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Fall FAQ

CAST Winter/Spring 2024 Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic; 

any and all policies are subject to change.


When does registration open?

Registration is now open on a first come basis.

Where will the program be located?

All classes will be held at the CAST studio located at 113 Summit Street in Manchester. 


What are the ages that can participate?

There are program options for ages 5-18.


How many classes will there be?

We will be offering the following classes/programs:

“Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS” for ages 5-14 on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm OR Saturdays from 9:00 am – 10:15 am. (Musical)

“School House Rock Live JR.” for ages 9-18 on Mondays from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm OR Saturdays from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon. (Musical)

There will be a non-musical (Title TBA) for ages 9-18 offered - more details will be announced in March. 

Tech Club for ages 12-18 will have more information available in mid-February.


*Classes meet once per week on the designated day/time you register for unless otherwise noted. 


What if my child has never performed before?

No experience is necessary. 


What is the cost?

“Disney’s Finding Nemo KIDS” is $260.00 per person.

“School House Rock Live, Jr.” is $290.00 per person.

The Non-Musical - TBD

Tech Club - TBD

*There is a service fee added to the registration when paying online through our registration system. If you would like to pay with cash/check to avoid this extra charge, please contact the CAST office or check off the appropriate box when registering. Please see important information about our new system on the bottom of the class information page. 


Are there scholarships?

Yes. We have limited scholarships available. Please contact us at for more information.


Are there any family discounts available?

Yes. If you are signing up a sibling from the same household, there will be a discount of $50.00 off the second sibling for our musical programs. There is no sibling discount for our non-musical program. 


Are payment plans available?

Yes. We will work with you to set-up a plan that works. If you would like to create a payment plan, please contact the CAST office at 


Is there a limit on how many children can participate?

Yes. We have 30 spaces per class available on a first come basis in our musical programs and TBD spaces available in our non-musical. 


The production I wanted to place my child in is full. Is there a waiting list? Yes. You can be placed on a waiting list. If someone drops out, we will contact people on the waiting list in the order they added in to join our program. There are no guarantees.

Will there be auditions?

The first day of class will be a mini-audition so we can assign parts properly. This is nothing you need to prepare for in advance. We will send you any information you need to know prior to the start of the first class/program. Everyone who signs up for our programs is in the show.


Will there be performances for the productions this Spring?

Yes. Our Musicals will be live in-person performances in Manchester High School’s Bailey Auditorium. Each class will have one corresponding performance. Please refer to our website for show dates. Our non-musical will be live in-person at the CAST studio. 


What do we do in between classes each week?

It is important that everyone is practicing every day for at least 15 minutes. Everyone will receive a link to the music to be able to practice at home and on the first day everyone receives a script and by the end of the first class you will know what part and/or chorus you are in to be able to practice. Each week we also send an update via email with what we worked on in class and what to practice for the following week.  


Will you be providing water?

We encourage everyone to bring a water bottle to class. We do have a water cooler in our lobby as well for refills. 


 Will masks be required?

Mask wearing is optional and always encouraged for those who still wish to mask. CAST continues to monitor all recommendations set forth by the CDC, the State of Connecticut and the Town of Manchester with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is subject to modification based on changes in governing guidelines and recommendations. 


What if my child(ren) isn’t feeling well?  

If you do not feel well or have a fever, please let us know and please stay home.


What is your refund policy?

If you withdraw before the first class, you will receive a refund minus a non-refundable fee of $75.00 for our current musical classes. The refund policy for our non-musical and any other programs we are offering this session will be announced in mid-February/early March when we announce more information on those programs. There will be no refunds after the first class of any program. 

Can parents come to class? 

No. We do not allow parents in the rehearsal room during classes as it distracts from the class and we have a lot to do in a limited amount of time each week. There is not a waiting area inside the studio. Many parents either wait in their cars, go for a walk or run some errands.  


Should the health department or other municipality direct us to quarantine at any given time, we may switch our programming to a virtual model and contact families if we need to make any schedule adjustments. 

updated 1/10/2024

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