CASTING POLICY: The Directing Team will do its best to include everyone who auditions for Bring it On 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 to help us share this story, including backstage.
PRODUCTION FEES: After auditions, students are expected to pay their production fees ($65) before the end of the Mandatory Parent/Guardian Meeting on January 31st. 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 rehearsals Tuesday - Thursday 8 am - 9:30 am. Monday - Thursday from 4:30 pm -5:30 pm. Featured Ensemble Company members may have rehearsals 2+ times a week. Tech Crew Members will be expected to be at rehearsals Thursdays after school and Saturday mornings.
STAGING REHEARSALS: Lead and Featured Acting Companies are called on February 1st and 2nd from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm to stage the entire production.
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. We are taking this very seriously for this production and will have the ability for students to purchase spirit wear right away.
WEEKEND REHEARSALS: IF a Student is called, they are expected to attend Saturday Rehearsals: February 11th - 9am - 12pm - Jackson Dance Team Only February 18th, 9am - 1pm - Build Day (Tech Crew Only) February 18th, 9am - 12pm - Jackson Dance Team February 25th, 9am - 1pm - Build Day (Tech Crew Only) February 25th, 9am - 12pm - Jackson Dance Team March 11th, 9am - 1pm - Build Day (Tech Crew Only) March 11th, 9am - 12pm - Jackson Dance Team March 18th, 9am - 1pm - Build Day (Tech Crew Only) March 18th, 9am - 4pm - Bring it On at Your Door - Entire Company March 25th, 9am - 1pm - Build Day (Tech Crew Only) - LOAD IN April 15th - 9am - 5pm - Cue to Cue - Lead Actors and Lighting Designers Only April 22nd - 9am - 1pm - Dance Polishing
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 17th - 4:30 - 8:00 - Scene Change Rehearsal (if you are involved in a scene change) April 18th - 4:30 - 7:00 - Microphone Rehearsal (if you have a microphone) April 19th - 4:30 - 7:00 - Run Act 1 April 20th - 4:30 - 7:00 - Run Act 2 April 24th - 4:30 - 9:00 - Dress Rehearsal Run Act 1 (parents invited to observe) April 25th - 4:30 - 9:00 - Dress Rehearsal Run Act 2 April 26th - 4:30 - 8:00 - Fixes (parents invited to observe) April 27th - 4:30 - 9:00 - Run Show
WEEK OFF: For students to rest before performing, and to allow students the opportunity to prepare for AP Tests, we will be taking off of rehearsal from May 1st - May 4th. PERFORMANCES: All students must be at all performances. May 5th at 7 pm May 6th at 2 pm May 6th at 7 pm May 12th at 7 pm May 13th at 2 pm May 13th at 7 pm
FUNDRAISING: Students must participate in the “Tag Day” fundraiser on March 25th. However, this is at no cost to you. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to sell advertisements for the show, including Senior Star Pages and Shout Outs. However, this is not required.
MANDATORY PARENT MEETINGS: Parents must attend the Mandatory Parent Meetings on January 31st from 7 - 8 pm. Not attending will result in a $25 fine from the Booster Organization. Mark this date on your calendars now. You will receive an invoice immediately following the parent meeting should you not attend. There will be additional opportunities for you to observe rehearsals throughout the process.
PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN VOLUNTEERING: Parents must volunteer at least two 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.
LEAVING THE COMPANY: Students who drop out of the company will not be cast in the Fall 2023 production, including class productions.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students may only miss one (1) rehearsal, and the absence MUST accompany a doctor’s note. Missing the 2nd rehearsal may result in immediate dismissal from the company without refunding production fees. Additionally, students who are not present at rehearsal will not be staged or choreographed into the scenes they’ve missed. If a student is also participating in Dance outside of School or a Sport, please inform the directing team so they can work out a schedule for you.
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 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 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 students who need attention from the doctor must receive that as soon as possible.
FAVORITISM AND PRECASTING POLICY: Under no circumstances does ROCK RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS play favorites or pre-cast any productions. The philosophy of ROCK RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS is that every child, whether 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 determined by something other than what a student has done for ROCK RIDGE PERFORMING ARTS in the past. However, 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. 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 do our best to ensure 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 and 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 $65. With the production fee, you will also receive one (1) free production t-shirt for your child. Suppose 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. In that case, 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 fee reduction due to economic hardship. Please notify Dianne Mercil at firstname.lastname@example.org and obtain a form on our main webpage. All requests will remain confidential.
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