HOME STUDY- To ensure that students feel confident about their performance, encourage them to rehearse their recital choreography on a regular basis. Check with your child’s instructor for a copy of their music.
COSTUMES - We spend many hours determining costumes that are age-appropriate & of the highest quality possible. Generally, students will need one costume for each subject they train in. Costumes usually include all accessories (hats, gloves, tights, etc.).
PAYMENT - To ensure that costumes are delivered in time for studio photos, orders are placed during the Thanksgiving Recess. Costume manufacturers do not accept cancellations or offer refunds; therefore the studio does not refund costume deposits. Costume payments are due November 15, 2014. There will be a “late order” placed on February 1, 2015, but additional shipping charges will be incurred. Positively NO COSTUMES will be ordered after that date.
Parents accept full responsibility for all expenses, including surcharges & postage for costumes that are ordered late.
SIZING - Each child will be measured to determine proper costume size in November, during scheduled class time. You will be required to sign a confirmation form indicating the day(s) your child will perform (June 15, 16, or both). If you wish a larger or smaller size ordered, you can make adjustments on this form; however, your signature indicates that you take full responsibility for any costume alterations.
DISTRIBUTION - Costumes will be distributed when the studio receives them. Students should not wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to the photo session, dress rehearsal, or performance. It is wise to wear "junkie" tights for rehearsal.
WITHDRAWAL- NO REFUNDS will be made if a child withdraws from Perrysburg Academy after costumes have been ordered & prior to the recital. Parents may pick up the purchased costumes during normal business hours. Costumes not claimed by June 15 will be donated to charity.
COSTUME EXPENSE - The estimated cost of costumes (which includes accessories & usually tights) is $55.00 for child sizes and $65.00 for adult sizes. Any special orders, including extra-large sizes will require an additional charge. These charges are the sole responsibility of the parent. Shoes are not included in the cost. PURCHASING A COSTUME DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOUR CHILD WILL PERFORM, UNLESS THEY ATTEND 5 OF THE LAST 6 CLASSES BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE.
COSTUME CARE -Place your child’s name in all costumes, shoes, accessories, and tights. Place costumes in a garment bag with your child’s name on the outside. Tutus should be hung upside down on a pants hanger. Pack accessories in a clear plastic bag with your child’s name on the bag & each item. Hats should be stored in a hat box to prevent damage. Do not wash costumes in the washing machine; Hand wash or dry clean them only (AFTER THE RECITAL)!
ALTERATIONS - Although rare, if alterations are needed they will be the sole responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian.
TIGHTS - Tights are included with most costumes, however, having a second pair offers students and parents a great sense of security! Do not wear your recital tights before the dress rehearsal or performance. It is a good idea to wear a “junkie” pair for dress rehearsal!
SHOES - Parents are responsible to purchase the proper color and style for each class.
PICTURE PROGRAM - A souvenir picture program is published with a group photo of every class. You are welcome to place an individual photo of your child in a 1/4 page ad. Cost is $35.00. These programs are available ($5.00) by presale only. Parents placing a picture ad will receive a complimentary program. A general, simple program is available free of charge at the performance.
PRE-PLANNING - The recital isn’t a one-day activity. Gather costumes, accessories, shoes, and make-up several days in advance so you’ll know if something is missing or isn’t right. Make a checklist of your child’s routines, listing their costumes, tights, shoes, and any accessories, and refer to it to make sure you have all your supplies before going to the theater.
Bring at least 1 pair of tights of each color, Also bring extra hair stuff (pins, elastics, nets, spray, etc). Other handy extras include Baby wipes, Baby powder, safety pins, Clear nail polish, Pain reliever of choice, Band-aids, Dryer sheets, etc.
DRESS REHEARSAL - The dress rehearsal allows the student to become familiar with the auditorium & feel comfortable with their performance, costumes, and being on the stage. Lighting, music cues, & all other logistics for an organized & professional performance are rehearsed so that the student makes the best impression possible. Participation in the dress rehearsal is mandatory. I run an organized and timely dress rehearsal. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled rehearsal time. Students should arrive in their first performance costume. Dancers will be free to leave once they have completed all routines & their instructor has dismissed them.
DRESSING ROOM ETIQUETTE - Students must respect other students’ space & property in the dressing rooms. Dancers will spend more time in the dressing rooms than onstage, so do your best to keep them organized & clean. NO food or drink (except bottled water) is allowed in the dressing room.
RECITAL DROP-OFF & PICK-UP - Parents should bring the dancers to the stage door, and those under age 10 can be escorted to their dressing room, where they will be checked in and placed under the supervision of their class mom(s). Parents are not allowed in the dressing room after a child has been checked in.
RECITAL TICKET POLICY - All studio accounts must be paid in full before any family may purchase recital tickets. All tickets are reserved seating and cost $10.00 each. Tickets go on sale May 23, 2015. There are NO refunds or exchanges on tickets.
FINALE - All students are required to participate in the finale, which will be rehearsed during the last month of classes. We will rehearse the finale at the pizza parties and NOT during our dress rehearsal.
AUDITORIUM RULES - Plan to arrive EARLY as traffic into the theater can be backed up. We start ON TIME so if you are late you will not be seated until a pause in the show (for latecomers). Rude and disrespectful theater patrons will not be permitted to remain at Perrysburg Academy. No eating, drinking, or smoking is allowed in the auditorium.
BACKSTAGE - Dancers will remain with their class moms during the recital when they are not on stage. Family members do not belong backstage or in the dressing rooms during dress rehearsal or recital. The same applies after the show. There is a lot of backstage activity in a limited space, and dressing rooms need to be kept private. Please remind your family & guests to be respectful of these areas. Those who wish to greet a performer after the show or present flowers, should do so in the lobby areas.
RECITAL VOLUNTEER INFORMATION - Anyone interested in volunteering to help backstage is welcome. All volunteers must abide by the policies set forth by Perrysburg Academy of the Performing Arts, and work in a cooperative manner. Please do not bring guests, including younger children, with you while you are volunteering.
Dancers age 8 and younger who have a costume change, must have a parent working backstage for one recital night.
RECITAL MISC. - If your child suffers an injury (from soccer, dance, bike riding...whatever) or has a schedule change that prevents them from fully participating in at least 5 of the last 6 classes, we will offer you a full refund on any recital tickets that you have purchased as well as pro-rating your lessons for the final pay period. Costumes, however, are NOT refundable.
Dancers who do not attend at least 5 of the last 6 classes will only be allowed to participate with teacher approval.
Important Recital Reminders!
Parents & Students-To help you with final details, please note the following:
1. Girls, NO UNDERWEAR is to be worn under your costume. Would you wear underwear beneath your bathing suit? Why not? "BECAUSE IT WILL SHOW" and it will be hanging out under your costume as well.
2. All hair must be in a bun and that bun MUST BE FLAT and secured with hairnets. We have a video on our youtube channel (www.youtube.com/PerrysburgAcademy) to help you.
4. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of schedule for your dress rehearsal.
5. Parking at MHS can be a nightmare. Please plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to showtime. It would be smart to carpool as well. Also, stay off the Anthony Wayne Trail when traveling to Maumee High School. It is nearly impossible to make a left turn onto Key Street. Take an alternate route to assure a timely arrival.
6. Lastly, let us all remember theater manners and etiquette. PLEASE DRESS UP. Let your child know that they are important enough to you to wear more than jeans and a tee shirt. Celebrate after the show with your dancer, even if it is something as simple as ice cream! This is an important and special night in your child's life.