Summer Camps

Camps: Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation policy?
A refund less cancellation fee will be given if written notice is received via email at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the class/camp.  The cancellation fee is $10 for all classes under $50; $25 for all classes under $150 and $50 for all classes/camps over $150. We cannot provide a refund for cancellations made less than three-weeks prior to the start of your class/camp. To cancel, please email kobryon@pytnet.org with your child’s name and the title of the camp they are registered for.

If you need to transfer, we are happy to do so, provided there is room available in the camp you are requesting. Please be aware that there is a $25 transfer fee to switch sessions.  Email kobryon@pytnet.org to arrange a transfer.

What should my child bring to camp?
First and foremost, your child should bring their voice, body and imagination! For full day camp programs, campers should also bring a lunch, a snack for morning break, and a water bottle.  All students should come dressed to move with closed-toed shoes that will stay on the feet when jumping, crawling and rolling around and keep in mind that camp takes place both indoors and out (layers, sun protection, etc)

What is your ratio of staff/participants?
For Theatre in the Park camps, the maximum number of participants is 30, and for Mini-Camp the maximum is 20. All camp sessions will have two PYT teachers on staff, and most camps will have a high-school age intern as well.

Camps that do not meet the minimum number of enrollments are subject to cancellation (although this is rare).

Can I drop off my child early/late?
PYT is unable to provide supervision prior to the camp’s start time,  so all students must wait with a parent/guardian until it is the scheduled time for their camp to begin.

Peninsula Youth Theatre has a standard company pickup policy for all classes/camps.  Please note that students are not allowed to wait unsupervised for parents or carpools to pick them up.  A parent or any other designated person must come inside the building to pick up his or her child and receive acknowledgement of the pickup from the class teacher or other adult supervisor. In addition, there is a fifteen-minute grace period after the scheduled dismissal time for parents to pick up their children.  A penalty will be assessed to any parent who is late picking up his or her child at the rate of $1 per minute per child after the fifteen-minute grace period has expired. For example, if the scheduled dismissal time is 3:30 p.m., the grace period begins at 3:31 p.m. and remains in effect until 3:46 p.m.  After 3:46 p.m, penalties are assessed.

Aftercare is available for an additional fee from 3:30-5:30 pm for camps that take place at the Mountain View School location . You can sign up for aftercare online at the same time you register you child for that particular camp.

My child does not meet the age requirements. Can you make an exception?
Due to the popularity of our summer programs and the nature of our curriculum, all students must be the correct age by the start date of their camp. In the case of siblings who need to attend camp together, the older child may sign up for the younger siblings age group, but not vice-versa.

I am on the waitlist. How will I know if there is a space that becomes available?
If a camp is full, you can register online for the waitlist. There is no charge to be on a waitlist, you will not be charged for the camp unless we contact you with an open enrollment and you accept the spot. When we receive a cancellation, we will email or call the first person on the list- sometimes we fill the spot right away, and some times we have to contact several people before the space is filled.

What is the daily schedule?

Theatre in the Park

Standard Schedule

8:30 Camp begins (check in/warm ups/group game)

9:30 Class rotation 1

10:00  Class rotation 2

10:30  Snack break

11:00  Class rotation 3

11:30    Class rotation 4

12:00  Lunch

12:45  Clean up/Group game

1:00 Rehearsal/Shop

3:00   Group games/Announcements

3:30 Camp ends

The full day Theatre in the Park program runs Monday-Friday, from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  Morning classes will cover four subjects: voice, movement, acting, and improvisation. In the afternoons, one teacher will direct the play, while the other directs the shop, where students design and construct their sets, props, and costumes. The children will perform their play on the evening of the last day of camp.

Class times may vary slightly due to the requirements of each camp’s final production.

 

Does everyone get to have a role in the camp play?
The focus of our Theatre in the Park camps is playmaking, with an emphasis on the teamwork involved in the  process of putting on a play from start to finish. Everyone in the camp will have a speaking role in the play, and a chance to shine, although not every role can have the same number of lines to memorize.  Regardless of the number of lines, there are lots of opportunities for campers to act, create, learn and grow in our Theatre in the Park program.

How are roles determined?
The audition process for camp productions is very informal so both experienced and beginning  actors feel comfortable. On the  first day of camp, teachers will lead the group in series of acting games and improv exercises and observe the way each performer uses their voice, body and imagination. They will use this information to assign roles– again, everyone will get a speaking part (or in certain scripts,  a role with significant featured action!  In some of the older camps, actors may also be asked to read from a portion of the script. There is no need to prepare anything in advance for camp auditions.

Classes: Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation policy?
A refund less cancellation fee will be given if written notice is received via email at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the class/camp.  The cancellation fee is $10 for all classes under $50; $25 for all classes under $150 and $50 for all classes over $150. We cannot provide a refund for cancellations made less than three-weeks prior to the start of your class. To cancel, please email kobryon@pytnet.org with your child’s name and the title of the class they are registered for.
What is your class size?
Classes for preschool age students have a maximum of 10, all other classes have a maximum of 15 students. Classes that do not meet the minimum number of enrollments are subject to cancellation.
Can I try a class before I sign up?
We do not have an option to try a class before registration, but the final class presentation/performance of each session is an “open house” and  anyone who would like to observe is welcome. Please contact our School of Performing Arts Director for more info. kobryon@pytnet.org
Can I drop off my child early/late?
PYT is unable to provide lobby supervision, so all students must wait with a parent/guardian until it is time for their class to begin.
Once class has started, parents are welcome to leave provided they return by the time class is over. Peninsula Youth Theatre has a standard company pickup policy for all classes.  Please note that students are not allowed to wait outside unsupervised for parents or carpools to pick them up after class.  A parent or any other designated person must come inside the building to pick up his or her child and receive acknowledgement of the pickup from the class teacher or other adult supervisor. In addition, there is a fifteen-minute grace period after the scheduled dismissal time for parents to pick up their children.  A penalty will be assessed to any parent who is late picking up his or her child at the rate of $1 per minute per child after the fifteen-minute grace period has expired. For example, if the scheduled dismissal time is 3:30 p.m., the grace period begins at 3:31 p.m. and remains in effect until 3:46 p.m.  After 3:46 p.m, penalties are assessed.
My child does not meet the age requirements. Can you make an exception?
All students must be the correct age by the start date of the class. If your child does not meet the age requirements of the current session, please check back! Most classes are offered in both the fall and the spring.
What should my child bring to class?
First and foremost, your child should bring their voice, body and imagination! It is also a good idea to bring a water bottle (there is no water fountain at PYT) and all students should come dressed to move with closed-toed shoes that will stay on the feet when jumping, crawling and rolling around.
Is there a play on the last day of class?
In PYT’s School of Performing Arts classes, the focus is on exploration, technique, and “process” rather than “product”. That being said, we like to give students the opportunity to share what they have been learning with an audience, so all of our classes will give a presentation or short performance on the last day. The nature of this performance varies by class title, but may include a demonstration of favorite games and exercises, a short concert, or a showcase of rehearsed scenes or stories. Friends and family are invited to attend.
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