Classes & Camps FAQs

How do I enroll?

Enrollment can be made anytime online or by phone at (405) 208-6200, Tues-Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Enrollment opening dates:

  • September 1: Fall Classes, Fall Break Camp, Winter Break Camp, 'A Christmas Story' Production
  • December 1: Spring Classes, Spring Break Camp, 'The Jungle Book' Production
  • February 12: Summer Camps 2022, Summer Productions
The class I wanted to enroll my child in is full. Can I be put on a waiting list?

We offer waitlists for all our regular programs. Please call 405-208-6200, Tues-Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm, or email reception@oklahomachildrenstheatre.org to be added to a waitlist. Parents will be contacted if a place becomes available and have 24 hours to enroll.

Are there any additional fees for your classes/camps?

There are no extra required fees outside of your tuition payment. For camps, parents will have the option of purchasing a Camp Store Card for their camper to spend at the camp store, and we will also have an optional Pizza party on each Friday of camp. Aftercare is also available for an extra charge.

What are your payment options?

Enrollment is on a first-come basis and full payment must be made to secure your place. For larger tuition balances over $500, a payment plan option is available. All of our programs are designed to run over a specified time, usually over a one-week session for camps, and 5-6 weeks for our classes. Because of our format, we will not prorate tuition for any reason. We also do not offer refunds for unused portions of tuition, including for illnesses, withdrawing mid-session, etc.

Can I reserve a spot in a program for my child and pay later?

Our classes and camps fill very quickly, so full payment is required in order to reserve spots.

How do you handle safety and security?

The safety and wellbeing of our students are always our first priority. All of our classes and camps operate on closed facilities.  All of our teachers and assistants must clear an OSBI Criminal History Background Check, an Oklahoma DOC Sex Offender Check, and an Oklahoma DOC Violent Offender Check before they are allowed to work. Also, we always have a teacher or staff person on duty that is certified in CPR.  We also use a numerical code system for checking out students. If you have further specific questions or concerns regarding safety please contact us at (405) 208-6200 and we'll be happy to help.

What is the class size of Children’s Theatre camps?

Our class sizes can vary depending on the factors including the type of program, the age range of the students, staff availability, and facilities.All of our classes have a primary instructor and class assistant. Where class sizes exceed the number above a second assistant may be assigned. Regardless of class sizes our goal is always to provide a fun, safe, and educational environment where all students have the ability to thrive through individualized attention. Typically our classes have the following number of students:

Preschool programs: 10 students
Camps & Classes: 16 students
Young Company Productions: 15-30 students, depending on production

*Class sizes may be adjusted to allow for social distancing.

Who are your instructors?

Our instructors are local professionals in their fields or upperclassmen OCU theatre, musical theatre, or education students, and all have teaching experience. Our assistants are Oklahoma City University theatre students, and some are veteran students of OCT themselves.

My 7-year-old will be turning 8 very soon. Can I enroll them in the 8-10 year old class?

In order to enroll in the level 1 (5-7 year old) class, your child must have their 5th birthday before or during the camp dates for which you are registering.  Likewise for the 8-10 class, your child must have their 8th birthday before or during the camp dates for which you are registering.

Does my child need previous experience to take any of your classes?

Not at all!  All of our classes welcome beginners.  At the same time, no two classes are exactly alike, so campers can take multiple classes and camps and always have new experiences.

Will my child’s class have a performance?

Generally, all of our classes have an end-of-class showcase after the last class, which will be a performance for theatre-based classes or a gallery-style showcase for art-based classes. We welcome family members to come and entrance is always free. Information regarding each class' showcase will be available to parents after the class starts.

Young Company productions will have public performances, which typically include multiple performances and vary between productions. Information regarding reservations and ticket prices is made available once class starts.

My child is pretty shy. What if they have stage fright?

At Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, we focus on teaching self-expression and the process of theatre and acting; we keep performance pressure at very low priority.  We encourage all of our campers to express themselves in their own way, whether that is acting, designing costumes, helping backstage, or any other interest in theatre arts that your child may have.  Our teachers are very understanding, comforting, and reassuring, and while we will encourage all campers to express themselves, no camper is forced to do anything that would make them uncomfortable.

Can I drop in and observe my child’s class?

Our camps and classes are Kids Only.  We’ve found that our students and teachers are more at ease when they don’t feel the pressure to perform for parents and onlookers.  Our summer camp teachers submit daily camp reports Monday through Thursday that detail the activities of their classes.  If you’d like to talk about what your child’s class is up to, please call us at (405) 208-6200, or email us at reception@oklahomachildrenstheatre.org.

This is my first time enrolling. If my child doesn’t enjoy it, can I get a refund?

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre staff and teachers do our best to ensure that all of our campers have an enjoyable experience, regardless of their experience level, age, ability, or interest. We recognize that all children are different, however, and encourage new parents to contact us at (405) 208-6200 if you have concerns about whether our programs are an appropriate choice for your child. We will be happy to take you through our program and answer any questions you might have.

Please see our Refund Policy for information on canceling an enrollment.

Where are you located?

We operate two different locations:

  • Our Main Office is located at Oklahoma City University, just off 23rd street between Penn and Classen. This location is also home to all of our professional productions.
  • All of our School Year classes and camps as well all Young Company productions are held at the OCT Arts Annex, located at the State Fairgrounds.

Information regarding the location of your class or camp is available during enrollment as well as in any reminder emails. Alternately you can contact us at (405) 208-6200 or email us at reception@oklahomachildrenstheatre.org and we'll be happy to confirm details about your class.
 

What does my child need to bring each day?

This depends on your class. For all classes, students should wear clothing that is appropriate for their subject, e.g. loose clothing for dance classes, clothing that can get dirty for art classes, etc. All students should also wear appropriate footwear, never flip flops. Students should also bring a water bottle.

For full-day classes and camps, students will need to bring a lunch and two snacks.
For classes between 1.5-4 hours, students should bring a snack.
Classes that are less than 1.5 hours long will not take a break.

If your class has any other specific requirements this will be made known to you prior to class start.

What is your refund policy?

To request a refund please visit oklahomachildrenstheatre.org/refund or call (405) 208-6200.

A refund will be issued if the student drops the class more than 14 days prior to the class start date. If a registration is canceled with less than the required 14 days notice no refund or credit will be given. A full refund will only be issued if the class is canceled by Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. Where possible refunds will be made by the original payment method, or by check. Please allow up to 14 days for your refund check to arrive.  Classes will not be prorated and no other refunds or tuition transfers will apply or be offered.

Refunds will not be given if:

  • A child is sent home due to behavioral issues.
  • A student decides to drop out or leave the program for any reason.
  • Your child is sick and either stayed home or was sent home from camp.
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