I use the music version available everywhere by Sir Charles Mackerras. Please download or ask Ms. Jeni to send you a link to the track so your child can practice at home.
Costumes: I spend many hours determining the correct costumes for each class/student. They are always age appropriate and of the highest quality possible. I do not have each student purchase their own costumes for the show. At Crystal River Ballet School, I loan out costumes to you and you do not get to keep them after the show. A performance fee is required of each student in order to cover my costs of loaning you the costumes, upkeep, cleaning and maintaining the costumes. The fee is due no later than MAY 1st.
Shoes: Students should all have shoes for their classes; please be sure those shoes are in food shape for the show: no holes, not filthy (do not wear ballet shoes outdoors) and fit properly - shoes should fit close to the form of the foot, like a glove and should NOT be bought with “room to grow”. Ballet slippers for girls must be pink and for boys, black.
Hair: BALLET BUN unless specifically instructed otherwise.
Male students are to have their hair neatly combed back away from the face and sprayed in place.
Make-up: All female students are required to wear stage-make-up for the performance. Ballet lower school students (ages 3 to 6) will have lipstick and blush applied at the theater—please do not apply yourself as all students need to match. Upper School students (level 2 and above) adults/soloists/jazz classes: Need to apply their own foundation matching the color of the skin and well blended. They also need to apply their own mascara-black, lightly, with no clumps and eyelashes separated not clumped together. Further instruction and color choices will be discussed in class.
Pre-planning: The performance is not a one day activity. Prepare in advance by gathering all tights, shoes, make-up, hair necessities so that you will know if you are missing something. Make a checklist of dances your child is in (especially if she is in more than one dance class). Bring an extra pair of tights, hair-ties/pins, etc... Other helpful items include: baby wipes, safety pins, baby powder (for itchy costumes), clear nail polish, ibuprofen, band aids, hair gel, spray, cotton swabs.
Staging and Dress Rehearsal: The staging and dress rehearsals allow the students to become familiar with the auditorium surroundings and feel comfortable with their performance, costume(s), and being onstage. Lighting, music cues, set changes, and any and all other logistics for an organized and professional performance are rehearsed so that the students can make the best impression possible. Participation in these rehearsals is mandatory. I do my best to run an organized and timely dress rehearsal; your help with the process will help us with a professional production experience. Please plan on arriving 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled rehearsal time. Planning on getting at the theater at the scheduled time will result in being “late”!
Closed dress rehearsal: No one is allowed to stay and watch the rehearsal except class chaperones. Please respect the dancers preparation process.
Dressing Room Etiquette: Students’ must respect other students’ space and property in the dressing rooms. The students will spend more time in the dressing rooms than on stage or in the auditorium, so please do your best to keep them organized and clean. No food or drink is allowed. Snacks and water are provided. Parents/guardians may shoot photos of their children only when the students are off-stage in the halls and lobby and are not allowed in the dressing room.
Auditorium rules: Do not bring in your own food or drink. NO SMOKING. Dancers must remain with their class during dress rehearsal and the performance even when they are not on stage.
Backstage: Family members and friends do not belong backstage in the dressing rooms during either the dress rehearsal or the performance. This applies during intermission and after the show as well. There is a lot of activity in a limited space, and dressing rooms are a private area. Please remind your family and guests to be respectful of these areas. Those who wish to greet a performer after the show or present flowers should do so in the lobby.
Volunteer Information: Volunteers are needed and a necessary and integral part of our performance. Rehearsals can be especially hectic; I ask that all volunteers rely on the backstage manager’s experience and follow their instructions always. Please do not bring guests, including children with you while you are volunteering.
Chaperones/class mom(3): Ensure that children are safe and accounted for when not onstage. Check for proper costumes, hair and make-up. Escort children to and from stage for their performances. Attend to children’s needs (potty breaks etc.…) Chaperones will be able to watch their children perform from the audience. Needed for both the dress rehearsal and the performance.
Ticket sales (2): Sell tickets at the performance. Needed for performances only. ALREADY TAKEN
Clean-up: Clean-up kitchen, stage, dressing rooms, auditorium and lobby after the performance. Needed for the final performance only or the day after. No body leaves until Jeni leaves! Please don’t make my family do all of it!
Concessions: (2)make/purchase items for the intermission snack booth- we run the booth on a donation basis and the proceeds support students on discounted tuition/scholarships.
All volunteers will not need a ticket for the performance.
Tickets: All studio accounts (tuition, performance fees, etc.…) must be paid in full before any family may purchase tickets. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door and cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors over 65. Ages 3 and under are FREE. A Family rate of $40 is available for members of the same immediate family.