Summer Camp FAQ

Performing Arts Camp Questions:

What is a typical day like at Theatre 360 Summer Camp?

Students will take four classes each day consisting of acting, voice, dance, and a rehearsal.

  • Acting work includes improv, theatre games, characterization, and scene work.
  • Voice work includes vocal warm-ups, breathing, and song study.
  • Dance work includes musical theatre, jazz, lyrical, and ballet.

You can see day break downs for each camp here: Summer Camp Schedule

What do we wear?

  • Clothing you can move in! Sweats, shorts, sneakers, leggings etc. and have your hair tied back
  • If you have dance shoes, bring them! (No need to buy!!)
  • Please no crocs, flip-flops, sandals, uggs, etc.
  • Label all your items! We’ll be donating the lost and found not claimed at the end of each camp

Is lunch provided?

  • No, please pack a lunch, snack, and water/drink for your student. Make sure it does notrequire refrigeration or is microwavable.

We will have a snack cart available at break and lunch.

  • The cart will have both water, juice, granola bars, pretzels as well as candy, chips, and sodas sold between $0.50 and $2.00. Please advise your child on what they can have if you give them money for the cart.
  • We can also keep an account for your student if you do not want them handling money.

What happens on the first day of camp?

  1. Please plan to escort your child inside to:
    1. Sign-in
    2. Sign the release/consent form (if not already done)
    3. Setup any Before/After Care needs for the session
  2. Check in begins as early as 8:00am with Theatre Staff
  3. Teachers will be available from 8:45am to 9:00am to meet with parents and campers

What do we do for pick up and drop off?

Drop off:

  • After the first day, children can be dropped off as early as 8:45am without charge
  • You must sign in if using Before Care 8:00-8:45am.
  • On any day if arriving after 9:00am please check in at the office and have your child escorted to their class

Pick up:

  • Please park your vehicle in the Holly Street Garage behind the church (we validate!)
  • We will have a sign-out table outside the gym doors
  • All students must be physically signed out by an authorized adult
  • If you are not utilizing After Care, pickup is at 3:00pm sharp! (We do have a 15min grace period). Students not picked up and signed out by 3:16pm will automatically be enrolled in our After Care services.

How are students supervised?

  • Students are never left alone and are always with at least one adult present
  • We use the buddy system if a student needs to leave the classroom for use of restroom, water fountain, or the office.

How are lines/parts given?

For singing and acting, students are asked if they would like to have any lines or solos. The teacher will then take into account the students’ preferences and divide parts/solos equally. While we encourage all students, we will not push a student into having a solo.

How do Dress Up Days work?

Each session will have one Dress Up Day where students can dress in the theme of the session. This is just for fun and costumes are not required.

  • Please don’t buy/rent anything! Again, this is just for fun
  • We’ll have a light-hearted costume contest where students will vote for the best costume from each age group
  • Prize is always one free snack from the snack cart
  • Dress Up Days are typically Wednesday for 1-Weeks and the first Friday for 2-Weeks

Can I take multiple sessions?

Of course! Each session will focus on a different series of shows, styles, historical periods, composers, and choreographers. Students will learn songs, scenes, monologues, and dances from a variety of theatrical sources.

What if I want to concentrate on only one aspect of theatre?

We have found through many years of experience that every performer needs to build skills in all areas of acting, music, and dance. Building a strong foundation in each of these disciplines will produce a well-rounded and more versatile actor.

Location & Parking:

Where are you guys?!

Theatre 360 rents space in the First Baptist Church in Pasadena.

Our exact address for directions and GPS is:

75 N Marengo Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

HOWEVER, the entrance for us is on Union Street, through the gate.

You’ll see a black gate with a park inside and a pair of doors that lead into a gym (where our office is located). Our big, bright green banner will be on the gate too!

Where do we park?

Parking is available for free with validation in the Holly Street Garage directly behind the First Baptist Church. The entrance is on Holly Street only!

