Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Nutcracker is cracking me up!!

Well- not really. I just thought it would be fun to start out the blog with a little play on words. But, we are working very hard on our upcoming production, and it has given me a new respect for everyone involved. Sheesh - the details are complicated!

If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, get to Paradise Ridge CDs (117 East 3rd, Moscow) on Monday to get yours. (Paradise Ridge doesn't start selling them until Monday the 19th.) We aren't sold out yet, but tickets are selling quickly. Also, the stage will be altered in the Hartung Theatre to bring it out closer into the audience, and we will loose the middle of the front row of seats. (They're doing this for Midsummer Night's Dream, and we've asked them to leave the stage like that for our show.) So that's 10 less seats that we have for audience members. I was a little worried about that, but the impact will be so great on the show, that I now think it is a good idea. The stage and sets will be wonderful!

I've created a FAQ sheet to aid in communication with the parents and students. Please go to to read about what part your child has in the show, who is in which performances, costumes, hair & make-up, tickets, safety backstage, and how to buy Nutcracker Suite and Celtic Treats t-shirts. I hope it will really be informative.

There are no classes at any Festival Dance studio next week for the whole week of Thanksgiving. (19th-23rd)

Quote of the day:
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein

Keep dancing..............

Monday, November 12, 2007

Dancing Into the Holiday Season

The holiday season is almost here, and dancing is in the air. Actually, it's more like rehearsals, rehearsals, and more rehearsals. For me, the challenge of the season is communication. When one is producing a full scale performance that includes 100 dancers, a live band from out of town, lighting and sound technicians, choreography, music splicing, costuming, setting, staging, marketing, directing, ticket sales and more, and it's a new creative endeavor that's never been done before.............. well, the hardest part is communicating with and communication between all the above parties.

Schedules change because of a zillion reasons; costumes change because of sizing issues, sets change because of space issues, lighting changes because of difficulty and personnel issues, roles change because of attendance issues - everything changes. This is the nature of a creative endeavor that includes human beings. Especially in dance, which is such a creative field. We are truly fortunate to have so many creative people involved in our production, because that is what will make it excellent. It's the creative people that make the show 'take your breath away' during a scene, or bring tears to your eyes, or when the lights go out and the curtain opens and you get that excited feeling in the pit of your stomach.

But because of all this creativity and the monumental task of bringing all the pieces together to make one whole holiday production, there will be communication break downs.

Sometimes things change 3 times in one day. So I'll do my best to keep you informed by sending out emails, writing in this blog, posting on our website, and encouraging the teachers to send home notes with the students. Stay in touch and check the website often, for the latest updates and for rehearsal schedules and performance information.

And keep dancing!