Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Additional Performance

Hello dancers & parents,
After much consideration and careful deliberation the Board of Directors at South Pointe Ballet have decided to add a matinee performance to this years Nutcracker. It will be on Saturday, December 5th at 2pm. We feel this will give the dancers additional performance experience as well as give their friends and families more opportunity to watch and support the dancers. After calculating ticket sales from 2014 and reviewing the seating capacity of the venue, we also feel a matinee will give the audience a more comfortable view of the performance
Please put the new performance time on your calendars. Call times (when the dancers need to check in at the dressing room) and curtain times (when the show actually begins) are listed below. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Evening Performances Dec 3rd, 4th & 5th
Call Time Act I - 6:00pm
Call Time Act II - 6:45pm
Curtain - 7:00pm
Matinee Performance Dec 5th
Call Time Act I - 1:00pm
Call Time Act II - 1:45pm
Curtain - 2:00pm
**All understudies will perform their main role in the matinee performance

Questions/concerns should be directed to Paige Miller

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Parent Meeting Notes

This will be a long post as it contains all the information discussed at the parent meeting. This info has also been emailed to you as a word document. Please review it carefully even if you attended the meeting as more details have been included. Also look for another email in the next few days with volunteer opportunities and assignments. Thank you, as always for your support.

The following are notes from the parent meeting as well as some additional information that has surfaced since, so please read this carefully even if you were in attendance Friday. Thank you.
Production staff and support staff:
Angela Curtis is the Artistic Director. She is in charge of what happens on the stage. She, along with her choreography staff, will instruct the dancers and cast roles that best fit the needs of the production.
Paige Miller is the production Manager. It is her job to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. She coordinates the day-to-day business needs of South Pointe Ballet and will head-up all volunteer committees. It is her job to take the busy-work off of Angela’s plate so she can concentrate on delivering a professional ballet. If you have concerns, questions or need information please contact Paige first!
Stephanie Soper is the Treasurer. It is her job to collect all fees from participants and keep the production on budget. She will handle all finances for South Pointe Ballet and serve as chairperson of the ticket sales volunteer group.
Sandi Rogers is our costume director. She will serve as chairperson of the costume management and dressing room committees and will work closely with seamstress volunteers to ensure all the director’s costuming needs are fulfilled.
Sacha Cook is out scenery director. She will serve as chairperson of the set design/construction and backstage volunteer committees. She will need a lot of help with this undertaking and more volunteers are needed (especially people that can work with tools and lift heavier pieces of scenery). If there are any fathers, uncles or adult brothers of cast members that can assist please let Paige know so she can get you in touch with Sacha.

Volunteer Opportunities:
As stated on the registration form we are requiring all parents to fulfill 4 hours minimum of volunteer work on this production. You play a very important role in helping things run smoothly, on time and on budget. Thank you in advance for being an active part of your child’s performing experience. Volunteer sign-up sheets were available at the meeting and spaces are still available to help with every aspect of the show. Look for an email later this week detailing our needs and please fill as many spots as you can. Thank you. This show will be a great success if we pull together to show our kids our support by helping out.

Important Dates:
Picture Day is mandatory. Purchasing pictures is optional. Even if you choose not to purchase photos ALL DANCERS must be to the photo shoot. These will be the photos for the program and may be used for other publicity purposes (blog and future advertisements) so we want all our dancers to be a part of it. Pictures are scheduled for Friday, Nov 6th. Group times will be sent 2 weeks prior but our session will begin at 4:00 and will wrap up by 7:00pm so clear your calendar now. Photo order forms will also be available 2 weeks prior to the photo session.
Every rehearsal counts! Dancers are strongly encouraged to give 100% attendance but we realize this is not always possible. Dancers are allowed only 3 absences. Please notify the production manager in advance of any absences you are aware of. There are however, mandatory dates that may not be missed. Dec. 1st-5th are mandatory!!! Dec 1st is tech rehearsal, Dec 2nd is dress rehearsal and Dec3rd, 4th & 5th are performances. This is the week we have been working for all season so please DO NOT miss these dates. Dancers will be required to be at the performance venue (Elk Ridge Middle School) by 5:00pm and must be ready to dance. Please leave yourself plenty of time to park, come into the building and get situated in the dressing room before rehearsal begins at 5:00 on the 1st & 2nd. Call times will be posted for performance evenings 2 weeks prior to the show. Again, only 3 rehearsals may be missed. Any dancers missing more than that will be removed from the production (fees are non-refundable).
TBA Rehearsals:
There are some dates on the rehearsal schedule listed as TBA. These are dates the director has set aside for cleaning and perfecting dance numbers. Please keep these dates open as the groups needing to attend will be chosen on a need-to-see basis. These dates include: Fri. Oct 23rd, Fri. Nov 6th and the week of Nov 13th-21st. Complete production run-throughs will be held on Sat, Nov 7th & Sat, Nov 28th. It is STRONGLY advised that these rehearsals not be missed!!! There will not be rehearsals held on Oct 16th, 17th or 31st to allow families to enjoy UEA and Halloween together.
Rehearsal Group Clarifications:
Party Scene = Party girls, party boys & party parents
Fight Scene = Soldiers, Mice, Clara & Nutcracker Prince

