NYT STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Expectations: Designated staff and leadership lead NYT events and are responsible for safety and discipline during all events. They should be informed immediately of any emergency. Students must cooperate and follow the instructions of these adults. Should a student violate this Code of Conduct, the first time they will be reminded, if it is a minor violation. If the behavior occurs a second time, parents will be notified. If this becomes an ongoing problem the student may be asked to leave the current NYT production or class.
Participation: Participation in all scheduled activities during an event is expected. Participants must stay on-site during all events. In case of an emergency, a participant can leave the event only after being checked out with the appropriate adult coordinator or in person by a parent or legal guardian.
Illegal and Inappropriate Items: Under no circumstances may alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs, or weapons be possessed or used at NYT activities.
★ Modest dress is required for boys and girls. Clothing must be modest and appropriate for all activities.
★ Be aware of what may be exposed when dancing, moving, jumping, sitting, bending over, etc.
★ Remember the 3 Bs (for boys AND girls): behind, belly, and breasts are to be covered.
★ Undergarments must be covered.
★ No low-riding pants or shorts.
★ No clothing that bares midriffs or shows cleavage.
★ Transparent or see-through clothing may only be worn with a tank, shirt, shorts, or leggings underneath.
★ All skirts must also include bike shorts, leggings/tights, or bloomers.
★ Loose athletic shorts (a.k.a. Nike shorts), or any other shorts shorter than mid-thigh, must be worn with bike shorts, leggings, or tights.
★ Leggings, jeggings, tights, yoga pants, etc. must be worn with something additional that covers your behind (i.e., a long shirt, shorts, skirt, etc).
★ No inappropriate messages or images on clothing (ex: crude language, provocative images).
Public Display of Affection: NYT events are group activities, not dating venues. Participants should not be alone, especially with a member of the opposite sex. Affectionate physical or public display of affection contact is never appropriate (ex: kissing, sitting on laps, and yes, even holding hands).
In addition to the Code of Conduct above, students cast in NYT shows are expected to follow Theater Etiquette:
- When you step off the stage, you vanish. Walk quietly backstage and everywhere in theater. No talking or whispering off stage. No loud noise in the dressing room. Nothing ruins a scene more than the thumps of someone running to make a cue or someone talking in the wings.
- Once the house is open, stay off the stage and out of the theater. Don’t mingle with a waiting audience; you have other things to keep you busy.
- Never talk when the directing team is talking.
- Never miss an entrance.
- No mobile phones backstage.
- Accept all notes from the directing team graciously and say, “Thank you.”
- Never disagree with the director in front of the cast. If you don’t understand the note, or you disagree, ask the note-giver for more clarity afterwards, privately.
- Never give other actors notes and don’t accept them from other actors. If someone does offer you notes, say, “Thank you but we should take that through the director.” The only members of the production who should be giving notes are the directing team.
- Never add something to or remove something from your costume. It’s the costume designers job to put you in something appropriate for the show, not yours. If you have suggestions or problems with a part of your costume, take them to the costume chair or the director.
- Don’t hang out in the wings to watch the show. Backstage areas can be tight. The crew and your fellow actors have to get to where they need to be.
- Clean up after yourself in all rehearsal spaces and dressing room.
- When waiting in the wings for an entrance, watch your sight lines. If you can see audience or, the seats, then you can be seen.
- When entering and exiting, try to avoid brushing/touching against curtains/drops. Apart from breaking part of the set, all that motion can be seen by the audience and distracts them from the action on the stage.
- Tech rehearsals can be tough. Hang in while the crews fine-tune cues and equipment. Give them the respect they deserve while doing their jobs: pay attention, stay quiet, and be available as they jump from scene to scene.
- Pay attention to the stage manager. He or she will be telling you important stuff to keep the show running smoothly. And don’t forget to thank the stage manager when he gives a call (“15 minutes!” “Thank you 15!”). That’s so the stage manager knows that you heard the call and are ready to go.
- Never touch someone else’s prop, even if you think it’s out of place. They may have moved it there on purpose in order to help the flow of the show. Bring it to the attention of the stage manager if you think it’s in the wrong location.
- Always check your props before curtain. Things happen, props get bumped or moved or crushed. It’s also comforting to know that everything is where you expect it to be before the curtain goes up.
- Props and (most) costumes don’t belong to you, they belong to the theater. Treat them with respect and be sure to return them to their rightful locations after you’ve used them.
- Whether it’s a rehearsal or production night, don’t miss a call time. There’s a very good reason that the director set a call time, even if you don’t know what it is. And if you’re going to be late or miss a rehearsal for unforeseen circumstances, please let the production manager know as soon as possible.
- Always give your best! Whether it’s a matinee with a house full of kids or opening night, the audience paid to come see you become somebody else. There’s no excuse for giving less than 100%! Focus!
