Why does Showtime Charge Tuition?
Showtime is a non-profit company that relies on tuition, donations and sponsorships to cover production costs. Production costs include theatre rentals, costume construction, purchase and rentals, technical elements purchase and rentals, and much more.
NOTE: When breaking down our tuition into contact hours, you will find that it is very competitive, and typically less expensive per hour than local gymnastics, dance or sports club programming.
If Showtime is a Christian company, will all of the material taught be biblical in nature?
No. Showtime is an educational theatre company based on Christian values. These values are woven throughout the student experience and are supported by our constructive learning environments. Showtime may at times offer programming that contains controversial topics or characters, as theatre is an art that can be used to expose both positive and negative aspects of human nature and its frailties. In the New Testament, Jesus uses parables, sometimes including controversial topics and characters, in order to help the people understand right from wrong. In this manner, theatre can do the same thing.
Are people who are not Christian allowed to participate?
Yes. Showtime is based in Christian values, and Mark 22:39 tells us to "Love our neighbors as ourselves" and thus Showtime encourages an environment of acceptance and inclusion, regardless of politics, race, creed, age or sexual preferences.
If I am not Christian, will I be required to pray?
At Showtime, we do often include prayer and thanksgiving as part of our processes, and all participants are invited, but not required, to participate.
Do you "cut" people at the auditions?
Showtime attempts to accommodate all interested thespians and may at times utilize double casting, additional performances and other techniques in order to allow for as much participation as possible, without jeopardizing production value and student experience. However, we continue to reserve the right to cap participation depending on production requirements, topics and staff availability.