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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.

In light of the Coronavirus, we would like to inform our families that that all SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT rehearsals, classes and performances are proceeding as planned.

SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT are taking proactive and preventative measures to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Beyond recommended sanitation guidelines by the CDC, SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT have implemented:

Increased disinfection of door handles and push bars throughout the theater
Free standing sanitizer units in both the lobby and back stage entrance
System of spray and disinfectant application of facility between shows and after business hours.

SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT has taken similar measures to ensure that its rehearsal studios follow these same standards. For studio classes and production rehearsals, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be placed at the entrance of all working areas. All participants will be asked to use hand sanitizer upon arrival. A thorough cleaning of all surface areas and door handles will be performed on a daily basis.

SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT asks that all participants follow standard flu season protocol outlined by the CDC:

Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth Avoid contact with sick individuals If you are not feeling well, or you are living with a person who is not feeling well, please remain at home.

We will continue to monitor the situation as it proceeds, and we will follow any mandates that might pertain to SFCMT/SBCMT/GCMT. As we are following best practices, and we expect that all of our families and guests will be respectful of those around them, we are happy to provide entertainment during a time when people might be experiencing stress or concern from current events. Thank you for helping keep everyone healthy!

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.

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 60. 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 27+ 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