Frequently Asked Questions
Where are classes?
Can I watch the class?
Are there one or two semesters during the school year?
You already started the semester. When can I join?
If you are joining for the second semester, you should be ready to join the first week of January, which is 3 weeks before the end of the first semester. This gives us time to get to know your student before we go into musical auditions. (If your actor is joining the Rising Stars you can join when the 2nd semester starts the last week of January.)
Where are the Sunday rehearsals and the shows?
Which class should I register for?
If I can’t do both semesters, is that still okay?
My student wants to audition for performing arts high schools. Can you help?
What COVID-19 safety precautions are in place?
- All teachers are vaccinated.
- Masks are required to be worn when the church building, city, state, or federal regulations are in place.
- We practice social distancing.
- Windows are open, fans are on, and we have HEPA filters on.
- Children should not come to class when sick. Instead we will make sure you have a Zoom link and can join us online. You can also do a make-up class within the same semester on a different day.
- If there is any kind of exposure that requires quarantine we will notify everyone and switch to online for the required classes.
- Everyone 5 and up is encouraged to be fully vaccinated.
We will follow recommendations from the CDC and city and state departments of health, keep talking with other similar businesses to see what works for them, and welcome any of your own ideas. We also must follow the church building’s own regulations.
Before signing up for any class, please review the registration policies so that you have a wonderful experience with Garden Players.
COVID Safety Guidelines: Garden Players follows all current guidance via the CDC recommendations as well as the buildings we hold classes and shows in. All of our educators are 100% vaccinated.
Masks: Masks are optional except in the church building where masks are still required.
Student Expectations: Acting, singing and improv are vulnerable activities. The expectation is that all students will do their best to arrive on time, stay for the full length of the class, turn their phones to silent, and most importantly, be respectful towards one another in the class space.
Attendance: Students may miss no more than 3 classes and may not miss their Tech Rehearsal in order to be eligible to perform with their class in the showcases, concerts, and musical theater performance. There is no performance for Drop-in students, but all other levels do have a showcase, concert, and/or fully staged musical theater performance and the comfort level to perform within it relies on attendance for all students.
Payments: In order to purchase a class, you can pay in the following ways:
Check (made payable to Garden Players) Mail to: Garden Players
The Church-In-The-Gardens, 50 Acan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375
Credit Card (+6% fee) via the Class Registration Page
Registration Complete Upon Payment: Registration is not complete and you are not placed in the class until payment is received in full.
Refund Policy: Exchanges or credits are allowed up to 48 hours before the class begins. There are no credits or exchanges after that time period or after the class begins. In the event of the course not being filled enough to run or an emergency on FoHi Improv’s end and the entire course needs to be cancelled, students can choose to have either a credit towards another course of the same value, or a full refund. If one class is cancelled due to an emergency, all efforts will be made to either find a substitute or to reschedule the class at a time that is convenient to as many as possible.