Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

At what age should I bring my children?

While we at Lyric Arts are always excited by the prospect of inspiring a child with a love for the performing arts, it is our policy not to admit children under the age of five to regular season, full-length performances at the Main Street Stage. Parents, grandparents, and adult chaperones should be aware that is best to wait until a child has reached the age of five since the length of most regular season performances is not appropriate for children under this age.

This policy does not apply to performances of “Mainly for Kids” Productions. Children two and up are welcome to attend these performances, designed especially for young theatergoers.

Children under two years of age are not admitted.

Regardless of age, any child attending should be able to sit quietly through a performance. If children become disruptive during a performance to other members of the audience, ushers will insist that the children and accompanying adults leave the auditorium. No refunds will be available.

All persons entering the theater—regardless of age—must have a ticket, including children sitting on a parent or guardian’s lap. These tickets are sold at the full Youth price.

Lyric Arts also lists recommended age guidelines for each of its productions, based on content, length, themes, etc. Please contact the Main Street Stage Box Office if you have specific questions about these guidelines.

We understand  that every child is different. We have developed this policy in keeping with our experience of the ability of children to sit still and to sit quietly through a full length production. We have also developed this policy in keeping with the policies of other, similar theaters. We hope that you understand that we have created this policy for the enjoyment of all of our patrons.

May I record the performance? Take pictures?

Please turn off or silence cell phones, pagers, and other “noisy” devices as a courtesy to others. Text messaging while in the theater is not allowed. Due to contractual obligation and as a courtesy to the artists, the use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited. Violators may be asked to leave without refund.

Do you offer anything to eat or drink?

We have a concession stand offering popcorn, pop, water, and candy.  There is also a Wine and Coffee Bar that offers wine (Merlot, Chardonnay, and White Zinfandel), regular and decaf coffee, hot chocolate, and a selection of hot teas.  All items can be taken into the theater for you to enjoy during the performance.  Please visit the Concessions and Wine Bar page for a complete list of treats and beverages.

What should I wear?

Most guests arrive at the Main Street Stage in what might best be described as “office casual”—clothes in which they feel comfortable. Suit jackets and ties are not required for men. Jeans are perfectly acceptable. Individuals having an elegant “night on the town” will come dressed as such. During the holiday season, some families—especially the children—will come dressed in holiday finery.

The temperature in the theater varies from production to production based on audience and cast size. We suggest bringing a sweater or light jacket to insure you are as comfortable as possible.

What is your privacy policy?

We take measures to make sure your information is safe and secure. Lyric Arts does not share your personal information with anyone. We do not keep any payment information on file.

Do you rent out costumes?

Yes, we offers rentals to school groups, colleges, and theaters.  We are sorry, but we are unable to rent to individuals. For complete information on our costume rental policies, please visit our Costume Rental page or email Stacey Palmer at costumeshop@lyricarts.org.

Box Office

What are your ticket policies?

There are no refunds on tickets. Ticket exchanges may be made at least 48 hours in advance of purchased performance with a $2.00 per ticket transfer fee. Tickets may not be exchanged for a different production.

Any unused ticket may be turned into the Box Office before any performance for a tax-deductible donation receipt.

Group rates are available for 15 people or more for all regular season productions.

As available, $15 public rush tickets (the remaining seats in the house) will go on sale in the box office 15-30 minutes before any performance. Rush tickets must be purchased in person.

When are the performances?

All productions on Thursday start at 7:00pm, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and/or 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Please visit the Upcoming Shows page for specific dates and times for each production.

At what time should I arrive?

Please arrive early for performances. Doors to the lobby open at least one hour before curtain time, and guests are admitted to the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. If guests are buying tickets at the door or picking up tickets at the Box Office, they should allow at least 15 minutes to do so, as there are often lines.

As a courtesy to all guests, late arrivals and guests re-entering the theater may be asked to wait to be seated until a suitable break in the performance occurs, at the discretion of the Lead Usher.

Do you cancel performances due to inclement weather?

At Lyric Arts, we believe that “the show must go on!” Occasionally, however, a performance must be canceled, usually due to inclement weather. In the event of a show cancellation, tickets will be exchangeable or refundable, with refunds given in the form of a complimentary ticket certificate.

In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders should call the Main Street Stage Box Office (763-422-1838) to hear an outgoing message describing whether Lyric Arts plans to cancel that evening’s performance. The decision regarding whether or not to cancel will be made—and the message recorded—no later than 5:00 p.m.

If the decision to cancel a show is made earlier in the day, Lyric Arts will make every effort to inform guests of this decision by phone.

Volunteering

How do I become a Lyric Arts volunteer?

It’s simple to sign up to volunteer at Lyric Arts. Just call or email the Front of House Coordinator, Matt McNabb. His phone number is 763-422-1838, or email at volunteer@lyricarts.org.

