Important Parent/Participants Nutcracker Info

Important Info on Rehearsals & Performances

When we are rehearsing, performing on a professional stage, and getting ready/waiting back stage there are a few things to know:

  • Rehearsals are extremely important for not only the dancers but the stage crew and instructors. There is a lot to work out and put together so that the show is the best it can be. Parents and dancers can help it run smoothly and on time by: having all items you need like correct shoes, being on time to your rehearsal slot, if you’re not on stage, remain seated towards the front– this way you can see what’s going on and hear when it’s your turn, and keeping voices down. We know rehearsals can run long but it is very distracting and disrespectful to have kids rolling down aisles, running through the auditorium, and climbing over seats. Dancers on stage need to be able to hear teachers instructions, and directors need to be able to communicate with stage crew, etc.
    • We also ask that, just like during a performance, if younger siblings are at rehearsals they also stay seated and are removed from the auditorium if they begin to fuss loudly.
  • Dancers SHOULD NOT HAVE ON or BRING: nail polish, jewelry (including earrings), food- of ANY kind, or gum. Please understand earrings will be removed from dancers ears if they come to performances with them on so please just leave them at home so they do not get lost.
    • Non-messy food is ONLY allowed during Friday mornings performances as we have 2 performances back to back. Non-messy food includes items that are not sticky, do NOT stain, and cannot be crushed into the carpet like apples, carrots, dried fruit, chewy (non chocolate/not melty) granola bars
  • Dancers can come to performances with light makeup applied (stage makeup is light blush, foundation, and mauve lipstick and is optional for our younger dancers) but please leave ALL makeup at home, including lipstick. These can make big messes back stage on costumes, on young “unsupervised” dancers, and in the carpet.
  • Dancers should NOT wear their costumes or dance shoes outside or to the auditorium.
  • To keep your dancers things together back stage we encourage parents to make sure names are marked on items and to bring a marked laundry basket or something similar.
  • Extra bobby pins, safety pins, hair bands, and a few clean quiet activities (NO MARKERS) can be helpful.
  • For performances, parents of younger dancers should drop off dancers backstage by entering the right “side door” that is up the long sidewalk. Once in the hallway, look for marked areas where the different roles will “set up camp”. Feel free to get your child situated. Parents of younger dancers: it is very helpful for you to have your child try using the bathroom and help them get dressed into their first performance costume. Parents are not allowed to stay backstage unless they signed up before hand to volunteer; volunteers will have name tags.
  • Traditionally flowers are given to dancers after they perform. We do sell fresh cut flowers from a local flower shop in the lobby before performances, during intermission, and after if there are any left. We also sell Nutcracker merchandise which can be a fun gift for your dancers.
  • Dance performance etiquette is different than orchestra or piano concerts. During dance performances feel free to clap, hoot, and holler when something moves you. Dancing is hard work and the dancers thrive off of the audience energy!
  • ALL dancers must stay for the entire performance.
  • During intermission: parents are NOT allowed backstage and ALL dancers MUST STAY back stage.
  • After the performance is over, parents can go and pick up child; please make sure you leave with everything you brought :).

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