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CTA

GUIDELINES

CONNECT THEATRE ARTS  CODE OF CONDUCT

 

First and foremost, Connect Theatre Arts is a Christ-centered community. All of our class days and rehearsals start with devotions and prayer. Our leaders are Christian in belief and our hope is to always show Christ's love in all that we do. 

You do not have to be of Christian belief to participate at Connect Theatre Arts, however, all of our meetings are Christian faith based and we teach Biblical principles at different points during all of our times together. We believe Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life and do not leave room for discussion here.

Connect Theatre Arts is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of our students, patrons, volunteers, and staff. To ensure safety and comfort for all, we expect all individuals to act in a mature and responsible way that respects the rights and dignity of others as well as portrays a Christlike attitude. This applies to all staff, students, parents, family members, and guests.

 

Our code of conduct does not permit language or action that can hurt or frighten another person or that is not aligned with a Christ like manner. This applies to all individuals: students, parents, audience members and any other people coming in contact with Connect Theatre Arts. We reserve the right to dismiss students/families/patrons that are not behaving in a Christ like manner during any CTA class, rehearsal, communication method, camp or event.

 

Specifically, this includes:

  • Angry or vulgar language, including swearing, name-calling and shouting

  • Showing disrespect for our staff, leaders, venue staff or venue location.

  • Physical contact with another person in an angry or threatening way or physical contact without permission. Students will be reminded at every rehearsal to "keep their hands to themselves."

  • Any public display of affection between dating couples

  • Talk or focus on attraction, flirting, dating etc. with other cast members

  • Harassment or intimidation with words, gestures, body language or other menacing behaviors.

  • Behavior which intends to or results in the theft or destruction of property. Behavior that includes a student disrespecting property or director's rules about boundaries. E.g. messes not cleaned up, sprinklers, fire alarms or sound equipment being touched. If a student destroys property within the church or building CTA is rehearsing in, parents may be liable to the church/business for any damage incurred.

  • Carrying or concealing weapons or devices that may be used as weapons.

  • Any speech or demonstration of sexual activity or sexual contact. 

  • Talk/Action of alcohol, drugs, sexuality, violence, smoking/vaping or inappropriate entertainment choices.

  • Bullying

All reported violations will be investigated, and violations of the code of conduct will result in dismissal from our programs, without exception. Students will be dismissed from class/camp for behavioral reasons at the director's discretion. Parents will be notified immediately. No refunds will be given.

 

Dress Code

Our dress code at CTA is very important to us. Surprisingly enough, theatre class and rehearsals can get very active! We've been known to jump off of platforms, roll on the floor, crawl across the stage, hang upside down dramatically, rehearse around instruments, cords and equipment...etc.  It's very important that your student is dressed appropriately for our class/rehearsal activity. Here is a run down of our dress code for you to be able to refer to quickly: 

CTA's basic dress code is: 

  • Jeans (denim without excessive holes), a normal sized t-shirt (no crops or midi length, no pictures that are inappropriate for children--bands, weapons etc.) and tennis shoes (no slip off shoes of any kind)

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  • Loose track pants/sweats (no leggings, no pajamasand a normal sized t-shirt, and tennis shoes 

  • There will be no leniency in this area.

DRESS CODE POLICY

Connect Theatre Arts has a dress code for class and rehearsals that all students are required to follow. Here is our protocol for handling outfits that break dress code:

  • FIRST TIME A STUDENT BREAKS DRESS CODE: Parents will be notified. If the outfit is going to hinder the student's participation in class/rehearsal, parents will be called and given the opportunity to bring suitable clothing OR the student will sit out of activities during class/rehearsal time.

  • SECOND TIME A STUDENT BREAKS DRESS CODE: Parents will be called to come and pick up student or bring them a change of clothes appropriate for active play in class.

  • THIRD TIME A STUDENT BREAKS DRESS CODE: If a student shows up in clothes that break dress code a third time, the student will be dismissed from class/production. Parents will be called to come get them. 

