WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES FOR CLASSES?
Classes are usually held on Tuesday evenings for a period of 6 to 9 weeks each fall, and again in the spring. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Check out the classes page for specific dates and location.
WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?
Check out the classes page for the location of our classes.
WHY WON’T THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM LET ME SELECT THE CLASS I WANT?
It is likely that you have previously selected the class. At that point, the system put it into the “cart.” Go back to your Family Summary page and click on “Register for Classes and Camps.” Then select the button for your child. Now scroll down a bit an see the green button that says, “Click Here to Select a Class.” Do you see the desired class just above that in a gray box? If so, this class has been previously selected. All you need to do now is scroll down a bit further and press “Continue to Online Registration Step 2,” and follow the prompts. If you have any further questions or problems, please contact Emily Currid at EmilyCurrid@nationalyouththeater.org.
DO YOU ISSUE REFUNDS?
No, sorry, we do not issue refunds. All registration payments are final. The exception to this would be if there were not enough students to hold a class; then all registrants would receive back their tuition.
HOW EARLY MAY I DROP MY CHILD OFF?
We ask that students do not arrive any earlier than 15 minutes prior to class time. While NYT staff may be on premises, they are busy setting up and cannot be responsible for supervising children until that time. We also ask that you pick your children up promptly when classes are over so that the class coordinator my complete their duties and head home to their family.
MAY I STAY IN CLASS WITH MY CHILD?
No, parents are asked to drop off their children, then return to pick them up when class is over. There are several reasons for this policy. For one, we require a background check on all adults that are in proximity to our students. Secondly, having parents in class may have an unintended disruptive effect. And, if a child deals with separation anxiety, it is usually resolved more easily when the parent drops the child off at the beginning of class. Our teachers are really good with helping kids get into the fun and feel better quickly. Unfortunately, there is not space allocated for parents to wait at our venue. There are, however, several places close by where parents may wait if they don’t live close enough to go home: HEB BBQ, Starbucks, and many fast food and regular restaurants.
WILL DINNER BE SERVED DURING CLASS TIME?
No, your child will need to eat dinner before or after classes. We do, however, have a snack bar available to hold them over. Snacks range from $.50 to $1.50.
DO YOUR TEACHERS HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS?
Absolutely! In fact, any adults that are volunteering or working around the students have completed background checks, as well as having had child protection training.
WILL THERE BE A SHOWCASE?
There will be 1 recital per year, at the conclusion of the spring classes. There will not be a recital in the fall. We call this a recital, rather than a showcase, as the intent is to give parents a sampling of what was learned, not present a show. Our goal is for teachers to focus on skill-building, rather than a “show.” In that way, all class time is dedicated to learning new skills, as well as improving and building upon prior skills, which can then be transferred to auditioning and performing in an NYT Broadway-style musical production. However, our camps do provide an opportunity to perform in a showcase at the end of the week to highlight what they learned during camp.
WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please contact the class coordinator at JessicaKotrla@nationalyouththeater.org.
*Following our program guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes will only be open for viewing by NYT instructors.