Q: My child has never participated in any kind of theatrical program or production. Is this a problem?
A: Not at all! Our program is designed for kids of all skill levels. All that’s required is a positive attitude and a willingness to try new things.
Q: Do you hold auditions?
A: Our summer camps and Sunshine Band do not hold formal auditions. The reason for this is that we try to provide a low-pressure environment in which our campers can express themselves and test their limits without any added pressure. Auditions are a part of our in-school programs, but each child will receive a role, provided they meet all academic and conduct requirements.
Q: How do you cast your summer shows?
A: Kid Stock, Inc. shows are cast based on several factors including enthusiasm, comfort level, and age. Our primary goal is to place each camper where he or she will be challenged and given the best possible opportunity to shine.
During the first few days of camp, students are encouraged to showcase their passions and abilities in their drama, dance, and singing workshops by volunteering for solos, learning choreography, and bringing characters to life both vocally and physically during script read-throughs while the instructors observe and take notes. At the casting sessions, the department heads and site director meet and compare notes. Together, they come up with a single cast list.
Q: Can roles change after casting has been announced?
A: It is our policy not to switch or change parts once they have been announced, out of fairness to the entire cast. While our staff members try to make every camper happy, disappointment over casting is inevitable. We encourage our students to find the fun and the challenge in each role, regardless of whether it was what they initially desired, and to focus on the quality of each part rather than things like the quantity of lines.
Q: My child has special needs/a medical condition. Can he/she still participate?
A: Absolutely! However, it is incredibly important that our staff members are aware of any special needs and/or medical conditions so that we can be sure each site is properly equipped to accommodate them. This includes any learning disabilities or behavioral conditions. The health and safety of our campers is our top priority.
Q: Kid Stock, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Where does my enrollment fee go?
A: Camper registration fees are used to cover the cost of materials (scripts, art supplies, CD and DVD production and postage, snacks, etc.), site rental and insurance, and to pay the staff. Any excess is used to support our scholarship fund.
Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: Yes! Please complete our Financial Aid Request Form and return it to our office. The amount we are able to allocate to each applicant depends largely on the number of requests and the balance of our scholarship fund. For more information, please contact the office.
Q: Would it be possible to set up a payment plan?
A: Absolutely! Please contact the office for more information.
Q: How large are your summer camps?
A: Waiting lists for our summer programs begin when enrollment reaches 40 campers. Typically, we cap each site at 45 campers. This ensures a safe ratio of campers and counselors, and allows each child to have a more personal experience. We encourage early enrollment in order to secure your spot.
Q: I’ve enrolled in your program, but my plans have changed. Can I receive a refund?
A: All cancellations must be made at lease one week prior to your session’s start date for you to receive a refund. A $100 camper deposit is required for enrollment. It is non-refundable.