Concert - Frequently Asked Questions

As a student of Chambers Performing Arts, you will perform in one of the finest and most professional 91.5 million dollar theatres in the Southeast. This allows for the best lighting and technical capacities possible, providing a Broadway caliber performance. Here are a few tips for new performers, families, and guests-along with refresher points for our veterans:


ATTENDING A PROFESSINOAL PERFORMANCE: ETIQUETTE OF PARENTS AND GUESTS

What etiquette is required when attending a theatrical performance?
Are Children Welcome at the Peformances?
What should I wear to the theatre?
Do you allow photography or videography during the performance(s)?
Do you allow photography or videography during dress rehearsals?
Why are theatres typically cold in temperature?
I have guests with special needs, how do I seat them?
Can I send flowers to my performer at the theatre on the day of the performance?
How do I place a congratulations ad and/or a picture in the program?
I have a local business and would like to place an ad in your program. How do I do that?
Can I, or my guests, go backstage before, during, or after dress rehearsals or the performance?

DRESS REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Where are the performances held?
How should I apply stage make up for dress rehearsals and for the performance?
How should my performer’s hair look for dress rehearsals and performance?
Can I wear tights with holes and/or dirty shoes onstage for dress rehearsals or the performance?
My performer has several pieces in one show and needs to change costumes and hair, but I will be watching in the audience. Who will assist him/her?
Where are dress rehearsals held?
What do I wear to dress rehearsals?
Can I bring my iPod, iPhone, iPad, and/or other technology to dress rehearsals and on performance days?
Can I bring food and drinks backstage during dress rehearsals and performance days?
Can I wear nail polish, toenail polish, or jewelry onstage for dress rehearsals or the
  performance?

What extra items may I need to bring to the theatre?

 


What etiquette is required when attending a theatrical performance?
 

We follow the highest professional etiquette at all of our performances:

No cell phones, photography, videography, texting, disruptive noises, talking, eating, and any other activity that disrupts either the performer or another audience member will be tolerated. Please refrain from talking or whispering during the performance.

Please respect everyone’s personal space around you.

Applause and excitement are welcome to all performers.

Please remain in your seat for the entire performance. If you must leave, exit during intermission. In an emergency, wait for an appropriate break in the performance.

Food and beverages are not allowed in the theater. If you need a cough drop, or something of that nature, please try to not make noise with the wrapper.
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Are Children Welcome at the Peformances?
Any child, who can quietly sit in their own seat and happily observe a two to three hour performance without questions or talking, are welcome. To ensure an enjoyable and relaxed experience for everyone, we do not recommend bringing infants or young toddlers to our performances since they range from 2.5-3 hours in length. If they get uncomfortable during the performance, please step outside of the theatre to ease their discomfort. Parents should remove children creating a disturbance during the performance and may be asked to do so.
Prior to attending a performance with children, we recommend explaining the differences in behavior one demonstrates at a live performance as opposed to viewing a movie, especially viewing a movie at home.
PLEASE NOTE: As a courtesy, we wish to inform you that there are no refunds, credits, or exchanges if you must leave the theater because your child was unhappy or disruptive.
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What should I wear to the theatre?
You should wear whatever you like. You will see people attired in a wide range of dress. Many come from work in business attire and many attend wearing jeans. If you are looking for an opportunity to wear that new cocktail dress or the beautiful suit you purchased while traveling, there will be others dressed up, as well. This is a special occasion in your performer’s life, and many party dresses and attire will be on parade.
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Do you allow photography or videography during the performance(s)?
There is absolutely no photography or recording of any type to protect the safety of all of our performers. Imagine looking directly looking into the Sun-that is what it feels like to the onstage performer when someone flashes from the audience. This can cause severe injuries and disorient the performer. Secondly, we do not allow any audience member to take any photographs for the protection of all performers. A professional videographer will sell DVD’s of each performance and are situated out of the view of any audience goer. These policies are strictly adhered to by Chambers Performing Arts and our professional theatre, and if any audience goer violates this policy their technology item will be confiscated by the theatre staff. If they do not comply, they will be removed from the theatre.
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Do you allow photography or videography during dress rehearsals?
We do allow photography (without flash) and videography during dress rehearsals only, by a parent or guardian of your performer. Without permission of all performers in a photo and/or video, you must not post any photos or videos online in any social networking site of any kind. This is your chance to safely photograph your performer onstage without a flash. The stage lights are enough to light the photos without a flash, and with our professional backdrops you are bound to capture some great photos.
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Why are theatres typically cold in temperature?
Theatres must be kept cool due to the heat of the trees of stage lights which light the stage for the best visibility. The temperature onstage is much, much warmer than that of the audience or backstage. Please make sure your performer has warm clothes for when they are waiting to go onstage.
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I have guests with special needs, how do I seat them?
Please arrive early and alert the ushers if you are in need of early seating. This applies to anyone wheelchair bound (or with walkers or canes) who need extra time for seating. Our theatre is handicap accessible and we will be glad to assist you and your guests.
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Can I send flowers to my performer at the theatre on the day of the performance?
Yes. We offer flower arrangements that we will hand deliver to your performer backstage in their dressing room. Performers will bring their beautiful arrangements onstage with them at the end of the performance, in the finale. Flower sales are a fundraiser for SCDC, our non-profit (501 (c)(3)) performing arts company and 100% of proceeds go directly to SCDC. There are flower order forms in both studios about three weeks before our annual shows. There will be a very limited number of flowers available to purchase on site, so please place all orders in advance to guarantee availability. Return to top


