See below for General Youth Academy FAQs, School Year Class FAQs, and Youth Academy Production FAQs.

YOUTH ACADEMY FAQ

What is the sign-in/sign-out procedure?

Sign In

  • We ask that parents/guardians come into the theatre with their child to initial them into the roster.
  • 9th-12th grade students may utilize self-check in/out by bringing in a self-check in/out form filled out by a guardian. These are available upon parent request on the first day of class.
      • Self-check in/out students must wait inside the theatre for their rides.
      • Self driving students must have a signed self-check in/out form.
      • Self-check in/out only applies to arrival and dismissal, not breaks during the day. If breaks are long enough that the REP allows students to leave, the education office still needs permission from a parent.

Pick Up Authorization

  • Anyone picking up a child must be on the approved list on the roster. This list is generated from registration information.
  • Approved adults picking up children are required to show picture identification. All persons authorized to pick up students must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Additional names may be added to the pick-up list by completing an emergency contact form or emailing [email protected].
  • Students should be picked up promptly at dismissal time. Please give us a call  at (407) 896-7365 any time you are running late. Late arrivals may incur charges up to $1 per minute.

 

What is the refund and cancellation policy?

All refunds for withdrawal incur a $25 administrative fee.

  • Classes/Camps/Performance Workshops
    • All withdrawal requests must be sent in writing to [email protected]
    • If a student withdraws from a class before the first day of class, the registration cost is refunded, less the $25 administrative fee.
    • If a student withdraws from a class at any time on or after the day of the program, no refunds are given. The only exception is a medical reason, which requires a physician’s note. In the event of a withdrawal due to a medical issue, the registration fee is prorated, the unused portion is refunded, and the administrative fee waived.
    • Orlando REP reserves the right to alter or cancel scheduled programs as necessary. If a program is cancelled, a full refund of the cancelled program’s tuition is issued.
  • Youth Academy Productions
    • If a student withdraws at any time at or after the first rehearsal and before the refund deadline, a flat fee of $25 for each scheduled rehearsal day up to the date of cancellation (whether or not attended) is incurred and is deducted from any refund, in addition to the $25 administrative fee.
    • Remaining balances are credited to original form of payment.
    • Refund deadlines will be set for each production.
    • Orlando REP reserves the right to alter or cancel scheduled programs as necessary. If a program is cancelled, a full refund of the cancelled program’s tuition is issued.

 

Is there an orientation?

  • There is typically a short parent orientation on the first day of any camp, class, or production.
  • Orientations are usually not longer than 10-15 minutes.
  • If a class requires a longer orientation or orientation on a different day, you will be notified.
  • Orientation each week are all the same in content, there is no need to attend multiple orientations.

 

What is the dress code?

Students should dress in shoes and clothes in which they can comfortably move.

  • We play a variety of theatre games for which dresses/skirts, and sandals/flip-flops are not appropriate.
  • Clunky or excessive jewelry is discouraged.

 

What are Orlando REP’s health and medical policies?

  • Basic first aid, such as adhesive bandages and ice packs, are available. Orlando REP staff does not administer pain relievers or other medications to students.
  • Orlando REP staff is trained to administer epi-pens, if necessary. A release form must be completed for children with Epi Pens.
  • Orlando REP requires emergency telephone numbers on file for parents/guardians, as well as emergency contact numbers for a secondary person when primary contacts cannot be reached.
  • In the event of an emergency Orlando REP may call 911 for medical attention on behalf of a student.
  • If medical treatment is necessary, every attempt to reach the primary parents/guardians is made.
  • Secondary contacts are a last resort.

 

SCHOOL YEAR FAQ

Is there a snack break?

Only in some classes.

  • Please avoid packing products with peanut or tree-nut ingredients. Thank you for your help in keeping all our students safe and healthy as we have many students with severe nut allergies.
  • Performance Workshops and Homeschool classes have a ten-minute break for water in which students may want to have a quick snack if they get hungry often. Snacks are not provided for students who do not bring them, unless specific arrangements have been made between parents and staff. Water bottles are recommended.
  • Classes that are two hours or less do not take a snack break. Water bottles are recommended.
  • Students are encouraged to put their name on everything.

 

Are there auditions for classes?

  • There are no auditions required to register for classes, camps, or Performance Workshops at Orlando REP.
  • Performance Workshops do have a final performance with assigned roles. The students audition for these roles during the first class of the session.
    • Casting is at the discretion of the Teaching Artists for the best possible production and learning experience for the students.

 

Is there a final presentation?

Yes! Class presentations are intended to be lively presentations of class work. Families and friends of presenting students are invited to join us for this celebration of their Youth Academy experience.

