Frequently Asked Questions Summer Camp 2022

FAQ (last updated on 1/20/22)

What safety precautions will be in place to safeguard against COVID-19? 

Where are camps held? 

What is your 2022 payment plan & refund policy? 

What does tuition include? 

What is the 2022 performance plan?

Do you offer scholarships?

 

What is the difference between Frozen JR & Frozen KIDS?

Do you offer summer programs for students with disabilities?

Where do I learn about high school internships and junior staff positions?

Are your 2022 camps online, in-person, or hybrid?

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. 

PVTC is thrilled that with much thoughtful planning, we will continue to offer in-person experiences this summer! COVID-permitting, our musicals will be presented indoors with heavy safety precautions in place. Our plays and devising camps will happen outdoors.

What safety precautions will be in place to safeguard against COVID-19? 

PVTC will follow state and county guidelines for protection against COVID-19 including:​​

  • Requiring anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposure to COVID-19 to stay at home and notify the PVTC team immediately

  • Following a rigid testing protocol for any performances in which actors will be unmasked. 

  • Following strict procedures in the case of symptomatic individuals or exposure to COVID-19 within the camp community

  • Our COVID protocol continues to evolve. For our most updated COVID policies please visit our COVID PROTOCOL page.  

 

Where are camps held? 

945 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028

What is your 2022 payment plan & refund policy? 

PVTC recognizes that families may be cautious to sign up for summer programming given the unknowns of the times. In an effort to be flexible with families’ needs, PVTC has updated our refund policy for 2022 as follows:​​

  • ​$100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. 

  • 25% is non-refundable after March 28th (one week after parent meeting & script pick-up)

  • 50% is non-refundable after April 15th (auditions due)

  • No refunds will be offered after May 12th

 

What does tuition include? 

Each camp is staffed by a ratio of 1 professional teaching artist to every 3 students (and sometimes 1:2!). That’s a lot of individualized attention. 

 

PVTC prides itself in offering a fully-realized production experience for all students. We also care deeply about the development of each child and dedicate significant energy to building strong relationships between students and their peers, interns, and staff. 

 

Every student receives specialized instruction that engages them in: 

  • Performance (acting, singing, dance, physical acting, and stage combat)

  • Design elements (costumes, hair, makeup, props, backdrops, and visual art)

  • Generative theatre making (playwriting, devising original theatre, improvisation, and character development)

  • Special student activities (collaborative group creations, co-curricular projects, community building, creation of virtual or physical archival materials, and ensemble games)

  • Discovery of wide-lens theatre concepts (history, dramaturgy, collaboration, ensemble) 

  • Exploration of the world of I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) through hands-on workshops

 

From the teaching artists who work with students to the producers who connect the dots between artistic departments to the student services team who communicates with families, there is a dedicated team at work aiming to give students a memorable growth experience. Additionally, each camp is supported by a robust internship program.

 

In short, tuition aims to provide a fair wage for the excellent 35 staff members who give their time and talents to students, as well as cover the costs of the 10+ guest artists & 45 interns we engage with each summer. Tuition also covers production supplies, rights & royalties, space usage, supporting materials, camp memorabilia, and, importantly, our scholarship program. 

 

PVTC is committed to keeping camp tuition affordable, but we are asking families with available funds to contribute an additional $200/week per camper to cover programming costs

What is the 2022 performance plan?

All camps will be performed in person and may have a livestream option as well. 

  • Frozen JR (Session I) Performances Thursday, July 30th at 3:30pm and Friday, July 1st at 10:30am and 3:30pm indoors

  • Frozen KIDS (Session II) Performances Friday, July 15th at 10:30am and 2pm indoors

  • Squirrel Girl (Session II) Performances Friday, July 15th at 11:30am and 3pm outdoors

  • Tech Camp (Session II) Performances Friday, July 15th between 10am and 5pm

  • Homemade (Session III) Performances Friday, July 29th at 10am and 1pm outdoors

  • Beauty & the Beast (Session III) Performances Wednesday, August 3rd at 7pm and Thursday, August 4th at 2pm and 7pm indoors

  • Storybook Theatre Camp (Session IV) Showcase on Friday, August 12th at 11am TBD indoors/outdoors

  • Musical Theatre Revue Camp (Session IV) Showcase on Friday, August 12th at 3:30pm TBD indoors/outdoors. 


