Performing Arts Center of Kapolei

PACK HANDBOOK
The following policies are established for the duration of the rehearsal and performance period. Each one implies a strong discipline essential for the effective functioning of the theatre production company.

To achieve our goal of a professional production, we must practice the art of self-discipline which ranges from punctuality to all calls, preparation for all rehearsals and shows, to putting equipment away and clearing the work area before leaving. We must emphasize the fact that, the individual, are a part of a company and must therefore put aside your personal desires for the good of the production.

If you have the desire to succeed, the desire to create, the desire to excite an audience with a quality production, then we cannot help but find success, satisfaction and pride in this endeavor.

ATTEND ALL CALLS FOR REHEARSAL /PERFORMANCES AND CREW

Please review & clear these dates with you parents, guardians and teachers before turning in your signed contract.
Your conflict calendar should consist of dates and times you have prior commitments to and can not possibly change. Your availability may affect your being in the production or limit your involvement in the production.

Conflicts arising after the end of the grace period will be excused only for emergencies.
The schedule for MANDATORY rehearsals and performances will be announced at the first rehearsal. You and your family are expected to honor these, for the success of the production. Please review & clear these dates with your parents, guardians and teachers before turning in your signed contract.
Rehearsal And Crew Calls Are Never Missed Without Prior Permission.

BE ON TIME

Rehearsal and crew calls begin exactly at the time indicated on the call board. For example, a 3:00 rehearsal time means that at exactly 3:00 you have signed in, are in the rehearsal space and prepared to begin, with the proper materials ready. (Pencil, script, music, closed toe (or dance) shoes, dance wear or rehearsal clothes, etc.) Plan to arrive 10 minutes early to rehearsals and show call times. Be prepared and bring all possible materials to rehearsal. Schedule is subject to change.

If you must miss a rehearsal or be tardy, call or text the DIRECTORS, Mrs. Olson 224-5314, or Mrs. Amparo at 479-5824 before rehearsal starts. If an emergency makes you late, you personally must notify the director or stage manager.  If you know you will be late, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance. 

You are officially tardy 15 minutes after the call time without a courtesy call. Three (3) unexcused tardies (or early dismissals) will equal one (1) unexcused absence; three (3) unexcused absences will be considered for dismissal for the production or a reassessment of your role.

If you are tardy, sign in and go quietly to your rehearsal place. Please don’t socializing at this time.  Please don’t interrupt the rehearsal. It is your responsibility to gather any missed direction or information, on your own time, not during rehearsal. Please check with the production team or their assistants to find out what you missed.

Understand that emergency absences, tardiness or early dismissal may be considered "excused" at the discretion of the Production Team & staff. All requests for excused absences must be in writing, signed by a parent/guardian or teacher.

CHECK YOUR EMAIL AND FACEBOOK DAILY-

Schedules are subject to change. We would like all parents on Facebook on our private page and all students to have there OWN email.  All members of the company must check your email/Facebook daily. Once you arrive to rehearsal or performance, you must stay in the building until you leave for the day and must check out when leaving. 

Understand it is your responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from the Kapolei High School Forum rehearsals, performances and appearances off campus, with your parent's knowledge.


PAYING CUSTOMERS ONLY

No guests are allowed at rehearsals unless cleared with the production team.

PARENT POLICY

We ask that there is no interaction with teachers regarding teaching techniques or directing. Please refrain from making suggestions on how to make the dance better etc.. Parents guest or guardians are not allowed to watch rehearsals unless you are invited by a director or teacher.  

If you have a concern please take it to Meagan Olson or Rachelle Amparo. If your child is hurt at rehearsal please let us know right away.  Also, if they are suffering from any illness, sprains, muscle strains etc ... or receiving treatment from a doctor please let us know. We need to know what their limit are. 


ACADEMIC & HOME RESPONSIBILITIES

Cast Members are to maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 during their involvement in the show.  Rehearsals should not be an excuse for unfinished homework or for being unprepared for class.

You will receive grade checks periodically (except for during summer session).  Unsatisfactory grades may cause you to be dropped from the show.

You are expected to maintain good grades while working on this production. If grades persist below average levels, you will be removed from the show. Try to study before you come to rehearsal or bring your studies with you so that you may make good use of your time when you we not rehearsing. Plan ahead for papers, projects, and major tests. Don't get behind our school work in and home responsibilities.

Keep your parents aware of the exact hours you'll be working on the show, clearly stating when “social” time begins. Strive to fulfill regular home, school, church, and health commitments so that you retain good will of parents, teachers while involved in this production (Time management and responsibility are crucial).

Understand you my earn elective credit for successful completion of this class, if you are eligible and the proper registration is submitted on time. Remember this credit is a grade that depends on your behavior, attendance, and participation during the run of the show. 

ONE TEAM

All rehearsal space is the property of Kapolei High School and is shared with other programs.  You are expected to treat the areas with respect and keep them clean, and you are also expected to treat the other people working in the area with respect.

Remember the production team is on your side. Your success is the team's obligation. If you have problems or questions ask at the appropriate time. We care about you and your life but will not allow moodiness or tantrums to disrupt rehearsal. Talk to us before or after hours and we will do everything we can to help you.

