thanks, cuda! I think our school qualifies as small also -- I'm guessing no more than 60 students, from ages 3-18. So it's been really frustrating dealing with some ongoing communication problems there. I've tried speaking with the director in a "what can we together do to find a solution?" sort of way. But all I get is a song-and-dance routine about how I need to be more sympathetic about the personal problems he's dealing with.
We drive 45 minutes to get to the studio, so when things get cancelled and we aren't notified, that's tough. Yesterday we left two phone messages, asking to confirm the rehearsal schedule. Nobody called us back, so I ended up enlisting the help of another mom whom I knew would be headed down there earlier than we were, and she found the information out for me.
I really don't think we're being unreasonable, but these ongoing administrative problems are making it really, really hard on everyone. Plus, I think the performance demands are taking away too much time from the actual learning. By the time we get to Christmas this school year, some kids will have performed in two major productions and two minor (with my daughter, it'll be two major and one minor). And we're paying for class time that's getting converted to rehearsal time to accommodate these performances. As I've said in other posts, it's the quality of the teaching that we're hanging in there for. But all the other stuff is getting burdensome.
thanks for letting me vent!