For many dancers and dance families, right now marks that season between Thanksgiving and Christmas—Nutcracker season! Yes, Tech Week is here, and with it comes a lot of information, especially if it’s your first time being involved with the production. Here are a few tips to help make this next week go more smoothly:
•Be sure to refer to your Tech Week packet often (http://www.tcbdance.com/vlt98946.htm,) especially in regards to each day’s differing call times for cast (call times are even earlier if your dancer is in Company). Also allow extra time to get to Braden Auditorium this year due to construction around the building. https://bonestudentcenter.illinoisstate.edu/revitalization/
•Try to have little ones fed and in full hair and makeup before you arrive at Braden Auditorium. There’s not a lot of room to do much more than touch-ups in the youngest dancers’ dressing rooms, plus you’ll all be more relaxed at home. Bring quiet diversions, too—iPads, books, coloring with crayons (no markers). Hair and makeup guides are available as handouts at the studio and on the website.
•Other essentials to pack for Braden Auditorium: nudie, cover-up/sweater, extra tights, bobby pins, ponytail holders, hairspray, and makeup; cash for parking, raffle tickets, and other incidentals; hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes (clean hands often, and wipe down dressing tables to help stop the spread of germs); water bottles; lunch for Friday (if you didn’t order Avanti’s); flowers for your dancer (optional); DVD forms and payment (cash or check made out to TCSD Parent Guild); gifts (optional).
•Just a reminder that all cast members and their immediate families are invited to the Cast Party on Friday, December 1st! Light refreshments will be served in the Old Main Room at Bone Student Center from 5:00-7:00 p.m.; please RSVP at the Front Desk if you plan to attend (reservations required). The party is compliments of the studio, and is a fun way to kick off a weekend of performances in a festive setting. (Check out a few photos from last year’s party, below!)
Just like the holidays, Nutcracker season can be stressful, and even overwhelming at times. But it’s also a time to celebrate and enjoy the unique beauty and magic of it all. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask a staff member, Board member, or Parent Guild officer and we will do our best to help. Wishing you all a happy Nutcracker!