Students with Special Needs

Unfortunately, at this time, Connect Theatre Arts is not equipped with teachers trained to work with special needs children. This is definitely something we hope to provide in the future, but at the moment, we are unable to accommodate special needs children in the manner in which they deserve.

Contacting Your Child

Students are not permitted to use electronic devices, including cell phones, during class. If cell phones are taken out during class time, they will be collected by a teacher and returned to the student at the end of class. If phones become an issue during class time, parents will be asked to not send phones with their student.

If you have an emergency and need to reach your student, you may call/text our director or teacher of your child's class. Class/camp director, teacher and assistants’ cell numbers will be given in pre-class information.

 

CTA's class, rehearsal and performance times are for students and teachers only. If the class/camp permits, there will be a "Parent Day/Night" where parents will get to view their students working in class and take some pictures when applicable. Parents are not allowed backstage during performances or pre-performance time.

No one but church staff and CTA staff is allowed inside the building during rehearsals. There is not a waiting area for parents/siblings inside the building during rehearsal/class/camp hours. Parents may wait in their cars on the premises/parking lot, but all classes are "drop off" in nature. Once all students are inside the building, the doors will be locked unless church staff is still in office. In case of emergency, parents need merely to knock on the front doors. Directors and assistants can always be reached by cell phones during class times for emergencies as well.

 

Discipline Policy

Positive attitude and cooperation of all students is vital to the success of everything we do at CTA, and therefore any disruptive or violent behavior will not be tolerated in our programs. Connect Theatre Arts reserves the right to determine who is or is not suitable for our programs and will take all measures to provide a safe and constructive learning environment.

 

We support a “second chances” behavior policy; however, we reserve a zero tolerance policy regarding violence. In the case of violent behavior, parents will immediately be contacted to pick up the child. The child’s future in our program will be thoroughly discussed between the directors and parents. However, no future attendance guarantees are made.

 

If a child disrupts class, he or she is given a warning by the instructor or assistant.

The second warning will result in an in-class time out. Parents will be notified of the child’s situation and reminded of the second chance behavior policy.

If the problematic behavior continues, parents will be contacted and the student will be dismissed from classes/camp. There is no tuition refund for children who are dismissed from camps or classes.

 

Bullying

Bullying is when one or more children (the bully/ies) target a child (the victim) in a manner that a reasonable person would know that the bully’s action will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming the victim, damaging their property or insulting/demeaning the victim.

 

Connect Theatre Arts has a zero tolerance policy pertaining to physical actions against others, stealing, bullying, and disrespect for staff and property. These actions are disruptive and result in negative experiences for fellow students. CTA reserves the right to suspend or terminate a student's participation at any time for failure to adhere to the rules and values of our program. Complaints of bullying should be directed to the program directors as soon as possible, by phone or email. As best as possible, please include information of the time, place, current activity, the bullying event, the names/descriptions of bully or bullies, and any witnesses.

 

Parents

All parents/guardians/family are expected to treat our CTA staff, venue staff, other families, and other CTA members with respect at all times. It is important that our students' parents and family members lead by example when it comes to respecting our staff and being cooperative. If family members behave in a disrespectful manner toward our staff, their student will be dismissed.

Refunds

A refund, minus the enrollment fee, will be issued if the student drops the class/camp more than two weeks prior to class start date. A full refund will only be issued if the class is canceled by Connect Theatre Arts. Where possible, refund will be made by the original payment method, or by check.

If you cancel your registration with no less than the required notice, no refund or credit will be given.

Classes will not be prorated and no other refunds or tuition transfers will apply or be offered.

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Sick Policy

  • Please keep your student home if he/she has had a fever within the last 72 hours.

  • Please keep your student home if he/she has vomited within the last 72 hours.

  • If your student is sneezing, coughing or having a runny nose or eyes, please keep them home from rehearsal.

  • Due to COVID-19, there are times we will be checking all students’ temperatures at drop off. Students higher than 101 degrees will not be allowed to stay. If your family has had possible exposure to COVID-19, please do not bring your child to class/rehearsal.