You are more than welcome to sign-up for as many performances as you can! When leaving a message, please leave your name, a call back phone number, the performance date, and the volunteer position you are requesting.

What are the different front-of-house positions?

Front-of-house positions are available for show night performances.  You can help us out in the following categories:
Playbill distributor
Concession Stand
Wine and Coffee Bar
Box Office
Lead usher
Usher

What do I wear as a volunteer?

Our guests need to be able to quickly and easily identify volunteers. Therefore, we ask all volunteers to wear black slacks and a nice white blouse or shirt as a uniform. Wear comfortable shoes, since most of the positions require standing for long periods of time. Please don’t wear t-shirts, sweatshirts of any kind, cut-offs or clothing with holes. For safety reasons, no flip flops are allowed. Lyric Arts dress code description is “business casual.”

When do I need to arrive?

Volunteers are asked to arrive one hour before curtain.

What if I need to cancel on my commitment?

If you are unable to fulfill your volunteer commitment, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at least two days before your scheduled performance to allow time to find a replacement. If an emergency presents itself during the weekend, call (763) 422-1838, and leave a detailed message stating your name, date to volunteer and your reason for not volunteering that date.

Where do I park when I volunteer?

The Lyric Arts parking lot is reserved for ticket holders only. Volunteers should park in the parking lot of the Molly Professional Building (across 5th Ave from Lyric Arts), or any street parking.

Workshops

How do I register for workshops?

There are four different ways to register for a workshop

  • By Mail: Download the proper registration form from our workshops page. Send the completed form with either a check or payment information to:  Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E. Main St., Anoka, MN  55303.
  • By Phone: Call Education Director, Cassandra Proball at 763-233-0804. She can complete your registration form over the phone and take your payment information.
  • By Fax:Download the proper registration form from our workshops page.  Fax the completed form with credit card information to:  763-0712-3206.
  • In Person: Simply visit the Main Street Stage Box Office during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ) and turn in a completed registration form with either a check, cash or payment information.

How do I pay for workshops?

Lyric Arts accepts cash, check and credit card (Visa, Mastercard and Discover) for payment. You can drop off or mail your check and registration form to Lyric Arts at 420 E Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303. Or you can submit payment over the phone by calling Cassandra at 763-233-0804. For information on cancellations and refunds, please visit our Workshop Policies page.

I’m a newbie at this whole “acting” thing. Which workshop should I choose?

Our workshops are open to all experience levels. Whether you’ve been on stage dozens of times or you are just getting started, students will benefit from the high quality learning and fun that Lyric Arts and our amazing instructors have to offer!

For those who are new to the theater and acting world, our workshops are a great opportunity to get your feet wet. If it’s your first time doing something like this, we recommend looking through our current workshop offerings and descriptions, and choosing a workshop based on your interest. If you love to sing and want to work on your performance, take a musical theater workshop. If one of our themed, performance-based workshops interest you (e.g. American Girl, Pirates, Wizard of Oz for example), then sign up for the one that you love the most.

Choosing a topic that is within your comfort zone can help you ease into this new adventure…and you’ll have so much fun in the process!

What will my student learn in your theater workshops?

Each Lyric Arts workshop will offer students the opportunity to develop performing skills and build self-confidence through various exercises and activities. For our younger students, we offer “themed” workshops (e.g. American Girl, Narnia, Star Wars) which serve as an umbrella for learning the basics of acting and theater including voice projection, stage presence, learning lines, and more.

Our workshops for older students are more focused on certain topics, such as musical theater, improvisation and other “behind the scenes” workshop such as stage make-up, voice, stage combat, costume design, lighting design, and much more. However, they are still open to all experience levels and will review the basics of theater and acting. So pick your favorite and join us!

Can I watch the workshop inside the classroom?

Parent Visitation Policy
We seek to create a safe space that encourages students to be creative and to build self-confidence. We have found that having parents in the room during the workshop can be distracting for all students. Observation may be allowed during the first day, with permission of the instructor. Because of our lobby hours and our staffing limitations, the Lyric Arts lobby is not open to the public except during performances. If you or your student is uncomfortable leaving the building during your child’s workshop, please contact our Education Director, Cassandra, at 763-233-0804 and we will work something out.

As a parent of a young student, should I stay at the theater during the workshop? Or is it okay that I leave and return to pick up my student?

Drop-off and pick-up is at the glass side door that opens to the parking lot.

  • Little Kids (Grades K-2): An adult must come to the classroom and check-in and check-out each student in person.
  • Big Kids, Tweens, and Teens: Families may drop off their child at the side glass door. Teaching Artists will bring all students down to the parking lot for pick-up.
  • Walking/Driving: If a student wishes to walk, drive, or take public transportation to and from workshops, please submit a written note signed by a parent or guardian.  Parents can feel free to drop off their student at the theater and come back to pick up him/her at the end of the session. The instructor will have a complete roster with contact information in case of emergency and the parent is not at the theater.