How do I place a congratulations ad and/or a picture in the program?
It is a fabulous remembrance to place an ad for your favorite performer in our annual program, and information regarding ad submissions will be out around four weeks before the shows. Performers are always touched when grandparents and friends see their ad in our program.
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I have a local business and would like to place an ad in your program. How do I do that?
Our program reaches 700 attendees per show which reside in Gwinnett, Forsyth, and Fulton counties and ads are a very affordable way to reach new customers. Please email paige@chambersperformingarts.com four weeks before our shows to place an ad. We would also love to have you as a local partner and supporter of our schools.
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Can I, or my guests, go backstage before, during, or after dress rehearsals or the performance?
Only performers, staff, and Backstage Moms are allowed backstage. You must sign your performer in at security and they will be taken to their dressing rooms. No performer may leave the performance until its conclusion, and must sign out following the performance. At the conclusion of the performance, you and your guests may come onstage to greet your performer and take pictures with them onstage. This is for the safety of all performers involved.
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DRESS REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION


Where are the performances held?
Onstage at the theatre, the Infinite Energy Center. This beautiful 702-seat theatre is a crowning achievement in technological wizardry with all the amenities you would expect to find at a fabulous Broadway playhouse. We are proud to present our shows in one of the best theatres in the Southeast.
For more information on the theatre, please click here. http://www.gwinnettcenter.com/artcenter.0.html
For directions to the Gwinnett Civic Center, please click here. http://www.gwinnettcenter.com/Directions-Parking.29.0.html
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How should I apply stage make up for dress rehearsals and for the performance?
There are several iterations of stage make up: from heavy character to dramatic, to lighter for the younger students. Our performers ages 12 and up should go for a “very heavy street make up” look so that their features will not look washed out onstage. Most all performers ages 12 and up should also wear fake eyelashes to enhance their eyes. Performers under age 12 should only use shadow, mascara, blush, and lipstick, and should look more natural up close. For male performers, no make up is necessary.
Basic Steps to Stage Make Up:

  1. Start with a clean face and apply a light moisturizer
  2. Conceal any uneven spots or discoloration with a matching foundation with a makeup sponge or foundation brush. Skin should be very even from face to neck.
  3. Apply a light pressed powder to hold foundation in place so it won’t run while sweating.
  4. Make sure brows are groomed and fill in with brow brush and brow powder or brow pencil to frame the eyes.
  5. Prime eyelids with a thin coat of primer that will hold eye shadow for  a long period of time and not run with sweat
  6. Apply a light highlighter (shimmer is okay) with a small angled brush to the inner corners and inner and bottom lid, along with lower lash line of both eyes to brighten and make eyes look larger
  7. Take your darkest eye color (browns work best-no blues or purples) and place on the crease of both eyelids
  8. Use a very dark eyeliner (black preferred) to line the upper and lower eyelids as close to the lash line as possible
  9. Apply your fake eyelashes with glue and tweezers right on the eyeliner line. Use tweezers to form their shape and fan upward not closing the eye in.
  10. Apply a bright blush on cheekbones and temple.
  11. Line lips with the same color pencil as your lipstick color. Lips should be an orange-red not a blood-red since the lights onstage reflect the brighter color red.
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How should my performer’s hair look for dress rehearsals and performance?
Your instructor will hand out information sheets for each piece that your performer is in. Hair will vary depending upon style of performing arts: e.g. classical bun for ballet, or low bun for musical theatre, etc. However, for females there are no bangs or “wispy” hair in any form. It should be slicked and sleek with a right side part. It takes gels, mousses, and lots of product to achieve this look. For males, hair should be styled cleanly and out of the eyes.
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Can I wear tights with holes and/or dirty shoes onstage for dress rehearsals or the performance?
No. Your tights should be clean and without any holes or snags. Shoes should be polished and any character shoe will more than likely need new rubber on the bottom of the shoes for safety. Pointe shoes need to have clean ribbons and be broken in before show time.
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My performer has several pieces in one show and needs to change costumes and hair, but I will be watching in the audience. Who will assist him/her?
Our volunteer wardrobe makes sure that every student of Chambers Performing Arts is onstage looking fabulous, no matter if they have one piece or fifteen pieces in one show. Backstage Moms are also assigned for each class, to assist with wardrobe and make sure your performer is ready to go. We are grateful to all wardrobe volunteers and could not do it without each of them. If you would like to work backstage, email paige@chambersperformingarts.com. We would love to have you sign up to be a Backstage Mom
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Where are dress rehearsals held?
Onstage at the theatre, Infinite Energy Center. This beautiful 702-seat theatre is a crowning achievement in technological wizardry with all the amenities you would expect to find at a fabulous Broadway playhouse.We are proud to present our shows in one of the best theatres in the Southeast.
For more information on the theatre, please click here. http://www.gwinnettcenter.com/artcenter.0.html
For directions to the Gwinnett Civic Center, please click here. http://www.gwinnettcenter.com/Directions-Parking.29.0.html
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What do I wear to dress rehearsals?
You should arrive in street clothes with all of your costumes and shoes in a garment bag, with stage make up already applied. Look as exactly as you would on the day of the performance. Never wear dance shoes or costumes unless onstage. Please do not wear something that must go over your head when you arrive, it is best to wear zip up jackets and sweat pants. Remember the theatre must be kept chilled for the allowance of hot stage lighting.
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Can I bring my iPod, iPhone, iPad, and/or other technology to dress rehearsals and on performance days?
Please leave ALL valuables at home. We are NOT RESPONSIBLE for any items lost or stolen during dress rehearsals. It is best to focus on your performance without technological distractions.
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Can I bring food and drinks backstage during dress rehearsals and performance days?
NO FOOD is allowed backstage. Only protein bars and snacks without sauces such as carrots, celery, apples, etc. No colored drinks. WATER ONLY.
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Can I wear nail polish, toenail polish, or jewelry onstage for dress rehearsals or the performance?
Clear nail and toe polish only. No jewelry or accessories of any kind are permitted unless part of your costume.
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What extra items may I need to bring to the theatre?
Bobby pins, hair pins, hair nets, hair spray, an extra pair(s) of tights are always handy to bring in case of emergencies. Snacks (such as protein bars, carrots, fruits) and water are a must.
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