  • All students are welcome to bring and wear masks in class/rehearsal.

  • COVID testing may be required for students to return to class/production if they are showing any COVID symptoms.

 

Expectations Of Our Students

  • We expect all CTA students to behave in a Christlike manner, not only when in rehearsals, but outside of class time as well.

  • We expect all CTA students to respect all directors and assistants as well as each other.

  • We expect all CTA students to have cooperative attitudes and teachable spirits.

  • CTA students are expected to help pick up after rehearsals

  • CTA students are expected to stay and help clean up after productions until the job is done. No one is dismissed until clean up is complete after productions.

  • All students must remain in the theatre or classroom area at all times. Students may not leave the area without permission from the director or assistant(s). If parents want their child to walk to the car after rehearsal instead of being escorted out by a parent, this information needs to be provided in a note to the director complete with parent signature before this action can take place.

  • No guests are allowed at rehearsals.

Production Expectations

  • All students in productions will be expected to follow all Code of Conduct rules. A students' dismissal from a production due to theirs or their family's behavioral issues will be at the director's discretion. No production fees will be refunded.

  • When students audition, their assigned role will be given by our staff. Our directors are trained in placing students in roles that will give the student the opportunity to excel. Experience and maturity is also taken into consideration. Roles/Placement in our productions are non-negotiable. If students or families disagree with their role placement, they may exit the production. No refund will be given.

  • Students are expected to arrive on time to rehearsals and remain until they are dismissed. 2 late arrivals to class equals 1 absence.

  • Students in a production will be required to memorize their lines by the off book date which will be announced at the first rehearsal. If a student is struggling to memorize their lines the director will speak with them as the off book date approaches. Extra individual Saturday/Sunday rehearsals may be required for the student. If lines are not memorized by the off book date the student may be replaced by another actor. If this results in the student not having a role in the play no refunds will be given. 

  • All students will be given a script. If the script is lost there will be a $15 printing fee charged for a new script (if a new one can be made)

  • All students and parents will need to sign a production contract before production rehearsals begin.

  • When a production is over, all students in the cast are required to stay after the show and help clean up the church building. This includes wiping tables down and tearing down tables and chairs, vacuuming all rooms and the stage, cleaning bathrooms, loading set and costumes and returning the church building and stage to the condition it was in before tech week. The more help we get from parents, the faster we get out of the building, however, no students are dismissed until clean up is complete. This can take anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours depending on the help received.

  • Production Teams' attendance is crucial. Students involved in a production are allowed 2 absences that may not be taken during tech week. Tech week rehearsals are MANDATORY. 2 late arrivals to class equals ONE ABSENCE.

  • For performances, students will be required to wear a costume chosen by the director. Respectful, cooperative attitudes are expected from all actors. They will also have to wear makeup and have their hair styled for their specific role. These actions are not optional and are part of every production for every student. 

  • It is important that actors and families list any rehearsal attendance conflicts AT AUDITIONS. Many times, these can be worked with by our directors. 

COVID-19 

  • During high infection times, students must wear a mask IN to rehearsal every week for temperature check. We will notify you if masks need to be worn. Temperatures will be checked at the door. If the student's temperature is 100 or above, they will not be allowed to stay for rehearsal that evening.

  • Students will go straight to the bathrooms to wash hands before entering the rehearsal area.

  • Yukon Church has spaced seating out in their church so that students are social distanced while seated.

  • As of 7/2022 masks are optional once students are checked in. This is subject to change. We will notify you if masks become mandatory for certain parts of rehearsal. 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all times during rehearsals. Students are welcome to bring their own and keep it in their bag.

  • We will not be having a "snack time" so students may not bring food with them.

  • Students need to bring a water bottle with them each week and keep it with their bag at their chair. We will not be utilizing the water fountains.

  • If COVID-19 exposure is reported, parents need to know that a protocol is in place that will involve canceling one or two rehearsals until situation has proven safe to return. In most cases, a COVID test will be required in order to return to class/rehearsals. This will not be up for discussion.

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