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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.

Summer/Fall 2021

Please note: the answers that pertain to 2021 supersede other answers that may be found in other sections of this page.

COVID-19 procedures and policies are subject to change as local ordinance and guidance changes.

Where can I find the participation waiver?
You can find and sign the participation waiver her: https://paacolorado.org/participation-waiver/

What precautions are you taking to keep students and staff healthy?
We take the health and safety of our students and staff seriously. Please read through our CoronaVirus Response page and the FAQ’s below.

What do I do if I’m sick or someone in my family is sick?
If your child feels 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 24-48 hours. If you know you have been in close contact (Within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME and quarantine for 10 days and check in with your Health Care Provider unless you have proof of vaccination. Send an email to producer@paacolorado.org and we will work with you on a plan of action.

How many children will be in each class or cast?
While exact enrollment numbers fluctuate, we maintain the current requirements by governing authorities. Classes and casts are limited to the number of students that can safely gather in a specific room or rooms.  Depending on the number of students and faculty who have been vaccinated and the size of the room or if it’s outside, PAA calculates the appropriate number of participants in each class and cast that can safely gather in a room or on stage.

Will you create cohort groups to limit exposure?
Yes, we will continue to limit exposure with cohort groups taking into consideration the number of vaccinated individuals.

Will students be required to wear masks?
All Faculty, Staff and Students will wear a mask while at PAA, both inside and outside when vaccination rate is not known and individuals are not socially distant.  We have been studying the most recent scientific data and international aerosol studies that overwhelmingly conclude that wearing masks while speaking and singing significantly reduces the risk of transmitting aerosols that carry the coronavirus. However, if students are outside and distanced, they will not be required to wear masks.

Should students bring their own masks from home?
Yes please! Students will be asked to bring and wear a mask during most of their time while at PAA. If a personal mask is not available, PAA will make every attempt to provide a one-time use student mask.

Why do all of the students wear masks?
We wear masks to protect not only ourselves but also each other. If a person is infected, their mask will capture any large respiratory droplets they produce before they are expelled into the air, thereby preventing them from unknowingly infecting people around them. In contrast, a FACE SHIELD, by nature of its design, allows these droplets to escape rather than be captured.

How will social distancing occur inside and outside?
Students will be encouraged and reminded to social distance inside and outside as appropriate.  Additionally, they will still be able to socialize with their friends while socially distanced.

Will students be required to socially distance in the classroom?
Yes, when stationary and as much as possible while moving. However, our goal is also to keep our students safe while not making them feel fearful or nervous to socialize with others.

Will students have their temperatures taken during the day?
No, unless they are not feeling well or exhibiting symptoms.

Should students bring their own hand sanitizer from home?
Hand sanitizer is available for all students at any time they are involved in a PAA activity.  If you prefer that your child only uses their individual size containers, please send it with them. Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer after they blow their nose, sneeze, or cough into their mask and elbow. PAA’s hand sanitizer is between 62% and 70% alcohol based.

If my child was tested, can I bring them to PAA?
No, please do not send your child to PAA following a COVID 19 test.  In order to prevent a possible quarantine, please have your child stay home until you know the results of the test. If the test result is negative, your child may return to PAA.

Who are the governing bodies who have influenced these policies?
PAA Board of Directors, PAA Staff, St. Luke’s UMC, CDC, Tri-County Health, and the State of Colorado

RESCHEDULING AND QUARANTINE PROCEDURES

What happens if my child gets sick at PAA?
We have created an isolation room that allows us to properly care for any sick children while quarantining them from their peers and waiting for parents to arrive to take the student home. We understand that not all illnesses will be COVID19 related, but we need to provide a safe place to handle illnesses. A staff member will be monitoring the student in the isolation room. We will call the parents when a child reports being ill, and if we have not heard from a parent or guardian within 30 minutes, we will begin to call the emergency contacts listed in the registration paperwork.

