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FAQ


Welcome to the San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater! We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about participating in one of our shows or films.

How do I prepare for auditions? Prepare to sing 16 bars (around 45 seconds) of any song (without music). Select a dynamic song that really shows off your personality and pipes. Be sure to decide on a song before the audition.

What to bring to auditions: Bring a photo with you. A snap shot or print-out of a photo will help us remember you when it comes to casting. 


What if I have a rehearsal schedule conflict? All known schedule conflicts must be noted on your registration form, (no new conflicts may be added later). You are allowed no more than two pre-noted absences. Missing more than three rehearsals may result in you being removed from numbers and/or dropped from the show. We do not refund registration, costume or ticket fees to those who drop out or have been removed from the show.

How much is the participation fee? The participation fee for the 15 week program is $295 per child, plus a $30 costume rental fee. $325 due at time of registration. In addition, cast members are responsible for providing dance shoes ($25) and selling 20, $20 tickets to the show.

Ticket package: As family members of the cast do not receive free tickets, a portion of your “ticket package” tickets will be used for your own family to see the show, thus lowering the amount of tickets to sell to family, friends, teachers and co- workers. In most cases our cast members end up selling more than 20 tickets, so finding people to support your child is usually not an issue.

When do I register and pay? As all who audition are cast, registration takes place at auditions. We accept cash and checks.

Are all kids cast in the show? Yes. Our policy is to try to cast all who audition, however sometimes scheduling conflicts may prevent a child from being cast in a production.

How many kids are typically cast in an SFCMT show? Our cast sizes range from 40 to 100. However, we only rehearse in smaller groups of 30 kids at a time (grouped by age), allowing all kids to get quality time with our production team of four teachers. All cast members unite during the last few rehearsals when we put the show segments together. To get a better idea of our cast and group sizes, we recommend watching the video on our home page.

As a parent, am I required to work on the show? No. Unlike many children’s theater groups, we do not require that parents put in extra hours to build sets, sew costumes, put up posters, or supervise rehearsals. However, many parents find helping with our shows to be a very rewarding experience, as well as a fun way to get a closer look at what goes into putting on a live theater production. We welcome any parent that would like to help, and we offer a variety of volunteer jobs to those parents looking to take a more active role in our productions. Volunteering for an SFCMT show is a great way to meet other families, make friends, and help our productions shine!

Dropping out/removal from the show: It is always difficult to replace a cast member’s role and refigure their placement in dance numbers. Before registering for our program, please make sure that you will be able to complete your commitment to the show. Please be aware that once you have registered for our program, we do not refund registration, costume or ticket fees.

How long has SFCMT been in business? We have been creating and producing shows for 25+ years in the Bay Area. SFCMT Artistic Director and Founder, John Bisceglie, has directed and choreographed hundreds of community, commercial, and professional productions featuring actors of all ages. For nine years, Bisceglie held the title of Artistic Director for San Jose Parks and Recreation’s Young People’s Theater, and has been serving Gilroy’s Community Services Department in the same capacity for the past twenty years. Visit our “Creative Team” page on the website to learn more about our team.

Do you offer programs in other Bay Area cities? Yes, we offer programs in SF, San Jose, Gilroy and Morgan Hill.

San Jose: www.southbaychildrensmusicaltheater.com
Gilroy/Morgan Hill: www.gilroychildrensmusicaltheater.com

What else should I know?

1. SFCMT is a fun and safe place for young talents ages 5-25. We have produced 100+ high quality productions working with over 3000 Bay Area youth in a number of different venues. Many cast members have grown up participating in our shows for 10+ years, making SFCMT the forefront of their childhood. Visit our “Parent and Alumni Feedback Page” to learn more about our families and alumni’s experience with our programs and staff members.

2. SFCMT strives for excellence. We work to achieve the highest standards of professionalism possible, while still involving cast members at a level where they can achieve success.

3. Children’s musical theatre is a vehicle that helps young people grow personally and learn about being members of an excellent team. Our shows require teamwork, support and flexibility from everyone. We strive to make each production a memorable and rewarding experience for everyone involved, and ask in return that cast members and their families make their commitment a priority within their schedule.

If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please email John at sfcmtheater@gmail.com

Best Regards,

John Bisceglie
Founder/Artistic Director