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 the performance weekend 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 - 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 - 1st and 2nd grade girls; 3rd grade girls; 4th grade girls; 5th grade girls; 6th grade girls; 7th and 8th grade girls; 9th grade girls; 10th-12th grade girls; 2nd-5th grade boys; 6th-8th grade boys; 9th-12th grade boys.
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 the Summer Show-Offs office 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 - May I transfer my payment to another child or to another camp?
A - We cannot transfer one child's payment to another child or to another camp.
Q: Can children with special needs participate in HSO?
A: HSO is not equipped to accommodate children with special needs.
Q: Where will rehearsals be held?
A: Rehearsals will be held at Riverchase Baptist Church.
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 - How long does the HSO performance last?
A - The HSO performance will last about two hours plus intermission.
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 $10 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 a few days 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.
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.