What if my child or another child has a fever not related to Covid? Can he or she return to PAA?
If a child has a fever above 100.4, they cannot attend PAA and we recommend contacting your health care provider if you begin to witness COVID symptoms.  Once a student exhibits no symptoms for 24 hours including a fever, the student may return to PAA.

What happens if a student, staff or faculty member tests positive for COVID?
While each situation is unique and will be handled accordingly, it is likely we will suspend in-person learning for the classroom or cast where the child tested positive until the appropriate time has passed since exposure unless there is a significant number of individuals who are vaccinated and therefore do not need to quarantine.  By keeping classes socially distanced, wearing masks, and exercising consistent hygiene procedures, we hope that we only have to close the classrooms with immediate contact to the child or staff member who is suspected of being exposed.

What happens if a student’s family member tests positive for Covid?
There is an exposure model called the ABC model that will help us determine the correct course of action. The model essentially helps us determine if someone is a primary contact (someone who needs to self-quarantine), or a secondary contact (someone who needs to be aware but does not need to self-quarantine). In the event a parent reports testing positive, their child would be a primary contact, and the students in the classroom would be secondary contacts. We will also consult with PAA’s Health Care Consultant in each Covid exposure situation. Again, we will work hard to communicate situations with families while maintaining confidentiality.

If my child’s school or cohort advises a quarantine or closure can my child still participate with PAA?
Yes they may participate as long as you were not notified to isolate and your child had no direct contact and is not experiencing any symptoms. If you received notification to self-isolate, please notify the Registrar and Site Manager for next steps.

Will I be notified if someone at Performing Arts Academy tests positive for Covid?
In the event someone at PAA tests positive for COVID19, we will consult Tri-County Health and PAA’s contracted Health Care Professional (nurse) from Children’s Hospital, and alert St. Luke’s UMC. We will follow the advice of Tri-County Health on who needs to be notified. A student or family member’s personal information and name will never be shared. We will respect confidentiality and HIPPA laws.

If a class or cast is quarantined due to a suspected positive or confirmed positive COVID19 case, can they still meet? Yes, but likely on zoom. The PAA team has had good success in teaching over zoom during the summer. If we move to a zoom platform, the Registrar and Site Manager will send a specific zoom link for your child to participate with the instructor and their class or cast mates.

FACILITIES

Are the restrooms cleaned regularly?
Yes! While we encourage students to utilize the bathroom facilities before coming to PAA, selected restrooms are available for use and are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized regularly during programming.

What is PAA doing to help increase ventilation in the classrooms to reduce the spread of COVID?
We have many commercial HEPA filtration units for rooms and have installed air unit filters with MERV13 or HEPA filters. We know the ACR or air change rate for each of our rooms, and are able to maintain safe capacities in each space.

What cleaning protocols are in place to ensure the safety of the children and staff?
PAA uses a line of cleaning products that have been approved by Tri-County Health from a company called Buckeye. Buckeye provides both a sanitizer and disinfectant that are used properly according to their labels.

 

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 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?
Due to COVID-19 we are not currently offering our shoe exchange program.

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?
Typically, YES! Although our current semester does not have any adult dance classes scheduled. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when we have new adult class offerings.

 

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 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. There is a late fee that applies when students are picked up more than 15 minutes after their program ends.

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.

 

Audition FAQs

 

Will every student have a role in the show?
Yes! Every student will have a role in the show and will be involved in the rehearsals!

Can parents watch the auditions?
No, we ask that adults please wait outside the audition room. This allows the students to fully participate in the process without additional distraction.

Who are the people in the audition room?
The director is the person who oversees the entire show, and also does the acting and blocking (where you move on stage) rehearsals. The choreographer creates and teaches the dances with the cast, and may also do other parts of the show depending on how the director and choreographer choose to work together. The music director is in charge of all of the singing and music for the production. They work closely with both the director and choreographer to make it all tie in together. Occasionally, additional PAA Staff may also be in the room, someone like our tech director or production assistant.

