Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are answers to are most frequently asked questions. If you are unable to locate the answer to your specific question call us at 214-978-0110.

General topics include:

Performances, Purchasing Tickets, Show and Matinee Times
At the Show, Parking, Refunds, Children and Attire
Classes for Children and Teens
Employment, Auditions, Internships and National Tour
Renting Our Facilities
Other Questions

 

Performances, Purchasing Tickets, Show and Matinee Times

Where do you perform your productions?
The Baker Theater and Studio Theater are housed in the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, located at 5938 Skillman, Dallas, Texas.

How do I buy tickets?
Purchasing tickets is easy—when online, simply follow the links for the show of your choice; call our box office at 214-740-0051 or by fax to 214-978-0118.

What are your Box Office Hours?
9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday thru Friday. On performances days, Box Office staff is available as follows: Friday evenings until 30 minutes past curtain; Saturdays and Sundays on which there is a performance - 11:00 am until 30 minutes past last curtain.

Do you have ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation performances?
Yes, view our list of plays this season. ASL interpretation performances are noted towards the bottom of the page. Please call our Box Office at 214-740-0051 to confirm as unexpected schedule changes may occur.

What are your show times?
Most public show times are selected Fridays at 7:30p.m., Saturdays at 1:30p.m. and 4:30p.m.
and Sundays at 1:30p.m and 4:30p.m. Not all shows are at all times, please check with our
Box Office 214-740-0051 in advance.

Typically, how long are the performances?
Generally our performances are as short as one hour, others may be as long as one hour and forty-five minutes. Call the Box Office at 214-740-0051 near the date of your performance for more exact times.

How does Sectional Seating work?
Once you choose either Section A or B, you are guaranteed seats in that section for that performance. Once season subscribers enter the theater, single tickets holders choose a seat on a first come, first served basis within the section purchased.

Does Dallas Children's Theater have school day morning shows?
Yes, Student Matinee performances are held on weekdays. Typically we have matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00a.m. Schools are booked into these performances and reservations are required. Sometimes there are special performances with slightly different show times, please refer to our Educators web page for more information. To make a reservation for the school morning shows, please call Artreach Booking Service at 214-219-2049.

What are your Theater Policies?
General Admission seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain. Unclaimed seats will be sold at curtain. Late seating is at the discretion of the management. No food or beverages are allowed in the theater. Crying babies must be removed to the lobby. Photography, video or audio recording is strictly forbidden. Audience members are not allowed on stage or in the backstage areas. All plays, dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

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At the Show, Parking, Refunds, Children and Attire

Is there a place for my class to eat lunch after the show?
If you are attending a show at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, you are welcome to have lunch in The Wyly Family Garden, weather permitting, located directly in front of our main doors. Rosewood Center for Family Arts does not offer any lunch areas within the building. Please remember that you are responsible for cleaning up any and all trash.

There are also nearby parks, Ridgewood Park at 6818 Fisher Road or Lake Highlands North Park at 9940 White Rock Trail. To learn more visit the Dallas Parks and Recreation Centers website.

Where do I park?
For shows at Rosewood Center for Family Arts simply use our large free parking lot.

What should I wear to the theater?
There is no specific dress code, most patrons dress “nice casual”.

May I get a refund if I don’t use my tickets?
We're sorry, no. All sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges.

What ages qualify for a Youth ticket or a Senior ticket?
Youth is defined as ages 3 (three) to 17 (seventeen) years of age. A Senior ticket is for persons 60 (sixty) years of age or older.

Are your shows appropriate for children under the age of 3 years?
Our shows are for families. There are different age recommendations for every show. (Please refer to the show you are interested in to find our age recommendation.) However, our shows are not appropriate for children under the age of 3.

 

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Classes for Children

How does my child get involved in Dallas Children's Theater?
The best way is through our Academy Classes. Since we are a professional theater, most of the actors on our stages are professional adults performing for families. We do occasionally use children in some roles. Auditions are usually announced twelve weeks before the opening date of a show. You can always check with the receptionist to find out if we are using young people in a show at that time. Teens can contact our volunteer coordinator for information about helping with ushering and special events.

Does my child need experience to take classes?
For most classes your child needs to be the correct age and have an interest in theater and drama. Our approach is developmentally age appropriate. Some Teen Conservatory classes require an audition and are for more experienced students. For more specific answers, simply contact us.

Who teaches the DCT Academy and Conservatory classes?
Our classes are taught by professional theater artists: Directors, Actors, Designers and Teachers.
Many members of our education faculty are seen on our stages or work in production for our Mainstage Shows.

What workshops do you offer?
We offer Teacher Workshops that give teachers tools to use drama in the classroom. We also offer Scout workshops and Drama Shops for school groups to participate in after they see a Dallas Children's Theater show. Our artists also work with local school districts to set up workshops for DI training. Contact Nancy Schaeffer, Education Director for more details or to set up a workshop for your group.

Do you offer classes for teens?
Our Teen Conservatory classes offer opportunities for teens ages 12 and older during the school year and in the summer. Over the course of a year class offerings may include: Scene Work, Improv, Voice and Diction, Musical Theater, Video and Movie Making, Playwrighting, Audition Techniques, Stage Combat and more. We offer some classes that are filled by audition only for more experienced students. These include our Teen Scene players and Improv Troupe.

