CASTING POLICY: The Directing Team will include everyone who auditions for Matilda in the production; however, not all students will be placed in an on-stage acting role. Some students may be placed in various other roles that will help us share this story, including backstage.
PRODUCTION FEES: After auditions, students are expected to pay their production fees before January 15th. The fee is evidence of accepting a role in the production. If a student does not pay the production fee, we will assume they have dropped participation.
REHEARSALS: Lead Roles, Featured Roles, and Lead Ensemble Company will be expected to attend all rehearsals Monday - Thursday from 4pm - 6pm and Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8am - 9am from 2/7 through 4/15. Featured Ensemble Company members may have rehearsals 3+ times a week. Tech Crew Members will be expected to be at rehearsals Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays after school.
STAGING REHEARSALS: Lead Acting Company is called for February 22, 23, 24 for staging/blocking rehearsals from 4pm-7:00pm.
REHEARSAL CLOTHES POLICY: Students must only wear RRPA Gear to all rehearsals. They must wear approved appropriate movement clothes. Movement clothes include sweats, jogging pants, shorts, yoga pants, t-shirts, and tank tops.
WEEKEND REHEARSALS: ALL Students are expected to attend all Saturday Rehearsals: February 26th from 9am - 4pm - ENTIRE COMPANY March 12th from 9am - 5pm - ENTIRE COMPANY March 26th from 9am - 5pm - ENTIRE COMPANY April 2nd from 9am - 9pm - ENTIRE COMPANY
HOLIDAY REHEARSALS: There will be no holiday rehearsals.
TECHNICAL REHEARSALS: ALL students are required to be at ALL TECH REHEARSALS for the full time: April 19th - 4pm - 7pm April 20th - 4pm - 7pm April 21st - 4pm - 7pm April 25th - 4pm - 9pm April 26th - 4pm - 9pm April 27th - 4pm - 9pm April 28th - 4pm - 9pm
PICK UP REHEARSALS: May 4th, 4pm - 6:30pm
PERFORMANCES: All students must be at all performances unless given express permission before the Cast and TDP List is posted. April 29th at 7pm, 30th, at 2pm and 7pm, May 5th at 7pm, 6th at 7pm, 7th at 2pm and 7pm. Students are called three (3) hours before each production unless otherwise indicated on the calendar.
FUNDRAISING: Students must participate in all fundraising activities associated with the production or pay the opt-out fundraising fee. For our spring production, you will be required to either:
secure one advertisement or sponsor at $75+ sell 3 Flats of Flowers sell 3 Boxes of Chocolates or pay a $75 opt-out fee. In addition to the previously listed information, students will be required to participate in “Matilda At Your Door” on March 26th. Should a student not be able to participate, they will be billed $75.
MANDATORY PARENT MEETINGS: Parents must attend the Mandatory Parent Meetings on February 1st from 7 pm - 9 pm and April 25th from 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Not attending will result in a $25 fine per meeting. Mark these on your calendars now. You will receive an invoice immediately following the parent meeting. There will be additional opportunities for you to observe rehearsals throughout the process.
PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN VOLUNTEERING: Parents must volunteer at least 2 times throughout the process. Not volunteering will result in a $50 fine per volunteer missed. You will receive an invoice at the end of the process. All fees must be paid before participating in additional production. Any outstanding invoices at the end of the year will be sent to the Front Office for collection.
PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN OPT-OUT: You may choose to opt-out of all parent meetings and volunteer for a parent opt-out fee of $150.
ADJUDICATIONS: This production will be adjudicated for the National Youth Arts Awards.
LEAVING THE COMPANY: Students who drop out of the company, will not be cast in the fall 2022 production.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students may only miss one (1) rehearsal, and a doctor’s note MUST be accompanied by the absence. If a student is tested for Covid, they must present a negative test. If a student misses more than 1 rehearsal due to illness, it will be excused as 1 absence, but must be accompanied by a doctor's note. Missing the 2nd rehearsal may result in immediate dismissal from the company with no refund of production fees. Additionally, students who are not present at rehearsal will not be staged or choreographed into the scenes they’ve missed.
NOTES FROM DIRECTORS: Throughout this process, the students will receive both constructive criticism and positive notes from the directing team. Please remember these notes are not a reflection of how the directing team feels about your specific child, nor are they intended to “bully” your child, rather they are a tool to push them to the best of their abilities. There will be days that rehearsals are hard, and students will need to come home to express their frustrations and exhaustion. As parents, we ask that you help us and teach perseverance and positive professionalism both onstage and off. Should you have any concerns about the rehearsal process or notes, please contact Miss Hess, Mr. CJ, or Mr. Markwood directly to set up a parent conference. Your child will not be penalized for requesting a parent conference.
SICK NOTES: When a child is sick, please take your child to the doctor. When an athlete receives an injury, you take them to the doctor, so they may heal quickly and play again. Actors’ tools are their mind and body including voice, throat, nasal cavities, chest, and diaphragm. Any illness will result in the performer’s inability to be successful onstage and off. Therefore it is critical that students who need attention from the doctor receive that attention as soon as possible.
FAVORITISM AND PRECASTING POLICY: Under no circumstances does ROCK RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS play favorites or pre-cast any productions. It is the philosophy of ROCK RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS that every child, whether they are new to the program or a seasoned veteran, has a place in the theatre program. Students are cast or placed based on their audition and ability to work well with others. Casting and placement decisions are not determined by what a student has done for ROCK RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS in the past, although behavior in previous productions may be considered. Casting and placement decisions are also not determined by what a student has done for any other arts education/community theatre organization in the past. Additionally, students are not cast based on what their parents/legal guardians do for the company. An audition is a clean slate for all students and we truly do our best to ensure that every child has a place in ROCK RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS. This policy is strictly enforced. There will be a panel of auditors helping cast all productions as well as a detailed audition rubric that a student may ask to see at the end of the audition process through consultation between teacher, parent, and student.
FEES AND EXPENSES: Just as athletics, marching band, and clubs have participation/athletic/production fees, so does Rock Ridge Performing Arts. These fees help cover the costs of your child’s costumes, props, set pieces, special make-up, etc. It does not cover everything, and additional expenses may incur throughout the process. Production Fees are $100. With the production fee, you will also receive one (1) free production t-shirt for your child. If you are dismissed from the production due to failure to follow the policies and expectations of RRPA or decide to leave the production on your own, there will be NO full or partial refund of any production fees and/or expenses, including but not limited to production fees, tickets, t-shirts, dvds, field trips, tech week meals, etc. Per school board policy 4-2, a student/family may request a reduction in fees due to economic hardship. Please notify Soraya Ramirez at email@example.com and obtain a form on our main webpage. All requests will remain confidential.
INVOICE POLICY: In order to audition, all outstanding invoices must be paid in full before December 10th. If you are not sure if you have an outstanding invoice, please see Mr. CJ or Miss Hess.
SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE: It is very important that students and parents promote our productions within the community through social media platforms. Particularly, Facebook brings in a large portion of our local community, and other social media posts impact our high school demographics. As a part of this, students should be aware that any posts they make of RRPA rehearsals and performances should be positive and professional in regards to the program and any members of the company. Posts should be appropriate and reflect the best of our students and company. If inappropriate posts or posts that make students feel uncomfortable, exposed, or bullied are brought to the attention of the directing team, we will address it within the company and with school administration as necessary. Student safety is of paramount importance to RRPA staff and therefore we have zero tolerance policy for bullying, sexual harassment, or other behaviors that impact student well-being.