We are still looking for parent volunteers to fill the role of party parents in the production (both men & women). Please notify Paige Miller if you are able to fill this role. It is in the beginning of the first act and requires very little dance experience but basic rhythm and coordination is a plus. If you have questions about this please contact Paige (contact info below). Thanks!

Fees Due ASAP:
The $65 rental/performance fee is DUE NOW! Please make checks payable to South Pointe Ballet. It takes a lot of funding to put on a ballet at this level. As a company we have deposit deadlines to meet to secure the theater, costumes, scenery and publicity to fund as well. The absolute last day payment will be accepted is Oct 24th. Dancers who have not paid by this date will not be allowed to perform. For those of you who have participated in the past there has been a requirement to sell ad space in the program. That will not be done this year. We are instead requiring each dancer to display at least one production poster in a public area to assist in advertising the show (library, rec center, grocery store, school, etc.)

Each dancer will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the production. These are to be used at your discretion for any one performance. You may use them yourself or give them to family or friends. These will be given out at dress rehearsal and are the only free tickets the dancers will receive. If parents want to watch more than one performance they will need to purchase additional tickets.
Group tickets will be sold at a discounted rate for the dress rehearsal only. If you know of a church group or special interest group that would like to attend our dress rehearsal, their tickets can be purchased for $1 per person. Please inform them that as a dress rehearsal the performance may be stopped intermittently for corrections or technical issues and will likely not run from start to finish uninterrupted.

Cast Party:
After putting in so much effort and work into the production we should definitely celebrate after closing night. We’d like to get your opinion on what kind of cast party you would be interested in having. In the past the cast and their parents have been invited to gather at the local Village Inn and pay their own bills allowing everyone to decide on their own whether to participate/eat. Another option we’d like to suggest this year is to possibly gather somewhere and have an actual buffet set up for the cast and parents to enjoy. This, of course, would incur some cost and so food tickets would be offered for a small fee that would need to be paid in advance but would be optional. Or a potluck-style dessert buffet would be another option that would not require addition fees.
You may voice your opinion on a party option by emailing with cast party in the subject line. Thank you for your input. We want to make this a fun and memorable experience for everyone.

Thank you again for all your support. We are excited to continue the grand tradition of The Nutcracker. With your help it will be an event to remember!

Please contact Paige Miller with any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Texting is best as I can usually reply to you more rapidly. If I do not have an answer for you immediately please know I will do my best to get information to you as quickly as possible. Thanks

Paige Miller
(801)577-1564 (please put Nutcracker or NC in the subject line)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Parent meeting time change

Due to a scheduling conflict at C&C Ballet the parent meeting being held on Friday, Sept. 18th will begin at 6:30pm instead of 6:00. Parents are encouraged to still arrive at 6:00 to pay the $65 rental/performance fee before the meeting begins. This may be taken care of in the lobby area at the C&C Studios. If you are paying by check please have it written out to South Pointe Ballet with the dancer's name in the comment line. The green room will be available at 6:15 and we will begin the meeting promptly at 6:30. Thank you for your patience with this time change. We look forward to seeing you all Friday evening.

Also, dancers please be aware that snow dancers will have their first rehearsal Friday evening as well from 6:30-7:30. A large portion of choreography will be taught at that time so please come warmed up and ready to dance. Thank you. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Here is the rehearsal schedule for 2015 Nutcracker. Weekly updates and any changes to the schedule will be posted on this blog so be sure to log in frequently to stay informed. Thanks again for your support of South Pointe Ballet. We look forward to seeing you all at rehearsals.


