What ages do you accept to the program?
At the Summer Acting Camp, we accept students ages 5 to 15. Students not in the aforementioned age bracket (both younger or older) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Do you still have space at the camp?
Yep! We still have space at the camp in all age categories!
I contacted your company but I haven't received a response yet.
Did you check your spam folder? Our emails often land there so make sure you check your spam folder as well as your inbox! Also, we maintain a minimal staff during the non-summer months (to keep the cost of tuition down) and it may take us a few days to get back to you!
How do I enroll? What is the registration process?
Registration opens January 1st. Simply click on the link entitled "Registration" located at the bottom of this page and fill out our registration form. Payment is required at the time of registration. Once you've successfully registered and paid, you'll receive a confirmation email and that's it! One week before your selected session begins, you'll received a "first-day details" email with all of the information you'll need to start camp! Make sure to check your spam folder as our emails sometimes land there!
Can you explain how the daily schedule works?
At the Summer Acting Camp, students are divided by age into groups. Groups range in size from 12 to 18 students. Each group rotates through 10 different classes daily. Every class is 40 minutes long. Additionally, there are two snack breaks as well as a lunch break. Classes begin at 8:00 am and end at 3:30 pm - however, we offer FREE extended care beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 5:30 pm. To see an example of the daily schedule, please click HERE.
What should I do if I have to pick my child up early?
No problem! Simply give us a note when you drop your child off in the morning informing us as to when you'll be picking up your child that day. Early pick ups must be communicated on the day of by giving us a written note. If you need to pick up your child unexpectedly in the middle of the day, please call our office at 818-957-1619 and follow the prompts to speak to the on-site camp coordinator.
Do you offer discounts or scholarships to students?
Yes, we do offer discounts! Discount codes can be found on our promotional materials (posters, flyers, postcards, etc.) By entering a valid discount code, the total tuition cost will be reduced by $45.00. Discount codes cannot be combined with the Early Bird tuition rate, cannot be applied to previously submitted applications and may only be used once per student. We also offer a special referral refund - please email us for more details. Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer scholarships.
Do you offer a payment plan?
The Theatrical Education Group cannot facilitate payment plans paid by check. However, if you have a PayPal account, you can choose “PayPal Credit” as your payment method. When selecting your payment option during the registration process, select "PayPal" and log in to your PayPal account. You can then choose the "PayPal Credit" option. This financing plan (offered through PayPal only) consists of no payments, no interest for 6 months! Contact PayPal for more details!
My child is going to miss part of the camp - can you prorate the tuition?
Unfortunately no. We hire our staff per session (as opposed to per week or per day). Hence, even if your child only attends two of the three weeks, we still have to hire our teachers for the full session. The good news is that missing a few days (or even a full week) is no problem! As long as we know in advance, we will make sure to tailor the curriculum so that your child doesn't miss critical information or lessons!
What if my child doesn’t like the program? What’s your cancellation policy?
No problem! If you decide to cancel your enrollment for any reason from the date you submit your registration up through the third day of the camp, you can receive a full refund of the tuition minus a non-refundable $100.00 deposit per session. Beginning with the fourth day of camp, there is no refund available. You must notify us via email if you desire to cancel your enrollment. Please allow up to two weeks to process your cancellation.
How are students broken up into groups?
Students are broken up into groups based on age. If you would like to request your child be grouped with a friend of the same age, you may do so and we will do our best to accommodate your request. NO switching of groups is permitted after the first day of camp.
Is there a culminating event?
Yep, each session of the Summer Acting Camp culminates in a final performance on stage at the La Canada Playhouse (the same location as the camp). The performance takes place on the last day of the camp at 7:00 pm and admission is free. Students are expected to stay all day on the final day of camp for the dress rehearsal and dinner will be provided for the students. For more information, please click HERE
Can my child attend only one week or half days? What if we have to miss a day?
The Summer Acting Camp is structured as a full-day, 3-week program and we hope your child can attend camp every day. If you have to miss a day or two because of vacation plans or your school schedule, we completely understand and that's not a problem at all. If you have a longer schedule conflict that would cause you to miss more than a few days, please email us so we can work something out.
Can my child attend both sessions? Are both sessions the same?
We would love to have your child attend both sessions! Many students choose to attend both sessions! While the classes offered for both sessions are the same, we alter the curriculum for repeat students to ensure that they have an opportunity to work on new performance material.
What level of training will my child receive? Does this camp require prior experience?
At the Summer Acting Camp, we welcome all levels of experience! Our instructors are trained to adjust the curriculum to meet the individual needs of the students. Beginning students with no prior experience will be made to feel right at home while advanced students will be given differentiated instruction to ensure their needs are being met!
Are there any special supplies or clothes we need to bring?
Nope, you won't need to purchase any special supplies or clothes - all materials are provided by the Summer Acting Camp! We provide tap shoes for every student - however, if your child already owns a pair, they are more than welcome to bring their own. Our official dress code is as follows: students are asked to wear comfortable, loose clothing that will allow for rigorous physicality and movement. All clothing must be free of profanity, advertisements for alcohol or illegal substances and generally in good taste. No midriffs please. All students must wear closed toe/heel shoes – sandals and /or flip-flops are NOT allowed. Shorts must be worn under skirts.
I ordered a Summer Acting Camp t-shirt. When will I receive it?
T-shirts ordered at the time of registration will be handed out during the first week of camp. Additional t-shirts can be ordered through the session and will be distributed as soon as payment is received. It is encouraged (but not required) that campers wear their Summer Acting Camp t-shirt for the final performance.
I ordered a Summer Acting Camp DVD. When will I receive it?
DVDs will be mailed to the home address listed on the registration form by September 15th.
Do you provide meals for the students or does my child need to bring a lunch?
You'll need to pack a lunch for your child every day - we don't provide meals for the students. Make sure that you pack extra snacks with their lunch (as there are two snack breaks during the day). Also, it's a good idea to provide your child with a water bottle - some of the classes are very physical and the students can get thirsty! We do have a "Snack Shack" where we sell chips and juice - all items are $1.00.
What activities do you have for my child during the breaks, lunch and pick-up?
During both the breaks and lunch, we have different rooms set up for the students to relax and take a break from class. One of the rooms has a Nintendo Wii set up for students to play 4 person competitive games (i.e. Mario Kart.) In a different room, we show a movie appropriate for all ages. Finally, we have a third room where students can play board games and cards. We do not allow any personal electronic devices during the breaks or lunch (including but not limited to smart phones, handheld electronic gaming devices, etc.) During pick-up, we show a movie in the main theatre.