorado.org or 303-900-7041 x0.

What is the Student Drop Off and Pick Up Procedure?
Drop Off: During the Fall and Spring PAA programming, students may be dropped off, or their adults can accompany them into the building to sign in. Every student must sign in or be signed in each day. PAA encourages accountability in our students so we encourage self-sign in. Adults are welcome to assist younger children!

Pick Up: During class or rehearsal pick up time, PAA requests that children 6th grade and below (ages 3-12) be signed out by their adults and escorted to their vehicle as an added measure of safety in an increasingly busy parking lot. All students must sign out or be signed out. Please be prompt at pick up! Refer to the calendar for your program for pick up times.

Do you accommodate allergies?
Please notify PAA if a student has an allergy we need to be aware of for safety. Please do not bring food for the entire group out of respect and safety for those who have allergies. PAA makes every attempt to provide a nut-free zone for those students who are allergic to nuts during the lunch and snack periods for their program.

What is your cell phone policy?
Every moment at PAA is an opportunity to learn and be engaged. Cell phones are to remain in bags during classes and rehearsals. In case of an emergency please call Sam Leahy at 303-900-7041 x0.

Do you have a lost and found?
Students who leave items behind can find them on the PAA lost and found table, usually located near the check-in table. If not picked up by the completion of Fall or Spring programming, items will be donated and discarded.

How can I place an ad in the program or become a PAA Sponsor?
If you’d like to know more information about how you can support PAA with your company or business, please email Dr. James Ramsey or call 303-900-7041 x1.

Are you on Social Media?
We post lots of fun pictures and updates about our programs to our social media accounts. Follow us to keep up-to-date on the latest: facebook.com/paacolorado, @PAA_Colorado on Twitter, @paacolorado on Instagram.

 

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