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Once Lumina receives the registration form and payment, the registration is considered final and there are NO REFUNDS!
The refund policy is clear – NO EXCEPTIONS! This policy applies whether the actor drops out or is asked to leave. If an actor changes their mind or drops out, the production fee cannot be “credited” towards another session or be considered a donation. Please understand that we cannot make exceptions to this NO REFUNDS policy.
Financial aid is available for actors who need it. Lumina Studio Theatre awards full scholarships to households at 50% of area median income (AMI) for Montgomery County, MD and half scholarships to households between 75% and 50% AMI.
You can see the AMI for your household size here.
Email email@example.com for more information on scholarships! We strongly believe that any young actor who wishes to participate in our programs should never be stopped by lack of funds!
Rehearsal groups (Players, Classics, and Guild) each meet once a week on specific days and times depending on rehearsal group and season. There are occasional weekend rehearsals. Attendance at scheduled rehearsals is mandatory. All conflicts should be noted on the conflict sheet (distributed on the first day of rehearsal).
Late arrival/Early departure: Promptness is a form of respect to the Directors and fellow actors. Late arrivals and early departures disrupt the discipline and effectiveness of the creative process. Late arrivals and early departures count as conflicts, and should be noted on the conflict sheet.
If an actor misses too many rehearsals the Directors reserve the right to cut lines or characters from the production. Missed rehearsals cause many problems in scheduling scene work.
Sickness & Illness: If an actor has a minor injury and is not contagious they should still attend rehearsal. Alert the Directors/Assistant Directors so that the actor’s condition can be accommodated. Email the office prior to rehearsal time if your actor must be absent due to illness. He or she should attend the earliest possible makeup rehearsal. Repeated absences due to illness may require an actor’s role to be adjusted.
Each actor will receive a packet at the first rehearsal. The packet includes: Conflict Sheet, Hold Harmless, Request for Information sheet, T-shirt order form and Volunteer information. Please review and complete the required forms and return them to Lumina at the second rehearsal. The Request for Information Sheet asks about the actor’s specific needs, medications, or medical conditions. This information is kept absolutely confidential, but is vital to ensure that your actor gets the most out of the production experience.
A letter with information about dress rehearsals, call times, and answers to frequently asked questions is sent home prior to production week. Please carefully review this information.
ALL PRODUCTION WEEK REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY!!! There are NO exceptions!!! If your actor is ill and cannot perform, contact the Directors as soon as possible before the actor’s call time.
Rehearsals involve a high degree of physical activity. Actors should come to class:
All actors who register for the session will be assigned a role in that session’s production and given the opportunity to perform. The exception to this policy is the actor who misses too many rehearsals, or does not adequately memorize their lines. Because the actual rehearsal time with actors is limited, and the scope of the production is challenging, it is Lumina’s policy to focus on the quality of the performances, not the quantity of lines for each actor. Roles and line loads may be small – especially for the younger actors. The older and more experienced actors will play the more demanding roles. For all actors, Lumina strives to instill a sense of pride in attempting to perfect one’s role – whatever the size. Experience has shown that every young person can shine in the role they are given if they give it their best effort.
Actors agree to learn, rehearse, and perform the show and script given to them by the Directors. Actors have the right to express an opinion with the director in a polite and respectful manner. Actors understand that the Directors have the final work on all matters pertaining to the production.
The following procedures govern actor misbehavior. Usually the infraction will be about something clearly laid out in this policy section (horsing around, chatting during rehearsal, insubordination, disruptive, uncooperative or disrespectful behavior):
During performances and rehearsals when a Director announces that “Theatre Rules are now in effect,” the actor is expected to remember and observe the following:
An actor’s most important job upon receiving the script is to memorize their lines by the announced deadline. Lumina has learned through experience that the following is a successful way for actors to learn their lines:
It is no surprise that the better an actor knows their lines the better their performance will be, and the more the actor will enjoy a feeling of mastery. It is that simple.
If an actor’s lines are not memorized by the due date, the Directors reserve the right to reallocate lines to other actors or delete them.
Actors are responsible for their scripts at all times. This means:
Lumina provides costumes that remain the property of Lumina. Actors may be asked to provide appropriate footwear/accessories including shoes, socks, stockings, and tights, and hair supplies. These items remain the property of the actor and should be labeled.
ALL actors are required to wear antiperspirant/deodorant whenever they are in costume.
Lumina does not always follow Montgomery County Public School decisions regarding the cancellation of rehearsals. Check the website or your email before assuming that rehearsals are cancelled.
Lumina does not close for any holidays other than Thanksgiving (Wednesday through Sunday) and MCPS spring break. See the calendar page for specific dates.
Lumina takes photos for promotional opportunities. If you do not wish your child to be included in photos or videos, please notify the office.
No photography, video or audio recording of any kind is allowed during rehearsals, production week, and performances without the explicit consent of the Directors. Use of these devices may result in ejection without refund.
