Pre-Professional Company Policies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acceptance & Placement

Road Show Appearances

Juries

Auditing

Consultation, Evaluation, & Advisement

Improvement Plans/Dismissal

Student Service Learning Hours

Class, Rehearsal, & Performance Preparation

Absenteeism

Parents

Conflicts

Questions/Concerns

Closings & Holidays

 

 

 

 

Acceptance & Placement

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Each student must audition. (See JURIES for re-acceptance into the program);
Acceptance into the Pre-Professional Company is at the sole discretion of ATMTC Academy faculty and staff;
All placement decisions are final and non-negotiable;
Leveling/placement of each individual member is at the sole discretion of ATMTC Academy faculty and staff;
All company members and their parent(s) must sign and are held accountable for a behavior and code of conduct agreement before beginning training;
Individual casting in the annual capstone, Spotlight, is at the sole discretion of ATMTC Academy faculty and staff. Although all eligible company members will be showcased in the production, (See ABSENTEEISM for eligibility requirements) some company members may receive features, while others do not.

 

Juries

Juries are paneled performance evaluations. As an intensive program, we expect company members to work hard and continue growing and perfecting their craft and performance abilities. Juries are a chance for ATMTC Academy faculty and staff to assess a student’s progress, commitment, and technique.

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Company members are juried twice a season - in the late Fall and during final tech week of Spotlight in May;

Company members who do not pass mid-year juries are placed on an Improvement Plan and required to address certain issues in order to continue as company member;

Company members on an Improvement Plan from the start of the season who do not pass mid-year juries may be dismissed from the program without refund;
Company members on an Improvement Plan who do not pass end-of-year juries will have to re-audition in order to return to the program in future seasons;
Students who pass end-of-year juries are invited to return to the program the following year, without a re-audition.

 

Consultation, Evaluation, & Advisement

All Pre-Professional company members are provided with counsel, evaluation, and advisement by ATMTC Academy faculty and staff throughout the season.

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Parents and students are required to attend a personal entrance consultation with ATMTC Academy staff prior to the start of the training season on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. During this consultation, company members are advised and provided the weekday classes;
All company members are juried twice a season, and receive personalized feedback after each. (See JURIES, above);
In certain cases, company members may request or be required to attend additional advisement meetings with ATMTC Academy staff;
Students in Grades 10, 11, and 12 preparing for college auditions receive additional advisement by ATMTC Academy staff in preparation for the audition and application processes.

 

Volunteering

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Parents have opportunities to get involved and volunteer with the Pre-Professional Company.

Opportunities may include sewing and maintaining costumes, backstage and technical assistance, ushering, ticket sales, concessions, and more.
Volunteers should only commit if they are able to responsibly fulfill all the needs and time commitments of the position, unless otherwise arranged with the coordinating staff.
It is important to note that volunteering does not preclude parents from the observance of policies set forth by ATMTC Academy staff.

 

Student Service Learning Hours

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Pre-Professional Company Members may earn Student Service Learning hours (SSL) for Special VIP Events/Roadshows. SSL forms must be completed before being presented ATMTC Academy staff

 

Absenteeism

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Students are expected to attend all Saturday rehearsals, however, company members are granted up to six (excused and/or unexcused) absences for the duration of the season;
Early departures and late arrivals (more than 20 minutes) are considered half-day absences;
Absences beyond the six allotted, may preclude company members from performing in the Winter Cabaret and/or Spotlight, and therefore from being juried for re-admission into the program the following season;
High School seniors auditioning for higher learning institutions are encouraged to reserve these absences for this purpose. It is the student’s responsibility to cross reference audition dates with the Pre-Professional Program’s annual calendar;
Absences during the Fall Cabaret and Spotlight tech periods are not permitted. Any absences during this week may preclude a company member from participating and being juried. (See JURIES, above);
Casting for both the Cabaret and Spotlight is at the sole discretion of ATMTC Academy faculty and staff. If a company member is absent when a number is staged, they may be excluded from that number;
Company members who miss rehearsals are expected find out from their peers what they missed and be prepared with music and choreography for the next rehearsal.

