Q: What classes will be offered?
A: Campers entering 1st to 8th grades next fall will have 3-4 classes per day including acting, dance, voice, and improv from some of the area’s best teachers. High school students will have one teacher who will lead them in producing a one-act play. Campers will participate in auditions, rehearsals, character development, as well as costume and set construction in preparation for the play throughout the two weeks. A description of all classes to be offered will be posted on our website soon.
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Q: Previous camps included singing lessons with campers learning songs from popular musicals. Will this be included in this year’s camp?
A: Because of ongoing concerns over droplets and aerosols spreading COVID, activities involving singing and loud vocal transmission have been curtailed for now. Instead, TCT is planning to offer voice lessons in stage presence, monologue presentation, music theory, ear training, and more. This may change if conditions improve and medical experts indicate that singing is safe under certain conditions.
Q: Will there be a Camp Showcase on the last day of camp for campers to show parents what they learned?
A: Yes, we will have Showcase! Depending on circumstances at the time, it may be a bit different from previous years, but we know how important it is for the campers to show off all they learned and for parents to see their talented kids shine!
Q: What COVID safeguards will be put in place?
A: As of March 8, 2021, TCT has outlined several safeguards in place to prevent the spread of any illnesses, including reduced class sizes, wearing face masks indoors, restricted engagement between classes, contactless drop-off and pick-up, social distancing within classes, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, symptom checks, and eating snack outdoors whenever possible.
Please keep in mind that these may change depending on levels of community spread and under direction from medical experts as we approach camp dates. Prior to attending camp, you will receive an update detailing protocols we will follow during camp. All campers must agree to follow the rules and procedures and will need to sign an acknowledgment and liability waiver. Campers who fail to follow the rules may be sent home early and may not be allowed to return to camp.
Q: Will my camper need a negative COVID test to attend camp?
A: At this time, we are not requiring negative tests but that could change depending on levels of community spread and under direction from medical experts as we approach camp dates.
Q: How do I register?
A: All registration is online this year to ensure first-come first-admitted. Registrations can be easily made on our website http://tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.net/summer-camp-2021 You must complete one form for each child you are registering.
Q: When do I know if my child’s registration has been accepted?
A: You will receive an email confirming your child’s placement in camp within a week of submitting your registration. If your child’s class is full, you will receive an email stating that he/she has been placed on a waitlist.
Q: Where and when do I pay?
A: After receiving an email confirming your child’s placement in camp, you can pay the camp fee. All payments will be made online this year. Payment can be made via 2 options:
· Send $300 to our Venmo account: tuscaloosa-childrenstheatre
· Use a credit card to pay via PayPal (5% credit card processing fee added shown as shipping fee = $310 total when using PayPal). To make your payment via PayPal, go to http://tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.net/summer-camp-2021 and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Payments must be made by June 12, 2021 to continue to secure your spot. Failure to pay by this deadline may forfeit your camper’s enrollment.
Q: What happens if my child’s class is full and he/she is placed on a waitlist?
A: In the event a spot opens, we will reach out to the first person on the wait list for that class. That person will have 48 hours to respond before we move down the list.
Q: Will classes remain capped at 12 campers?
A: We will continue to monitor COVID conditions in our area as well as expert recommendations. It is possible we could open more spots if conditions allow. In such case we will use the wait list to fill added spots, contacting people in order of their registration time stamp.
Q: What if I register my child and he/she cannot attend?
A: Because of limited enrollment, we would appreciate notification of a camper being unable to attend as soon as possible so we can fill that spot with someone from the waiting list. Campers who provide notice that they cannot attend prior to June 12, 2021 will receive full refund (minus $15 processing fee if paid via PayPal). After that date, campers will receive a full refund if we can fill the open spot. If we are unable to fill the opening, the camper will receive a 50% refund.
Q: Why did the location change from Shelton State? Is Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre partnering again this year with Theatre Tuscaloosa to co-produce the summer camp?
A: Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre and Theatre Tuscaloosa remain close allies and partners in bringing theatrical arts to our community. However, current COVID-19 restrictions at Shelton State, the home of Theatre Tuscaloosa, prevent us from partnering this year to produce the camp. St. Francis at UA has offered space that will not be occupied by others and is ideal for social distancing to help maintain the health and safety of all campers and artists.