Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dancer Reminders for Nutcracker Week!


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.

Soldiers remember black shoes.

You will need performance hair and makeup at all rehearsals and performances next week - please review hair and makeup guidelines.

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!

Monday, November 24, 2014


It's almost here!  NUTCRACKER WEEK!

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.

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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Volunteers - signed up and needed

Just a reminder of what volunteers we have signed up already, and where we still need extra help!  Please leave a comment if you can fill in any of these blanks!

Backstage room help:
All backstage/makeup/costume volunteers please arrive when the dancers arrive.

Wed:  Lisa J. and Laurie G.

Thurs: Evelyn C. and Laurie G.

Fri: Stacey N. and Lynn C.

Sat: Evelyn C. and Lisa J.

Costume check-in/check-out:

Mon: __________and_____________

Wed: Amy H. and Ashlie A.

Thurs: Marsha C. and  Gail W.

Fri: Diane T. and ____________

Sat: Christel F. and Virginia R.

Makeup:  Ashlie A., Virginia R., Melissa W.

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 .





Thursday, November 20, 2014

Party Scene videos

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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


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:

Click here for the 4 to a page color flier.

Click here for the 4 to a page Black/white flier.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Latest Nutcracker Info

A few things of note this week:

1. Rehearsal for next Saturday, the 15th, has been shortened.  It will be as follows:

12:00-1:00 Party Scene
1:00 - 2:00 Fight Scene and Snow
2:00 - 3:00  Act 2

2. Ad fees are now due!  Please turn them in ASAP if you didn't this weekend.

3. Waltz of the flowers, please remember your picture time is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30.

4. Party boys need to wear white dress shirts and have white knee socks (that won't slip down) for the performances.

5. Thanks to the parents who have stepped up to help lately!  We cannot do this without parent help!  Parent help is not only expected, but is crucial for the success of this production.

6. The poster is up!  I will be keeping it at the top of this blog in case people google us.  Downloadable graphics and info will be available for you to share soon.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Picture Day Reminder and Guidelines

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 bra.
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.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waltz Photo time change and Updated Photo form

Due to a delay with the costumes, photos for Waltz of the Flowers are rescheduled for Tuesday, the 11th at 5:30.

So sorry for the change!

Also the form for photos has been updated - check it out here and be sure to print one off!

The photographer suggests cash/checks for Friday to make things run smoother!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Updated Rehearsal Schedule!

We have some changes to this weekend's rehearsal, and the schedule set for the next few weeks:

Friday, November 7th - Picture day!
Schedule is posted here.   Order forms posted here.

Saturday November 8th **Changed!** 
12:00-1:30 Party Scene
1:30 - 2:30 Fight Scene and Snow
2:30 - 4:00 Act 2

Friday, November 14th 
6:30 till done
Snow Queen

Saturday, November 15th **Changed**
12:00-1:00 Party Scene
1:00 - 2:00 Fight Scene and Snow
2:00 - 3:00  Act 2

Friday, November 21st
6:30 till done
Waltz of the Flowers

Saturday, November 22nd
12:00 - 3:00 Complete Run Through (Everyone!)

Saturday, November 29nd  
12:00-2:00 Complete Run Through

Monday, December 1st (evening time TBA) – Tech rehearsal at Elk Ridge Middle School

Wednesday, December 3rd (evening time TBA) – Dress rehearsal at Elk Ridge Middle School

Performances December 4, 5, 6

ALL REHEARSALS are subject to change.

I have edited this page, in case anyone is referring to it.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hair and Makeup Guidelines

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.

Make-up:  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:  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 the performance.
*Exceptions: these are the only exceptions
Buffoons- 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!)
Soldiers- Make-up 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 heart shape.
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 hat.
(2008 - Limping off stage after their battle with the mice)

Photo order forms

Here are the order forms!  Click HERE to download them.  You need one order form per costume.  Where it says 'class' put 'Spanish, Waltz, Mice' etc.  The metal collage prints are no longer available.

If you can have your order form printed and all ready with a check made out to Edge of Expression Photography and that will make Friday easier for everyone! :)

Remember that the location is where we did pre-registration right by C&C's studio (10118 S. Redwood).

Also, we still NEED two or more parents to help with checking in costumes during picture day!  Let us know ASAP if you can help!  (email or comment).

**New, updated order form!  We have a snowflake template for some options designed for Nutcracker!

(Also, if you have trouble printing the form, make sure you check your page setup in the print menu and choose 'portrait' instead of landscape)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Picture Day schedule

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

4:00 Snow

4:15 Waltz   Waltz is rescheduled:  Tuesday, Nov 11th at 5:30pm

4:30 Dolls/Mirliton/Arabian/ Russian/Chinese/Spanish

5:00 Sugar Plum/Clara/Nutcracker

5:15 Party Girls/Boys/Clara

5:30 Soldiers/Nutcracker

5:45 Mice and Mouse King

6:00 Mother Ginger and Buffoons

6:15 Any orchestra/Director