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PARENT

FAQ.

Welcome to the Frequently-Asked-Questions section written specifically for our wonderful DYT families. Please select a question from the list below to find answers to some of the most common concerns for parents and guardians.

How can my kid(s) get involved in DYT?


We can't wait to meet you! Your student can: 1) Check out our classes and begin to gain skills through our qualified instructors! 2) Check out The Callboard for updates on auditions.




What classes are available at DYT?


Taking classes is one of the best ways to gain skills, to meet people and to have fun! Delta Youth Theatre offers three classes: 1) Musical Theatre I (6-8) 2) Musical Theatre II (9-12) 3) Movement For The Actor (All ages)




Do you need to be in a class to be in the musical?


Nope! Auditions are open to any student. That being said, students learn valuable skills in classes that they can use to improve as actors, dancers and singers.




Can I do other extra-curricular activities and audition for a show at the same time?


It depends. Being involved in a DYT musical is a large commitment. Some extracuricular activities overlap with part of the rehearsal process, you will get a good sense of the conflict by scrutinizing our rehearsal schedule and comparing it to your other commitments.




What is the time commitment for acting in a show?


We typically meet on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons/evenings for rehearsals. We also occassionally meet for rehearsals on Saturdays and Mondays. For more information click here to check the specific rehearsal schedule on The Callboard. The week before the show opens is called "Tech Week." It is when we add all of the lights, sounds, costumes and technical elements of the show. During this time we rehearse more frequently.




What is the time commitment for working crew on a show?


A position on the Stage Crew requires being available for all tech rehearsals (covering about 2 weeks) and all performances. The performers onstage rely heavily on the Stage Crew and crew members must be reliable, consistant and dedicated. Click here to see the tech schedule.




My student is in a DYT show. How can I stay connected to updates and important information?


DYT takes communication with parents/guardians very seriously. If your student has joined the cast or crew of a show, there are several ways for parents to stay in the loop. 1) Check The Callboard. 2) Check the DYT Parent Facebook Page 3) Email Us at deltayouththeatre@gmail.com If your student is in the show but you are not receiving emails, please send an email to be added to the list. 4) Parent Meeting Each show at DYT begins with a parent meeting to give families the opportunity to meet the directors and each other. Meetings are usually held between rehearsals on the first Sunday. This gives families the opportunity to ask questions or sign up for voluteeri jobs.




Does it cost money to audition for a show or be in the cast?


There are no costs involved in auditioning for a DYT. But there is a tuition fee once your student has been cast. Tuition is $802.90 (including GST). This includes a cast shirt, cast party, tech meal and a long rehearsal day pizza meal. There are no other fees unless you choose to do an optional field trip or headshots.




What should I do if my student is sick or cannot attend rehearsal for another reason?


Due to covid-19 protocol, students must stay home when sick. Any conflicts that have been submitted and agreed upon prior to casting are excused however, beyond this students are expected to be at all rehearsals they are called for.




What is "Tech Rehearsal"?


Tech Rehearsal is when the cast and crew combine all of the technical elements of the show. We work together to practice scene changes, add costumes, focus lights, test sound and do everything else that makes a show magical. This can be a very busy time for the cast and crew as we need to finish everything so that the show is ready for an audience. Tech rehearsals are tedius but we pride ourselves in having a detailed plan and executing it efficiently.




What is "Strike"?


Strike is the theatrical word for “clean-up”! Strike takes place immediately after the last performance and is when the crew tears down the set, cleans up backstage and puts away costumes and props.




What are some ways parents can be involved?


Thank you for asking : ) We always say, it takes a village to raise a musical and we have the greatest village a company could ask for! From scanning tickets to organizing DYT swag orders to cooking and serving tech rehearsal meals, we love having our parents helping out! Please click here for more ways to Support DYT!




I have another question that isn't covered here.


No problem! Please feel free to send us an email at deltayouththeatre.com.




What age does my student need to be to audition for DYT?


Delta Youth Theatre productions are open to students aged 9 and up (Tracy's grandma played one of our Birdwomen in Mary Poppins at age 90!). Post-secondary students are welcome too!




Where does DYT rehearse?


Rehearsals are located at the All Saints Anglican Ladner Church. The address is 4755 Arthur Drive, Ladner BC.




What will the rehearsal process be like?


Students will rehearse anywhere from once a week to three times per week as we get closer to opening night. Students are expected to be on time and ready to sing, dance, act and have a 'yes let's' attitude. Students will receive scripts and accompaniment tracks that they can use to get familiar with and ultimately memorize. Choreography, blocking and movement will be built upon at each rehearsal so remembering a previous rehearsals' direction is expected. Don't worry, we have fun too! DYT studetns play theatre games and do team building activities!




What are the shows like?


At DYT we perform Broadway Junior productions with all of the elements of a professional production. Students will perform anywhere from 3-6 shows depending on their roles and/or ensemble track. DYT shows have taken place at the Metro Theatre in Vancouver, the Genesis Theatre in Ladner and outdoors at the South Delta Baptist Church! Wherever we perform audiences are blown away with our students and the production.




What is a track role?


Good question! In some cases there are 4 performers cast in one role. If this is the case for you, you will most likely play an 'off-night' or a 'track.' Your 'track' refers to the multiple roles you may play in one show. To explain what a track is, we are going to use an example from Frozen Jr. In Frozen Jr. you may start the show as a Villager in Arendelle. Then you may change costumes to be a Troll in "Fixer Upper," and then a Seagull in "In Summer" and finally, you're be back to a Villager. Needless to say, you are busy and having a lot of fun.




What does "off-night" mean?


Due to our 4 cast model, students are sometimes free to play a different role or roles in the same cast....on a different night. Let's give an example....Beauty and the Beast. Friday night, you are performing the role of Belle. Saturday night, you are a Villager, a Fork, a Wolf and back to a Villager.