Frequently Asked Questions Summer Camp 2021

FAQ (last updated on 4/6/21)

 

Are your 2021 camps online, in-person, or hybrid?

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. PVTC is thrilled that after much thoughtful planning, we will be offering our camps in-person this summer! There are a few camps that will include virtual components [namely “She Kills Monsters (Virtual Realms)],” but we are thrilled to be back together.

 

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

PVTC will follow state and county guidelines for protection against COVID-19. PVTC safety protocol will include:

  • Meeting in outdoor locations around the Valley Presbyterian Church campus

  • Gathering in groups of 12 or fewer (10 students + 1 staff member + 1 intern)

  • Maintaining social distancing of at least 6’ by marking out personal bubbles for individuals on the ground

  • Requiring mask-wearing and frequent hand washing

  • Refraining from singing during in-person activities, unless the actor is behind plexiglass or at an extended distance from others  

  • Requiring all staff, students, interns, and volunteers to complete a health check prior to arriving on campus

  • Conducting temperature checks upon arrival

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

  • Providing sanitation stations all over campus

 

Where are camps held? 

  • In-person: 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028

  • Online: A closed Zoom link

 

What is your 2021 payment plan & 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. 

 

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, whether in- person or via Zoom. 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. 

 

Regardless of platform, 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, inclusivity, accessibility, collaboration, ensemble) 

 

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. 

The reason for this year’s request for an additional $200/week is to support the teaching artists who give so much to PVTC students and the actors on scholarship who gain so much from theatre camp experience.

What is the 2021 performance plan?

We are closely monitoring what’s possible for performances. While none of our performances will occur indoors in our intimate theatre space, there are opportunities for outdoor, socially-distant performances, live streamed performances, and pre-recorded shows. Please reach out if you have questions about the thinking behind a specific camp’s performance or showcase.

Why are there fewer traditional musicals this year?

One of the most exciting opportunities with the unknowns of 2021 is to reimagine what camp at PVTC means. Don’t worry -- we’ll still have passionate staff, enthusiastic interns, and favorite camp traditions -- but you won’t see as many scripted shows as you have in the past. What you will see is many more opportunities for students to take ownership over their work and engage closely with peers, directors, and designers to make something unique.

There is something really special about creating shows from the ground up that can be performed live. By sharing art that’s happening in real time, even if we’re on Zoom, we get that “everyone in the same room doing the same thing at the same time” sense of magic that is so unique to live theatre. 

In the case that we’re able to gather in person, we will still need to wear masks. Given that singing can expedite the spread of the virus, it doesn’t feel safe to select large-ensemble musicals for this year’s content and we want to ensure that we can perform the shows to which we’ve committed. 

 

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!

 

What is the plan for breaks & lunches?

  • Breaks will take place in small groups

  • Students will remain outdoors and socially distanced, but they can unmask to drink water and eat for no more than 20 minutes

  • As soon as students have completed their snack or meal, they must put their mask back on

 

Will PVTC provide extra shade this year?

Yes! We don’t want anyone exposed to the sun for too long. We are exploring areas to add large tents to campus to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.

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 2021 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.