Come to rehearsals with an open mind to learn and try new things and expand your horizons. There is no talking or socializing during rehearsal. Pay attention.

Look beyond your part and understand the spirit of the total production, and work as an ensemble with everyone to achieve this. (It's not all about me!) Do not talk when someone else is rehearsing or on stage. Realize that the production team is on your side but you need to work with them to make this a happy working experience for all.

Begin studying your parts (lines, lyrics, music, choreography and blocking) when they are assigned so the material will be secure in your memory and body by the "off-book” deadline. If you have difficulty memorizing, ask for early help from the production team.

Understand that failure to memorize lines, lyrics, music, choreography and blocking or technical responsibilities by the announced “due dates” may result in the loss of role or job assignment, or dismissal from the production.  Understand the importance of deadlines and agree to meet all the deadlines set by the company. (IE. Paperwork, being off book, etc.) If you fail to meet the deadline, be prepared to accept the consequences. 

Give full attention to comments and notes from the production team. Even if the notes are addressed to someone else, you can help by not being distracting and you may gain insights to improve yourself.

Weigh my complaint or criticism you may receive against your own evaluation of how hard you worked to achieve your personal best in this experience and realize it is an opportunity to take risks and learn and grow as an artist and a human being.

Every member of the company is equally important to the success of the production. There are no "Stars". Cooperation, and respect for all members of the company is essential.

Strive to respect and understand the work and talents of all members of the company - technical crew, actors, dancers, musicians, management, etc. This is a full ensemble company that you should be proud and privileged to be a part of.

The production staff and crew heads are the director's assistants and are directly responsible to the director. So long as the crew heads perform their assignments responsibly, there is no reason to argue with them. If problems cannot be resolved, both parties should see the director immediately.

There can only be one director for the show. Avoid offering unsolicited suggestions or chastising another actor. You will not criticize or make fun of another actor's work.

Please know the difference between "being on stage" and "showing off", so that you do not turn off other students or faculty against PACK by boisterous or embarrassing behavior.

Give your best at each rehearsal or performance and expect the best from those around you. Work up to your full capacity, other than "marking" or "walking through" a rehearsal so that everyone will know what to expect.

TRADITIONAL THEATRE PRACTICES

Pick up a prop only in execution of your role. A prop out of place can ruin a performance.  Always return your props to the prop table as soon as you leave the acting area. Don't set anything except a prop on a prop table and never touch another actor's prop or pre-set costume. 

Don't sit on prop furniture back stage. Never touch a piece of lighting, sound or stage equipment except in the performance of your duty.

Always treat you costumes with the most respect. Remember no eating or drinking in costume. Hang them up hen you are finished. Notify the wardrobe crew head immediately if your costume needs attention. (ie. repair, cleaning, etc.)

Keep your script, music and other rehearsal materials in good condition and return them to the director or stage manager before the last performance. Understand that you may be financially responsible for any script, costume, prop or equipment assigned to you that is lost or damaged beyond normal wear and tear. 

No chewing gum in the theatre (Forum), food and drinks are not allowed on stage, back stage or in the hall dressing area.  Food and drinks are only allowed in the Forum seating area.  Please respect the privilege of being allowed to eat there by picking up your trash/food and throwing it away. 
EXCEPTION: Water in spill proof bottles is permitted backstage and in the dressing rooms.

Do not bring valuables to the forum. Do not leave your belongings unattended.

Cell phone & pager usage will be allowed only during breaks. They must be on silent mode during rehearsals and turned off  production week and the run of the show.  (the cellar phones disrupt the signals for our microphones). Tell parents and friends to leave a message and you may call them when you have a break. Exceptions may be granted emergency situations with permission in advance.

Never question the authority of the stage manager.

Never miss an entrance and do not speak, approach or distract an actor who is waiting for an entrance. Never create offstage distractions or play tricks or jokes backstage or onstage.

Never be seen by an audience member except in the execution of the show. Do not peek at the audience while on or off stage. If you can see the audience, they can see you.


Never enter the stage from the house and never enter the house from the stage before, during or after a perform when members are in the theatre unless directed to do so.

Never leave the theatre in any part of your costume or makeup.

Be kind to yourself and your body and eat well, get enough sleep and be well in mind and body.

Do not alter your hair such as cut it or dye it without prior approval from the director. 


Rehearsals and performances will be free of alcohol and recreational drugs including tobacco, this applies to students as well as parents and friends.

Be aware that some people are sensitive to strong odors - choose your foods and use of fragrances respectfully.

Once final decisions are made, do not deviate in any way from the director's production plan. Perform the play as it was rehearsed. This includes dialogue, blocking, costumes, hair and makeup, props, and cues. Intentional deviations may affect your final grade and/or role. 

Do not break the rehearsed curtain-call to address the audience or to give or receive flowers or gifts.

PACK PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDE


All cast and crew will assist in post-show cleanup (strike) so that all members of the company we free to relax, or company celebration at the conclusion of the run.

Behave  in a mature and responsible way at all rehearsals, performances, and other promotion locations where you are representing PACK or this production. 

This is educational theatre. If you have a question, ask. That is the best way to learn.

We will work together to produce a theatre experience which we can all look back on with pride.












PACK Handbook