What do I need to prepare for auditions?
PAA typically provides a selection of short monologues to choose from, a few song excerpts to choose from, and one dance routine to learn. These materials are provided to you when you register for the show, so the earlier you register, the more time you have to prepare for the audition.

Where do I find the audition material?
Please check your inbox! You will receive an email from producer@paacolorado.org with the audition material for your show.

When will I know my role?
We will email the cast list typically 2-3 days after auditions. This may vary so please be patient with us. If you don’t receive any email within a week please check in with our producer, producer@paacolorado.org.

How will I know my role?
PAA will send an email.

What if I don’t get the role I was hoping for?
This is one of those tricky things that doesn’t have a perfect answer. We suggest talking your feelings out with an adult you trust, then taking a new look at the role you have been given with the goal of finding a way “in” to making friends with your character.
It could be fun to imagine you are interviewing your character to find out what they like, dislike, their dreams and hopes, their fears and maybe a secret too. This type of game is fun no matter if your character is a person or animal! Try looking for clues in the script to help figure out who your character is, and then use that information to invent things that feel right to you about your character and their journey through the story.

Do you have callbacks?
Our Conservatory level program is the only PAA program for which we model our auditions after professional auditions, with callbacks and cuts. All other PAA shows have one-day auditions, without callbacks, and every student is assigned a role.

 

 

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John Boggs

John Boggs is a pianist, composer and vocalist based currently in Thornton, Colorado. He holds a DMA in Composition from the University of Colorado Boulder, a M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.F.A. from Bard College. Previous piano instructors include German Diez and MaryAnn Griebling. He taught students of all ages and experience during his undergraduate and graduate studies.

At Bard College he studied voice with tenor Rufus Müller. He has sung such roles as Jamie in The Last Five Years, The Lecturer in Reefer Madness, and El Gallo in The Fantasticks. He teaches repertoire in the genres of musical theater, art song, pop and opera. He currently is a Choral Pro for both the Ars Nova singers and the St. John’s Episcopal Compline Choir. In 2016, John co-founded Renaissance and Contemporary a cappella group, Solis, to promote new works from local and national composers.

His music direction includes Pippin and Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Bard Musical Theater Company. In 2017 he music directed Centerstage Theater Company’s production of Godspell, and most recently their 2021 production of Theory of Relativity.

He has had composition premiers by such groups as the American Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, DaCapo Chamber Players, Ars Nova Singers, the Columbine Chorale, 303 Children’s Choir (now Vocal Coalition), the Chamber Music Society of Ohio, and new music ensemble Contemporaneous. He is the co-founder/co-writer as well as the keyboardist and vocalist for experimental rock band Fifth Veil, and is delving into the world of film and interactive game scoring.

He also has experience teaching students with developmental disabilities. He provided accompaniment for Tapestry Theater’s productions of Elf, School House Rocks and Shrek Jr. He was previously employed with Imagine’s CORE day program, where he instructed group music classes using midi over wifi to create the feeling of being in a band and orchestra.

 

 

Amy Arpan

Amy Arpan has worked professionally as an actress, show host, variety artist, improviser, fight choreographer, clown, and director for 22 years.

She is represented by Radical Artists Agency, and you may have seen her competing in the ‘Dish Network Challenge’ and zooming along on an electric scooter in the ‘Colorado Lottery’ Commercials.

Past local credits include Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center; Mrs. Soames in Our Town at Miners Alley; the Conductor and Engineer in The Polar Express; Madame Volange in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Miners Alley; Characters in Crisis for the Colorado Police Departments; and directing Fright Fest and the Summer Illusion Shows at Elitch Gardens. She is also a local weekly Trivia and Bingo Host.

Favorite out of State Credits and Clients
include: Nickelodean, Royal Caribbean,
Disney Cruise Lines, & Cedar Fair Theme Parks , Shakespeare Carolina, ChickSpeare, The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte,.

