Frequently Asked Questions
about Next Gen

How much does it cost to attend a matinee at the Center?

Nothing! We are thrilled to offer educational events free of charge to schools thanks to our generous family of donors, endowments, foundation grants, and the State of Michigan. That said, we very much appreciate feedback through emails, cards, notes, etc. which helps with grant reports and aids in securing additional funding for future programs.

What about bussing?

The Center can reimburse your school district for the cost of the busses. Please email an invoice to hrussell@greatlakescfa.org.

How many events may we attend during the year?

There is no limit; however, we strive to fulfill requests and provide experiences to as many schools/students from across Northern Michigan as possible.

How many chaperones do we need?

We kindly ask that you provide 1 adult per 20 students. These may be teachers, administrators, health care aides, drivers. For schools seated in the upper-level boxes, one adult must be present for every 5-7 students (one adult per box). The Center will also try to fill this role using our volunteer team.

How do we make a reservation?

The best way to reserve your space is to fill out the form above. Please be as accurate with your numbers as possible. We will hold back a few seats, should your numbers change. You may also contact Heather Russell, Education Director, via email at hrussell@greatlakescfa.org or by phone at 231.439.2604.

Are lesson plans provided?

Yes! The Center’s Teacher Advisory Committee (comprised of teachers from four area school districts) creates lesson plans that correspond with the state curricula. All materials will be classroom-ready (but also adaptable) for you to use at your discretion. We encourage teachers to use the pre- and post-event lesson plans to maximize students’ learning and enhance their overall experience at the Center.

What is the cancellation policy?

There is no cost, and therefore no deposit required. We ask that you please be respectful of other schools and let the Center know as soon as possible if your plans or the total number of students/adults changes. Often there is a waiting list for educational events, and we would like to ensure a full house to take full advantage of the performing arts opportunities.

Will more events be added during the year?

Currently, the calendar is set, but there are other educational opportunities through our regular season evening events.

Is photography allowed?

It depends on the artists’ contracts and will be announced from the stage at the start of the show. GLCFA reserves the right to take pictures, post to social media, use in our publications and the like. Students’ names will not be included.

How early should we arrive at the Center prior to the show?

Please arrive 15-20 minutes before the start of the program. Any earlier…you’re responsible for the “antsy pants.” In the days leading up to the event, rows/seats will be assigned to schools (not individuals) and communicated via email.

Will we be back in time for lunch/afternoon bus runs?

The length of the event will be communicated ahead of time so you can plan accordingly. Generally speaking, morning shows will end around 11:15; afternoon show will conclude no later than 2:30.

What if there is a snow day?

Center staff will watch for school closings on local tv stations but calls and/or emails would also be appreciated. Conversely, if the Center needs to cancel an event due to inclement weather, staff will send out an email to the contact person from each school as early as possible. School personnel is also welcome to contact Heather Russell, Education Director, via email at hrussell@greatlakescfa.org or by calling 231-439-2604.

Can you accommodate a child with special needs?

We will do our best to accommodate all students. Please let us know ahead of time if you have students with special needs (wheelchair, aisle seat to be able to leave if needed, etc.)