  • Presentations usually occur on the final day of the class during the last hour or half hour of class. Exact times are announced during the session.
  • Students should arrive at their usual time.
  • Parents are invited to enter the theatre at the presentation time and students may be signed out once their presentation is over.

 

Do I need to prepare anything special for my child’s presentation?

Classes/Camps

No!

  • Your student is given an Orlando REP t-shirt to wear for the presentation that they can put on over their clothes for the day.
  • It is a special day, but we ask that students not wear skirts or dresses for the final presentation.
  • No tickets or reservations are needed.

 

Performance Workshops

Yes!

  • Reservations or tickets may be required. You are able to reserve tickets by calling the Orlando REP box office 407-896-7365.
  • If the Performance Workshop requires purchased tickets, each student receives two complimentary tickets which should be reserved through the box office prior to the performance.
  • All tickets must be purchased or reserved through the box office in person or over the phone.
  • Teachers may ask students to wear a certain color of pants or shoes for the final performance, but we do not expect anyone to go out and buy anything new.

 

Can I record the final presentation?

Yes!

  • Pictures and recordings during final presentations are allowed.
  • Please turn off your flash and be aware of audience members around you.
  • Orlando REP does not record and distribute presentation videos.

 

Do you provide extended care beyond the camp day?

Yes, for School’s Out Days and Spring Break.

  • Morning and After Care are supervised, but unstructured times offered to assist with family schedules. Extended care may include movies, outside play, or games. Tuition is charged per week and pro-rating is not available.
  • Extended Care Hours
    • 7:30-9:00am
    • 4:00-5:30pm

 

YOUTH ACADEMY PRODUCTION FAQ

What should I bring?

You may choose to bring a book bag to keep all belongings in. Students are encouraged to put their name on everything.

  • Script & Pencil
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Water Bottle recommended

 

What are the expectations of my young performer?

  • During rehearsal:
    • Be on time, try not to leave early.
    • Write down all blocking and choreography.
    • Practice lines or choreography in down time.
    • Maintain professional behavior by staying focused and attentive.
  • Outside of rehearsal:
    • Keep yourself healthy and keep up with your school work.
    • Rehearse; listen to the soundtrack, and review work done in rehearsal.
    • Memorize lines as soon as possible.
    • Complete any assigned character work.

 

Are there lunch and snack breaks?

Yes.

  • Please avoid packing products with peanut or tree-nut ingredients. Thank you for your help in keeping all our students safe and healthy as we have many students with severe nut allergies.
  • Lunch/Dinner may be at a different time each rehearsal, but a twenty minute break generally happens sometime between 11:30am-12:30pm (Saturdays) or 5:30-6:30pm (Wednesdays).
  • Lunch is typically eaten outside, weather permitting.
  • Refrigeration/microwaving is not available.

 

How is the show cast?

  • Auditions to be a part of the production are held in the same semester as the rehearsals. Callbacks for specific roles are held during the first 2-3 rehearsals.
  • During the first 2-3 rehearsals, directors take the students through a variety of singing, dancing, and acting activities. Each student is able to perform individually and in groups in front of the directors.
  • Casting is at the discretion of the directors for the best possible production and learning experience for the students.

 

Will I need to provide costumes?

Costumes are designed and created by the Orlando REP costume department and students are not required to provide their own costumes.  

  • Skins: ‘Skins’ are undergarments to be worn under costumes for the production. Families are expected to provide these undergarments. Please put your name on everything.
    • Student provided requirements may be different for each show, but generally include:
      • Female:
        • Camisole/tank top (nude or white) and black or dark colored bike/dance shorts
        • White or nude supportive bra (if appropriate). No strapless bras, please!
        • Full coverage neutral colored underwear
        • Bobby pins similar to your hair color, hair ties, and a comb or brush
      • Male
        • White tank top or short sleeved undershirt
        • Black or dark colored compression shorts
        • Black socks
        • Comb or brush and appropriate hair products for hair type/style

 

How do I purchase tickets?

  • Each student receives two complimentary tickets which should be reserved through the box office prior to the performance.
  • All tickets can be reserved or purchased through the box office online, in person, or over the phone by calling the Orlando REP box office 407-896-7365.

 

Can I record the production?

No.

  • Recording or picture taking during a performance is strictly prohibited.
  • Parents may order an archival DVD. DVD order forms are available during the rehearsal process.
  • Orlando REP does not profit from the sales of performance DVDs, and are handled by a third-party vendor.

 

I am in the Design and Tech Academy, do I need to provide any materials?

Design and Tech Academy (DTA) need ‘blacks’ for their role as crew.

  • Blacks include…
    • Long Sleeve black shirt
    • Long black pants
    • Black shoes and socks