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Classes FAQ

How many students are in each class?

Academic-year class sizes range from 8-16 students depending on the age group and content. Please know class size maximums are strictly enforced to ensure the best possible learning environment for your student. Register early to secure your spot. All classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.

Who are the teaching artists?

All of our teaching artists are professional educators. Our teaching artists work throughout Orange County and Southern California. We regularly run background checks on all faculty along with monthly staff development.

What should I bring to class?

Students in all classes should wear clothes and shoes they are comfortable jumping, crawling, and rolling in.

For dance and movement classes, please wear clothing that won’t inhibit movement. The more clearly the teacher can see your student’s body joints, the more easily the teacher can give technical feedback. Please dress in layers as our studios can be cool in the beginning of class and warm by the end. Hair should be pulled back and out of your student’s face. Please remove all dangling jewelry. Most dance classes require bare feet unless otherwise noted.

For longer classes you may want to pack a small snack. Please note: to ensure the safety of all of our students, we have a strict no-nut policy for both peanuts and tree-nuts (including hazelnut products such as Nutella) and products that “may contain” peanuts and tree-nuts.

What if my student wants to be in a younger or older class?

We understand that some students thrive in an environment including students either younger or older than their peer group. However, if you choose to enroll your student outside of their age group, and either you or Theatre Arts Training faculty find it an unsuccessful fit, no credit or refund will be issued. If space is available in a different age-appropriate class, we can switch your registration.

Can I try a class before I purchase?

If there is still space in a class, you are welcome to audit the first day. If you like it, you can then register with the Front Desk. Please let the office know if you are planning to audit a class. Many of our classes fill up and the only way to ensure a spot is to register in advance.

Can I be in class with my student?

All of our classes are designed for independent student participation. If desired, guardians are welcome to observe class from the hallway or through the window.

We know at times the success of a student is reliant on a guardian presence in the classroom. In these situations, especially for children with special needs, we require that any guardian in the space fully participate in all activities as a member of the class, rather than creating an audience dynamic. If you will be engaging in this way, please inform both the office and the Teaching Artist. Visitors other than guardians are not permitted in the classroom at any time while class is in progress.

Is there a play at the end of class?

ALC classes is a process-based program focused on building theatre and life skills. Our classes end with a sharing, which showcases the work students have done which may include favorite games and exercises, student-generated work, or rehearsed scenes. We do offer a handful of by audition performance programs throughout the year including Main Stage Production and Junior Production.

How can my student perform on the mainstage?

For select mainstage productions, ALC casts young actors ages 10+. To find mainstage audition opportunities please click here.

To help families prepare, ALC often offers workshops tailored to each show’s unique audition requirements. Watch the website and your email for details about upcoming Audition Workshops.

Can I drop off my student early?

ALC is unable to provide supervision before or after school-year classes. Please arrange for punctual drop off and pick up.

Who do I give my student's medicine to?

While ALC’s office staff is trained in First Aid and CPR, we do not have a medical professional on staff. Students are welcome to carry their medicine on them, but our office is not able to administer medicine of any kind (including prescription and over the counter drugs or topical ointments). In life threatening situations, we are trained to administer an epi-pen. If you have questions about your students medical needs, please contact cheryl@arstandlearning.org.

How do you ensure child safety?

There is nothing more important to us than the well-being of the young people we serve. We have a set of practices designed to keep children safe which we review and update on a regular basis and they continue to be a centerpiece of our culture and our day-to-day activities. Among the key elements of our protections:

 

  • Mandatory background checks, including criminal history and the national sex offender database, for every paid position prior to starting work and on an ongoing basis;
  • No staff or volunteer should ever be alone with a student in a private space;
  • Socializing with children outside of scheduled rehearsals, performances, classes, or ALC-sanctioned professional activities is strictly limited;
  • We are a mandatory reporting organization, which means any staff member must report any suspicion or knowledge of abuse or neglect.
Where do I park?

Parking is available for free, in front as well as on the sides of our Conservatory Studio.