What changes have been made to the Wolf Theatre Academy this year?
The Pluss Theatre camps, offering programming to campers sixth grade and younger, have moved over to Camp Shai for Summer 2020. Click here to view their offerings.
Can my student miss a day of class/performance?
Students enrolled in Mainstage Performance/Technical Apprenticeship (6 – 12 grade), should plan to attend all rehearsals and performances. Extensive absences may result in the reduction or elimination of a student’s performance responsibilities. Students who will miss even a single performance of a production should not register for the class. Performances are mandatory. Acting students who miss one day of any performance class for any reason, including illness, may be re-cast at the instructor’s discretion. We are unable to fully engage students that plan to miss a performance.
Will my student have rehearsal on summer holidays and weekends?
Families planning activities or trips should not sign up for a production workshop if it conflicts with their plans. Please read the class descriptions carefully, as most workshops list mandatory attendance for Sunday rehearsals and performances including Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21).
How do auditions work? How should my student prepare?
Mainstage Production Workshops hold auditions on the first day of class. For the musicals, students will be taught a musical number (or numbers) and dance combination with songs from the show. They may also be asked to do some “cold readings” from the script. Cold-readings are read straight from the script with very little, or no, preparation time in class. The Shakespeare production will only require readings from the script – no preparation is required. While we do not expect students to prepare ahead of time, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the show as much as possible. To that end, digital versions of the scripts will be sent in advance of the first day of the workshop. Please note that the director reserves the right to alter the script during the rehearsal process.
For the musicals, students will be taught a musical number and dance combination with a song from the show. While we do not expect students to prepare ahead of time, some students prepare for the possibility of singing particular numbers. all students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the show as much as possible. Since the directors will chose the audition piece to be used, we cannot guarantee that the student will be able to audition with a piece they have worked on. Please note that the director reserves the right to alter the script during the rehearsal process.
How is the show cast?
We make every effort to ensure that all youth are engaged by the collaborative effort needed to put on a play through rehearsing, observing, and independent studying. Some children, especially those who have less theatrical experience, or who are on the younger end of the scale, may initially be disappointed with their casting. Parents should understand that even if a child is disappointed with his or her casting, tuition cannot be refunded. We cannot promise specific parts to any student, and no student should expect a leading role or preferential treatment in any production. All of our directors are given the professional courtesy of casting the productions as they see fit. This is a subjective determination based on their experience, the composition of actors assembled, the specific needs of the play, and the outcome on the day of auditions.