What is WCT’s relationship with the Mosesian Center for the Arts?
WCT is a program of the Mosesian Center for the Arts. MCA offers a variety of programs including visual arts, performing arts, music, visiting artists, and much more. This gives us an opportunity to interact with many other people engaged in the business of making or enjoying art.
What age groups do you serve?
WCT programming is for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. Adults may also take private voice lessons.
How can I audition for a show?
Our shows are cast from the pool of participants who register for the program; we do not hold entrance auditions. If a child is registered in the program, that child WILL be in the show. We hold individual auditions after the program is enrolled in order for the artistic staff to determine the best casting for each child in consideration of the production as a whole.
The exception to this policy is our two high school only productions each year. For these productions, students will be asked to prepare an audition and will audition in order to gain entrance to the production. A registration form is still required, but tuition will not be processed unless the student is cast in the production.
When will my child rehearse?
Rehearsals are scheduled for different times on each week for different shows. Participants should expect that some weeks they may be called for rehearsal on all rehearsal days, some weeks less than that. In addition, it is often the case that participants will be called to attend rehearsal for only part of the rehearsal time on a given day. It is our goal to keep students active and engaged throughout the process. We schedule actors only for scenes/songs that they are actively a part of in order to keep each student feeling productive and involved during his/her time in rehearsal.
Can I watch my child’s class/rehearsal?
We ask that parents not attend classes with their children, as all classes are participatory and observation by non-participants can be inhibiting. MCA makes reasonable accommodation for all children; however, parental assistance may be required in some medical and/or behavioral situations, at the discretion of program staff.
What preparation is expected for WCT classes/rehearsals?
We expect children to arrive on time, dressed in clothing and shoes that are safe and practical for movement activities. For most programs, a pencil and a bottle of water will be useful to have for each rehearsal. If any special items are needed for class, the instructor or show staff will inform the parents in advance. Dates for line/song memorization are sent home in advance, but students should start memorizing early! In addition, as no snacks are allowed during our rehearsal times except during production week, we ask that your child eat before or after rehearsals and not plan to eat during rehearsal time.
What if I miss a class/rehearsal?
It is expected that students take their commitment seriously. We ask that students be absent only in cases of emergency or illness, and that parents contact program staff if a child is unable to attend a class or rehearsal due to an unavoidable conflict.
Should I bring my child if he/she is sick?
If your child has any of the symptoms below, we ask that you inform us, and keep them home from rehearsal until the symptoms subside or they are cleared by a doctor. Symptoms include cough, runny nose, fever greater than 100 F, chills, aching muscles, rash, vomiting. Should children arrive for rehearsals/classes presenting with symptoms of illness, parents will be contacted immediately to pick up their child.
Will a class/rehearsal ever be cancelled?
Due to the challenges of New England weather, there may be a time when a session is cancelled due to snow or ice. If this is the case, an email will be sent to all participants in advance regarding the status of the class or rehearsal. NOTE: WCT programs do not follow the public school closing system, so please contact us to find out about the status of a class or rehearsal, even if your school is closed.
What if I leave something behind at class/rehearsal?
MCA has a lost and found. Always check for any missing items there. At the end of the program, please check the box for any personal items. Unclaimed items are donated to charity after each quarter’s programming has ended. MCA is not responsible for any personal items that are lost.
Why am I on a waitlist for Voice Lessons?
Our Voice Lesson Policy allows students to keep their assigned slots as long as they continue to register in consecutive terms. As a result, new slots only become available at the transition between terms when/if any ongoing students decide not to continue.* People who are interested in having voice lessons are kept on a waitlist to be notified as spaces become available.
* Continuing student status does not extend to new students registering for summer session.
Where does our registration fee go?
Registration fees pay for costumes, props, lights, show royalties, and staff salaries. The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization, overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors, and puts any money raised directly back into programming.
Why are parents asked to volunteer for a committee?
In order to keep registration fees as low as possible, and therefore accessible to all children, we require volunteer help on our major productions to supplement the work of the hard-working board and staff. Over many years we have found it a wonderful way to include parents in one of their children’s activities and to build a strong community.
How do I purchase tickets for a WCT production?
The first way to order tickets is through pre-sale. These tickets sell at the same price as public ticket sales, but are guaranteed as long as you order before public sales begin. Each cast member is allotted a certain number of pre-sale tickets for each show. Once pre-sale has ended, public sales will be opened, and additional tickets can be purchased online.
How do I make out my checks for registration?
Checks should be made out to Mosesian Center for the Arts.
What is your Tax ID?
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts is a registered 501(c)(3) and our Federal Tax ID is 04-3430963.