In addition to Clowning around with her Ringling Brother’s Circus School training, she is also fond of Juggling, Improv-ing, Performing Magic, Balloon Twisting, Lip Print Reading, Stilt Walking, Mascot work, Puppeteering, Show Hosting, and Character Roaming. She has been the owner and principal performer for Amy Arpan’s Illusions And Confusions since its founding in 1998.

Katie Reid Milazzo

Katie is thrilled to be returning to her beautiful home state of Colorado after 15 years away performing and teaching professionally, and she is very excited to be joining PAA! National Tours: South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), 'S Wonderful (Jane), Annie (Ronnie Boylan). Regional: Last Five Years (Cathy), Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Princess and the Pea (Queen u/s), Land of Forgotten Toys (Queen), Full Monty (Pam), Ordinary Days (Claire), B’way: The Big Band Years (featured singer), Sweeney Todd, The Who's Tommy. BFA Musical Theater from The University of Oklahoma. In Chicago, Katie taught and directed at several performing arts programs, directing/music directing over 20 shows with ages K - 12. She especially loves working one on one with students and believes in the transformative power of theater for everyone!

 

Jennifer Maggi

Jennifer Maggi grew up dancing in Orange County, California at the Pacific School of Ballet from the age of 5 to 18. Throughout her years there, she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Tap. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis in Ballet and Modern. While completing her degree, Jennifer performed and choreographed for numerous professional dance shows and showcases as well as participated in the Limon Dance Intensive under Collin Connor. After graduating, Jennifer returned to Cal State Fullerton to choreograph the BFA Musical Theatre main stage productions of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, and Cry Baby. In 2014, Jennifer was cast as a performer at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California where she danced and portrayed famous Disney characters in the Pixar Play Parade, Paint the Night Parade, The Frightfully Fun Parade, and The Christmas Fantasy Parade. She moved to Denver in May 2019 and is so excited to join the team at PAA and share her passion for dance with her students.

Jana Wesson

Jana Wesson is thrilled to be back at PAA! As a former alumni, Jana is excited to be continuing with PAA as a staff of the outreach program. Since her last show in 2013 Jana has gone on to do community theatre at the Pace Center and Wesley Players Theatre Company, starring in shows such as Singin’ In The RainMary Poppins, The Music Man and many more!

McKensey Struzik

McKensey graduated from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts with a BA in Acting and a Minor in Musical Theatre in 2016.  Since, she has taught children’s theatre at various studios in Virginia as well as in Colorado.  She has taught dance, private voice and group acting classes as well as choreographed, music directed many productions.  She has tap danced for 17 years and had the opportunity to study under tap dancers such as Savion Glover, Chloe Arnold, Maude Arnold, and Jason Janas.  She is thrilled to teach tap with PAA this year and can’t wait to get started.

Andrew McGlothen

Andrew McGlothen is thrilled to be back for his 2nd summer with PAA. Originally from Texas, Andrew has been fabricator, scenic painter, director and actor for over a decade. He’s had the privilege to work for companies like the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, Denver Comic Con, Visionbox Studio and many others. If you need something designed or created, he’s your guy. When not working in theatre Andrew is a Graphic Designer and coffee snob. He’d like to thank his husband and dogs for the support and PAA for the opportunity!”

 

Melanie Ware

Melanie has been with PAA as their Properties Master for six years and teaching classes for five. Melanie received her BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in May of 2016. Between Acting, Directing and Properties Design she has roughly 12 years of theatrical experience. Favorite PAA design credits include: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown!, Tarzan, Mary Poppins and The Addams Family.

 

 

 

Stephanie Hesse

Stephanie is thrilled to join PAA, and is very proud of this group of talented kids!  With a BA in both Theatre and Dance from Colorado Mesa University,  Stephanie has performed with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Avatar Movement Dance Company, and in several musicals in the Denver area including 9 to 5, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, and West Side Story. Choreography credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, Hello Dolly!, She Loves Me, 13: The Musical, and Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr.