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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR PERFORMANCE GROUPS

I. Dressing Rooms


II. Stage Access

III. House Access/Performance Night Seating

IV. Elevators

V. Backstage Etiquette

VI. Security

VII. Final Note



I. DRESSING ROOMS

All performers and dance school personnel needing access to dressing rooms should enter the building through the Stage Door entrance, located on the Union Street side of the building.

For safety and security reasons, family members are encouraged to meet performers at the stage door entrance following each performance.

Dressing Room assignments should be made ahead of time and posted outside of dressing rooms BEFORE performers arrive on the first day of rehearsals.

Please hang all garments and bags on racks and hangers provided in the dressing room area. DO NOT hang garments on light cages affixed to mirrors or overhead pipes!

Please make sure that you take your personal belongings with you when you leave each night. Although you may be assigned to a specific dressing room for more than one day, TPAC does not assume responsibility for any personal items left overnight.

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II. STAGE ACCESS

Only performers and show personnel should be onstage during rehearsal and showtimes.

Performers should access the stage as directed by their recital coordinator and TPAC staff.

Please refrain from touching the cyclorama (this is the large white gauze-like fabric located near the back wall of the stage). This fabric is fragile and is very costly to replace.

Please do not use the stage as a walkthrough to the dressing rooms or other areas of the building.

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III. HOUSE ACCESS / PERFORMANCE NIGHT SEATING

Parents assisting their children to and from the stage should access the house as instructed by their recital coordinator or TPAC staff. All others (family and friends) should enter the house seating area through the front lobby. Parents should refrain from lining up in backstage stairwells in order to access the seating area prior to opening. This is a fire hazard!

The house must be cleared of all parents and personnel following a rehearsal and prior to a performance. We do this for two reasons:

(1) For your safety! House Management must walk the house to check fire exits, restrooms and make sure no items have been left in seats or aisles that might present trip hazards.

(2) This provides a fair and orderly seating opportunity for all those attending the performance. (Seat holding is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. This policy will be strictly enforced.)

No food or drink is permitted in the theaters, either during rehearsals or performances. Bottled water however, is allowed.

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IV. ELEVATORS

There are no elevators to the upper seating levels of Polk Theater. If you, or someone you are with is physically unable to negotiate the stairways to these seating areas, please ask someone from the TPAC House Staff for assistance.

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V. BACKSTAGE ETIQUETTE

Please do not spray hairspray or glitter in hallways. This will set off fire alarms. ** Deliberate violation of this rule may result in immediate expulsion from the building.**

Public restrooms are NOT allowed to be used as dressing rooms. Please do all hair, makeup and costume changes in the dressing rooms.

No running, on or offstage. We understand that sometimes “quick changes” are necessary, but dance shoes and running make for a dangerous combination.

Deposit all trash in containers provided.

ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED ONSTAGE. This includes chewing tobacco and gum. Plastic bottled water only is permitted in the house.

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VI. SECURITY

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is located in a STATE OWNED office building. Due to recent world events, security policies for all State buildings have been tightened. Please be prepared to show a photo I.D. as you enter the building at either the main entrance or Stage Door. This policy has been initiated by the Department of General Services, in compliance with the Homeland Security Department, and is designed for your safety, as well as a means to secure the building.

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VII. FINAL NOTE

Please feel free to approach our staff with any questions or concerns you may have while you are here. Our goal is to help make this an enjoyable performance and experience for everyone involved.

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