Over the past few months our production teams have been working together to figure out a plan for our SPRING IN-PERSON productions of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR as well as plans for presenting our productions of INTO THE WOODS JR , FROZEN JR and RAGTIME. We have put together what we hope you will find to be a very cautious and safe plan for both rehearsals and performances ensuring our community’s ability to put on socially-distanced in-person performances. While students aren’t able to take part in traditional theatre in school and elsewhere we are committed to providing a place where in-person collaboration and creation can take place; and safely. 

With this opening comes great responsibilities for all of us. Please take the time to read through and familiarize your student with OVATIONS THEATRE’s new safety policies and procedures for in-person performances. We expect all parents, students, and production members to review these guidelines to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that we are all taking the precautions necessary to keep everyone healthy. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we all work together to keep our environment safe.

MARYLAND STATE & CDC GUIDELINES

OVATIONS THEATRE follows all Maryland State and CDC guidelines. Depending on the circumstances, we may need to go back to virtual-only classes. All parents, students, and production teams should be fully prepared for this. The tuition for this year has been decreased to account for this possibility; we will not be offering refunds or credits in the event that we have to move to a virtual presentation.

COVID TESTING & HEALTH SCREENS

  1. In-person production staff and students must test negative for the coronavirus within a 10 day period prior to starting in person rehearsals. Test results and test date must be provided to ovationstheatre@gmail.com no more than 10 days prior to their first in-person rehearsals. Additionally a second test must be submitted no more than 10 days prior to the first day of technical rehearsals. 
  2. Every family and production member must complete a Covid Liability Release Waiver as part of their registration forms. Families who break the agreement will be dismissed from the production without any refund. 
  3. Every week each family and production team member must complete and submit our Covid Questionnaire. Students will not be able to participate in rehearsals or performances if the questionnaire isn’t completed. It’s important that families are honest and upfront and know that their honesty is integral to keeping our students and staff safe as well as able to continue our programming during these unprecedented times. 
  4. Any member of the productions, staff or student, who has travelled internationally or out of the state of Maryland will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to in-person rehearsals. 
  5. If your child has underlying health issues, consult your physician for further recommendations on health precautions.

CLEANING & SANITATION 

  1. OVATIONS THEATRE will disinfect all surfaces between each rehearsal and performance.
  2. There will be no Lost & Found. Any items left behind will be discarded.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available throughout and soap is available in the bathroom.

REGISTRATION

In addition to our normal online registration our families will be required to complete a Covid Liability Waiver. Also our Covid Questionnaire must be completed and submitted each week prior to the student’s arrival to in-person rehearsals and/or performances. 

We are expecting all families who want to participate in our spring and summer 2021 programming to follow these steps and to be honest when filling out the questionnaire — the health of others depends on it. 

Depending on the circumstances, families must be prepared for the reality that we may need to transition back to virtual rehearsals or virtual performances at any point depending on Covid related restrictions. If covid restrictions make it unable to have an audience we still plan to perform live and stream our performance. If science dictates that we are unable to perform in-person we will put on a virtual presentation. We will follow Maryland State and CDC guidelines should this be necessary. All parents and students should be fully prepared for this. In the event that we return to virtual-only due to the pandemic, no refunds or credits will be offered; tuition has been discounted because of this possibility.

Below we have laid out our plans for how we are handling our socially distanced rehearsal and performances as well as individual audition notices. Please feel free to reach out with any questions by contacting ovationstheatre@gmail.com.

Students and families will be required to sign a strict social distancing and Covid-19 responsibility agreement. 

HOW WILL PERFORMERS AND STAFF BE SAFE IN REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE?

Safety and the health of our community is our number one goal. Rehearsals and performances are planned for both virtual and outdoor in-person with mask. If we are unable to have a live audience the cast will perform the show for a live-stream.

 Anyone—whether a student or staff – for rehearsal OR performance — must not come if they are: 

*Running a temperature above 100 degrees F; 

*Experiencing other symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, chills, or body aches (including headaches); 

*In direct contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 in the previous 14 days; 

*Recovering from COVID-19 and do not have at least two negative tests indicating that the virus is no longer being carried; or 

*Are unwilling to comply with OVATIONS’s COVID-19 related procedures.

All students and staff will be required to wear a face mask for rehearsals and will have an option of wearing a clear full-face shield or half face shield during performances or a cloth mask. Students must wear face coverings at all times including when they are offstage. Students will have specific spaces where they must sit with face-mask on at all times with the exception of the clear face coverings we will allow students to use  for onstage dress rehearsals and performances.  

HOW WILL AUDIENCE BE SAFE IN PERFORMANCE 

Safety and the health of our community is our number one goal. Audience members will be required to have their temperature checked upon arrival and must wear a face mask at all times. Additionally all audience members will be required to submit contact information should there need to be contact tracing done in association with Covid. We are limiting our audience to 40 audience members per performance.  If Covid causes us NOT to be able to have a live audience the cast will perform the show for a live-stream.

