CAST Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions
Given the unpredictability of the variants, we will continue to consult with and follow the guidance of the CDC, the state of Connecticut and local health officials. We will all need to be flexible and understand that as we continue to work in the best interest of our CAST community, there will likely be changes and updates.
When does registration open?
Registration is open now. Registration will close when the class is full or the class starts; whichever comes first.
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:
“Cover Your Sneeze, Please” for ages 5-7
This class will be offered on Saturdays from 9:30-10:15 am
“Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS” for ages 8-13
This class will be offered on either Tuesdays OR Wednesdays from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
“Elf The Musical, Jr.” for ages 9-18 will be offered on either Mondays from 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm OR Saturdays from 10:45 am – 12:00 noon.
What if my child has never performed before?
No experience is necessary. We do however recommend that if you are between the ages of 9-13 and this is your first time performing that you start in the “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS” classes. These classes are a little shorter and may go at a different speed than a junior class.
What is the cost?
“Cover Your Sneeze, Please” is $100.00 per person.
“Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS” is $250.00 per person.
“Elf The Musical, Jr.” is $285.00 per person.
Are there scholarships?
Yes. We have limited scholarships available. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 $25.00 off the second sibling.
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 email@example.com
Is there a limit on how many children can participate?
Yes. In “Cover Your Sneeze, Please”, we have 15 spaces available on a first come basis”. In “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS” and “Elf The Musical, Jr.” we have 20 spaces per class available on a first come basis.
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. Names will be placed on the list in the order they were received.
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.
Will my child get a part?
Yes. Everyone who signs up receives a part somewhere in the show. In a few cases, some students may be cast in dual roles. Some roles may be added as part of the ensemble once we start working on the show.
Will there be performances for the productions this fall?
Yes. However, there will not be live in the theatre performances. All performances for this session will be live streamed. Children will perform at CAST and there will be a link available for families to purchase virtual tickets to see shows online.
Will you be providing water?
We encourage everyone to bring a water bottle with them each class with their name displayed clearly on the bottle. We currently do not have a water cooler due to the pandemic.
Will masks be required?
Yes. All children and staff members are required to wear masks inside the CAST studio. We understand if children need to take a mask break and we will address that on the first day. Masks are also required for performances. Shields and/or clear masks may be provided by CAST and used if preferred; regardless of what type of mask – everyone must wear them. We feel a particular responsibility to our younger students that are unable to be vaccinated. It is our goal to keep all students and staff safe and healthy.
Are there other COVID-19 Guidelines we should be aware of?
Yes, please see our Fall 2021 Updated Program Information sheet in regards to our COVID-19 CAST studio policies. Please click here to review our COVID-19 program information sheet.
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 “Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KDSI” & “Elf the Musical, Jr.” classes. For Cover Your Sneeze Please, if you withdraw before the first class, you will receive a refund minus a non-refundable fee of $25.00. There will be no refunds after the first class of any program.
Should the health department or other municipality direct us to quarantine at any given time, we will switch our programming to a virtual model and contact families if we need to make any schedule adjustments.
We are sorry, but we cannot offer refunds or credits to families instructed or choosing to quarantine due to household exposure/suspected exposure (i.e., siblings in other youth programs or camps, contact with friends/neighbors outside of CAST, parent exposed at work, etc.) or if a household member tests positive.
What are some of the precautions you will be using to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
We are closely following the state and local recommendations regarding COVID-19. These include things such as masks, social distancing, being outside, as well as frequent cleaning. We continue to update our protocols as more guidelines become available.
We are having upgrades done to our facility including an Energy Recovery Ventilator which will help to bring fresh air in from the outside and push air from inside out. We are also installing several plug in plus air purification systems that will help to reduce anything airborne including but not limited to smoke, mold, odors, bacteria and viruses; including COVID-19.
We have hand sanitizer stations in the building.
Will you be offering any virtual programming?
