JUNIOR ENSEMBLE FAQs

TIME OFF

 
 
Can I have time off rehearsal for a dance school performance? 

 

"I have a really important dance show that I'm the lead in, and I need to leave panto rehearsal early, but it's only an hour and its at the end of the day and I'll pick everything I miss up in my own time. Am I allowed to leave a little bit early, just this once?"

Unfortunately we are unable to allow any member of the Junior Ensemble any time off rehearsals or performances, for any reason, whatsoever! This includes dance school commitments.

Before accepting your place in the pantomime you will need to inform all other extra curricular activities that you are unavailable during pantomime season.

Despite saying this clearly every year, we always have someone who asks for some time off, and they always get upset when we say no.

To ensure that we treat everyone fairly, no-one will be allowed time off for any extracurricular activity whatsoever. 

 

COSTUMES

 
What costume pieces are Junior Ensemble members expected to provide?

  • Jazz Shoes/Plimsols (Soft leather type please. NOT Bloch/Capezio trainer type).

  • Dance Tights (to match your skin colour).


Some children will also be asked to provide the following to take part in the magical UV scene:

  • Completely black clothing (High necked, long sleeved top, long trousers/leggings and socks - NO LOGOS!)

 
 
If I don't have all these items. Should I rush out and buy them now?

Absolutely NOT. If you are missing anything on the list above - wait before buying anything. The wardrobe department can advise nearer the time if you will definitely need them and there may be some in our store which we can lend you.

 
When shall I bring in the costume items I am asked to provide?

 

Costume items are NOT needed for regular rehearsals in the rehearsal room. You should only bring these in, when you move from into the theatre for Tech Rehearsals.

 

For normal rehearsals you should wear comfortable clothing and footwear that you can move well in. Dancewear or sportswear is ideal, but so is plimsols, jogging bottoms and a t-shirt. 

 
Once I've brought my costume pieces in, should I take them home to wash?

 

At no point should you take any item of costume home, for any reason, including your own things. It is essential that everything stays in the building, to stop things being left at home or getting lost.

 
If I lose a piece of costume, should I borrow one from someone else?

Absolutely not! You should only ever use your specific pieces of costume. 

 

If you lose something, inform your Head Chaperone immediately and they can help find it, or if needs be, get a replacement. 

 
I'm in a rush to leave, as my parents are waiting. Is it ok to leave my costumes on the floor for someone else to put away?

 

Absolutely not! All costumes must be carefully hung up and put away after every single performance, without fail.

 

All our costumes are hand made, over many months, costing a huge amount of time and money. We expect you to look after them and treat every costume (and also props too) with respect. 

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES 

 
What time should I arrive for a rehearsal or performance?

You should arrive 15 minutes before a rehearsal start time, and 45 minutes before a performance start time.

You will be told by the Head Chaperone where to wait when you arrive. Remember you will usually be in a public space, so we ask you to wait calmly and quietly!

 
What time will I need to be picked up?

 

Rehearsals: Each rehearsal will end as close to the published end time as possible.

 

Performances: Until we make the show we cannot be sure exactly how long it will be. We will let you know nearer the time how long it is, and therefore how long after the curtain up time you will need to be collected. 

 

SIGNING IN AND OUT

 
Can I sign myself in and out at the start and end of rehearsals/performances, or does it have to be my parents?

All Junior Ensemble members are expected to be signed in and out of every rehearsal or performance by a parent/guardian. This is our expectation and our company policy.

 

For children of Primary School age, there is no exception to this policy and it must be adhered to please.

 

For children of Secondary School age, your parents can (if they wish) sign the Parental Permission Form to say they waive our company policy on this matter, as their child will be travelling to and from rehearsals alone and therefore needs to be able to sign themselves in and out. 

 
Can I leave the building at meal breaks?

 

All Junior Ensemble members are expected to stay in the building, under the care of the Chaperones, throughout all breaks.

 

For children of Primary School age, there is no exception to this policy and it must be adhered to please.

 

For children of Secondary School age, your parents can (if they wish) sign the Parental Permission Form to say they waive our company policy on this matter, as their child will need to leave the building at meal breaks to get food and therefore needs to be able to sign themselves in and out.

 

Please note that any Junior Ensemble member with permission to leave during meal breaks, is expected to behave responsibly and return swiftly to the theatre once their food is purchased.

 

 

MOBILE PHONES and TABLETS

 
 
Should I bring my items of high value such as phones and tablets to rehearsals or backstage?

 

We rehearse and perform in public buildings, and therefore we strongly recommend not bringing items of high value such as phones or tablets to rehearsals or performances.

 

Little Wolf Entertainment Ltd, the venues and our team members cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage to any items that you bring in. Therefore, to be safe, please leave them at home unless absolutely necessary.

 
Can I have my phone on me during rehearsals and performances?

 

Any phones that are brought to rehearsals or performances will be looked after by the Head Chaperone. You will only be allowed to use them during meal breaks. You'll be too busy learning and performing the show to need them anyway!

 

In an emergency you will be allowed to use your phone, or alternatively the Head Chaperone has all your parents contact details so they can get hold of them at any time if they need to.

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 
 
Can I share posts and thoughts about the pantomime on social media?

 

We fully encourage your interaction with the Little Wolf and Venue social media channels. However we ask that you remain professional and polite at all times.

 

Little Wolf Entertainment is dedicated to ensuring that everyone on our shows has safe working environment, and that includes online and social media platforms. 

 

Please make sure that you and your parents read through our SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY carefully, which contains much more information and guidance.

 
 
Can I add members of the adult cast as friends on Facebook?

 

We ask that you do not send any "friend requests" to any of the adult cast or crew. This is for your safety and security as well as theirs.

 

Please make sure that you read through our SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY carefully, which contains much more information and guidance.

 

 

AUTOGRAPHS and PHOTOGRAPHS

 
Can I take pictures of me and my friends backstage in costume? 

 

For the safety, security and privacy of everyone working on the show there must be NO PHOTORAPHS or VIDEOS taken backstage, or in costume.  

 

Anyone breaking this rule risks losing their place in the show.

 

 
Will there be a chance to get autographs and have photographs with the cast and crew?

 

At some point in the last few days of the run, we will be hold a get together for the junior ensemble, during which time you will have the chance to get autographs and have photographs with the cast and crew.

 

We ask that you do not pester the cast or crew for autographs or photographs at any other time. 

 

VIDEOS

 
Will the pantomime be videoed and can I get a copy?

We do video our pantomimes for promotional and archival purposes, but due to copyright issues, we regret we are unable to make copies available. 

 

SPEAKING ROLES

 
I have a speaking role. When will I receive my script?

 

In SOME of our productions, SOME children may have been offered a speaking role. If this applies to you, you will have been told when we offered you a place in the show. 

 

You will receive your script in rehearsals. You will be given plenty of time to rehearse and learn your lines. 

 
 
I think I might need some extra time to learn lines. Can you email me my script?

 

Unfortunately due to the a marked increase in scripts being copied and plaguerised, we are unable to provide electronic copies of scripts. 

 

Don't worry our production teams are experts in making sure that you have all the time you need to get ready for the show. We are one big team.