What is Curtains Up on Reading and how can I get it in my school?
Curtains Up on Reading is a multi-sensory residency program that uses drama and theater techniques to help enhance classroom curriculum. Themes include: Main Idea, Sequence, and Summary; Westward Expansion, Civil War and the Underground Railroad; Mythology; Middle Ages; and Ancient Japan. DCT Residency Artists can also work with classroom teachers to create a program to fit the needs of any classroom. Contact Nancy Schaeffer, Education Director for more information or to set up a program for your school.

How can I get an After School Drama Program in my school?
Schools must provide the physical space for class meetings. The space should be large enough and quiet enough to allow the group to work comfortably without interruption. Working on an auditorium stage is our preference, but if this is not available, we can work in a large, open classroom. If you have a place to hold class, contact Gina Waits at 214-978-0110, ext. 138 or e-mail gina.waits@dct.org. We can provide you with more information or to get an application to start an After School Drama Program at your school.

Does DCT offer financial aid for Academy Classes?
Through the generosity of The Larry Hagman Foundation, DCT is pleased to offer financial assistance for students demonstrating need. To apply for a Larry Hagman Scholarship for the Performing Arts, please complete and submit this form along with at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher or community member. If you have questions, please contact Terry Feagin at terry.feagin@dct.org or 214-978-0110 ext. 139

Applications for financial assistance will be processed in the order received. Upon submission, applicants will be contacted confirming receipt of their application and the timeframe for approval. *Dallas Children's Theater does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin.

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Employment, Auditions, Internships and National Tour

How do I audition for a show? Auditions are held approximately 7 weeks prior to the opening of a show date. Please call the theater at 214-978-0110 to set an appointment for an audition.
View our current auditions listings.

Do you have an intern program?
Depending on our needs at any given time of year, we may need qualified college undergraduate or graduate students in the performing arts to work as interns. Internships are customized for each participant, and may include a combination of duties. Sometimes a stipend is offered based upon the type and length of internship. Housing is not provided. Dallas Children's Theater will work with colleges or universities to arrange credited internships. For more information contact Gina Waits at
214-978-0110, ext. 138 or email to gina.waits@dct.org.

How do I audition for Dallas Children's National Tour?
Auditions usually occur in May for productions that begin rehearsal in August and tour throughout the following season. You must be at least 18 years of age to audition for the national touring company. Please contact the theater at 214-978-0110 to set an appointment for an audition.
View our current auditions listings.

Can I earn EMC weeks as an actor in a Dallas Children's Theater national touring production?
No. At this time, Dallas Children's Theater only produces a nonunion tour.

Will I get paid as a company member of a Dallas Children's Theater national tour?
Absolutely. The touring contract represents a real, full time job, but not a regular 9 to 5 job. The schedule can and will be irregular, sometimes with long travel hours and multiple performance days. All company members receive a salary for the rehearsal/preview period and a touring salary while the production is on the road. A food allowance (per diem) is also paid to all company members while the production is on the road. All transportation and lodging is provided by Dallas Children's Theater.

How do I apply for a technical position with Dallas Children's Theater's National Tour?
Employment announcements for DCT’s touring technical positions usually occur in late winter or early spring for productions that begin rehearsal in August and tour throughout the following season. DCT typically travels with a Stage Manager and Technical Director. Occasionally an assistant SM or TD is needed. Inquiries should be directed to Sally Fiorello, Dallas Children's Theater Tour Director via e-mail sally.fiorello@dct.org. Resumes, including a cover letter, should be submitted via U.S. Mail to Dallas Children’s Theater, Attn: National Tour Director, 5938 Skillman, Dallas, Texas 75231.

Does Dallas Children's Theater's national tour travel to local venues?
Rarely. Dallas Children's Theater's national tour features full-scale theatrical productions. They require a professional theater setting with adequate space, audio equipment and lighting inventory. They can be cost prohibitive. Local organizations and their audiences would be better served by attending one of Dallas Children's Theater's mainstage performances at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts or at El Centro College Performance Hall, both in Dallas, Texas.

How far will Dallas Children's Theater travel with a touring production?
Anywhere within the continental United States and Canada.

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Renting Our Facilities

Can your theater/facility be rented?
Yes. The Rosewood Center for Family Arts has several spaces available that are ideal for various types of events. Learn more about renting our facilities.

 

Other Questions

Who serves on the board of Dallas Children's Theater?
Dallas Children's Theater has an active Board of Trustees. Additionally, the theater has a number of Advisory and Emeritus Board members. View the list of Board members.

How can I contract DCT to bring a production to my location?
If your venue is located within a 75 mile radius of Dallas, please contact Sally Fiorello, National Tour Director at 214-978-0110 or via e-mail sally.fiorello@dct.org.

If your venue is located outside a 75 mile radius of Dallas and is within the United States, please contact Dallas Children's Theater's national booking agent, Michael Holden of Holden and Arts Associates, at 512-477-1859 or via e-mail mh@holdenarts.org.

How can I get promotional items, technical information and study guides for a specific DCT touring production?
All of these items are available for downloading. Please look under the name of the production located in the national touring section of this web site.

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