FAQ


EDUCATION FAQ’s

What are your office hours?

Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

How do I register for camps and classes?

REGISTRATION

  1. Online Registration – Now Available!
  2. In-Person: Complete Registration form and return with payment to the FPCT office.
  3. Mail: Please mail in the hard copy along with payment.
  4. Fax: Complete form and fax to 256-539-6835.

Class/Camp fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card. Students are registered upon receipt of registration form and payment in full. Payment plans may be arranged through the office if necessary.

 

Does my child need to have prior drama experience?

We offer classes to students of all levels of experience.

 

What is your refund policy?

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater & Academy reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. In the event FPCT cancels a class, the student will receive a full refund. Participant cancellations made more than 2 weeks prior to the start of class/camp will receive a full refund less a $40 processing fee for classes and $50 processing for summer camp. No refunds granted if participant cancels once the class is in session. All cancellations must be made in writing.

 

How many student and teachers are in each camp/class?

Students are in age appropriate groups within their class/camp. Group size is approximately 10-20 for classes and 15-25 for summer camp, with adequate faculty coverage for larger groups to ensure that all students receive individual attention. Early Childhood class size is approximately 6-10 with adequate faculty coverage.

 

Who are the teachers and staff?

FPCT are made up of qualified teaching artists who are professionals in their fields. FPCT Faculty have had an Alabama State criminal background check and are CPR certified. Meet our Teaching Artists. Faculty class assignments are subject to change without notice to parents and students. No refunds granted due to change in faculty.

 

Is there a payment plan option?

Yes, payment plans may be arranged through the Education office.

 

Do you offer financial aid?

A limited number of full and partial tuition assistance is available and awarded on the basis of financial need. Please contact Candice Cooper at 256-539-6829 to receive an application.

 

Is there a performance at the end of the camp/class session?

Our camps/classes emphasize the process of theatre vs. product. At the end of the semester, students will showcase their work in our “Class Sharings” for invited family and friends.

Our Performance Showcases are more production oriented. Showcases include technical elements such as simple costumes, a basic set, lights and sound. Actors will perform their play for invited family and friends.

 

What is your policy on Drop Off and Pick Up?

For classes at Fantasy Playhouse: For your child’s safety, please come into the building to bring your child to class and to pick your child up at the end of class. If an emergency arises, please call our office at 256-539-6829. Parents will be assessed a late fee if students are picked up more than 10 minutes after a class ends. If anyone other than the person stated on the Registration Form needs to pick up your child, please notify the office and they will have to show proper ID before taking your child home.

For classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) – Summer Camp:

NEW THIS YEAR- CAMP 2017 –

DROP OFF procedure- Please pull your car up in front of the walk way at Wilson Hall, our staff will guide you to our “kiss-and-ride” style drop off point where we will meet you at your car and safely escort your child into the building. Please look for our staff in purple shirts. For First Day Check-In on Monday, please park and walk your child to the Check-In area.

PICK UP procedure- We will NOT use the “kiss and ride” procedure. Please park and walk to the designated area outside of Wilson Hall to check your child out with our staff. If an emergency arises, please call our office at 256-539-6829 or our camp cell phone at 256-755-4553. For our Full Day Camps and Showcases, students not enrolled in After Care MUST be picked up promptly at 3:00p.m. Parents will be assessed a late fee if students are picked up more than 10 minutes after a camp day ends. If anyone other than the person stated on the Registration Form needs to pick up your child, please notify the office and they will have to show proper ID before taking your child home.

 

What is the phone number for academy classes/camps held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) ?

Please call 256-755-4553. This number is for families registered for Fantasy Playhouse classes and camps held at UAH. Please leave a message and a member of our staff will call you back within 15 minutes.

This number is ONLY active during the following times:

Fall and Winter/Spring semesters- Saturdays from 8:30am – 12:15pm

Summer Camp- Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:30pm

If you would like to register for a class or camp, please call 256-539-6829.

 

Can I stay with my child during the camp day or class?

We do not recommend parents attend class with their child because we find it is distracting and hinders the learning process. This class time belongs to our students. Parents will be invited to join classes on the final presentation day at the end of our session.

 

What are the benefits of signing my child up for camps/classes more than once?

Taking a class or camp multiple times immensely benefits our young actors and technicians. Like a dancer spending time perfecting their form at the barre or a pianist at the keys, our students repeat exercises, warm-ups, and activities in order to build a strong foundation in voice, movement, acting, and design. Final showcase materials are constantly rotating so students are continually exposed to new material and repertoire.

 

What are the age groups for camps?

Students are divided into age appropriate groups: Ages 3-4, Ages 5-6; Ages 7-9; Ages 10-12; Ages 13-15

 

Does my child need to bring a lunch for camps?

Full Day Camps and Showcases: Two meal breaks are scheduled each day. Please send one peanut free lunch and one peanut free snack and drinks for your child each day.

Half Day Camps: One snack break scheduled each day. Please bring a peanut free snack and drink. Campers staying for a full day of fun with a morning and afternoon camp are welcome to stay for a supervised lunch. Campers staying for a full day of fun, please provide a peanut-free lunch each day.

As we often have several students with severe food allergies, we ask that food not be shared. Siblings’ lunch/snacks should be packed separately.

FPCT does not provide food or drink.

 

My child is younger than the recommended age for the camp/class. Can they still sign up?

Younger students admitted by permission of instructors.

 

What is your policy on inclement weather, holidays and school closings?

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: FPCT follows the Huntsville City School weather policy. We will post cancellations on our Facebook page and website. FPCT does not make phone calls of cancellations due to inclement weather. If you have additional questions, please call the office at 256-539-6829 to find out if we are closed.

HOLIDAYS: We observe the same holiday schedule as Huntsville City Schools. The exception is during Fall and Spring Break. FPCT will offer 2 camp breaks each semester to accommodate our Huntsville City, Madison City and Madison County families for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Candice Cooper, Education Director at 256-539-6829 or Candice.Cooper@FantasyPlayhouse.com