Updates for Re-Opening

FALL 2020

Message from Ms. Sondra & the Act Too Players Team

Greetings to our Act Too Family!

Providing top-notch theatre training and live performances to this community for the past 18 years has been our privilege, and we're so grateful for your continued support as we work through the current unusual circumstances.  We're thrilled to announce that our Fall 2020 registration is officially open, and we thank you for your patience - it was important to us that we wait to make our class decisions until we could do so in the most informed way.  Our Fall session will look different than normal, but we feel great about the balance that's been achieved between the health and safety of our students and families, and providing innovative and exciting theatre education for all our young performers.  We're embracing the "new normal" as an opportunity for us to offer more focused training, and we can't wait to get started!

We recognize that we're all dealing with a lot of unknowns still, so in an effort to stay safe and adaptable, here's our approach for Fall:

- 6 to 12 week sessions (rather than full semesters) to allow you to commit at your own comfort level

- Both in-person and online options available

- Limited enrollment caps on classes

All in-person classes will continue to follow the guidelines set by the CDC, the TN Pledge, and the Tennessee Health Department. All students will be required to wear a face mask while on the premises. We will also be maintaining our health-conscious procedures (like taking temperatures upon arrival and departure, maintaining social distance, increased sanitation, daily staff screenings, and decreased access to common areas). 

Aside from THE BIG ONE-OH, which is written specifically to be an online musical, all our other Fall classes will work towards a showcase. The showcase will most likely be streamed online to ensure the well-being of our students, parents, and teachers.  We'll keep all enrollees apprised of these plans as they develop.  

It is our hope to add fully produced plays and musicals back to our schedule in time for the Spring semester, and in the meantime, we want to keep all our talented kids engaged, learning, and having a fabulous time!  (Now is also an ideal time to consider private lessons, so if you feel your child would benefit from one-on-one voice, acting, dance or piano lessons, please reach out and we'll get you set up!)

Theatre endures no matter what, and we can't wait to get back to doing what we love best - fostering the talents of our amazing ATP kids.  We look forward to seeing all of you this Fall!  Here's a comprehensive list of what we have available for registration.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

Here's to a happy and healthy new semester!

Ms. Sondra

Update Posted: August 12, 2020

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Updated June 2020

Thank you for your unwavering support and patience as we navigate these uncertain times. We have been busy following the TN Pledge and CDC guidelines to determine what our best options are in keeping our families safe. 

Act Too Players plans to open in a limited capacity for our summer session. The health and safety of our staff, students, and their families is our number 1 priority. We have implemented several measures to help keep everyone safe in the coming weeks and months. We have followed the best practice guidelines from the CDC, Tennessee Health Department, American Camp Association, and Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge. 

In response to current COVID-19 safety guidelines we have made the following changes to our summer camp programming:

  1. June 8th - June 12th FROZEN 2 Day Camp has been canceled

  2. We have canceled at least one camp session on weeks where we had two camps happening simultaneously including:

    1. June 8th FROZEN 2 Day Camp

    2. June 15th Little Act Too Players: Disney Princess Mini-Camp

    3. June 15th Little Act Too Players: Dora the Explorer Mini-Camp

    4. July 6th CATS the Musical Day Camp

  3. Camp size will be decreased to 10 people in each room

  4. We have not made a determination on whether we will have the end of camp showcase at the Franklin Theatre. We may choose to do a live stream performance of the showcase with parent pick up at 12:00pm. Further information will be forthcoming.

  5. canceled the Mary Poppins Summer Intensive

  6. The Little Women Summer Intensive will be split into two casts with 15 people in each cast. 

    1. The first class will be held via Zoom

    2. Learning the audition material will take place virtually either by Zoom or instructional videos

    3. Auditions will be submitted electronically

    4. Rehearsals will take place at ATP on Tuesday and Thursday. Some classes may happen online via Zoom.

    5. After casting, Cast A will meet from 4:00-5:30pm and Cast B will meet from 5:45-7:15pm

    6. To limit exposure

      1. Drop off for Little Women will be in the front of the studio.

      2. Pick up will be outside at the back of the studio. Signage will be posted. 

      3. Further instructions regarding pickup and drop off will be sent later.

  7. We have added an online musical production summer intensive. The Big One-Oh! Online Edition is a 20-minute version based on the beloved children's novel and hit TYA musical. One-Oh! is specifically designed to be rehearsed, produced, and performed remotely on the internet.

    1. Show Description: Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties – that would require friends, which he doesn’t have. Well, unless you count his monster friends, but they’re only imaginary. But now that he’s turning ten—the big one-oh—he decides to throw a birthday party for himself, complete with a “House of Horrors” theme. Of course, things don’t work out as he plans. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh . . . becomes the big OH-NO!?

