No food or drink in costume. No food or drink in the auditorium. Bringing a water bottle that doesn't leak or spill is a good idea, just make sure to get your drinks after you've changed out of costumes.
NO GUM. AT ALL. Sadly, we did have one problem with gum getting on a costume last year. We don't want that to happen again!
Girls with buns need hair nets over their buns (available at Sally's). **Buffoons probably don't need hair nets just make sure their little buns are neat.
Party boys, remember your white socks and black shoes.
No nail polish, and if at all possible, no glasses.
Extra hair pins and hairspray should be in your bag. Snow dancers, bring some safety pins for those sashes.
Nude leotards are a MUST for girls.
Please no walking around in nude leotards. When you are not in costume, you should have clothes over your leotard.
There will be no changing allowed in the bathrooms.
Please make sure you have clean tights, with no holes or runs in them. A spare pare to have on hand would be smart.
Monday, take the opportunity to sit (QUIETLY, NO TALKING) in the auditorium to watch any acts that you haven't seen yet!
Wed - Saturday, once in the dressing room, dancers must stay there, no going in and out of the room. At this school the only dressing room is actually near the entrance door/ticket tables, so this is especially important.
You are expected to be respectful to directors, volunteers, and other dancers. That means being polite, listening, being where you're supposed to be, following rules, and keeping the backstage room calm and quiet.
REMEMBER: When you are on the wings of the stage, you need to stay FAR BACK. Farther than you think. The rule is: IF YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE, THEY CAN SEE YOU. Do not be 'on stage' before you are meant to be on stage. (Parents please review this with your dancer).
Let your family and friends know that auditorium doors will open at 6:30, ticket sales will start before then, and it would be wise to get their early!
We hope everyone is excited about next week's performances!
Here's an overview to give you an idea of how it's going to go next week.
Remember that attendance to all rehearsals/performances next week is MANDATORY. You may not miss anything this week. This is what we've been working for ! :) MONDAY: Tech Rehearsal
This year we are holding tech AND dress rehearsals. If you were involved last year, our "tech" is like last year's dress rehearsal. Our "dress" is actually going to be a real dress rehearsal and preview performance.
Where: Elk Ridge Middle School
(3659 W 9800 S - it is on the SW corner of Bangerter and 9800 S). When: Helping with sets (party scene parents if you can) 5:00, Directors: 5:00 Party Scene: 6:00 Everyone else: 6:30
This rehearsal is still a dress rehearsal and requires full makeup/hair and costumes. This is when photos will be taken, so please look performance ready.
Dancers may stay in the dressing room OR watch in the auditorium on Monday but there is to be NO RUNNING around or TALKING in the auditorium. There is ABSOLUTELY no food or drink allowed in the auditorium or while you are in costumes. Auditorium is for rehearsing/watching, dressing room is for chatting and changing. No running around the school either. We expect good behavior from our dancers.
Dancers, this is your opportunity to watch the whole production. Please remember you are not allowed backstage to watch during performances. You will be in the dressing room unless you are on stage.
If possible, please try to not bring any additional children with you that night.
When your dance is done, you may leave.
Tech rehearsal is the only time/place to pick up comp tickets.
Photos will be available for pickup also.
Parents, PLEASE stay and check in if you are helping backstage, costumes, or with tickets so you can learn that part before Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY: Dress Rehearsal
This year we will have a small audience, as we are allowing some groups to attend. We are treating it as a performance, so full dress/makeup/hair of course. Please wear nude leotards.
Dancers arrive at 5:30 for warmup. Party scene/buffoons/mice/soldiers (younger dancers) don't need to be there till 6:15. No one should arrive later than 6:15. BE ON TIME.
Parents can watch from the auditorium for free, but remember, we are treating this like a performance, no dancers allowed in the auditorium that night.
If dancers from Act I would like to leave when they are finished, they may.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: performances Dancers please arrive at 5:30 to warm up. 6:15 for party scene/soldiers/buffoons/mice (younger dancers).
Dancers should arrive with hair and makeup done, in nude leos.
If your part of the performance is over, you may leave.
NO DANCERS ALLOWED IN THE AUDITORIUM unless they want to use their comp ticket or buy a ticket (space allowing) after intermission if they are done.
Dancers need to stay in the dressing room when they are not on stage.
SATURDAY MATINEE PERFORMANCE: Dancers should arrive at 12:30, 1:15 for the party scene/soldiers/buffons/mice.
Same rules as Thursday and Friday.
We will need help afterwards packing up costumes and loading the trailer.
We may meet up at Village Inn afterwards for a casual get together (pay your own way) if people are interested.
Ticket Sales: Last year there were a few people at each show who were waiting to buy tickets before we were even ready. We will start selling as soon as the tables are set up, please try to be ready to help by 6:00, doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30
Wed: Tracy M, Nicole W, Kelly C, Shauna B
Thurs: Tracy M, Nicole W, Wendy C, Melissa W
Fri: Sandy C, Kira P, Wendy C, Andrea V
Sat: Holly K, Amy H, Marsha C, Paula B
We are also in need of a couple parents to help us put away costumes/props and store scenery each night after the shows, and load the trailer after the Saturday matinee. If you can help, please leave a comment (or send us an email) saying which performances work for you .
