The mission of the Mt. Zion Youth Theatre program is to offer excellence in theatre along with opportunities for leadership from a Christian perspective. This program is designed to challenge students from ages 9 thru 17 in a wide variety of acting techniques. High quality performances will be held in a state of the art theatre where participants will be able to demonstrate their talents to the community.

Program Content: 2015-2016
The Youth Theatre program is an ALL INCLUSIVE program that begins in June, 2015 and culminates in March, 2016. The program is NOT designed to give students the ability to choose just one of the three activities noted below. Student’s are expected to complete the program in it’s entirety. The program consists of:
One Broadway Camp – July 27th through July 31st from 11am to 5pm
Three Performances in October – October 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2015 at 7:00pm / October 17 & 24, 2015 at 1:00pm. All shows
   are in the Mt. Zion Theatre.
Three Performances in March – March 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2016 at 7:00pm / March 12 & 19, 2016 at 1:00pm. All shows are in
   the Mt. Zion Theatre.

Casting will be determined by director. Attendance, skill level, previous roles, and other factors will influence assignment of parts/roles.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
Interested participants will be required to remain on site for the entire audition period.

Auditions will consist of:
• A cold read (script provided by Mt. Zion during audition)
• A 30 to 45 second acapella piece (prepared in advance by the participant)
• A short dance taught and performed during the audition

Location: Mt Zion - Auditorium B
Questions: Contact Diana Stafford at 248.391.6166

Parent Meeting for Newly Invited Youth Theatre Parents
Saturday, May 9th at 10am in the Theatre

An informational meeting will be held in the Theatre for newly invited parents of our Youth Theatre program. This meeting will describe the commitments and expectations associated with the program and allow families to ask questions.

Enrollment Information: 2015-2016
Contract Deposit due March 28, 2015
• A $125 deposit is due with each signed contract. If all Youth Theatre program requirements are met, $50 will be refunded
   in April, 2015. Requirements include, but are not limited to attendance at all events (camps, rehearsals, Techs, and
   performances) as well as parent volunteer commitments. $75 will be applied towards your first payment.
• If a student leaves the program prior to March 20, 2016, the entire deposit of $125 will not be refunded.

Pre-Requisites for Participation
• First year students are required to attend the intensive and must be enrolled in at least one School of Performing
   Arts theatre/broadway class.
• Students ages 11 and under must be enrolled in at least one School of Performing Arts theatre/broadway class.
• Students ages 12 and older must have at least two years of advanced drama training. Advanced drama training
   requirements are verified through an audition process.
• Registration forms for the required class must be submitted no later than Friday, July 10, 2015.

Calendar: 2015-2016
Rehearsals for Youth Theatre occur every Tuesday and Saturday:
• August, 2015
   ∼ Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
   ∼ Saturday from 12pm to 4pm

• September 2015 and March 2016
   ∼ Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
   ∼ Saturday from 12pm to 3pm
   ∼ Extended rehearsals, 11am to 5pm:
      • Sat Sep 19, 2015
      • Sat Dec 5, 2015
      • Sat Jan 9, 2016
      • Sat Feb 6, 2016

• Techs for Youth Theatre are at the following times:
   ∼ Monday and Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
   ∼ Saturday from 9am to 5pm

Youth Theatre performances are at 7:00pm for the evening shows and 1pm for the matinee

Event Begin Date End Date
1st Session Audition Sat, Jun 20, 2015 Sat, Jun 20, 2015
1st Session Read Through Tue, Jun 23, 2015 Tue, Jun 23, 2015
1st Session Rehearsals Tue, Aug 4, 2015 Tue, Oct 6, 2015
1st Session Tech Dates Sat, Oct 10, 2015 Thu, Oct 22, 2015
1st Session Performances Fri, Oct 16, 2015 Sat, Oct 24, 2015
1st Session Cast Party/2nd Session Audition Sat, Nov 7, 2015 Sat, Nov 7, 2015
1st Session Off Days: Sat, Aug 1; Tue Aug 11 and Sat Sep 5
2nd Session Read Through Tue, Nov 14, 2015 Tue, Nov 14, 2015
2nd Session Rehearsals Tue, Dec 1, 2015 Sat, Mar 2, 2016
Christmas Break: Tue, Dec 15 thru Tue, Dec 29
2nd Session Tech Dates Sat, Mar 5, 2016 Thu, Mar 17, 2016
2nd Session Performances Fri, Mar 11, 2016 Sat, Mar 19, 2016
Cast Party / Awards Ceremony Sat, Apr 16, 2016 Sat, Apr 16, 2016
2nd Session Off Days: Sat, Jan 23 and Tue, Feb 16