Possibly. If this is something you are interested in, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated as of September 21, 2021
CAST, INC. d.b.a. CAST children’s theatre
FALL 2021 UPDATED PROGRAM INFORMATION SHEET
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 Sheet is subject to modification based on changes in governing guidelines and recommendations.
The pandemic is a fluid situation and protocols could change at a moment’s notice. Please check our website for any current COVID updates.
2020/2021 CAST Studio COVID-19 policies:
We will be holding programs for ages 5-18. The fall session is to be in person; however, we will remain flexible acknowledging the current environment we are working in and following recommendations set forth by the CDC, the State of Connecticut and the Town of Manchester with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for any classes that will be held in person. Planned class size is no more than 20 students with a maximum class size of 25 including staff, and fully masked while indoors.
Class Size Groupings and Spacing for In Person Programming:
CAST classes will have no more than 20 students per class and will include up to 5 CAST staff members. The CAST class schedule will be modified as needed to allow for maximum group distancing. There will be no snacks or water provided by CAST, students are to bring their own water bottle to class with their name on it.
There will be deep cleaning and sanitizing of the facility throughout the day, following all recommended guidelines. In the event a student is not feeling well they will be isolated from the group and immediate pick up will be required. The CAST office area will be restricted to the public, and will only be available by appointment. There will be no indoor waiting area.
Masks/Face Coverings and Social Distancing:
As recommended by the CDC, all CAST students and staff will be required to wear masks or face coverings throughout the day. Face shields or masks will be utilized for singing, and shields will be provided by CAST if needed. Masks must be worn during drop off procedures and until the student returns to their car at the end of programming. Students will be required to observe social distancing guidelines, and follow instructions and directions provided by CAST staff to maintain social distancing strategies.
Drop Off Procedures:
Any student or staff member not feeling well should stay home. Masks must be worn by all students and staff at drop off / upon building entry. Procedures may be adjusted to adhere to guidelines as necessary. All entrances and exits will be through the front ramp. Students driving their own cars will park in the CAST parking lot behind the building. All students and staff members will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering CAST for the day.
Pick Up Procedure:
Students will be dismissed after class to the porch area on Summit Street and supervised until pick up. Families are expected to arrive on time to expedite dismissal.
All staff will wear masks or face coverings in public spaces, and other personal protective equipment as deemed appropriate. Distancing guidelines will be followed and administered by CAST staff during the program day.
Informed Consent Forms:
All CAST families will be required to sign an “Informed Consent Form” on the risks of COVID-19 prior to sending their child/children to CAST. The consent form will be part of the registration form required prior to starting the program and will be posted on our website.
The wording on the registration form will be: By signing this 2021 UPDATED PROGRAM INFORMATION SHEET, I agree to abide by the necessary measures as outlined above. I agree to disclose to CAST any known COVID-19 exposure or required quarantine measures. Failure to complete and sign this form will prevent access to CAST programming and the facility.
We feel a particular responsibility to our young students that are unable to be vaccinated. It is our goal to keep all students and staff safe and healthy. We will continue to re-evaluate our COVID policies with local town guidelines. It is our intention to re-evaluate this policy in January.
COVID-19 ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK DISCLAIMER
Be advised that CAST, INC. d.b.a. CAST children’s theatre is following state, local and municipal guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. CAST has taken enhanced health and safety measures in accordance with recommended guidelines. All families and children must follow published instructions while participating in CAST programs, events and while on the CAST premises.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death in adults and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and individuals with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. This includes children who are health-compromised or with underlying medical conditions.
By visiting the CAST premises or participating in CAST programs and events, you (on behalf of yourself and your child/children), voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. CAST program and event participants, family members, and all involved with (or on) CAST premises will assume all risk with regard to their exposure to the contagious COVID-19 virus.
**Please note: Given the unpredictability of the variants, we will continue to consult with and follow the guidance of the CDC, the state of Connecticut and local health officials. We will all need to be flexible and understand that as we continue to work in the best interest of our CAST community, there will likely be changes and updates.
Last Updated 9/17/2021