HSO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q - How is Holiday Show-Offs different from Summer Show-Offs?
A - Holiday Show-Offs is a holiday production that is offered only in Birmingham, Alabama. Students attend a weekly rehearsal during the months of September, October, November and December leading up to performances in December. While Summer Show-Offs is a one-week camp with shorts and camp t-shirts, Holiday Show-Offs is a full holiday production with lights, many costumes, Santa, Mrs. Claus and much, much more!
Q - Are there any perks to participating in HSO?
A - In addition to building your child's confidence and character, all HSO participants will be given the opportunity to register early for Summer Show-Offs camps! Also, for those who have a perfect attendance record at HSO rehearsals, there will be a drawing for one free SSO tuition.
Q - How do I register my child for HSO?
A - Click on the Holiday Show-Offs tab at the top of the home page of the SSO website, then click on "Register for Holiday Show-Offs".
Q - What age children can attend HSO?
A - HSO is for rising grades 1st through 12th; boys must be in rising 2nd grade.
Q - What are the age groups?
A - Please refer to the Rehearsal Schedule on the left of the HSO page.
Q - What is the cost of HSO?
A - The cost of HSO is $400.
Q - When is payment due?
A - $200 is due at registration and the balance is due by October 1st.
Q - What does the registration fee cover?
A - The registration fee covers classes during the months of September, October, November and December; costume(s); staff for the performance week; cost of facilities, sound, and lights.
Q - What is the cost of costumes?
A - Your costume fee is covered in your registration. Some groups MAY be asked to purchase shoes.
Q - How do I make payment?
A - Payment can be made online with Visa or Mastercard (a convenience fee will be applied), or you can send a paper check to Summer Show-Offs at:
270 Doug Baker Blvd.
Suite 700, Box 328
Birmingham, AL 35242
Q - What is the refund policy?
A - If you need to cancel your registration prior to August 1st, we will refund ½ of your registration fee. After August 1st, no refunds will be issued.
Q: Can children with special needs participate in HSO?
A: Summer Show-Offs has a large staff and can accomodate a limited number of children with special needs. However, the Holiday Show-Offs program is structured differently. Because of the complexity of the production and our smaller staff, we want to ensure our ability to service the needs of every child before confirming your registration.
If your child has special needs:
Q: Where will rehearsals be held?
A: Rehearsals will be held at:
Inverness Heights Shopping Center
(In front of TJ Maxx)
5033 Highway 280
Birmingham, AL. 35242
Q - What should my child wear to rehearsal?
A - Please wear comfortable clothing. Socks and tennis shoes are a MUST. No slip-ons, sandals, or flip-flops. We will be doing a lot of fun choreography!
Q - When and where will the HSO performances be held?
A - This year's performances will look a little different than our past HSO performances. In an effort to make our performances smaller and more manageable, and to limit the children's time backstage, we are scheduling several smaller performances. Each performance will showcase 4-5 groups. Each age group will perform in one performance.
Because we have increased our class numbers, we are planning to have several different performance dates. Due to the uncertainty at this time, we cannot book venues and dates. It is our desire to have a grand performance for each group and every child in early December. Please know we are working hard toward this goal and will let you know when we have secured dates and locations. We are waiting on performance venues to get back up and running and we will schedule these as soon as possible. Be assured that in September, October, and November your child will be receiving exceptional instruction and growing in confidence and character each week!
Q - Can I video the performance?
A - Great question! We know everyone probably has access to handheld digital recorders and/or phones with video capability… However, we have contracted with a videographer. There is NO videotaping during the performance. It can be distracting for others watching and can interfere with the videographer’s product. We also ask that there is NO flash photography! This affects the production of the DVDs of the show and may interfere with the safety of the children.
Q - Will a video of the performance be available?
A - Yes! All HSO participants will receive an email with a link to view the performance. This is FREE to all HSO participants! You should receive the link within 3 weeks after Holiday Show-Offs.
Q - Is a hard copy DVD of the performance available?
A - If you wish to receive a hard copy archival DVD, you must request the copy online when you register your child. If you have already registered your child, you can also log back in to your HSO registration account and request your copy no later than the Monday following the performance. There is a $15 shipping and handling fee. Please allow 4-5 weeks for delivery.
Q - Can I take pictures during the performance?
A - For the safety of our performers, NO flash photography is allowed. Other photos that can be taken from your seat without obstructing other audience members are allowed. We also have a professional photographer available at most performances. These pictures can be purchased through a website after the performance.
Q - How can I order pictures of the HSO performances?
A - Some pictures will be taken during the rehearsal and will be available for purchase during the performance times. A link to purchase additional pictures will be emailed to you after the HSO performance weekend.