Important Parent/Participants Nutcracker Info

Important Info on Dress Rehearsals & Performances

When we have our dress rehearsals, performing on a professional stage, and getting ready/waiting backstage there are a few things to know:

  • Week of Nut Rehearsals & Dress Rehearsals are always at our performance venue: the Wynona Thompson Auditorium in Cody; 1225 10th Street
  • Dress Rehearsals are extremely important for not only the performers 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. Volunteers/Parents and performers can help it run smoothly and on time by: having all items needed like correct shoes, being on time to your rehearsal slot, if performers are not on stage; remain seated towards the front– this way they can see what’s going on and hear when it’s their turn, and keeping voices down. We know dress 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. Performers 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 dress rehearsals they also stay seated and are removed from the auditorium if they begin to fuss loudly.
  • Dancers should NOT wear their costumes or dance shoes outside or to the auditorium.
    • To keep your dancers things together during rehearsals, we ask parents to make sure names are marked on items (including dance shoes!) and to bring a marked laundry basket or something similar. It will be helpful for our volunteers if our youngest roles have their roles listed ON their basket with their name.
  • 2 Different ways on how to make a ballerina bun:


  • 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 backstage on costumes, on young “unsupervised” dancers, and in the carpet.
  • Parents should drop off dancers at the backstage door (Younger Nut Roles come to by entering the right “side door” that is up the long sidewalk between High School & WT auditorium; Older Nut Roles (Ac 4 +) entering come to the left “side door” backstage entrance between large HS parking lot & WT auditorium). We do try to have these doors marked. Once in the hallway look for marked areas where the different roles will “set up camp”. Only performers & backstage volunteers who have signed up are allowed backstage this year.
    • 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. Parents of kisses; please do NOT put costumes on as their roles aren’t until Act 2. We will have our volunteers helping with this.
    • Parents are not allowed to stay backstage unless they signed up before hand to volunteer; volunteers will have name tags.
  • 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.
  • NO FOOD ALLOWED at all; water bottles with only water in them is permitted and leak proof is preferred. Please label.
      • Non-messy food is ONLY allowed backstage for performers who are performing twice on Friday for school performances. Friday mornings performances we have 2 performances back to back for everyone but kiss corp and arabian corp. Non-messy food includes items that are not sticky, do NOT stain, and cannot be crushed into the carpet like apples, carrots, string cheese, dried fruit, chewy (non chocolate/not melty) granola bars– PLEASE NO CRACKERS, NO goldfish or DRINKS OF ANY KIND.
  • To keep your dancers things together backstage, we ask parents to make sure names are marked on items (including dance shoes!) and to bring a marked laundry basket or something similar. It is also helpful for our backstage volunteers if our youngest roles have their roles listed ON their basket with their name.
  • Extra bobby pins, safety pins, hair bands, and a few clean quiet activities (NO MARKERS) can be helpful.
  • ALL performers must stay for the entire performance.
  • During intermission: parents are NOT allowed backstage and ALL performers MUST STAY backstage.
  • After the performance is over, NO ONE is allowed to congregate in the auditorium, in front of the stage, or allowed backstage unless you are helping with striking. Parents can go and pick up child; please make sure you leave with everything you brought :). will pick up performers at the outside backstage door(s). We will release participants one at a time or by families.


  • 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 also be a fun gift for your performer.
  • Dance performance etiquette is different than orchestra or piano concerts. During dance performances feel free to clap, hoot, and holler when something moves you at any time. Dancing is hard work and the dancers thrive off of the audience energy!

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