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, PECS, or another communication strategy, we will work with you to incorporate that into their AoS experience. We also have staff members and on-site Special Education Consultants who are knowledgeable in a variety of communication tools and techniques, 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 during program hours. There will be periodic times when families can join the program and watch a spotlight performance. Those dates will be announced throughout the season.
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 enjoy brief one-on-one time to begin to get to know your child and how they like to express themselves. We encourage you to let your child direct what they want to do for their audition. If that means dancing, singing, telling jokes, just taking a bow, or some other talent, we’d like it to be individualized to your child. If they don’t prepare anything, that’s ok, too. 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 at the beginning of the season. 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. Every Angel is cast in a role.
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, as well.
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. Most of our staff have a background or experience working with children and/or adults with special needs in a variety of ways. 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 journey your child takes during the season is the most important part of their AoS experience. The performance at the end of the season illustrates their hard work and is a vehicle for illuminating abilities and changing perceptions in the wider community. Anyone is welcome to participate only in the weekly workshops and opt to not be part of the show at the end of the season. If your child falls into this category, please let us know at Talent/Audition Day at the beginning of the season so that we can ensure a full and rich experience throughout.
How do I register?
Registration will open Sept 1 at 7pm. All registration is available online through the AoS website, www.angelsonstage.org. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on the Season 12 Registration Box, and you will be taken to the registration form for Super Stars and Shining Stars. You may also visit our Programs page to find links to registration forms for all Season 12 programs.
How much does it cost to register?
A $25 non-refundable fee is all that is required to submit your registration form online. Once we’ve notified you of your spot in the program, you may choose to pay the full amount of program fees , or you may choose to pay over four monthly payments. You will be asked to indicate your preference when you register.
The $25 non-refundable processing fee will be subtracted from the full amount due for your program selection.
Super Stars total cost: $525 (includes non-refundable $25 processing fee).
Shining Stars total cost: $700 (includes non-refundable $25 processing fee).
Leadership Council total cost: $250 (includes non-refundable $25 processing fee).
Buddy Coaches: There is no fee to register or participate in the Buddy Coach Program, however, a Buddy Coach registration form is required.
Do I have to pay in full now?
No. You must pay the $25 registration amount when you register to hold your spot, which will be applied to your full balance. Scholarships are also available. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
How do you determine the cost of programs?
Expenses for program delivery include rehearsal and performance spaces, rights to the shows we produce, scripts, CDs, t-shirts, San Jose minimum wage, insurance, and a host of other items that are part of each AoS season. We work hard to keep fees as low as possible. We run primarily on the power of volunteers and supplement program fees with grants and various fundraising events so that the fees we charge families represent only about 1/3 of the full cost per participant.
When will I be notified that my child has been accepted into the AoS program?
You will be notified within 48 hours of AoS receiving your registration form and $25 fee. You will receive a confirmation email letting you know you’ve been accepted, offering an alternate program, or placing you on a waitlist, depending on the arrival time of your completed registration and $25 deposit payment.
If the program fills up, how do you determine who can be in the program?
Online registration forms are reported in order of receipt. They are time stamped, indicating the time they are received through our website. Participants are determined on a first come, first served basis.
What if my child is not registered in the first 50 available slots of their preferred program?
If you are not in the first 50 available slots of your program, your child will be placed on the waitlist of your preferred program. If space allows, you will be offered an alternate program. If space is open in an alternate program you must accept that offer to remain on the waitlist of your preferred program.
Can I get a refund?
Withdrawal prior to our first Saturday workshops program day is eligible for a full refund minus the $25 non-refundable processing fee. A withdrawal requested 30 days or less after our first Saturday program day is eligible for a refund of 50% of fees, less the $25 non-refundable processing fee. In order to withdraw from the program: Written notice that your child will be withdrawing from the program must be given to the Registration Coordinator or submitted via email to email@example.com no later than 30 days after the first Saturday program day to be eligible for any refund. All materials, CDs, scripts, t-shirts, etc. must be returned to AoS in good condition (“good condition” to be determined by AoS; you may be charged to replace materials that are not in acceptable condition). If a withdrawal is received 30 days or more after the first Saturday program day, no refund will be issued.
What if I have computer problems?
Although we understand technology is not fool-proof, we suggest you have alternate devices available in case you encounter any issues. To be as fair as possible, the order of registration forms received will be based solely on the time stamp issued when a registration form is submitted.
I have a conflict at the time of registration and cannot get online, can I register later?
You are welcome to register any time after September 1 at 7pm. However, please be aware that spots can fill up quickly and have been known to fill in less than 10 minutes. You may want to ask a family member or friend to register your child on your behalf.
I have more than one child who wants to register for this season. Do I have to register both? Can I do it at one time?
Unfortunately, there is not a family registration option available at this time. Each child must be registered individually. It’s highly encouraged that you designate a family member or friend to register at the same time on your behalf so both of your children have a good chance of getting into the AoS program.
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. This special evening is a celebration of your child’s accomplishments throughout the Season. Think of it as graduation, in a sense. Each child will receive a personalized trophy with their name and character, staff will personally present to each child and they will have an opportunity to walk the Red Carpet while posing for photos for the paparazzi and signing autographs. Additionally, this is the time to pick up your child’s professional head shot and bio, their cast photo and the DVD of their show. We hope to see you there!