FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


Actors/Crew Expectations

What is expected of the Actors and Crew?

TEAMWORK

Being in play production involves TEAMWORK! That is one the best parts. Students in the play must be willing to be good team members. That means all participants must be KIND and RESPECTFUL to their fellow cast members and to the director and others involved in the
show.

COSTUMES
Being in play means wearing a COSTUME! The Director will approve a general costume theme for each actor/group of actors. Each character/parent is responsible for providing his/her own costume and props. Each actor cast as a part of a group is responsible for working with that group on a uniform approved look. All cast members must be willing to wear their full costume in the show.

Being in play requires lots of PRACTICE!! Rehearsal time will vary by role, but generally speaking, all cast and crewmembers must be willing to commit to attend practices during the months of August and September in the evenings (usually from 6:30 to 7:30), during the September half-days (teacher conference days), and occasionally on Saturdays. A schedule of rehearsals will be distributed and to the extent possible, rehearsals will be limited to a distinct group of characters. So, while not everyone needs to be at every rehearsal, it is critical that each character come to the rehearsals to which they are called.

REHEARSALS
Stay informed about the schedule and come prepared to focus, learn, and have fun when your character is called.  Up to date schedule information is posted on Wonderland!/AEC calendar on the Castle Hills PTA website.

RESPONSIBILITY
Being in a play requires a lot of RESPONSIBILITY! Students will be at school when the building is otherwise closed. Of course, rules like “no running” still apply. Students in the play must be committed to respecting school property and able to care for expensive equipment, like
microphones.

PREPARATION
Rehearsals only work if the actors come PREPARED! Every member of the play must commit to learning his/her part – that includes lines, stage direction, timing, etc. A character who isn’t prepared can stall rehearsals, leading to the next point . . .

GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
A play is an art, not a science. Production is messy and seems crazy to those who are new to it. It’s also a lot of FUN! But, in order to have fun, the students and parents must be good sports about all the things that can’t be controlled – which is a lot. Casting also requires good sportsmanship. The Director works incredibly hard to include as many as 100 students in the play. That means not everyone gets the part he/she thinks he/she wants. But, in years past, the students have discovered that they have gotten the parts that let them shine in a BIG way.

Costs

How much is the script/royalty fee?
There is only one mandatory expense associated with the play and that is the script royalty fee of $15 per actor.

What about tickets?
Tickets are $5.00 per person for each evening show. Parents are not permitted to come to the school show.

DVDs?
Professional quality DVDs cost $15 each and will be available some time prior to the end of the fall semester.

What is the Wrap Party?
The wrap party is the cast celebration party that follows the final show.

T-SHIRTS
Typically, the cast and crew wear play t-shirts to school before the first show on Thursday. T-shirts are available in all standard youth and adult sizes for $15 each. Shirts are available for family members as well.

BREAK-A-LEG MESSAGES
These are short messages in the program to wish the kids good luck (and help us cover the costs of the program). Break-a-Leg messages
are $5.00 for 2 lines. You can include your message on the payment envelope. Please be sure to write legibly. Generally, a break-a-leg message says something like:  Congratulations, Sue! We are so proud of your performance. Love, Mom and Dad

PROGRAM ADS
Parents can buy ads in the play program to honor their children (or a group of children) or to promote their business. Ads are available in ¼ page ($50), ½ page ($100), and full page ($200). In years past, groups of actors have sometimes purchased ads together to make the program a special momento (this lets the ad feature a picture of a group of kids and the parents share the cost). If every family in the play either buys or sells one ad – we can not only cover the cost of the program, but we can fund the rest of school clubs for the year, help the
school with field trip money, and support arts in education.

***All expenses must be paid using the official play envelope. No exceptions. Ever. Really!
***Expenses, not otherwise noted, are due September 1st.

Costumes

Costumes?
Being in play means wearing a COSTUME! All cast members must be willing to wear their full costume in the show.
  • Our volunteer Costume Team Leader, Betsy Landry, will approve every costume.
  • The Director will approve a general costume theme for each actor/group of actors; each actor cast as a part of a group is responsible for working with that group on a uniform approved look.
  • Each character/parent is responsible for providing his/her own costume and props. 
  • August 20 is the half way point, be sure your costume is approved and you've collected your pieces by this date.
  • September 12 is when all complete costumes are due.

Contact Betsy Landy by phone at 210-573-8767 or email with any questions or concerns.  Her email is betsy_landry@yahoo.com.

Media / Photos

Will my child be photographed?
All actors/parents signed a release regarding to allow your picture and/or video to be taken and reproduced
as part of your participation in the Castle Hills school play.  At a minimum, you should expect:
  • Photographs - including a head shot taken during auditions, pictures taken duringrehearsals and during scheduled photo times after performances
  • Video taping of the play by the school district
  • Coverage of the school play in the school paper and perhaps in other forms of news media
  • Potential production of a memory book for cast members

Parent Expectations

What role do the parents play?
The school play is a PARENT PRODUCTION. (Congratulations! You’re a Producer!) Everything is done by parent-volunteers. In order to have a successful play and to share this amazing adventure with our kids, each parent is required to find a way to participate in the production.

All parents are expected to participate on a committee and share in the jobs that make our production possible. Each family should sign up for specific jobs at the parent meeting on July 27th at 6:30.

All parents are responsible for their child’s costume and for working in teams to design and create uniform costumes. Additionally, parents are responsible for everything that goes in to the play. Please review the list below and check off where you are best suited to help (you can
check more than one) – BOTH in preparation for the play AND during the play.

Additionally, as a play parent, you must commit to:
  • Having your child at required rehearsals on time and ready to work
  • Picking your child up on time from rehearsals
  • Submitting conflicts with rehearsal schedule in writing on the calendar
  • provided (due July 28th at parent meeting)
  • Providing your child’s costume and props (in coordination with costume
  • plan)
  • Helping your child prepare for his or her role
  • Respecting silence in the cafeteria during rehearsals* Parents will not be
  • permitted to stay in the cafeteria once rehearsal begins.
  • Assuming at least one responsibility in preparation for the play and at
  • least one responsibility during the play (denoted above)
  • Purchasing a script ($10.00)
  • Purchasing a ticket in order to see the play
The primary method of communication for the play will be e-mail and on-line postings. Parents who do not have a computer should find a “buddy” that will commit to passing on information received electronically.

Schedule

Where can I find the latest rehearsal schedule?
Wonderland! / AEC calendar on the Castle Hills PTA website.

Being in play requires lots of PRACTICE!! Rehearsal time will vary by role, but generally speaking, all cast and crewmembers must be willing to commit to attend practices during the months of August and September in the evenings (usually from 6:30 to 7:30), during the September half-days (teacher conference days), and occasionally on Saturdays. A schedule of rehearsals will be distributed and to the extent possible, rehearsals will be limited to a distinct group of characters. So, while not everyone needs to be at every rehearsal, it is critical that each character come to the rehearsals to which they are called.

Tentative Performance Schedule
Tentative schedule:    
Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27 at Nimitz Middle School at 7:00 pm.
School Performance Friday, September 27 at 8:00 am at Castle Hills for students only. Parents are not permitted to come to the school show.


Tickets

How do we get tickets?
Shows have sold out in the past so parents are encouraged to order their tickets in advance. Tickets are $5.00 per person for each evening show. Parents are not permitted to come to the school show.


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