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Frequently Asked Questions:

We try to answer some of your most frequent questions, but feel free to contact us for additional information.

Who teaches the classes and what are their qualifications?

All Let's Pretend instructors are carefully screened and trained by the director who has a Master's degree in theatre and has worked in the Atlanta area as an actor, director, playwright and teacher for over 30 years. Let's Pretend instructors have all studied theatre extensively, some holding advanced degrees, and are all currently working actors/directors in Atlanta's theatres.

On average, how many students sign up for the program?

Our registrations vary from school to school, and classes generally range from 8 to 20 students.

How long has Let's Pretend been offering creative dramatics classes?

Let's Pretend has been offered in Fulton County for 19 successful years as an after-school program.

My child is in the aftercare program at their school. Can he/she attend the Let's Pretend program?

Absolutely! We welcome all children to our drama classes and have several students that attend Let's Pretend who are also enrolled in aftercare programs. At the end of our class time we walk those students back to the location of their aftercare program.

When does the program begin and end?

The first semester begins in September and runs through the middle of December. Specific dates and times for your school will be posted on the "Let's Pretend Calendar." At the end of each semester the students have a performance for parents and invited guests.

Where are the classes held?

The Let's Pretend after-school program is held at your child's school.

My child is in kindergarten. Is he/she too young to participate in Let's Pretend?

No, a kindergartener is definitely not too young! We use games and exercises that teach a variety of skill sets and are, with slight modification, appropriate for all ages. The classes are active, so even young ones don't get bored and the material we use for our performances is adapted to a format where no one child is required to memorize more than they can handle.

What is the ratio of boys to girls in your classes?

That also varies from school to school and from year to year. If your child would be more comfortable taking the class with a peer though, by all means, encourage a friend to register with you!

My child is very shy. I'm concerned that they'll be afraid to perform in front of others. What is your recommendation?

Many students are intially a little apprehensive, and we're always sensitive to that. Let's Pretend is a perfect program not only for natural performers but for shy children as well. We strive to create a nurturing, non-threatening environment so that children are less self-conscious about being onstage and performing in front of others. The games and exercises we use in our classes are designed to teach a variety of theatre skills, build confidence, and be fun, so after the first wave of nervousness passes, all of our students are on their way toward a great experience.

What are some of the basics taught in your classes?

Our curriculum is geared toward improving articulation, projection and enunciation skills as well as listening skills and cognitive and motor skills. Our goal is to encourage our students to use their imaginations to create all kinds of interesting characters, improvise scenes and practice for the final performance. Children enrolled in Let's Pretend love the program while learning a lot about the fundamentals of theatre at the same time.

What kinds of plays do you do?

Our students perform mostly musicals so there is a singing and dancing component to the shows with the cast singing and dancing as an ensemble. The instructor determines by the 2nd week of the semester which play would be most appropriate for an individual group based on the ages, skill levels, number of students and ratio of boys to girls in the class. Scripts have been adapted from full-length plays to a 20-30 minute performance format. Some of the scripts that we are currently using include: The King and I, Oliver, Peter Pan, The Lion King, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte's Web, Annie, Winnie the Pooh, The Wizard of Oz, Pied Piper of Hamelin, Cinderella (a parody) Alice and Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach and The Golden Goose.

Are the grades separated according to age or are they combined?

Because our program is performance-based we combine all ages. In order to have a successful performance we've found that it requires a diversity of age ranges and skill levels. Our classroom exercises and curriculum are successfully geared to the "middle ground." This way our younger students don't feel left out and our older students don't feel activities are too juvenile for them. We also encourage our older students to "mentor" to the younger students which adds to a general sense of accomplishment.