  8. We are working to create online virtual theatre camps

 

If you are enrolled in a session that has been canceled, you will receive a refund of your registration fee in the next couple of days.

The loss of class tuitions, camp registrations, and ticket sales are severe. The COVID-19 emergency has made us face the reality that we will not be able to fully recover the lost revenue which is so vital to our organization. The support we receive from our parents and the community is the core of our existence and without it Act Too, and other arts organizations, could see devastating losses. We ask for your patience, support and understanding during this incredibly difficult time.


We are making several key changes in our policies and procedures for staff and students. Please read all of our changes below .

 
Business Process Adaptations
  1. Limit facility occupancy to 50 percent of capacity as dictated by fire code (as such capacity is adjusted in consideration of closed areas of the facility pursuant to these guidelines)

  2. Modify check-in and check-out procedures to observe social distancing and implement sanitization measures:

    1. Check in and check out students outside of the facility

    2. Stagger arrival and drop-off times or locations by cohort or put in place other protocols to limit contact between cohorts and direct contact with parents as much as possible

    3. Have parents and students waiting to check in maintain a distance of 6 ft

    4. Staff to wear masks during check in and check out

    5. Students have their hands sanitized upon entry to the facility

  3. Disinfecting of high-touch surfaces: Staff to conduct regular (i.e., every 2 hours) disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, equipment and common areas of the facility using disinfectant cleaning supplies according to CDC guidelines

  4. Removal of shared lobby items: temporarily removing toys, books, and magazines from the lobby

  5. The use of face coverings when in close proximity with others is encouraged.

  6. Temporarily close water fountains, common areas, break rooms, check-in counters, where customers or employees may congregate. Encourage students to provide their own water.

  7. Post extensive signage on health policies, including the following documents, in the workplace to help educate building occupants on COVID-19 best practices:

    1. CDC guidance to stop the spread of germs

    2. CDC guidance on COVID-19 symptoms

    3. TNGov Business ToolKit 

    4. Signs asking people not to touch the fish tank

  8. Provide a sanitizing station with hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, and Lysol. 

 
Student and Consumer Protection
  1. Screen customers for illness upon entry to studio or during check-in

    1. Staff to take student temperatures onsite with a no-touch thermometer each day upon arrival at camp.

    2. Temperatures will be logged at the beginning and end of each shift

    3. Normal temperature should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that exceed 100.4 will not be permitted on premise.

    4. Question parents at start of camp week regarding COVID-19 symptoms 

      1. Has your child been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

      2. Is your child or anyone in your immediate family experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?

      3. Has your child or anyone in your immediate family had a fever in the last 48 hours?

      4. If the answer to any of these questions is ”Yes”, the student will not be allowed to participate and no refund will be offered. 

  2. Students and Customers will be required to sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving the facility. 

  3. Students, Staff, and Customers will be encouraged to practice social distancing 

  4. Recommend that persons more vulnerable or at-risk for  COVID-19 as identified by the CDC—including those who are over the age of 65 or those who have chronic medical conditions—take extra precaution or refrain from use of the facility during Phase 1 of re-opening

  5. Stay home if feeling ill. All staff should stay home if feeling ill, report any symptoms of illness to Sondra and Megan and require notification of COVID-19 positive case in employee’s household. Employees who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the CDC (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home

  6. Arrive with minimal belongings. To limit the risk of exposure, students will be expected to arrive with minimal belongings. Ideally, they should arrive with their lunch (day camp only), pencil, cell phone, water, and script.

 
Employee Protection
  1. Daily Screening: Staff will be screened with the following questions:

    1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

    2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?

    3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

    4. Have you had new loss of taste or smell?

    5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

  2. Temperature screening staff: 

    1. Employers to take staff temperatures onsite with a no-touch thermometer each day upon arrival at work.

    2. Temperatures will be logged at the beginning and end of each shift

    3. Normal temperature should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that exceed 100.4 will not be permitted on premise.

  3. Face Coverings:

    1. Staff should wear face coverings 

    2. Masks will be optional during instructional times.

    3. Masks will be required during student check-in and check out

    4. Masks will be available onsite for staff members 

  4. Stay home if feeling ill. All staff should stay home if feeling ill, report any symptoms of illness to Sondra and Megan. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in a staff members household they are required to notify employers. Staff who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the CDC (e.g., due to age or underlying conditions) are encouraged to stay home.

 

These policies and procedures are subject to change based upon changes in applicable law at the Federal, State or Local level or changes in best practices according to CDC or other public health authorities. 

All other regular facility rules still apply.

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