We love our conservatory students. They are some of the nicest, most talented, well-rounded, and unique young people in town. All conservatory members are expected to demonstrate high standards of conduct and to accept personal responsibility and consequences for their actions. We expect them to exhibit honesty, courteousness and consideration toward others. This includes those in your group, as well as anyone else with whom you may come in contact. Below are some basic expectations for behavior and communication that students will need to adhere to.
ATTENDING ALL SCHEDULED CLASSES
Class work is cumulative and both teachers and students rely on each other's consistent attendance. Consequently, if a student has excessive absences, he or she will be asked to withdraw from the program. If a student is absent without advance notice, the staff must assume that something has happened and will try and locate the student. This takes time away from class.
Students who are absent must notify the teacher ahead of time (for family vacations, trips, etc.) Students can miss a rehearsal if it is excused by a parent due to an illness or emergency only. Excused absences can be made for medical appointments or pre-planned appointments or other events. More than four absences in a semester will result in probation or removal from the program.
We encourage you to work with your school drama department in plays and competitions, community theaters, television and media projects, as well as Youth Theatre productions if time allows. However, arrangements need to be made with your director/teacher so that you will not be called for rehearsal during your Conservatory class time. We will excuse you from class during the final week of technical and dress rehearsals, but not for earlier rehearsals. When you apply for and are accepted in the Conservatory, it is assumed that our first commitment is to your training here.
PRACTICING GOOD BEHAVIOR
Respecting others in this group is detrimental to a great performance. It is very important to create a team environment for a good production. If you are: disrespecting others, defying authority, disruptive during rehearsals or vandalizing school property, you will be removed from conservatory.
Students are asked to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes in which they can move and breathe easily. Much of our work is very physical and you are greatly hampered by tight pants, dresses, skirts, belts, boots, shoes with high heels, bracelets, dangle earrings, etc.
Conservatory offers many unique opportunities and experiences. Beyond the educational benefits, our trips offer opportunities to form new friendships and to meet the challenges of independence.
We promote a trip atmosphere where chaperones and students support one another with genuine respect. As a student participant, it is your responsibility to help make the trip a positive and enjoyable experience for yourself, fellow students, and chaperones.
We ask each individual’s cooperation and commitment to the following behavior guidelines:
- The student is to follow the directions and the rules and regulations established by the chaperones both prior to and during the trip.
- The student shall not be involved in any way with alcohol, illegal drugs, vandalism, theft, or any other type of behavior that is judged by the chaperones to be detrimental to the health, well-being, safety, or reputation of him/herself or anyone else in the group including the chaperones.
- The student shall not smoke in any venue or on the grounds of any housing facility.
- The student shall comply with all rules and regulations of the various governmental and commercial agencies (such as airlines, hotels, etc.)
- No throwing of any object or tampering with hotel/housing property is allowed.
- The use of certain housing facilities carries with it the responsibility of leaving them in the same conditions in which they were found. The student is responsible for any damage.
- The student must sleep in his/her assigned room each night.
- Good common sense, respect and consideration for others and their property should be practiced daily.
- If the student should violate any of these rules, he/she may be sent home at the sole discretion of the chaperones. In such cases, the parent/guardian will be contacted and the student sent home at the parent’s expense.