The Final Showcase:

Is there a showcase that parents, family, and friends can attend?

Yes! On the very last Friday of each session there is a final showcase. Each Friday showcase consists of musical medleys, scenes, and Broadway choreography.

  • This is free and open to anyone who wants to come!
  • One week sessions’ showcase typically start at 2:30pm while two week sessions’ begin at 2:00pm.

What’s the dress code for performances?

  • Please wear your summer camp t-shirt and dark colored bottoms (black/dark blue)
  • Bottoms should still be easy to move in – keep in mind students will be dancing!

Can we record the performance?

Certainly! We just ask that while recording you stand off to the side or in the back so as not to obstruct anyone’s view.

Before & After Care:

How does Before and After Care work?

On the first day of camp we will collect your credit card information to keep on file until the end of your child’s session. Through our sign in sheets we keep track of days use and charge you only for before/after care enrolled in.

For Before Care you must sign in at the office each day you use this service.

For After Care you must let us know in the morning or via phone call if you’ll be using the service that day.

Any student that is dropped off before 8:45am or is not picked up by 3:16pm will automatically be enrolled in our services regardless of how long they stayed. You will be called, emailed, and sent an invoice.

There is no After Care on the last day of each session as this is the showcase day.

Absences, Lateness, & Missing Camp:

We’re going to miss a day! Is that okay?

We love it when our students can commit to a whole session as they are constantly building on new skills and working together.

However we do know it is summertime, we ask that you please just let us know in advance, or if your student suddenly becomes ill or an unexpected conflict arises please call our office as soon as possible so we are aware of their absence: 626-577-5922.

The students are working on an end of session showcase. If you cannot attend the last day please let us know as soon as possible as that affects all students and teachers involved.

Please note, though, we do not prorate or give money back for missed classes/days of camp.

Can we come for just one week of a two week session?

We don’t recommend this as it prevents the student from having the full summer camp experience and they simply miss out on a lot!

Building Info:

Is there air conditioning?

Unfortunately, since the building is so old is it unable to have air conditioning.

  • Every room we use for camp has multiple fans, swamp coolers, and our teachers make sure the students take breaks and drink plenty of water.
  • We also have drinking fountains by the washrooms and of course we encourage students to bring water bottles if they prefer.

Policies:

Do you have a bullying policy?

While Theatre 360 has thankfully never had a true occurrence of bullying, we understand conflicts can still arise among students. Our staff is very mindful of such conflicts and takes bullying itself very seriously.

First we’d like to outline the definition of bullying: Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Below are our steps in conflict management:

  1. First offense: discussion with the students, talk about more positive choices and ways to handle conflict, redirect students to a healthier way to communicate.
  2. Second offense: discussion with students involved and bring in office staff to resolve the conflict outright
  3. Third offense: discussion with students, parents/family, and office staff to resolve conflict
  4. Fourth offense or unable to resolve: student(s) who are the cause of the conflict and causing harm to other students will be asked to leave Theatre 360 without refund

We need to cancel! How do we do that?

All requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to info@theatre360.org. 

  • For Performing Arts Camp & Academy: If it is 14 days or more before the start of your session, a credit or refund will be provided for your total less a $125 deposit for a 2-week session and a $75 deposit for a 1-week session.
  • Credits are good for up to one year from the start date of the session. Once a credit is selected it cannot be transferred to a refund at any time for any reason. Credits cannot be used for anything other than a class or summer session, including but not limited to: production fees, private lessons, New York trip fees, tickets or workshops. The Theatre 360 staff will not remind you when your credit expires.
  • We do not prorate any portion of the camp fee and do not offer refund/credits due to illness or personal scheduling conflicts.
  • There will be NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS for any reason if cancelled less than 14 days before the start of your session or if you auditioned for a production and did not accept your role, get cast, or choose to drop out of the production prior to the performance.
  • If a refund is permitted, please allow up to 30 days for processing