Frequently Asked Questions for the school of theatre arts
What are your current Covid-19 policies and procedures?
Please download the attached document detailing our Covid-19 policies and procedures.
Are masks required to participate in classes at Civic Theatre?
Mask requirements are determined by the Transmission Level of COVID-19 for Kent County, as defined by the CDC.
• Medium Transmission Level:
Masks are encouraged (but not required) for all students, faculty, staff, volunteers and audiences.
• High Transmission Level:
Standard masks are required for all students, faculty, staff, volunteers and audiences.
Approved Masks should:
• Completely cover your nose and mouth
• Fit snugly against the side of your face and not leave a gap
• Have two or more layers of breathable fabric
• Be washed regularly if they are reusable
Face Coverings Not Allowed:
• Neck gaiters
• Face shields
• Masks made of mesh or contain a vent or exhalation valve
We are not asking for proof of vaccination at this time, however we reserve the right to reconsider this policy in the future.
To see the current Transmission Level of Kent County, please follow the link below:
When does registration begin?
Class registration opens at 8am on Tuesday, August 16
Performance Block registration opens at 8am on Tuesday, August 16
Summer Camp registration opens at 8am on Tuesday, January 24
What are the term dates?
The term weeks run Saturday through Friday and are:
Fall Term: October 1 – November 10
Winter Term: January 7 – February 16
Spring Term: April 15 – May 25
Performance Block: February 27 – April 15 (No rehearsals during spring break)
How long are the terms?
The fall, winter and spring term classes are all 6 weeks long.
How do I register for a class or camp?
Registration can be done online at www.grct.org/classes or by contacting the education offices at 616-222-6653. Payment is due at the time of registration.
How do I register for the Performance Block?
Registration can be done by contacting the education offices at 616-222-6653. Payment is due at the time of registration.
How do I know if I have the correct pre-requisites for the Performance Block?
Please view this list of pre-requisites. If you have specific questions, please contact education offices at 616-222-6653.
How does the wait list work?
When a class or camp is full, students can add their name to the wait list for the class or camp by contacting the education offices at 616-222-6653.
If a spot opens up for a class or camp that has a wait list, a telephone call and email (if necessary) is made to the first student on the list. The student is given 48 hours to accept the spot and pay the tuition. If a student declines the spot or does not respond to the communication, Civic proceeds to contact the next person on the wait list and offer them the spot. This pattern will continue until the spot is filled.
Are the CORE classes level based?
Our Acting and Musical Theatre CORE classes are not level based. They are grade based; designed and curriculum written specifically for a grade level. Your student would take the class that corresponds with their current grade in school.
What is your attendance policy?
Students must attend 5 of the 6 class sessions for the class to count as a pre-requisite towards Performance Block. Attendance in theatre class is crucial for students and absences affect not only the student who is missing, but also their classmates and fellow collaborators. While we understand that emergencies and illness happen, we encourage students to PLAN on attending every class. If a student misses more than 1 full class period (2 hours or 1 hour for dance classes), then the class is considered “incomplete” and will not count as a Performance Block pre-requisite.
What is your refund and cancellation policy for classes?
In the event that the Theatre must cancel a course due to low enrollment, a full refund is issued.
If a student requests a withdrawal, on or before each individual class registration deadline, a full refund less a $10 drop fee is issued. Withdrawals between each individual class registration deadline and the first day of class are refunded at 75% less a $10 drop fee. Refund is forfeited if withdrawal occurs after the first day of class. Registration and tuition are non-transferrable.
Due to Covid-19, classes initially planned to be in person may be converted to online at any point in the term at the discretion of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre staff and board. Class dates and times will remain the same and students will be given a Zoom link for the class. No refunds or credits will be offered if a class moves from in person to online format.
EXCEPTIONS INCLUDE THE PERFORMANCE BLOCK. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FOR THE PERFORMANCE BLOCK AFTER THE FEBRUARY 10 REGISTRATION DEADLINE
What is your refund and cancellation policy for camps?
In the event that the Theatre must cancel a camp due to low enrollment, a full refund is issued.
If a student requests a withdrawal, on or before each individual camp registration deadline, a full refund less a $10 drop fee is issued. Withdrawals between each individual camp registration deadline and the first day of camp are refunded at 75% less a $10 drop fee. Refund is forfeited if withdrawal occurs once camp has begun. Registrations and tuition are non-transferrable.
How do I find out if a class is cancelled due to weather or any other reason?
In the event that a closing must occur, students will be notified through the email given at registration and notice will be displayed both onscreen and online at WOOD-TV8 and WZZM-13. This decision will be made by 2:00pm on weekdays, 7:00am on Saturdays and 11:00am on Sundays.
In the event that a class is cancelled, the term will be extended out 1 week.
When is payment due for a class or camp?
Payment is due at the time of registration.
Do you provide scholarships for your classes and camps?
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts, through the support of generous community members and foundations, is pleased to offer need-based scholarships for classes and camp. Qualified applicants may receive up to an 80% tuition scholarship for fall, winter or spring term classes, 50% tuition scholarship for Performance Block classes and 50% tuition scholarship for summer camps.
Scholarships are limited to one class per student, per term and cannot be added retroactively.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
There are 3 things that have to be done and submitted to apply for a scholarship:
- Complete a scholarship application, either a PDF or online.
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from a third party. A new letter is required each year.
- A $20 deposit, per class
All of this information must be received in the Education Office no later than two weeks before the start of classes.
Can scholarships be applied for online?
Yes, new this year, scholarship applications can be submitted online. Please see scholarship page for detailed information and applications links.
Do you offer discounts for classes or camps?
We offer a discount for our Season Ticket Subscribers:
- Season Subscriber Discount – Current season ticket subscribers receive $10 off each class, workshop or summer camp.
What are your discount policies?
- Discounts must be taken at the time of registration and cannot be added retroactively.
- Discounts cannot be combined.
Can my student make up a class or camp?
Due to the nature of our programs, we are unable to offer make ups for missed sessions. Please be sure to tell us in advance if your student will be missing any program days due to travel, illness, or other circumstances. Please contact 616-222-6653, ext 1 to report an absence.
What is an Informance?
Each class will have an in-class, informal performance the last day of the class for family and friends. This is an opportunity for the students to showcase what they worked on during the term.
Where do classes take place?
Classes take place at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N. Division Ave. Students arrive and leave through the main lobby doors on Library Street.
Are snacks and beverages allowed during class time?
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is a NUT FREE ZONE! Students are allowed to have a non-nut snack in the lobby before heading up to class. Water is the only thing allowed in the classrooms.
What should my student bring to class?
- Students should wear shoes that cover their entire foot (no sandals, flip flops, crocks are allowed). Tennis shoes or sneakers are preferred. No boots of any kind are allowed on the Dance Studio Floor.
- Students should bring a water bottle to class
- Students should bring their script (if using) and a pencil to each class
Is there a place for parents to wait while their student is in class?
At this time, we are only allowing students into the building. No parents, siblings or any other persons, other than the student, will be allowed into the building for any reason.
We are committed to artistic excellence through a comprehensive arts education program which builds confidence, fosters collaboration and inspires creativity.