Anyone—whether a student or staff – for rehearsal OR performance — must not come if they are: 

*Running a temperature above 100 degrees F; 

*Experiencing other symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, chills, or body aches (including headaches); 

*In direct contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 in the previous 14 days; 

*Recovering from COVID-19 and do not have at least two negative tests indicating that the virus is no longer being carried; or 

*Are unwilling to comply with OVATIONS’s COVID-19 related procedures.


 

RAGTIME

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens 

Book by Terrence McNally

 Featuring students in grades 8-12 

 

CLICK HERE to complete online registration paperwork

CLICK HERE to complete your Covid Liability Release Waiver

AUDITIONS

Auditions for RAGTIME will be made by video submissions emailed to ovationstheatre@gmail.com by Friday, May 21st. Students need to submit a vocal audition of 16-32 bars of a Musical Theatre song (Your song choice should be in the styling of Ragtime such as Jekyll & Hyde, ParadeSecret Garden, Les Misérables, Songs for a New World, Etc). 

TUITION

Tuition for RAGTIME is $825. Additionally, there is a $50 costume fee. Full tuition balance is due upon acceptance of participation prior to callbacks. Payment will be made through PayPal. 

There is limited financial aid and/or payment plan options available for this production. Those interested should contact ovationstheatre@gmail.com. Full payment (unless payment arrangements are worked out ahead of time) is due with audition submission. Separation from the production, whether voluntarily or due to dismissal, is not grounds for a refund. Tuition in NON-REFUNDABLE. In the event that we are unable to perform the show in front of a live audience we will live stream a presentation for our families in lieu of a full live performance. 

OPEN ROLES                                                                                                                 

Booker T. Washington One of our story’s historical figures comes to life. In our show Washington strives to embody and provide the voice of restraint and wisdom for his people in the face the injustices and unimaginably trying circumstances they face. Washington should be portrayed as polished, educated, and emblematic of actual man as he was. He deliveries passionate speeches as a means of swaying the direction his people should take in the struggle for racial justice and equality. He must speak with great conviction and authority. He must be convincing.

Coalhouse Although our story is told through the chance interactions of a number of historical figures and fictional characters at the turn of the 20th Century, Coalhouse is truly the driving engine behind it all. Similar to Booker T. Washington, he must convey strength, polish, and intelligence. However, internally, he also reflects the unbridled rage experienced by vast numbers of African Americans at the hands of an oft unjust society that was America in this era. Even so, he controls and channels this rage into a highly calculated, systematic approach to his own brand of justice. The actor who seeks to fill this role must exhibit polish, charisma, intelligence, and strength. Coalhouse is a very intricately written character. 

Sarah’s Friend Passionate, soulful, African-American singer who performs the gospel number for Sarah’s funeral Female as well as several other features in the show.

REHEARSALS 

Safety and the health of our community is our number one goal. Rehearsals and performances are planned for outdoor/in-person with social distancing and masks. In-person rehearsals are scheduled to take place in Montgomery County; primarily in Rockville. 

Anyone—whether a student or staff – for rehearsal OR performance — must not come if they are: 

*Running a temperature above 100 degrees F; 

*Experiencing other symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, chills, or body aches (including headaches); 

*In direct contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 in the previous 14 days; 

*Recovering from COVID-19 and do not have at least two negative tests indicating that the virus is no longer being carried; or 

*Are unwilling to comply with OVATIONS’s COVID-19 related procedures.

Rehearsals are generally Sunday afternoons 4:30-8:30pm and weeknight evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. A full rehearsal schedule breakdown is sent out to the cast during the initial weeks of rehearsal.

Monday, June 21
Wednesday, June 23
Friday, June 25
Saturday, June 26
Sunday, June 27
Monday, June 28
Tuesday, June 29
Wednesday June 30
Thursday, July 1
Friday, July 2
Monday, July 5
Tuesday, July 6
Wednesday, July 7
Thursday, July 8
Friday, July 9
Saturday, July 10
 
TECH WEEK
Held at 20409 Powell Farm Place, Brookeville MD 20833
Sunday, July 11  2:00-10:00pm 
Monday, July 12 5:00-10:00pm 
 
PERFORMANCES
Held at 20409 Powell Farm Place, Brookeville MD 20833
Tuesday, July 13           7:30pm Performance 
Wednesday, July 14     7:30pm Performance 
Thursday, July 15         7:30pm Performance 
Friday, July 16              7:30pm Performance 
Saturday, July 17         7:30pm Performance 
Sunday, July 18           7:30pm Performance 
 
CONFLICTS
Each cast member will be allowed a total of four conflicts.
 

OVATIONS THEATRE reserves the right to change the theater venue or cancel the production before rehearsals begin for any reason, returning tuition payment. After rehearsals there are no refunds. If the production cannot be safely performed in front of an audience it will be live-streamed whether in whole or part.


 

 

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