Classrooms will be open and Teaching Artists available starting 15 minutes prior to workshop start times. Teaching Artists will dismiss workshops on time. Please drop off and pick up your student promptly. Several workshops are scheduled throughout the building and throughout the day. All students are supervised until they are picked up.

Because of our lobby hours and our staffing limitations, the Lyric Arts lobby is not open to the public except during performances. If you or your student is uncomfortable leaving the building during your child’s workshop, please let our Education Director, Cassandra, know ASAP and we will work something out.  There are some great coffee shops downtown Anoka, including Avant Garden and Truffles and Tortes, if you feel like a short walk down the street!

Is there any sort of production or play at the end of the workshop?

Our performance-based workshops include a presentation for family and friends on the last day. This presentation will take place on the Main Street Stage and is FREE to anyone who wants to join us! It’s a great performing opportunity for workshop students and also for their supporters to see what they’ve been working on. Workshop students and families will receive more information on their presentation date, time and what to expect as the date gets closer.

Skills-based workshops do not have a presentation on the last day of class.

Not sure if your workshop has a presentation? Look at the online class description for your workshop. It will specify if there is a presentation.

I want to audition for a Lyric Arts production, but I have never done anything like that before. Do you have any suggestions of classes that can help me prepare?

We offer Audition Prep workshops throughout the year for all ages. Students will get hands-on experience practicing auditioning, sharpening their performing skills, and getting questions answered. More information on these workshops can be found on our Auditions Page. And be sure to check out our auditions page for our upcoming auditions!

Even if you don’t have an upcoming audition in mind, sign up anyway! You’ll get great practice and learn something new.

Auditioning

Do I need to make an appointment to audition?

No appointments are necessary; auditions are conducted on a first-come, first served basis.

What should I bring to auditions?

Bring your calendar so you can mark all of your conflicts from the day you audition to the last performance. A calendar with all the possible rehearsal dates and all performances will be provided at auditions.

Be honest, a director would like to know up front what all of your conflicts are. We are often able to work around the availability of the actors we cast.

Bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated.  You may also want to bring something quiet to occupy your time, auditions can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours.

Do I need a headshot and a resume?

At the auditions you will be given an audition form to fill out. If you have a resume we will attach it to the form. If you do not have a resume you will need to fill out the space that asks you to list any theatrical experience.

A picture is not required, but highly recommended. If you have a school picture, a clear photo of yourself, or a headshot, please bring it with you. It is a great way for the people who are casting the show to remember what you look like. Photos will not be returned.

What can I expect at an audition?

You can expect different things from auditions for a non-musical and those for a musical production.

At most auditions you will be asked to read one of the sides provided, which is a scene or monologue from the play. This is called a “cold reading.”

Auditions for a musical consist of singing only. You should prepare 32 bars of a song that best showcase your voice.

Why do have to provide sheet music for my audition? Can’t I just bring in a CD and sing along to that?

Only you know what song best showcases your voice. Lyric Arts does not house the millions of songs you can choose from to audition with. Lyric Arts does provide an accompanist for your auditions. Music Directors want to hear your voice, not the voice of the backup singers or the singer itself.

What should I wear?

An audition is much like a job interview, except in this interview you might be asked to dance or sing! You should try to look professional, but you should be able to move it what you are wearing.

Will I have to audition in front of anyone else who is auditioning?

Sometimes, yes. If asked to do a cold reading, you may be asked to read with other people for the scene.

Can my parents watch my audition?

No. Parents are welcome to accompany you before and after the audition. There will be a place for them to wait while you are in your audition.

What happens if I cannot make the audition dates?

Unfortunately, if you cannot make the audition date then you will not be able to audition. We are not able to set up individual auditions.

What is a callback?

The “callback” is a second audition where the selection process becomes more specific. At a callback you will be asked to read additional scenes from the show, prepare music from the score, and learn additional dance combinations. The callback is also an opportunity for the director to see and hear different combinations of actors.

What if I am not called back?

Not being called back doesn’t always mean that you aren’t being cast in the show. Sometimes a callback is needed for a director to look at the way specific groups of people fit together

How will I know if I am cast in the show?

If you are cast in the show you will receive a phone call no later than two weeks after the audition. You will receive an email if you were not cast in the show. Either way you will have an answer. Please do not call the theater to ask whether you have been cast or not.

Are actors paid?

Actors at Lyric Arts are not compensated.

When and where do rehearsals take place?

All auditions, rehearsals, and performances take place at Lyric Arts (420 E Main Street, Anoka, 55303). During the week rehearsals are in the evening. On Saturdays they can be scheduled anywhere from 10:00am-9:00pm, it just depends on availability. On Sundays they can be scheduled from Noon-9:00pm, again it depends on availability.

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