Competition Performance Team
Big Star Performing Arts Studio offers serious performers an opportunity to participate in a competitive level program we call CPT. This program is an incredible experience for students and families. The growth and bonds students experience from the start of the season in September to the end of the season in June is unmatched in any of our other programs!
TEAMS for CPT 2022/2023
Big Star Competition Performance Team is split by both ages and ability levels –Juniors, Teens, Seniors, and Production (Required Full Team). This allows for age and skill level appropriate pieces in a more focused setting with additional opportunities for solos, duos, trios, select teams and small groups. We also have a select group of performers who may be invited into certain pieces. To be chosen for a select piece the performer really needs to be a “triple threat”- which is that they are exceptional in all three skills; vocals, stage presence and dancing.
We will have two select groups for the upcoming season. All of these performances will have some element of signing, acting and movement.
All CPT members are required to commit to at least 5 hours of training at the studio every week. If you are selected for any Select Groups or Extra Work (Solo, Duo, Trio) you will also be required to train at the studio for at least 5 hours every week. These Extra Work (solo, duo, trio) classes run October- end of May. Required in these 5 hours are your age group team (Seniors, Teens, Juniors), one community class, one dance class, and CPT production class on Thursday. Getting these 5 hours can be achieved easily through the CPT classes, any of our community classes and any private lessons or our Full Scale Musical Production class. Once your performer is enrolled in all the CPT classes you may need to add a half-hour or an hour to add to your student’s training for CPT. These classes will start the week of September 6th and run through June.
It is a requirement that all CPT members participate in one of our two Summer Stock productions over the summer along with 2 workshops of their choosing throughout the summer. This keeps the kids continued training throughout summer with a full-scale production challenging and improving their vocals, acting and stage presence as well as dancing and movement. Kids can choose the summer workshop of their liking as we will have a variety of fun and challenging 2-hour workshops throughout the summer months!
(Competitions for 2022-23 TBD) Our competitions will be between January and May and there will be four competitions. Three of these competitions will be national comps. The fourth competition will be our Big Star hosted competition. We are looking at the possibility of traveling to Coeur D’Alene Idaho and Portland Oregon for the 22/23 season. Most of these competitions take up a majority of the weekend. It is expected that performers are available Fri, Sat and Sunday of comp weekends. We get the performance schedule about one week out from the competition and will release that to families once we have it to plan accordingly.
This is a very important part of being on CPT. Attendance is mandatory. While we understand that things do happen – someone gets hurt or sick, family emergencies – we expect that CPT is given high priority. When one person is not there, the entire team suffers. When performers are not in class, they are not progressing in the routine and other students are also not learning the correct routine because formations, vocals and staging are negatively impacted when one person is missing. This requires extra time from our teachers to re teach parts, making sure nothing is out of sync and everyone has the ability to give their very best performance.
Allowed absences: Please stay home if you are experiencing ANY Covid symptoms, are contagious or have a fever. If an injury is preventing you from participating in class, you will still be expected to attend class to watch so you don’t fall behind. One unexcused absence per session will be permitted, no absences are allowed 2 weeks prior to any performance/competition, missing class may result in being pulled from the routine.
If we feel that the performer is falling behind due to missed rehearsals the family may be asked to schedule a private lesson to catch up at an extra expense. The performer may be removed from team if there are too many absences. No refunds will be made if you are removed from team.
EXTRA WORK CLASSES
You will need to sign up for a 30-minute time slot. These spots will be assigned and determined after the parent CPT meeting in August (date TBD). Anyone performing a Solo, Duo, or Trio will add one half hour of time each week to the monthly bill.
If you are chosen to participate in a Solo, Duo or Trio please plan to turn in your payment once we have coordinated with all participants to secure a time slot that works for everyone. That will be your time slot for the comp season Oct-May. If you are unable to rehearse during a scheduled time you need to do your best to provide 24 hours-notice whenever possible. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with your teacher for a make-up session at our private lesson rate.
IMPORTANT DATES to get ON YOUR CALENDAR for 2022/2023
- Snoqualmie Days Parade -August 20th
- Shrek & Newsies Performance– August 26th and 27th
- Salmon Days Parade-October 1st
How much does it cost?
There are many costs associated with being on CPT:
- Competition Fees
- Monthly Tuition
- Choreography Fees
- Travel Expenses
COMPETITION FEE PAYMENT SCHEDULE
- Sheer Elite Competition: Due January 5th 2022
- In House Competition: Due February 5th 2022
- Spotlight Competition: Due March 5th 2022
- Showstopper Competition: Due April 5th 2022
MONTHLY TUITION FEES
- $100 for .5 hours (solos)
- $95 for .5 hours (duos/trios)
- $95 for 1.0 hour (group classes)
- $135 for 1.5 hour (group classes)
Unlimited 6+ Class Hours (does not include solos or private lessons)
- 1 child $610
- 2+ children $735
For every Solo, Duo, Trio and Group number there is a one-time choreography fee. If this is a solo you will owe the full $165. If a duo it is split by two and then split into three if it is a trio. This is a fee that covers the teacher’s time to choose the piece, pick and cut the music and track, choreograph and costume the piece and coordinate the scheduling of the piece. Choreography fees will be due on September 5th, 2022.
- SOLO – $173
- DUO – $90
- TRIO – $68
- GROUPS – $48
Every competitive routine your child is in will require a costume. Once our instructors have picked the costumes for the pieces your child is in, you will be sent the links to purchase these pieces. If you are able to shop it around and save money, that is fine and is left up to your discretion as long as the pieces the instructor has requested are purchased and brought in on the costume due date. In some cases you will be able to look around on different sites for costume pieces but there will often be times you will have to purchase exactly what is provided in the costume link that is sent. This is often the case with a Solo, Duo and Trio costume where all the performers are in the exact same thing. There are also some cases where parents may have to reimburse Big Star for costumes that need to be ordered from sites that require studio licensing to order.
COMPETITION GEAR EXPENSE
Each performer will need the following items in order to participate on the CPT:
- Team jacket ($95.00)
- Team T-shirt ($32.00)
- Black Leggings and/or solid black pants (can purchase leggings on your own or through Big Star)
- Black Jazz and Character Shoes (purchase on your own)
COMPETITION EXPENSE 2021-22 (2022-23 TBD)
Attendance at competitions is mandatory for CPT performers. We will attend three competitions this year PLUS our at home Big Star hosted competition in February. For each competition there will be entry fees assessed by the competition. Each routine you participate in will have a fee attached in order to compete. Below is an estimate of competition fees based on the type of performance. All of these figures are based off the 2020/21 competitive fees.
Our In House Competition is a really fun event with food, drinks and is a great way to kick off our competition season. In the past the fee for this In House Comp was $195 for the day. This includes 2 tickets, and helps cover the cost of theater rental, judges fees, awards, food, beverages, and staffing for the day.
- Solo Performance: $140.00 competition fee (per student)
- Duo: $90.00 competition fee (per student)
- Trio: $90.00 competition fee (per student)
- Group: $75.00 competition fee (per student)