- Always be respectful of everyone you work with: the staff, the crew, the directors, the designers, the other actors, and yourself!
Failure to comply with these codes of conduct may result in the cast members(s) being removed from the show.
PARENT COMMITMENT AGREEMENT
A parent (or other family member) is required to serve on a committee an average of 30 hours, split between pre-show and show week. Parents will be released from their show committee duties to watch one of the public performances. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the cast members(s) being removed from the show.
Look over the committee descriptions below and indicate your choices on the audition form below. You will choose your top 4 pre-show committees and 3 show committees. We will do our best to put you on the committee of your choice.
Parent Committee Descriptions
Below are general descriptions of each Parent Committee. These will aid you in knowing what is required of the committee in order to produce a top notch show!
Each committee schedule is set by the Committee Chairperson.
Sets: Purchasing materials, building and painting required set pieces. This committee generally meets on Saturdays during rehearsal times to build and paint. There are times when individual pieces can be made at home, depending on the size. Artistic painters needed here towards the end of rehearsal weeks, so even if you aren’t a builder, painters always welcome!
Props: Purchasing, borrowing and making props needed for each scene. Some members of this committee will be assigned to backstage props area during show week.
Costumes: Creating the production’s costumes in accordance with the vision given by the Director who will coordinate with the Costume Chairperson. Assignments can be anything from purchasing material, cutting, hemming, hot gluing, to sewing complete pieces. Sewing ability NOT required for all on the committee, but if you are a sewer, this is a wonderful way to enhance the production with your creative ability!
Hair and Makeup: Working with your Makeup Chairperson to create the hair and makeup for the show according to the vision given by the Director. Some will remain on this committee throughout pre-show and show committee assignments.
Hospitality/Clean Up: Hospitality Committee arranges lunches for Saturday rehearsals in the form of collecting orders, collecting money, picking up and delivering lunch and purchasing paper goods. On the days they are assigned lunch duty, they will also serve as clean up crew. This duty entails doing a sweep of the rehearsal facility to collect lost and found items, resetting chairs and tables, vacuuming floors, emptying trash. The Hospitality Chairperson will make a schedule for the committee to follow.
Marketing: Marketing of the production, including but not exclusive to hanging show posters in local establishments, “Paint Your Wagon” (using stencils to paint show information on cast families’ cars,) and any other assignments the Marketing Manager deems worthy of getting the word out!
Photography: Work with the Marketing Chair’s instruction to take cast member headshots for playbill, costumed character shots, button photos and candid shots during rehearsals and shows. You do NOT need to be a professional photographer!! Just love taking pictures!
Cast Wrangler/Green Room: Cast Wranglers are parents who are assigned on a schedule by the Wrangler Chairperson to help oversee cast members during rehearsal times, mainly during breaks for safety or during instruction time with the Artistic Team for quiet reminders if needed. This committee builds a rapport with the cast and therefore they will be also considered for the Green Room Committee during show week. This committee oversees the cast members when they are not onstage, watching for cues and helping with an overall sense of organization.
Silent Auction: Lead by the Auction Chairperson, this committee gathers donations for auction baskets and/or single items to be auctioned off at each show. This can be accomplished by soliciting local businesses OR donations by cast member families. This then lends to the committee preparing the baskets or displays for show week and attending the auction tables during shows.
Prayer Table: NYT offers an area during show weekend for any who desire prayer. The table is attended by cast member parents who feel led to be warriors for those seeking prayer. A display with Bibles and notecards for requests is set up in an inviting way to say, “Your needs matter to us too and we want to approach the Father on your behalf as well.”
Box Office: Responsible for selling of tickets to walk-in customers and family members, organizing the “Will Call” table, (tickets bought but not yet received by the attendee; parents will print out and put in an envelope with the receiver’s name on envelope and left at Will Call.)
Standing O Gram Table: Standing Os are messages sent backstage to cast members by their families and friends that attend the show. Candy can also be purchased to send back. Table attendants simply organize and sell grams and have runners take them backstage when enough are gathered.
Backstage: This committee works in different facets backstage such as sets movers, sets repairs, ropes and drops, spot lights, stage managers, etc.
Mic Wranglers: Responsible for organizing mic table, distributing mics to assigned cast members, making sure all mics returned each night.
Ushering/Clean Up: Following proper theater etiquette, (which you will be instructed in,) seating patrons before and during the production. Clean Up Crew simply goes behind the cast and makes sure nothing is left in unauthorized areas, picks up any stray trash and sweeps the theater before and after each performance to make sure theater is presentable.
Concessions: Gather items for sale at shows, help Chairperson set up sale area, attend the concession area during shows and help with anything else deemed necessary from Chair.