What to Expect

Never had us perform for you before and want to know more about what to expect? We’ve covered everything below!
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  1. You can expect TWO actors to arrive at your venue between 30-60 minutes prior to the production. If you need the actors to arrive earlier or at a specific time, please let us know. Unless otherwise noted, they will enter through the front doors and check in at the front desk.
  2. The actors will need to unload their set and bring it into the performance space. It is easiest for them to pull up their vehicle to a door closest to the performance space.
  3. Best performances spaces include- gym, cafeteria, auditorium, media center, mulit-purpose room, conference/program room (libraries).
  4. Our set is approximately 15 feet left to right, 15 feet front to back, and 7 feet tall. It consists of two story book flats with hand-painted drops and a curtain in between. It is highly adjustable and can be made smaller to fit into nearly any space. Example of our set at a library (Robin Hood 2012. Photo by Marco Calderon)
  5. We DO NOT need microphones, access to electrical outlets, or any other special equipment.
  6. Once our actors have set up, they will need a space to change into their base costume. Staff restrooms or any private space works well!
  7.  For many of our shows, it is helpful to have access to three chairs (regular school chairs work just fine!). The actors may bring up 2-3 children to participate in the show and these chairs give them a place to sit. NOTE: If you have booked A Christmas Carol, the actors will also need access to 2 student desks.
  8. The actors will ask one person from the venue to announce the show and prepare the audience for the performance. This person may be a teacher, PTO president, head librarian, principal, or any other faculty member. The actors will have a card with all of the information for the person who will announce them.
  9. The show will last approximately 45-50 minutes. There will be an opportunity or two during each show for a few students to come up on stage to help the actors with the performance.
  10. After the show, the actors will come out and introduce themselves and engage the students in a 5-10 minute long question and answer session. The students may ask about the performance, the story, theatre, or any other questions that may pop into their minds.
  11. Once the students have returned to their classrooms, the actors will begin to disassemble the set and load up their vehicle. This process should only take 20-30 minutes.
  12. Please visit our Guides & Activities page (www.hampsteadstage.org/guides-activities/) for study guides and activities that are specifically made for each show for further enrichment. You can also find promotional posters under each season’s page.
  13. We do have the ability to perform outside! We bring special outdoor gear to keep our sets in place. Please let us know ahead of time if you are planning to have the show outdoors so that our actors are prepared.
  14. If you have any specific requirements or requests for your school, please let us know if advance and we’d be happy to accommodate!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email!

  1. You can expect THREE actors to arrive at your venue at least one hour prior to the production. If you need the actors to arrive earlier or at a specific time, please let us know. Unless otherwise noted, they will enter through the front doors and check in at the front desks.
  2. The actors will need to unload their set and bring it into the performance space. It is easiest for them to pull up their vehicle to a door closest the performance space.
  3. Best performances spaces include- auditorium/theatre, gym, cafeteria, media center, multi-prupose room, conference/program room (libraries).
  4. Our set is approximately 18 feet left to right, 18 feet front to back, and 8 feet tall. It consists of two panels with printed screens and an onstage platform. It is somewhat adjustable and can be made to fit into most spaces. If you have had an HSC production before, this is a brand new set and is different than our regular set. Example of our set:
  5. We will need access to ONE electrical outlet.
  6. Once our actors have set up, they will need a space to change into their base costume. Staff restrooms or any private space works well!
  7. The actors will have a pre-recorded track that will introduce the show. If you have any additional announcements you need to make, let the actors know so you can do so before the recording.
  8. After the show, the actors will come out and introduce themselves. They will then lead a guided discussion about the show’s themes, the history, the author of the novel, and careers in theatre. Students will be given opportunity to asks the actors questions.
  9. The show and guided discussion will last approximately 90 minutes total.
  10. Once the performance is over and the venue is cleared out, the actors will begin to disassemble the set and load up their vehicle. This process should take approximately 30 minutes.
  11. Please visit our Guides & Activities page (www.hampsteadstage.org/guides-activities) for Study Guides and Activities for this production.
  12. If you have any specific requirements or requests for your school, please let us know in advance and we’d be happy to accommodate!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email!