What better way to learn about the benefits of Lumina than from the Lumina actors themselves! Here is what some of our alumni have to say about what they have gotten out of their experience with Lumina:
“Lumina has taught me what any theatre program can teach a young actor: patience, punctuality, working in a group, how to express myself and how to act. But there are lessons unique to Lumina that I don’t think I would have gained anywhere else: Lumina taught me to love language. It has shown me how beautiful things and feelings are only made more beautiful by the sounds of their names.”
“Throughout my twelve years with Lumina, I have learned a tremendous amount about acting, but also about community, friendship, trust, and even myself. The wealth of knowledge and experience that I have gained is invaluable and I am certain that I would not be who I am today had it not been for this crucial part of my education and development”
“At Lumina I got to act onstage in a production with actors ranging in age from 8-18. This is a communal experience like no other, for us all to be working together to put on a show that was so high quality! As a young actor, I was so inspired by the older actors I shared the stage with, and as an older actor, I knew that the young eyes were on me and it inspired me to have composure, kindness, and discipline.”
Each season, Lumina puts on at least 7 productions – A Fall Mainstage show, a Spring Mainstage show, an Ensemble show, a Lumina Theatre (Adult) Group show, and several summerstock productions. Our Mainstage shows are adaptations of Classics, usually from Shakespeare or Dickens, while our Ensemble and Theatre Group shows are usually contemporary plays. In the summer, we typically put on original plays by our Director Emeritus, David Minton, our Co-Executive Directors, Sophie Cameron and Meg Lebow, or our Assistant Directors. The Mainstage shows rehearse over a 13-week period, beginning in January/September with the actors meeting in rehearsal groups once a week after school and all together for occasional weekend rehearsals (typically 4 per session). During “Production Week” (the week leading up to the show), actors rehearse every day after school. Mainstage performances are usually in early December and early-mid May. The Theatre (Adult) Group performs their show in January, and the Ensemble performs their show in April. In addition, Lumina families gather as a community a few times a year for production potlucks, cast parties, or other celebrations (such as our legendary Lumina Halloween parties!).
With so many fabulous contemporary playwrights producing new work and scholars uncovering overlooked playwrights of the past, we frequently get asked… why Shakespeare? We believe that the imaginative power, technical sophistication, and grace of Shakespearean language and characters gives the practitioner the best that dramatic literature has to offer and is transformative for the young actor. In addition to the beautiful verse, nuanced characters, and resonant themes of Shakespeare’s work, it is also endlessly fertile ground for exploring many of the social and cultural systems that shape our world today. Lumina’s contemporary performances of Shakespeare provide a means of interrogating and speaking back to these systems, empowering our young actors as artists and critical thinkers.
During the school year, rehearsal groups are determined by age and experience and practice separately each week, coming together for a few weekend rehearsals throughout the season. All rehearsal groups (except for Ensemble) are working towards one unified production in which every actor participates. During Summerstock Camp, each camp will rehearse and perform a show together.
During the school year, Players rehearsals take place at the Silver Spring Black Box (next to the AFI), in the downstairs rehearsal room, while Classics, Guild, and Combined rehearsals take place at the Church of the Ascension at 633 Sligo Ave. Production week rehearsals take place at the Black Box. Summerstock camps take place at the Church of the Ascension for the first two weeks, with the final week of rehearsals and all performances taking place at the Black Box. The only exception is Folk Tale Camp, which lasts for only two weeks and rehearses and performs outdoors at the Church of the Ascension.
Yes! Every actor that registers for our programs gets a speaking role and is expected to memorize their lines. The number of lines that an actor is expected to learn is based on age and experience.
No! Lumina does not hold auditions. Every actor receives a part that will challenge them and is in accordance with their age and experience.
Yes! Actors are expected to memorize and practice their lines as well as other aspects of the performance assigned by the Directors such as dances, songs, accents, movements, etc. Actors must practice outside of rehearsal, at least a little bit, each day. This skill of self regulation benefits them for life and ensures that our shows are of the highest caliber.
We are so glad you asked! In the parent packet that is sent home with the actor on the first day of rehearsal, there is a volunteer sheet, which parents are encouraged to fill out and return. There are always lots of ways for parents to volunteer and get involved! Email the office for more information about volunteering!
Our Guild and Ensemble actors are invited to apply for positions as Assistant Directors. We currently do not have any internship opportunities; however, email the office if you would like to inquire about interning, as the demands of our season constantly shift.
Throughout our history, Lumina has partnered with many different visual artists to make masks, puppets, backdrops, and other artwork for our shows, as well as a wide variety of musicians. Please reach out to the office if you are interested in being a guest artist for one of our productions!
Lumina has partnered with many different cultural and social organizations throughout our history. We are always looking to partner with organizations, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
Our performances are between 1.5 to 2.5 hours long. There is often an intermission.