INVOICE POLICY: In order to audition, all outstanding invoices must be paid in full before January 6th. If you are not sure if you have an outstanding invoice, please see Mr. CJ or Miss Hess.
CASTING POLICY: There is at least one all-inclusive school production each year. This year’s all-inclusive productions were Peter Pan, Johnny Vet, and Legally Blonde. For the production of BIG FISH, the Directing Team may not include everyone who auditions. Students who audition for an acting role might not be cast, but if they express interest in other areas, they may interview to be a part of build crew, a design team, or run crew in January.
PRODUCTION FEES: After auditions, students are expected to pay their production fees through the registration system by January 12th. 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 and will therefore not be officially invited to be a part of the company.
REHEARSALS: The Company will be expected to attend all rehearsals Monday - Thursday from 4pm - 6pm and Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8am - 9am.
REHEARSAL CLOTHES POLICY: Performers must only wear RRPA Gear to all rehearsals. They must be in appropriate movement clothes. Movement clothes include sweats, jogging pants, shorts, yoga pants, t-shirts, and tank tops. Students not in appropriate gear will be sent home with an unexcused absence. Tech crew students are required to wear pants and closed toe shoes for all tech crew rehearsals.
WEEKEND REHEARSALS: ALL Students are expected to attend all weekend rehearsals and build days.
Saturday, February 22nd 9am-1pm
Sunday, March 29th 9am - 9pm
Should a student miss any portion of a weekend or holiday build/tech day that was not listed on the audition form conflict page, the student will lose performances.
HOLIDAY REHEARSALS: There will be two holiday rehearsals, these are mandatory:
March 3rd: 9am - 12pm
April 4th: 9am - 9pm
Additionally, should a student have a conflict with a rehearsal due to a religious observance, please list it as a conflict at the time of submission of this form.
TECHNICAL REHEARSALS: ALL students are required to be at ALL TECH REHEARSALS for the full time.
April 13th - April 16th: 4PM - 7PM
April 20th - 23rd: 4pm - 9pm
PICK UP REHEARSALS: There are no pick up rehearsals for this production.
PERFORMANCES: All students must be at all performances.
April 24th @ 7pm
April 25th @ 2pm
April 25th @ 7pm
April 30th @ 7pm
May 1st @ 7pm
May 2nd @ 2pm
May 2nd @ 7pm
Students are called three (3) hours before each production unless otherwise indicated on the calendar. Any student who misses a performance will not be allowed to audition for the first 20-21 production, unless it was noted their audition form and accepted by the directors as an excused absence.
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:
Sell three flats of planters flowers OR
Pay a $75 opt out fee OR
Secure a NEW Sponsor for the playbill.
Money will be due by March 1st. Any students not participating in fundraising may be suspended from the company until the fees are paid.
In addition to the previously listed information, students will be required to participate in “Big Fish At Your Door” on March 28th.
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 an 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 volunteering for a parent opt out fee of $100. If you wish to opt-out, please indicate on this form, and you will be invoiced accordingly.
ADJUDICATIONS: This production is being screened by the CAPPIES Critics on April 25th at 7pm. Should we be selected to perform at the Cappies Gala, please make sure to be prepared for rehearsal on: May 31st with a rehearsal on May 30th.
LEAVING THE COMPANY: Students who drop out of the company, will not be cast in the 2020 - 2021 Season. Therefore, should you be cast, you agree to be a part of the process until we officially close the show. In the event of an emergency please speak to the directing team. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students may only miss one (1) rehearsal, and a doctor’s note MUST be accompanied with the absence. Missing a 2nd rehearsal may result in immediate dismissal from the company with no refund of production fees. 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 exhaustions. 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 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. 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 a 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 $125. With the production fee, you will also receive one (1) free production t-shirt for your child. Production Fees should be paid by January 12th and students will not be officially cast until production fees are received. 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 Dianne Mercil at Dianne.Mercil@lcps.org and obtain a form on the Rock Ridge High School main webpage. All requests will remain confidential.
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.