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So…your kid Is into Theatre…FAQ's and advice

What does that imply for parents? Firstly, you can look forward to an enriching experience. Theatre offers a gratifying platform for your child's creativity and provides you with a unique perspective on your child's abilities. Here are some insights shared by other parents throughout the years.

Questions & Answers:


Q: How many productions are there each year?

A: There are two main stage productions per year, one in the fall and a musical in the spring. During the winter, there are also student-directed One Act plays, and an Advanced Theatre production is entered into the VHSL (Virginia High School League) One Act Play competition.


Q: What is the best way to start getting involved with other parent volunteers (the Choregoi)?

A: A good way to get involved with other parent volunteers is to start with a small task. Consider volunteering for concessions, flower sales, or ticket sales on show nights. This allows you to get to know people and the families of the students your child is spending time with. It's also a great way to stay connected with your child and their interests. The Choregoi also hold monthly meetings, so joining an email list or the Facebook group is the best way to stay informed about parent events.

Q: What if my student says they don't want me getting involved?

A: While our kids may tell us not to be involved, they often appreciate their parents taking an interest in their activities. Sometimes they feel the need to assert their independence by asking parents not to get involved, but that's a normal part of growing up. If your child insists that you shouldn't get involved, remind them that without parent support, the Choregoi wouldn't be able to carry out their helpful and fun activities. We need as many parents as possible to help!

Q: Is there something I can do that lets me help without appearing too involved?

A: There are plenty of opportunities for you to help without being perceived as overly involved. During a show, you can assist behind the concession stand, sell flowers, or sell tickets on show nights. Attending meetings and asking about behind-the-scenes fundraising, publicity, and other projects is also a great way to contribute.

Q: Can my child balance being in a show and homework too?

A: Absolutely! Many students successfully balance their schoolwork and their involvement in extracurricular activities like the Thespian Honor Society. Students in sports, band, and other after-school activities face similar challenges. Younger students can seek advice from older Drama students on how to manage their time effectively. While it can be difficult to keep up with homework without proper organization, many students complete their work between rehearsal sets or when they are not performing. It's a great opportunity for them to learn multitasking skills and prepare for the demands of college life.

Q: Can this take up a lot of my student's time?

A: The amount of time your student will spend on a production depends on their role or responsibilities within the production. Sometimes students may exaggerate the amount of time needed to complete a production because they enjoy spending time with their peers during rehearsals and work sessions, whether or not they are scheduled to be present. While theatre can be time-consuming, it is not wasted time. Students learn more about themselves, how to collaborate with others, and how to express their artistic side.

Q: What is "hell week"?

A: "Hell week" refers to the week leading up to the first performance of any MAD Drama production. It is called "hell week" because it is the final opportunity to complete all necessary tasks before the big night. During this week, rehearsals and technical work take place every day after school and often continue late into the evening. Although it can be exhausting, students rely on adrenaline and support from the Choregoi, who provide food, to push through. It is an opportunity for students to truly dedicate themselves to a common goal and experience a sense of accomplishment.

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