Frequently Asked Questions

What do we teach?
What sort of material will your child be performing?
What about costumes?
When does class begin?
What happens if you’re late to pick up your child?
Are classes open to the public?
Will your child need to practice outside of class?
Who are the instructors?

We’ve made every effort to anticipate and answer your questions about classes here.  If you still have unanswered questions, or concerns of any kind, please feel free to call the theatre at 830-620-4848.

 

What do we teach?

How to use the voice Theatre terms
How to use the body Character analysis
Body positions on stage Ensemble acting
Areas of the stage Essential production elements

 

What sort of material will your child be performing?

2nd & 3rd grades: 10-12 minute play with an actor on stage to help them.
4th & 5th grades: 12-15 minute play with an adult narrator on the side.
6th – 8th grades: 20-25 minute play with the students being their own narrators.
Jr. Advanced: 25-35 minute play, with only themselves to rely on.
Advanced: 25-35 minute play, possibly with music, and only themselves to rely on.
Private Lessons: Monologues chosen by the teacher, appropriate for the child’s age and ability.

 

What about costumes?

They are necessary for our recitals, but they need not be expensive. You might be asked to buy a pair of tights, or cut an overlay from an old sheet. Usually by borrowing from friends, or with additions from the theatre’s costume loft, we can achieve the desired result for under $10.00.

When does class begin?

Class time is listed in your schedule sheet which you will receive at registration. Class time is limited, so it is very important that everyone be there on time.

What happens if you’re late to pick up your child?

It is the policy of this theatre that no child be left unattended. However, the staff is on a tight schedule and for any child left 5 minutes after class has ended, there will be a $5.00 charge. $5.00 will be added for each additional 10 minutes. Payment due at the next class.

Are classes open to the public?

Parents are welcomed and encouraged to come to the first day of class. However, after this we conduct closed classes so that the students will be able to concentrate on the material rather than showing off for their folks, or feeling self-conscious in front of strangers. Please fell free to listen in from the lobby.

Will your child need to practice outside of class?

Definitely! Please encourage your child to practice what he/she learns in class every day. The advantage of drama is that it can be practiced anywhere, at any time. Soon they will be given a script and will be required to memorize their part.

Who are the Instructors?

Roberta Elliott – School Supervisor

Roberta is the Executive Director of Circle Arts Theatre, and director of the Inner Circle, the theatre’s youth touring company.  She holds degrees from Trinity University in Drama and Religion, and has completed education classes at Trinity and Southwest Texas State University.  She has worked with Circle Arts since the age of 14, and became a paid staff member in 1978.

Robin Williams – Instructor

Robin is the Artistic/Technical Director at Circle Arts Theatre.  Robin graduated from The University of Texas with degrees in Theatre and Education.  She has choreographed many major productions for the theatre, directed several major productions including “The Sound of Music”, “The Cemetery Club”, and “My Fair Lady” as well as Dinner With the Arts for the Arts Council.  Robin was a valuable member of the Inner Circle, the theatre’s touring youth company for three years, and has also taught summer theatre classes for youth in Austin.