What is the difference between the Super Stars and Shining Stars programs?
Both programs provide quality instruction in program workshops and group theatre activities. The differences are intensity, duration and weekly time commitment.
My child has a friend in the other program. Will she/he ever see her/him?
Yes. Periodically throughout the season we have set aside days designed to bring ALL Angels together to collaborate and learn.
My child is non-verbal. Can he still participate in the program?
Of course, we want every Angel to participate. We encourage you to have your child bring his communication device. If your child does not use a device and uses sign or PECs, we will try to incorporate that into their supports. We also have staff members and on-site Special Education Consultants who are knowledgeable in ASL and PECS, and have expertise in using a variety of strategies and accommodations to set your child up for success.
Can I accompany my child to the weekly program?
No. Although we know you are the most familiar with your child’s needs, we ask for this time to allow staff to bond with and teach your child. If your child requires medical assistance, please contact us to discuss options on how we can support your child.
How should my child prepare for talent/audition day?
Talent/audition day is not meant to stress you or your child out. This is a time for them to have fun and shine. This is the one day the production staff and your child get some quick one-on-one time, where we get to know them, who they are, and what they can do. We encourage you to let you child direct what they want to do for their audition. If that means dancing, singing, telling jokes or another talent, we’d like it to be individualized to your child. If they don’t prepare anything the director will help guide them and offer them some coaching during the audition.
My child is in Super Stars, so she/he really doesn’t need to attend talent/audition day, right?
No, we want to give every Angel an opportunity to have their moment. It is also important that we see how your child handles direction from the staff. Additionally, on this day we measure for costumes and take photos for their badge and playbill.
My child gets hungry. Can he bring a snack each week?
Unfortunately, we do not allow Angels to bring a snack. We ask that you make sure your child has had a healthy meal before attending AoS. Some parents will have a snack in the car waiting for their child upon pick up.
Who works with my child?
Our qualified staff has a heart for our community and a vast and broad skill set. In addition to our core staff, we also have Special Ed Consultants (Behavior Analysts, SLPs, OTs and Special Ed Teachers) and volunteers, along with peer buddy coaches to ensure your child has the support he/she needs to succeed. Many of our staff have a background or experience working with children and/or adults with special needs. We continue to expand our team to ensure we can provide quality services and enhancements to our program.
My child does not want/is not available for the show. Can they still join and participate in the weekly program?
Of course they can. The show is only meant to showcase all they have learned this season. The performance is a display of their hard work during the journey of the program. You are welcome to join the program and attend the weekly workshops and then opt out of the show if you and your child prefer.
I noticed there is a Red Carpet event held after my child’s program ends, typically in May. Does my child need to attend?
It is highly encouraged that EVERY child attends the Red Carpet event. The Red Carpet event is a celebration of your child’s accomplishments for the Season. Think of it as graduation, in a sense. Each child will receive a personalized trophy with their name, staff will personally present to each child and they will have an opportunity to walk to Red Carpet while posing for photos and signing autographs. Additionally, this is the time to pick up your child’s professional head shot/bio board picture, their cast photo and their show DVD. We hope to see you there!