Answers to our most frequently asked questions...

Auditing Class Policy

At Ruhala, we discourage auditing classes and generally do not allow it. Our classes are designed to be experiential and process oriented. We do not feel that watching a class gives a true impression of doing the work. We also do not feel that any one class is representative of the class structure as a whole, and would perhaps give a misunderstanding of the totality of the class work and curriculum. Our teaching style is intuitive and spontaneous within a framed structure. We prefer that students sign up, register, and begin the classes. If for any reason the student does not want to continue with a class after the first class, a full refund is given. We consider this a fair policy that allows serious students to get involved in a reasonable manner. Bringing a friend to class will sometimes be permitted but advance notice is mandatory. Thank you for your understanding. 

Private Lessons Guide and Strategy

Private Lessons at Ruhala reflect what professional performers do. Singers live by their weekly sessions with a vocal coach or instructor. A weekly singing lesson or coaching for singers is optimal to keep the instrument strong and vital and to keep vocal health and preparedness at the optimum. When working on auditions or performance music, these sessions highly contribute to success. Dancers live by daily group classes, be it in Jazz, Tap, Ballet or Modern. The best way to learn dance is in a group class on a daily basis. However, private lessons in dance are excellent when help is desired for auditions or performances. Also when students are challenged in a particular area or with a specific step, private lessons are useful. But to learn dance only with private lessons would be cost prohibitive except for the independently wealthy. Actors live by intensive study programs and then by group classes a couple times a week. Private lessons work best for actors when working on monologues or auditions. Acting requires scene partners and a private lesson will not fulfill that role. These are suggestions for private lesson strategies. However, we are open to whatever needs the student presents and will be flexible in our working partnerships.

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.

My child is struggling in school.  Should I still enroll him/her in RPAC?

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.