CAST Winter/Spring 2023 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! 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/programs:
“Disney's Aristocats KIDS” for ages 5-14 on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm OR Saturdays from 9:00 am – 10:15 am. (Musical)
“Peter Pan, 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 in March/April. More details will be available in February.
Classes meet once per week on the designated day/time you register for. Each class has its own corresponding performance dates.
What if my child has never performed before?
No experience is necessary.
What is the cost?
“Disney's Aristocats KIDS” is $260.00 per person.
“Peter Pan, Jr.” is $290.00 per person.
The Non-Musical is TBD.
Are there scholarships?
Yes. We have limited scholarships available. Please contact us at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a limit on how many children can participate?
Yes. We have 20 spaces per class available on a first come basis in our musical programs and approximately 15 spaces will be available in our non-musical. If we are able to add additional spaces once a class is full, we will.
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 Winter/Spring class programs is in the show.
Will there be performances for the productions this Winter/Spring?
Yes. Our Musicals will be live in-person performances at a local elementary school in Manchester. Please refer to our website for show dates. Our non-musical will be live in-person at the CAST studio. Depending on show titles, a streaming option may be available.
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 with them each class with their name displayed clearly on the bottle. We currently do not have a water cooler available due to the pandemic.
Will masks be required?
Yes. All children and staff members are required to wear masks inside the CAST studio during classes and rehearsals. We understand if children need to take a mask break and we will address that on the first day. For performances, masks will be optional for performers.
Are there other COVID-19 Guidelines we should be aware of?
Please see our Program Information sheet in regards to our COVID-19 CAST studio policies. This can be found by clicking here.
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 “Disney's Aristocats KIDS” or “Peter Pan, Jr.” classes. For the non-musical, 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 continue to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic and continue to update our protocols as new information becomes available.
We have made improvements to our facility including recently installing an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV), which helps to bring fresh air in from the outside and push air from inside out. We have also installed 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.