FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…
Are there scholarship opportunities and/or financial aid?
Yes. Ruhala believes that no one should be excluded due to financial hardship. Please call us and ask for financial aid forms.
Is RPAC more expensive than other studios?
Ruhala strives to remain competitive with market, please compare. On the other hand, Ruhala believes in fair pricing. Quality products and services are often costly.
How do I know RPAC is right for me/my child?
If your child has real desire, likes to work hard, and is confident enough to work in classes, RPAC is right for you and/or your child. Also, please schedule a complimentary interview with the director to find out more.
Should I wait until my child gets more serious to enroll him/her in RPAC?
No. Your child deserves the highest quality instruction FIRST. If your child wants to learn about performing, let him/her learn correctly from the beginning.
What makes RPAC different from all other performing arts centers, community theatres, or dance studios?
Broadway veteran director with real world experience. An organic approach to performing. Cutting edge instruction and direction. RPAC treats children as people.
I don’t know if I am/my child is talented in singing, acting or dancing. Is it worthwhile to enroll for classes?
Yes. Performing is fun if you love it. Our job is to help you develop your talent. Let your instructor be your judge, you have fun and work hard. Fulfill your goals at RPAC.
What if I or my child doesn’t like the class? Do you offer refunds?
Enroll for the class and after the first week we will refund your tuition IN FULL if you want to drop. After the first week no refunds are offered accept with a doctor’s note for medical reasons. RPAC is always flexible and each situation is considered individually.
Is a career in show business hard to achieve? Is it worthwhile then to pay for performing arts training? (A career in show business seems impractical. You have to be lucky, don’t you? Why should I pay for classes here instead of using that money to invest in college?)
RPAC offers complete instruction in its career track program to get a performer to the level to begin auditioning in professional theatre while continuing their training in the big city. If your goal is to be the best performer you can, train everyday as much as you can. If your goal is to be famous or to be a star, RPAC can only help you with your talent, the rest is up to you. A career in show business is very competitive, training and development of your talent will help keep your career vibrant and successful.
What is ‘Ensemble’?
Essentially “team”. Ensemble work means we work as a team, each actor with a role to play on the stage and on the team. When ensemble cohesion is strong, the experience of performing is heightened and can be magical.
What is ‘Career Track’?
Career Track is RPAC’s program to develop performers who want to go on to have a career in show business. It is a rigorous, disciplined and intensive study program designed to your individual. Artistic Director Mark Ruhala now becomes your mentor, not just your instructor. That means he makes a larger investment in developing your talent as you make a larger investment in doing the work.
What ages do you serve at RPAC?
All ages. We have 3 yr. olds up to elders.
What are expectations for classes and Ensemble?
A serious intention to learn. Enthusiasm for the work. Preparation for each class or rehearsal. Acting by the golden rule. You can read more about classroom and performance etiquette here.
Why is attendance expected?
Attendance is vital in that it demonstrates your commitment. Attendance is the only way to achieve. Stage work must be experienced and participated in – it is not an academic subject.
Why do I have to pay for tickets to see my family member in a show at RPAC? What does the money for ticket sales go towards?
Ticket revenue covers the cost of producing the show. Tuition covers the cost of running classes and programs. Theatre is expensive to produce, even as we at RPAC aim to produce in minimally and sustainably, it requires many departments which all need a budget.
Do I or my child have to audition to be in the RPAC programs?
No. Interviews are required to be sure we are a good fit to work together. We do not require experience or talent to be a part of our programs. Remember RPAC is to train you and develop your talent, that’s why you enroll with us.
Why do we need an interview?
To be sure we are on the same page. To ask any questions you have. To insure you know what you are coming into so to avoid disappointment and dropping out of classes.
Yes. Arts work is vital to students who do not succeed in school. RPAC specializes in helping students succeed in school. Private instruction may be advised to assist this path.
I/my child want to do the school plays/musicals in addition to RPAC. Is this possible?
Yes. Just be sure schedules do not conflict.
Can I/my child do both RPAC classes and sports/other extracurricular activities?
Yes. Just be sure schedules don’t conflict.
Do you offer professional opportunities or links to agents?
RPAC career track offers much to its members to assist them in the real world. Please ask the director for the help that you seek.
Can you help me/my child get into a performing arts college or conservatory? Or get ready for Broadway?
RPAC career track is especially effective at getting performers ready for a professional career or entrance into a university or conservatory program.
My child has/I have a beautiful voice. Do I/does my child need voice lessons? Or should we go straight to American Idol?
A beautiful voice must be developed to remain strong and healthy through good vocal technique. All singers need individual voice lessons to reach their optimal performing abilities. There is no better way to develop your instrument.
I have always wanted to perform!!! But I am older. Is it too late for me?
No! Come on in! Start today and bring your enthusiasm.