Registration/Payment Information: 2015-2016
Price is $630 and includes:
• One camp and six performances (October and March).
• One costume for each performance (students may be expected to purchase undergarments, socks, hats, and other
   accessories). Please note all costumes remain the property of Mt. Zion.
• Three t-shirts (one for each event)
• One copy of instruction and corresponding materials such as scripts, props, and music CDs. A fee will be assessed for
   additional copies.

Click here to view/print the Youth Theatre Brochure.
Click here to view/print the Youth Theatre Registration Form.

Payment Terms:
• $210 Monday, June 1, 2015 (includes $75 from your contract deposit)
• $210 Monday, July 27, 2015
• $210 Monday, October 28, 2015

Please note that your account must be in good standing in order to participate in each event. Students with past due accounts will not be allowed to participate or audition for the camp/performance. A late fee of 5% will be applied.

Refund and Cancellation Policies:
Each participant is critical to the success of this program and once registered, your team/classmates are depending on you. As such, refunds will not be given for the youth theatre program and full tuition payment is expected from all participants.

General Information: 2015-2016
Code of Conduct/Other Policies and Procedures:
All policies and decisions are at the sole discretion of the Mt. Zion Youth Theatre. We reserve the right to expel any student based on behavior, attitude, attendance or other issues.

Parent Expectations:
• An informational meeting will be held for parents regarding the Youth Theatre program on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at
  7pm in the Mt. Zion Theatre.
• Multiple performances are being held. Parents are expected to volunteer at one tech or assist at another time during the year
  (i.e., costuming, set building, strike, etc…) and during two performances for both the October and March shows.
• Parents are invited to attend the performances. Audition and rehearsal attendance is restricted to students and teachers only.
• If your student runs into a problem with a teacher or another student, please approach the teacher first to discuss
  the situation. If you still feel the issue has not been resolved, please contact the theatre director.
• Youth Theatre is a comprehensive program which includes camp as well as performances in October and March.
  Participation is mandatory in these events.

Student Expectations:
• Attendance at camp, rehearsals, techs, and performances are mandatory. Your attendance and behavior may influence
  casting and/or your ability to participate in the performances.
• Each student is allowed 2 excused absences per session. If more than 2 absences occur during a session, it will influence casting
  and your ability to participate in the show. If an extended rehearsal or camp day is missed each miss counts as two absences.
  The program begins in June and runs through the following March.
• All students should arrive 10 minutes prior to class.
• Costumes are the property of Mt. Zion Youth Theatre and are to remain on site at all times. Additional accessories are the
  responsibility of the student.
• Proper attire is required to participate in class: modest, comfortable clothing and shoes that allows each student to
  move, bend, and sit on the floor. Please no dresses, skirts, or skorts.
• Each student will need their own theatre make-up kit.
• The use of cell phones is prohibited during class, rehearsals, and performances.
• Food and drink is prohibited in the classrooms and theatre (water is allowed). However, a small coffee area has been
  made available for your use. Please be sure to clean-up after yourself in order to make the area available for the next

Additional Training: 2015-2016
(Mandatory for 1st year students; optional for students who have completed at least one year of Youth Theatre.)
Theatre Intensive – Cost: $45.00
   ∼ Three hour sessions from 1pm to 4pm (Tuesday, June 16, 2015; Wednesday, June 17, 2015; and Thursday, June 18, 2015).
   ∼ The workshops will provide instruction in theatrical training that is not part of our normal curriculum.
   ∼ Sign up deadline is June 1, 2015.
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