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How old does my child have to be to start Very Merry?

We have a preschool offering in the fall, winter and spring. Other than that, they need to be 6 for many offerings, 7 for others. Our age designations are always listed with our offerings.

How do I know if an offering is full?

We will always list our offerings as full right on the registration page when they are indeed full. We also present an option of getting on a waiting list.

How do your auditions work?

We make it as fun and stress-free as we can. We typically do a theater exercise as the acting audition for younger kids and a reading for teens. In middle schools we often do both. They then can choose to do the singing audition or not. They then, typically, get to choose their top three character group preferences and identify any individual characters they’re especially interested in.

Does everyone get a role?

One of the reasons we adapt and create so many musicals ourselves is to have shows with many roles. Every child and teen gets a name attached to their character and at least a few lines. Anyone wanting a singing solo in our camps or 20 Allen offerings gets one. For schools, typically it’s just fifth graders for elementary shows and eighth graders for middle school that get solos.

Do you use volunteers?

Yes! In all areas: sets, costumes, playbill, house and green room management, intermission food supplies, etc.

Do you recommend voice lessons?

We think formalized voice training shouldn’t happen until they’re 14 or 15 but undemanding lessons with a qualified teacher who focuses less on the physical instrument and more on understanding the voice as an instrument and how to back a song with character can have benefits.