Friday September 18, 2015                                         Saturday September 19, 2015
6:30-7:30         All Snow                                             12:00-1:00       Waltz of the Flowers
                                    1:00-1:30         Arabian
1:30-2:00         Spanish
2:00-2:30         Chinese
2:30-3:00         Buffoon
3:00-3:30         Mirliton

Friday September 25, 2015                                         Saturday September 26, 2015
6:30-7:30         All Snow, Waltz of Flowers               12:00-1:00 Waltz of Flower & Buffoon
7:30-8:30         Spanish, Chinese, Arabian,                 1:00-2:00Party Scene Boys/Girls
Mirliton, Russian                                 2:00-3:00Soldiers, Mice Clara Nutcracker Prince (Fight Scene)

Friday, October 2, 2015                                              Saturday, October 3, 2015
6:30-7:30         Dolls                                                    12:00-12:30 Arabian, Spanish,                                                                                                            Chinese, Mirliton, Buffoon Russian
12:30-1:30       Parents and Party Scene
1:30-2:30         Fight Scene

Friday, October 9, 2015                                              Saturday October 10, 2015
6:30-7:30         All Snow and 2nd act                           12:00-1:00        Fight Scene, Waltz of                                                                                                                                    Flowers          
1:00-2:00         Party Scene (all parents and children)
1:00-2:00         Act 2

October 16-17 No Rehearsals

Friday, October 23, 2015                                            Saturday October 24, 2015
6:30-7:30 TBA                                                            12:00-1:30 Party Scene / Fight Scene
                                                                                    1:30-3:00 Snow/Act 2
Friday October 30, 2015                                             Saturday October 31, 2015
6:30-7:30 – All Soloists                                              No Rehearsal                                    

Friday November 6, 2015    TBA                               Saturday November 7, 2015
12:00-3:00 Complete Run Through

Rehearsals from November 13-21 TBA                     Saturday November 28 
                                                                                    12:00-2:00 Complete Run Through

ALL REHEARSALS are subject to change

The following dates are mandatory!!!
Tech rehearsal: Tuesday, Dec 1st 5:00-9:30pm
Dress rehearsal: Wednesday, Dec 2nd 5:00-9:30pm
Performance dates: Dec 3rd, 4th & 5th 5:00-9:30pm


Thank you to everyone who auditioned this past Saturday. We were glad to see so many of you returning from last year's production. The following is the cast list for this year's show. Please check the list carefully as some dancers may have been cast in more than one role. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

PARENTS!!! Please remember to attend the mandatory parent meeting this Friday, Sept 18th at C&C Ballet Academy. We will begin at 6:00pm SHARP! This meeting is mandatory for parents and dancers are encouraged to come if they are able. Rehearsal schedules will be discussed and volunteer assignments will be taken/made. The $65 rental/performance fee will also be due at the meeting. Please come prepared.   Thank you in advance for your cooperation. All of us at South Pointe Ballet are very excited to begin another wonderful holiday season and production of The Nutcracker. See you all Friday.

Please send an email to stating you have received this notice to secure your role.

Party Girl
Party Boy
Brinlee J.
Abigayle B.
Gavin C.
Kaylan C.
Ashley M.
Isaiah G.
Shelby C. (lead)
Brynlee .
Joseph N.
Clair H.
Justin C. (Fritz)
Eloise F.
Ava A.
Kylie S.
Brielle K.
Lindzie A.
Amanda B.
Devery M.
Megan H.
Amarie R.
Ellasen C.
Nataie L.
Jacqueline W.
Laila A.
Sara M.
Kate C.
Natalie M.
Leilani N.
Riley C.
Lillian T.
Gavin C.
Morgan R.
Isaiah G.
Sydney M.
Jenny B.
Joseph N.
Violet R.
Justin C.
Tanner G. (lead)
Ashley V.
Kiylee C.
Arissa C.
Megan B.
Abbie S. (US)
Aybra C. (snow queen)
Kara B. (snow queen US)
Tanner G. (snow cavalier)
Abbie S.
Kara B.
Abbie S.
Alexa J.
Ashley V.
Catharen Z.
Madame Ginger
Becca C.
Ella G.
Audrey J.
Brinlee J.
Ellie H.
Brooke B.
Erynn C.
Brooke B.
Jennalee C.
Becca C.
Callie-Jo S.
Kimmie K.
Brooke B.
Ellie H.
Lillian T.
Bryn W. (lead)
Erynn C.
Madi M.
Callie-Jo S.
Jennalee C.
Morgen C.
Emma C.
Kara B.
Tirah A.
Kiylee C.
Arissa C. (US)
Madi M.
Justin C. (mouse king)
Megan B.
Melanie C.
Morgen C.
Paige H.
Violet R.
Tirah A.
Arissa C. (US)

 The Following roles are being hired from outside sources:
Nutcracker, Cavalier, Sugar Plum Fairy