 

Conflicts

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A schedule of all known conflicts must be provided to the ATMTC Academy staff prior to the start of the season.

Additional conflicts must be made known to ATMTC Academy Program Manager as soon as they arise;

Additional conflicts will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students cast in professional or other ATMTC staff-approved productions, with the following provisions:

 

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Due to our relationship with DC regional theaters, casting directors may work around your Pre-Professional Program commitments: When auditioning for professional productions, company members should list all Pre-Professional Program rehearsal dates and mandatory performances as a potential conflict, indicating certain dates may be flexible, if cast;

When cast in a professional production, the company member must notify ATMTC Academy staff and submit an Absence Request Form for approval of scheduling conflicts;

Company members missing rehearsals may be excluded from material covered in those rehearsals;

Approval for additional absences is at the sole discretion of ATMTC Academy staff.

 

Closings & Holidays

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ATMTC Academy observes select Federal holiday closings. Programming may be held on religious holidays that are NOT Federal holidays. Absences from rehearsals on religious holidays that are NOT Federal holidays are at the discretion of each family and will NOT count against the six allotted absences.

 

VIP Events/Road Show Appearances

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Company members are encouraged to make every effort to attend and perform at all Roadshows; however, conflicts in performing in Roadshows will not count against the 6 allotted absences. (See ABSENTEEISM & CONFLICTS, above.);
Significant notice will be given to company members when Special VIP Events are scheduled;

Company members must attend additional designated special event rehearsal(s) in order to perform in that specific special event.

 
 

Augment Class Offerings

Company members are eligible to enroll incertain weekday core class sections, included as part of their annual tuition. Company members are expected to commit to their augment classes in the same manner they have to the Pre-Professional Program.

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Pre Professional Company Members will be offered two augment classes per semester;
Certain class sections not considered part of the core disciplines will not be available for augment

In the event that a class section does not meet ATMTC Academy’s minimum enrollment requirements, the class may be cancelled and company members placed in alternate class sections;
Company members are permitted a maximum of three absences for each audited class section, per semester. Should a company member acquire more than three absences they will be asked to withdraw from further augment of that class section, or pay the full semester’s tuition amount in order to continue attending that class section.

 

Improvement Plans & Dismissal

Students with exceptional talents, but lacking in certain skills may be accepted into the Pre-Professional Company with an Improvement Plan. Company members accepted with an Improvement Plan are required to take assigned ATMTC Academy technique classes to address skill deficiencies.


Similarly, company members who do not pass mid-year juries are placed on an Improvement Plan and required to address skill deficiencies.


Students on an Improvement Plan are monitored and evaluated throughout their participation in the Pre-Professional Company. Students whose skills do not show improvement, may be dismissed from the Pre-Professional Company or excluded from participation in certain numbers.

 

Class, Rehearsal, & Performance Preparation

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Each company member and their parents are responsible for the content of all email communication from ATMTC Academy staff;
Company members must provide appropriate dance attire, a water bottle, a pencil, a binder, a recording device to record vocal parts and rehearse at home, and any other provided scripts/scores each Saturday;
Company members must bring all required materials with them to each training day in order to participate.

 

 

Parents

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Parents must respect the decisions of ATMTC Staff.

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Parents are not permitted to be in the rehearsal studios unless given explicit permission by ATMTC Staff.

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Parents are not allowed to take pictures of performances unless given explicit permission by ATMTC Staff.

 

Questions/Concerns

If a Pre-Professional Company Member or parent has a question or concern regarding your student, their progress or with any questions or concerns related to the Pre-Professional Program, he/she should email Corey Bales, Academy Program Manager, at cbales@adventuretheatre-mtc.org or Pre-pro@adventuretheatre-mtc.org or to schedule an appointment with ATMTC Academy faculty and staff.

 

Questions? Contact the ATMTC Program Manager: pre-pro@adventuretheatre-mtc.org or call 301.251.5766