Dream Arts Co. Resident Theatre
WHAT IS A THEATRE ENSEMBLE?
DACO’s Resident Theatre Ensembles are designed for creative and focused students who are committed to learning, sharing, working hard and delivering amazing performances. We welcome students who are new to theatre as well as seasoned performers to audition.
The ensembles work weekly on various performance-based projects and productions. They perform at various theatre functions, fairs, churches, parades, and local festivals throughout the season.
WHO ARE THE DIRECTORS?
Local guest teaching artists will serve as vocal, dramatic and dance instructors/directors throughout the season.
WHAT ARE THE PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS?
Students must have a strong passion for performing. They must be mature, reliable, respectful and take direction well.
We envision two ensembles designed for students who are currently in grades 4-6 &
WHAT IS A TYPICAL ENSEMBLE PLAYER LIKE?
Interested students should be known for their professionalism and enthusiasm towards anything theatre related. They are dedicated to the ensemble as a whole and strive to further develop their skills as individuals.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Players rehearse an average of 4-6 hours per week.
HOW MANY REHEARSALS CAN THEY MISS?
Rehearsals for ensemble members are mandatory. WHY? Each week we add new elements to the project/show in choreography, blocking and/or vocals. We even have certain days set aside for outside directors and professionals to come in and teach. If one student misses a rehearsal, it puts the whole Ensemble behind because we have to re-teach everything at the next rehearsal. In order to properly build the performance project/show and form a bond among the cast, we need every student at every rehearsal.
There are always exceptions to this rule. For instance, if you are in another show, have a special family celebration, etc. we will make a strong effort to work around your schedule.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS SICK?
Of course, if your child is sick they are excused from rehearsal.
CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN OTHER PRODUCTIONS?
Yes – we understand that there may be opportunities to be in other shows during your tenure. If you are auditioning for another show after the season has begun, we ask that you make attendance to our rehearsals and events your priority. Please list our rehearsals on your new show’s conflict schedule, and make every effort to stay 100% committed to the ensemble.
WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?
There is a participation fee of $250. per semester to participate.
Financial hardship should not deter any interested student from auditioning. Payment plans are available.
Note: Our semester for the 2018/2019 school year will officially start February 2019. We plan to start this program with only one semester this season.
WHAT DOES THIS FEE PAY FOR?
The participation fee helps to cover approximately 3 months of instruction from the artistic team.
WHEN IS THE PARTICIPATION FEE DUE?
The participation fee is due in full upon acceptance (unless a payment plan is desired) into the ensemble.
ANY OTHER FEES?
Other than the participation fee, Ensemble expenses include educational books/materials and resources, scripts, field trips, retreats, costumes, dance gear, accessories. In addition, the students may need spending money for the extra-curricular activities, and they will be asked to purchase Ensemble merchandise.
WHAT ARE THE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
We will plan several events throughout the season for the students. Events may include: Bowling, MiniGolf, an overnight Retreat, Pizza Parties, Performance Field Trips, etc. These events are designed to bond the members and further solidify the ensemble. Members will also participate in various acts of community service.
DO THEY NEED TO AUDITION EVERY SEMESTER TO PARTICIPATE?
Yes – The casting process for shows and projects begin at auditions. The performance projects/show will change every semester we need to see each student audition, regardless if they have been in our ensemble before.
WHAT ABOUT PARENTAL COMMITMENT?
We ask that you support your child throughout their tenure by
making sure they arrive to rehearsal on time. Parents may be asked to help as volunteers with items such as ticket sales/box office, concession
sales, backstage management, make-up/hair, costumes, props, scenery or other elements pertaining to performance projects/shows.
WHY WOULD MY CHILD WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
We are looking for members who eat, sleep and breathe theatre and cannot wait until the next rehearsal.
All of this hard work pays off in terms of a lifelong camaraderie
and incredible bond among members.