What is the difference between Frozen JR & Frozen Kids?

Frozen JR is a 60-minute adaptation of the Broadway musical while Frozen KIDS is a 30-minute adaptation. Both camps will explore this magically icy story with all the favorite songs from the show. In Frozen JR, students will learn longer songs and dances and have time for expanded character exploration as well as extra special camp activities. They will also have more ownership in the design elements of the production since they have more time (both an extra week of camp and a longer camp day). The age range for Frozen JR is larger than Frozen KIDS (K-8th as opposed to 1st-5th), so elementary school students will likely play ensemble roles in Frozen JR. Frozen KIDS is a quick process (just 9 camp days!), so we will focus more on learning material for the show and being ready to perform it. Actors will still have a chance to make costumes and paint set pieces, but most of the design elements of the show will already be completed from Frozen JR. Both productions will share a set and creative staff and we are planning fantastic opportunities regardless of which session students choose. 

 

Do you offer scholarships?

Absolutely! There is a place for every student who wants to participate in PVTC, regardless of financial need. Questions? Email info@pvtc-ca.org or apply for a scholarship here.

 

Do you offer summer programs for students with disabilities?

PVTC is committed to making our programming accessible for students of all abilities! This summer there are a variety of opportunities for students with disabilities. From scripted plays to student-created pieces, our teaching artists and creative teams will work with students and their families to ensure our programming meets your needs. Our performances will also be accessible to audiences with a variety of physical and sensory needs - we invite you to tune in. For more information, email info@pvtc-ca.org.

 

What should my child bring to camp each day?

  • A water bottle

  • Snacks and lunch (no food sharing allowed this year)

  • We will be outside every day! Please bring: Sunscreen, a hat, and a jacket

  • For some camps, we may asks students to bring a device such as a phone or tablet for certain activities. If a device is not available to your child, PVTC will ensure that he/she has what they need.

  • Backup masks in case it gets sweaty throughout the day

 

If you are interested in participating in camp, but don’t have access to the above, please reach out to info@pvtc-ca.org to see if we can help!

Where do I learn about high school internships and junior staff positions?

Internships are open to entering 9th through recently graduated 12th graders. For those recently graduated seniors looking for a larger leadership challenge, you are welcome to apply for a Jr. Staff Position in lieu of an internship. You can learn more about 2022 internship opportunities HERE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

REFUND POLICY

PVTC recognizes that families may be cautious to sign up for summer programming given the unknowns of the times. Some families may be comfortable only with an online camp experience while others may want to participate only in-person. In an effort to be flexible with families’ needs, PVTC has updated our refund policy for 2021 as follows:​​

  • If you plan to participate in camp no matter what, you can pay in full or choose a payment plan at the time of registration.

  • If you are waiting to learn which platform PVTC will be using for camp this year, the process is as follows:

    • A $100 non-refundable deposit holds your place in camp at the time of registration.

    • On April 23rd 2021 PVTC will announce the location of camps (online, in-person, or hybrid).

    • By April 30th families will need to state their intent to participate in camp. 

    • On April 30th 50% of tuition payment is due. 

    • On May 28th the remaining tuition balance is due. 

    • Families needing a more flexible payment plan please contact info@pvtc-ca.org, We are happy to work with you!

  • REFUNDS

    • $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. 

    • 25% of of tuition is non-refundable after April 30th.

    • 50% of tuition is non-refundable after May 14th.

    • No refunds will be offered after May 28th.