What are the benefits of participating in a
At DLC, we are firm believers
that drama is extremely beneficial in increasing self-confidence
and teaches young people how to better express themselves. In addition
to the drama skills they gain, they also learn teamwork skills that
will be helpful to them throughout their lives.
How does my child get a part in the show?
For all of our classes (with the exception of TYA) each student
enrolled is guaranteed a role in the show. On the first day of class,
we conduct what we refer to as “placements.” We try to avoid the
word “audition” because oftentimes it creates unnecessary anxiety.
Placements are our way to find the best place for your child in
the production- the area that will enable them to be most comfortable,
learn, and grow. We will teach a song from the show, and students
who wish to be considered for a solo will sing in front of the class.
Oftentimes we also will do a group dance and some readings from
What is a typical class like?
when class starts, students are led in a group drama warm-up followed
by a brief discussion of a drama term. Then directors begin rehearsing
scenes from that day’s class schedule. If a student is not in the
scene the director is working on, they are working with the assistant
director or counselor to learn/review music and choreography, or
are working on drama skills through theatre games/class work.
What if my child is unhappy with their part?
We understand that occasionally students are initially disappointed
if they do not get the role they had their heart set on. However,
our staff is committed to finding each student’s opportunity to
shine on our stage. To this end, we choose ensemble shows- where
each student’s role is extremely important to the theatrical process.
Regardless of the show title, each student will experience lots
of stage time, singing, dancing, acting, drama skills and games,
learning, and fun!
Does my child have to be at all of the classes
and all of the dress rehearsals?
Yes please! Because we are
emphasizing ensemble theatre and teamwork, attendance is essential.
Of course we understand illness and emergency, but please try to
make sure that your child’s schedule is clear for the week of dress
rehearsals. Regardless of the size of the role, if one student is
missing it throws off the group dynamic. Please alert your child’s
director if you foresee any potential conflicts.
What is double casting/do you double cast?
Double casting is where one role is shared by two students who
each portray the role at one final performance. (Most classes have
2 final performances) Typically, these students will be featured
in the ensemble on the show day where they are not performing their
main role. Though this system does provide additional opportunities,
there are some challenges. When a role is shared, the student must
share rehearsal time with another. They also must learn an additional
“track” or stage path for the show where they are not playing their
main role. In many cases, a director will choose to double cast
a role when he/she has two students who are equally capable of playing
the part and are experienced enough to handle the challenges that
come with being double cast. Double casting is always up to the
discretion of the individual director.
Does my child need to have prior experience?
No! We welcome students of all levels from beginner to advanced!
We find that though beginners might be initially intimidated or
nervous, those feeling typically fade after the first class. All
of our teachers emphasize the fact that each student’s contribution
My child is serious about performing. Can you
give me the name of an agent?
We do not have a particular
agent that we recommend, but we strongly urge parents to use extreme
caution when thinking about this option. Please be aware that an
ethical agent will only offer to represent your child if they think
they are going to be able to find work for him/her, and will require
NO money up front. True agents only get paid when they book a job
for their talent, and will only take 10-15% of what the client is
paid for the job.
What does my tuition pay for?
to participating in a theatrical production, students will also
gain a basic knowledge of drama skills including stage directions,
improvisation, character development, pantomime, expression, projection,
articulation, and more. Your tuition also includes 2 complimentary
tickets to the final production (additional tickets will be available
for purchase). DLC typically provides the majority of costume pieces
and students perform in our fully equipped theatre which features
new sound and lighting equipment.
Are there any additional fees?
from ticket purchases, all additional fees are optional. Families
do have the option to purchase a 8x10 cast photo and DVD of the
Is there a sibling discount?
sibling discounts for our School’s Out Workshop series. However,
we are happy to work out a payment plan for families with more than
one child enrolled in a production class.
Can I videotape the show? What about pictures?
Because of copyright laws, videotaping is strictly prohibited.
We do allow pictures to be taken during the performances as long
as flash is not used. Flashes distract our actors and audience.
If you choose to take non-flash pictures during the performance,
please be courteous to those around you and be aware of any noises
your camera might make. Again, we want to avoid distracting our
How many students are in each class? What is
your adult to student ratio?
For preschool classes our maximum
class size is 20, for Beginning Acting the maximum is 25, and for
production classes our maximum is 30. We try to adhere to a 1:10
ratio, and typical staffing includes a director, assistant director,