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Frequently Asked Questions
How old do you have to be to participate in Playhouse productions?
Because of the time commitment and the level of focus required for rehearsals and performances we find that children should be at least 8 years old to audition for a Playhouse production. The primary age range of Playhouse participants is 9 to 12 years old.
How many shows does the Playhouse produce each season?
The Homestead Playhouse will produce one production in the spring.
Who directs the performances?
We invite directors from around the Valley to director our shows. In doing so, performers are able to learn how to adapt to new directors and experience different styles of direction. Each director casts the show independently in their vision.
Do you double cast the productions?
In general, we do not double cast our productions, meaning we do not have two performers for each role. However, depending on the production's needs, some performers are cast in more than one role.
When and how is the cast list announced?
An email is sent to parents after auditions and call backs have concluded, offering the actor a particular role. The parent must reply accepting or declining the role. All actors who have auditioned will be emailed whether or not they are cast.
Why was my child not cast? Why did my child not get cast in a bigger role?
Every show requires a different number of performers and each show has a variety of character needs. For example, a character might have a strong, domineering presence, so the director might look for a performer who is larger and more outgoing by nature. In other words, the director looks for performers that will best fit the role. If a child is not cast in the play or in the role he or she had hoped for, it does not mean the child is not a talented performer.
In addition, we try to produce plays that have 25 to 40 roles available for children. Depending on the numbers, we may be able to cast most children who audition. However, if 70 children audition and only 30 parts are available, 40 children will not get a role in the production.
If your child is not cast or does not get the role he or she desired, it can be disappointing. This feeling is normal and sooner or later all performers experience the letdown of not getting cast in a show. We encourage parents and children to look at the experience as a valuable learning opportunity and come back and try again the next time.
Why is The Homestead Playhouse open to both DC Ranch residents/non-residents?
One of DC Ranch’s community values is to cultivate and maintain quality relationships within the larger community of which we are a part. By inviting children from the greater community to participate in The Homestead Playhouse productions, a deeper and more enriching experience is created for everyone.
Do you provide private or group acting classes?
We do not offer private acting classes or coaching. We do offer summer and fall programming where performance skills are taught during week-long camps.
What does a participation fee cover?
The participation fee covers acting instruction, performer’s script, costume (except shoes), commemorative show t-shirt, 2 complimentary tickets to the show, dinner on performance days, and a participation award presented at the cast party.
Why is there a different participation rate for DC Ranch residents and non-DC Ranch residents?
Two-thirds of The Homestead Playhouse budget is funded by resident assessment fees and community benefit fees that are associated with the sale of homes within DC Ranch. Therefore, participation fees for DC Ranch residents are reduced because they are already supporting the cost of Community Council programming. The Community Council ensures that participation fees for non-residents are competitively priced with other similar activities and is a valuable experience for all participants.
What if I can’t afford the participation fee?
If you feel like the participation fee will create a financial hardship please come talk to us. We can always use your help in other ways. Previously, parents have organized the cast party or volunteered in other capacities to reduce the fee.
Is the Parent/Performer Orientation mandatory?
We need at least one parent and the performer in attendance at the Parent/Performer Orientation. This is your chance to meet the production team and other cast members and get important information. Since each show is different, we ask that you attend even if you have been to an orientation for a previous production.
What is the rehearsal schedule? Does my child have to come to every rehearsal?
In general, we rehearse Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays for two or three hours. Depending on the show and the director’s schedule, rehearsals start sometime between 4 and 5 p.m. At times, only characters in a certain scene might be called to rehearsal. A rehearsal schedule will be provided to each performer. It is important to review this each week to know when your child is expected at rehearsal.
Am I responsible for my performer’s costume?
We provide the costume for each performer. At times we may need something that you likely already have at your house such as a white t-shirt or black pants to help make the costume complete. We ask that you provide your performers shoes for the show -- generally black or tan dance shoes, like jazz or ballet shoes.
Do you need volunteers for the productions?
We need volunteers to make our productions possible and ask that parents plan to sign up for at least one or two volunteer jobs. These include, but are not limited to, helping backstage during shows, picking up/serving dinner during production week, and front-of-house assistance such as ushering.
Is photography or videography allowed during performances?
Photography or videography is not allowed during performances. Instead, you can purchase photos and/or a DVD recording of the performance. There are instances where certain shows licenses do not allow live recordings at all. In those cases we do not record or sell DVDs of the performance.
When is the cast party? What happens at the cast party?
We have a small cast party and awards ceremony immediately after the last performance.
When do tickets go on sale? How do I purchase them? What is your ticket refund/exchange policy?
Generally, tickets go on sale one month before the performance dates. We have an online ticket system that allows you to purchase tickets from home. All ticket sales are final and no refunds are given. If you have tickets that you do not need, we encourage you to find someone to purchase them from you. If you cannot attend the show on the day you have tickets, you may be able to attend another show depending on availability of seats. We ask that you check online to see if seats are still available before requesting to exchange your seats.