LINX Theater Frequently Asked Questions

Performances

How many performances occur in a school year and when?

There are two performances per school year for most troupes. They fall in the months of January and May/June. We take holidays, vacations and end-of-school into careful consideration. The specific day of the month can shift due to theater availability. 

Is my child required to be in both the winter and spring show?

While we register for the whole year, the winter and spring performances are completely different shows. You can choose to end or begin your registration before, or after, either production

Costumes & Makeup

Should my child wear make-up for the performance?

No makeup will be applied by staff at shows. Performers are welcome to arrive at their show wearing any character appropriate makeup that has been approved by their director.

Do I need to purchase a costume?

No. Costumes are provided as part of the theatrical program.

What should my child wear to their performance?

Plain full length black leggings and a neutral colored form-fitting tank top (no branding, glitter or bright colors).

Can I purchase a special costume for my child?

No. All costumes are drawn from LINX's wardrobe or purchased specifically for the performance through that show's director.

Allergies

Could my child be allergic to face paint?

When make-up is used we use child-safe make-up, but allergic reactions could occur so it is better to be safe than sorry. The director can test by placing a drop of make-up (not red) on the performer's inner wrist, a sensitive spot. This child washes it off in an hour. Next morning, check the inner wrist for a rash.

Do children in different productions share hats?

Hats are not usually shared amongst performers. Any hats shared across productions are thoroughly sanitized and stored in airtight bags between rehearsals and performances!

Do I need to be worried about food in the theater?

No. Performers, young or old, should finish food before passing the inner-lobby doors unless otherwise noted by the director. 

Show Titles

Where can I find what title a particular group is doing next?

Halfway into a production, the next season's title will be announced and can be found on the troupe's program page.

I don't recognize the title listed.

An unrecognized title will normally occur in Company or Elementary Recreational. It can either be an original work or a new adaptation created to provide more equal parts as well as because it introduces the performers to certain elements of history or literature. Although they may be unrecognized, all titles are carefully selected to appeal to performers and the adults watching!

Do all the shows have a musical element?

From the youngest troupes up, all shows have song and dance elements. The breakdown of dialogue and music in Broadway is often 50/50. In Company, it is often 75/25, dialogue to music. Other troupes usually have three or four songs as part of the production.

Scripts

Should my performer bring the script to rehearsal?

Performers in 2nd grade and up should bring their script to each class to reference. Younger performers should not bring their script to class.

Why are the invite-only kids asked to learn lines so quickly?

We provide the invite-only kids a month to learn their lines so they can really start learning to act. The end goal is no longer to learn lines and present them onstage. The kids have delved into character development, physical routines, and many other facets that require the script to be out of one's hands. The longer they are without a script, the more confident they are onstage and one avoids the stress of cramming close to show-time which can coincide with other projects at school and other extra-curricular activities.

Rehearsals

Can a rehearsal be missed?

We understand that there are medical appointments or other events that can conflict with a rehearsal. We ask that missed rehearsals be kept to a minimum so the children feel part of the ensemble

Why do Company and Broadway levels II - IV require technique classes?

LINX Theater has constantly evolved to better serve our performers' confidence and creativity. Learning essential skills in their selected technique class will aid them tremendously in rehearsals and make them highly competitive players in the future. Technique classes also expand their 'family' of friends.

Placements

What is the main difference between the acting troupes?

Kidservatory (3-5yrs) performs on a small, intimate and encouraging stage. Kidservatory students do a lot of creative play during their rehearsals as they learn what it means to pretend and put on a show.

Showstoppers (K-1st) also performs in the more intimate and encouraging stage area. While also teaching children fun songs and dances, the focus here is the theatrical performance with increased spoken word and movement. Showstoppers students begin to learn character development and acting technique. 

Recreational Theater (2nd-8th) allows performers to help sculpt their own show. It is perfect for the new performer, creative writers and those who love theater but do not have much time in their schedule.
           
Company (Levels I - IV) works on adaptations of classic stories and intriguing original creations. Through auditions, all students are given balanced roles that delight players and audiences alike. Players are constantly challenged to take roles they have not experienced before, stretching their abilities and keeping them from being pigeon-holed by future directors. Those who pursue careers outside performance carry an advantageous ability to innovate.


Broadway (Levels I - IV) works on classic Broadway titles which they bring to life with great effect. Through auditions, every student is given a role or set of roles to ensure they are featured in the production. Those not in a 'lead' or 'title' role for one season, still enjoy significant stage time—through singing solos, dancing solos, comedy bits, playing more than one character, or appearing in the multitude of musical numbers and scenes. In the meantime, they work on their craft, increasing their chances of winning a coveted role in the next season. Parents and students seeking equitable lines on stage are encouraged to consider our Company program.

How long do performers spend in a troupe before advancing?

It is common for performers to be with a troupe for three seasons before having the skills, confidence and maturity that will keep them from becoming stressed in the next level.

What are the elements looked for when kids advance through the troupes?

The director is studying more than just their talent or age. A director is looking at the performer's commitment, passion, imagination, ability to learn required skills in a timely fashion, and focus. Most of all, the work must be fun for the performer to avoid stress.

What is the Minimum Enrollment Policy?

LINX prides itself on offering the most premiere theater class experience for your children. Our many years of teaching enrichment classes has made us experts on what makes each class a terrific learning adventure. To provide the best, we aim to have a minimum of 6 students in a theater class program for it to run. If we do not have 6 or more students register for a theater class time, we will suggest the need to switch registered students into different classes of the same program to maintain a robust environment. We will do this as early as possible to ensure a smooth transition, typically by the 3rd week in the first month of the season (September and February). If your child cannot move to a different theater class due to scheduling restrictions or other specific exceptions, we will try our hardest to find a solution that you and your child will be pleased with. We will be happy to place a credit in your account for the next time if we cannot come to a workable solution.

Please note: The Broadway program is an exception to this policy. Broadway classes must run at capacity to ensure that each role will be filled within the licensed show.   

Absences and Makeups

Should we notify LINX about an absence?

Yes, it is always a good idea to let us know when your child(ren) will be absent from class. Report an absence online or call 781-235-3210. 

How do we schedule a makeup class?

You may book a makeup class online or call us at 781-235-3210.