Parents of dancers in the party scene, it would be nice if your dancer took a couple minutes to watch other productions to get a feel for the story.
Here and here are two short clips from the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker - have them watch and pay particular attention to the children in the background. Look at how they move around, fiddle with things, stand in groups, and aren't just watching the adults.
It's always a good thing to watch the great ballets! You can look up other party scenes if you want to and see how other ballet companies do their scenes differently.
The performances are coming up fast! We have placed some posters at city hall, libraries, schools, and local businesses. If you would like the graphic to share with family and friends, here they are:
Click here for a large file size graphic (better for printing). If you want to print these at a photo place, be aware that you need to check the crop (use the crop tool to put it where you want/make sure words aren't cut off) and that some sizes will work better than others.
Click here for a smaller file, better for emailing, posting on facebook /blogs/instagram or pinning.
I also made some PDFs to download and print if you would like:
Nutcracker picture day is tomorrow! Schedule here, order form here. General Picture taking rules: Dancers must come at their assigned time in order to have time to put on their costume
and be ready for pictures.
Please come with hair and make-up done.
This is a great opportunity to practice performance hair and makeup! Lipstick should be applied after you are in costume, and removed before you take it off. Remember soldiers should be wearing black shoes. Meet at C&C for costumes, then we will go to the photography studio.
Please come in your nude leotard. We do not have enough changing rooms
to accommodate everyone.
Dancing Bras only (if needed). We do not want to see
your bra. Don’t try to hide it. We can still see it. Use a dancer’s
No Jewelry. This means earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.
No Fingernail polish! (if you have it on your toes that’s okay) Remember you may not eat or drink in your costume.
This is a repost of last year's hair and makeup post. Nothing significant has changed, but please read through to make sure you are familiar with our guidelines.
Dancers should wear eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush and lipstick.
All make-up should be in neutral tones that compliment your daughter's
skin tone. No purples please. Lips should be also in natural
tones (yes, you may use pink or a red, just not bright reds or pinks
that look unnatural). Snow should have a subtler lipstick color.
Apply Lipstick after your costume is on. Remove Lipstick before you take your costume off!!
Hair should be pulled back into a professional ballet bun.* No bangs,
curls, bump styles, or hair ornaments. Hair should be SLICKED back with
no part. NO frizzies or flyaways. Anna reports that the cheapest gels
work the best for that and be generous with it! :) The point of a
slick bun is to create a nice, clean, UNIFORM appearance. Hair nets for
the buns are not necessary for photos, but need to be worn for dress
rehearsal/performances (you can get them at Sally's). Proper bun height and more info below:
Photo from here. This bun is a good height, but not slicked back/neat enough.
More bun examples here and here. *Buffoons/Party
girls/Soldiers see exception below. Boys should have hair neatly
combed. Boys don't need makeup for photos, but may need a little for
*Exceptions: these are the only exceptions
Make-up should be done in neutral tones with an accent of pink or
purple on the eyes and/or cheeks (no purple on cheeks. Your lips should
be pink-but not unnatural. You are suppose to look like happy candy!)
should be done in neutral tones. We will add round cheeks when you
arrive. Please bring a red lipstick so that we can apply it for you in a
Party Girls: Please come with party girl hair. Half up/Half down with ringlet curls (more information here, any questions ask Angela).
Buffoons: 2 Buns on top of head. Not messy buns. Soldiers: Soldiers should have their hair in a crossing braid style bun. Click HERE
for instructions and photos, but note that the bun in the photos is
still a little bit too high. It must be really low to go under the
(2008 - Limping off stage after their battle with the mice)
Next Friday, November 7th is Nutcracker picture day!
Remember that being there on picture day is mandatory, but buying pictures isn't (but they're really great, so we hope you do! :) It's also a great time for us to check costumes, so it's important to be there! There won't be any make-ups scheduled.
Coming up this week we will have lots of info for you regarding pricing, makeup and hair, so stay tuned! For now, here is the timeline.
Times listed are arrival times, please be on time with hair and makeup done (more info coming) so that we can get in costumes quickly and keep to the schedule.
We are also in need of two parents to help us during pictures doing costume check-in/check-out. Leave a comment of email us if you are available to help!
3:50 Artistic Directors
4:15 Waltz Waltz is rescheduled: Tuesday, Nov 11th at 5:30pm
Thanks so much to all parents who attended Saturday's meeting. For those who weren't there, or if you need to review/mark your calendar, here is what was discussed:
Dates: There are a couple of dates that you should put on your calendar now. Dancers may not miss these days:
Pictures (November 7): We will be using a photographer for group/individual photos. The cost will be about $17 for 2 5x7’s (or it may be 1 5x7 and 1 4x6, exact prices coming soon) Other package options will be available as well! It is mandatory for your dancer to show up...but optional to buy pictures. Picture times will be announced here shortly, but they will be in the afternoon, between about 4:00 - 6:30.
