WCSPA Booster Club
The WCSPA Booster Club is an organization established to help promote WCSPA students and their activities. They assist staff in a variety of ways to help serve the production and operational needs of the WCSPA program.
One of the biggest ways the Booster group assists our students is by providing food for after-school rehearsals, which we ask all WCSPA parents to assist with in the form of a once-per-year tech week food payment, which can be paid at the link here.
Additional activities include fundraising, ushering shows, funding annual scholarships for graduating seniors, and serving the food for after-school rehearsals. Booster membership is free and completely voluntary. Anyone is welcome to attend any of the meetings! The generous support of parent volunteers is an essential part of the WCSPA experience for our students.
The meetings take place in the Gillespie Studio Theatre at Sterling Heights High School. It is best to enter through the center doors at the front of the building (Door #40). The G is the first room on the right.
Stay in loop by joining our WCSPA Booster Club’s Facebook page. Search “WCSPA Boosters” or follow the QR code below!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Tech Week refers to the week leading up to the opening of a show. During this time, we combine all of the technical elements of the show (the scenery, lights, costumes, sound, musicians, etc.), along with the performers in the theatre for the very first time.
These rehearsals (usually Friday-Thursday) are by far the most important, complex and stressful days involved with any show. The tech rehearsals are compressed into the shortest amount of time possible to get the show ready for a public performance.
Tech week rehearsals after school go from 3-9 PM for plays and 3-10PM for musicals. Performances are usually on Friday and Saturday. Call time on the day of a show is generally 5PM. Night shows typically start at 7PM. Transportation to and from these rehearsals and shows is the responsibility of the student and his/her parents. Students are always excused on-time at the end of the scheduled rehearsal.
Attendance at tech rehearsals is mandatory for all cast and crew, and can only be excused in the most extreme circumstances and with advance notice. These rehearsals are an integral part of the student’s training as well as an academic requirement for the course.
All tech weeks are scheduled at the beginning of each year to help students and parents plan accordingly.
Dinner will be provided by the parents group for a small fee.
Shop calls refer to the time after school when we build and paint the scenery, sew the costumes and work on other technical areas of the shows.
Shop calls are voluntary and usually run from 3-6 PM. Students sign-up in advance for the days they are willing to come. When we get closer to a ‘tech week’, the hours extend until 7 or 8PM.
Shop calls offer students hands-on training, social engagement with the upper level students, one-on-one instruction with the faculty, and most importantly, it gives students ownership in the productions they are actively building.
The Ad Campaign is the name given to the month and a half in which we solicit advertisements from businesses.
The “Ad Book” is a season program that is handed out at each of our performances; it contains photos, student biographies and advertisements. In order to pay for the printing of our programs and to raise additional funds, students and parents alike are asked to solicit advertising from local businesses.
All the money earned from the Ad Campaign in spent in that school year and is used to purchase additional supplies for productions. “Ad Slams” refer to days when students from WCSPA go out together in small groups to try and sell ads after school. Ad Slams are optional.
Forms can be downloaded from our website. The Ad Campaign is our one and only fundraiser of the year.
Although we do not require a lot of out-of-school time, there are some specific days that are required and are graded. This depends on your son/daughter’s level.
Level One students are required to attend Shakespeare Night as well as the Tech Week for their musical and the spring musical. Shakespeare Night is always in November and the Level One musical is in March. See the calendar for exact dates.
Level 2 and 3 must take part in at least two tech weeks, Level 4 is required to participate in three. In addition to the required shows mentioned, students may volunteer to work on crew for any show. If a student volunteers and is selected, then they would also have to attend the tech week for that show as well.
Level One meets for the first two hours of the school day. Typically, Level One is divided into four smaller groups. Each of the groups sees two of the four WCSPA teachers in a day on a rotating schedule. When rehearsing for a show the class may be subdivided differently depending on the needs of the show. The student grade from WCSPA is a combination of all four teachers. This grade is worth twice as much as a regular class, since the class is twice as long.
Levels 2-4 meet for the last two hours of the school day. The students are grouped in various ways and those groups rotate among the various staff. Each Level has a unique curriculum. When working on a production, the classes will be divided differently depending on the size and needs of the show.
Further, grading in the upper levels varies by quarter.
*Occasionally, students in all levels will be taught by visiting guest artists in addition to faculty.
A studio show refers to any show we produce in a location other than the Big Theatre (PAC). Usually studio shows take place in our Gillespie Studio Theatre at SHHS.
The only studio show Level One will participate in is their Shakespeare Night. Performing in Shakespeare Night is required for all Level One students. Attendance is free for Shakespeare Night but it will be a ticketed event.
Questions regarding Schoology and parent access codes can be directed to Mr. Sharrow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers are available for questions by email and phone call at the contacts listed on the staff page and are available for video conferences by appointment.
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Each student is responsible for reporting to their bus on time. Failure to show for your bus may result in the stop being dropped from the route. For all transportation issues call (586) 825-2960.
Level 1 students will be transported directly to WCSPA in the morning and then shuttle to their home school during 3rd hour. Level 2-4 students should report to their home school in the morning and will be shuttled to WCSPA for 5th and 6th hour. Afternoon students will be provided transportation home after the school day.
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