Town Hall Education: FAQs
What can my student expect when they come to class at Town Hall?
A typical class begins with a warm-up, which prepares the students for the remainder of the class time, whether that be acting, singing, or dancing. The rest of rehearsal will be spent preparing for the production and learning valuable theatrical skills, many of which can be applied to life both inside and outside of the theater.
What should my student bring to each class?
Students should arrive to class in appropriate, comfortable clothing, including shoes- ABSOLUTELY, NO FLIP FLOPS or OPEN-TOE SHOES! Students should bring a pencil and something to write in, and any required class materials i.e. provided scripts. We also recommend a light snack and a reusable water bottle.
How is a show cast?
As we run an educational program, it is our job to ensure that each is student is learning as much as possible from their role in the production. When casting a show teaching artists consider first and foremost what skills each student needs to work on the most and puts them in a role that will best help them to master that skill. Behavior, commitment and experience may also be taken into account.
My student is ill or there is a family emergency, how do I let the teaching artists know?
Please e-mail your teaching artist DIRECTLY or call the production office at: 925-2836673.
Where does my tuition go?
Your tuition allows Town Hall Education to hire stellar, professional Teaching Artists. It also goes to props, costumes, production materials and performance rights that are licensed through production corporations.
Why do I have to buy tickets to see my student perform?
If your student is participating in a production based class, our educational program is required to purchase performance rights for the production. In the licensing agreement, we're required to pay royalties per performance. There is also an additional fee we have to pay to film each performance - an outside service we provide through Sundial Video. Then there are the facility costs associated with performing and rehearsing in a professional theatre: box office staff, lighting, technical staff, etc. Tuition alone does not cover these expenses
Do you have a payment program?
We do authorize tuition payment plans. All payment plan arrangements must be made prior to the first class. If you are interested in setting up a payment plan, please contact Director of Education, Madison Gerringer.
Do you have a scholarship program?
We are able to offer partial scholarships for students whose family is in need of financial assistance. All scholarship requests need to be submitted before the start of any class. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Director of Education, Madison Gerringer.
How does the waitlist work?
Because we have limited space for classes, our classes often fill quickly! This is why it is important to keep track of registration dates if you are interested in signing up. Out of fairness students are added to the waitlist on a first-come-first-served basis. There are no exceptions. You may sign up to be on the waitlist by filling out the registration form and selecting which class you would like to participate in. If the class is full, you will automatically be added to the waitlist.
More detailed information can be found in our Student/Parent Handbook.