TBA Rehearsals: November 14th - 22nd On the schedule these dates still say TBA - We will be having rehearsals during this time, but they aren't set yet until we see which numbers need the most work. So clear your schedules, please!
December 1 - 6 is NUTCRACKER WEEK! We have Tech rehearsal Monday, Dress rehearsal Wednesday, performances Thursday and Friday nights, and a matinee performance on Saturday. YOUR DANCER MAY NOT MISS ANY DAY DURING THIS WEEK FOR ANY REASON.
We do expect assistance from the parents in some way.
This is a huge undertaking and we cannot do it without your help.
Signups were passed around for some assignments, expect to see them here
soon to finish filling in slots.
Fees: Your $25 costume rental fee is due today!
Ad Donation Fee: This $25 fee is due by picture day (November 7). You may get a company to place an ad or you may pay the fee yourself and be listed as a 'Friend of South Pointe Ballet'. Ad sizes are half page in the program (which means 1/4 sheet of paper, oriented horizontally). Please turn in the bottom of the ad sheet along with a check made out to South Pointe Ballet. The actual ad graphics may be emailed to Erin Summers (address on the ad sheet), or hard copy/business cards may be turned in with the ad sheet (need another copy of the ad sheet? Click here).
If all fees are not paid by November 14. We will have to have a chat to let you know that your dancer will not be performing. Of course we don't want to see that happen, but it takes quite a bit of money to put on a ballet at this level. We need to have the funds to pay for the costumes, scenery and school by certain deadlines. If we don’t have the money...then we can’t pay our part and your dancer will not be performing. Please, turn everything in on time.
Tickets. Each dancer will be given 2 complimentary tickets. The tickets will be given out at dress rehearsal.
Instead of selling group tickets
(for church groups, etc) for performance nights, we are only selling
those for the Wednesday night's dress rehearsal. Tickets will be $1
each. This is a dress rehearsal so we may stop and mark or re-run a
scene; so please let them know this if you have a group coming.
Set Construction Help: Anyone else who told me they would like to help with set construction, leave your email in a comment or email south pointe ballet. We aren't sure in which ways we will need help yet, but need some willing hands ready to go just in case!
And another reminder to NOT MISS REHEARSALS!
Thank you parents for supporting your dancers and this production!
**Don't forget the parent's meeting at 1:00 on Saturday! $25 fee due on or before then.
**Also, we have had a few too many absences already!
Dancers need to be AT ALL REHEARSALS. Remember, you may only miss up to 3 TOTAL. If you know you will not be able to attend, please let Angela know, but that still counts as a missed rehearsal. We shouldn't have any no-shows at rehearsals. We want this performance to be awesome, and it's hard to rehearse with dancers missing.
Announcing our parent meeting for all involved with Nutcracker 2014!
Date: Saturday, October 11
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: C&C Ballet Academy (Green Room) The $25/dancer costume rental fee is due by the parent meeting. If you would like to pay now, checks made out to SOUTH POINTE BALLET with your dancer's name in the memo line will be collected by Angela at C&C. Otherwise, please be prepared to pay that on the 11th.
Dancers do not need to attend the meeting, but parents do!
At the meeting, we will discuss the ad fee and collect any unpaid fees. (All checks
made out to South Pointe Ballet). We will discuss your role in helping with
this ballet. There are a lot of committees that we need your help with.
Please come and be an active participant! We look forward to seeing you.
Questions? Call or text Stephanie Soper (801) 712-5590
or Kirsten Cantrell: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are seeing this and didn't just receive an email from us and need to be added to the email group, send us an email: southpointeballetATgmail.com (There is a chance you forgot to fill in your email on the registration form, I may have mistyped it, or I couldn't read your handwriting :)
Remember to subscribe to this blog! Enter your email on the bottom right where it says 'Follow by email'. ................. Here is the rehearsal schedule for this year's Nutcracker!
Friday September 19,
Saturday September 20th
12:00-1:00 Waltz of the Flowers
1:30 - 2:00 Spanish
2:00 - 2:30 Chinese
2:30 - 3:00 Buffoon
3:00 - 3:30 Mirliton
Friday September 26,
Chinese Arabian Mirliton Russian
Saturday September 27, 2014
12:00-1:00 Waltz of Flowers & Buffoon
1:00-2:00 Party Scene Boys/Girls
2:00-3:00Soldiers, Mice Clara Nutcracker Prince (Fight Scene)
Remember to stop by and register for Nutcracker auditions today or tomorrow!
In order to
audition on Saturday, you need to register on either Wednesday the 10th, or Thursday
the 11th between 4:30 and 7:30. Your $10 audition fee will be due then
as well. At registration you will find out your audition time.
Registration will be held at Edge of Expression Photography's
studio. That's where C&C had pictures taken in the spring. It is
right around the corner, directly next door to Maxwell carpets.