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 rachel@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.

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.

Is photography allowed?

It depends on the artists’ contracts and will be announced from the stage at the start of the show.

Next Gen events are offered to schools and students at no cost thanks to generous donors, event sponsors, and grants. Photographs and videos of students participating in Next Gen events (anywhere on the GLCFA premises) are integral to conveying the program's value to continue inspiring support. Next Gen is sensitive to the privacy needs and desires of students and their families. Unless otherwise made aware by educators and/or chaperones, the GLCFA will use house photography/videography of students at and in association with Next Gen events, as needed, for educational and promotional purposes and grant proposals and reports.

If helpful, Next Gen has provided a downloadable Denied Photo Consent Form for distribution and use if your school does not have one in place.

Denied Photo Consent Form

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.”

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 Rachel Sytsma-Reed, Next Gen Director, via email at rachel@greatlakescfa.org.

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.)