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God With Us - Parent & Student Production Page!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/15/18.

Important stuff to know for production week:

#1. WE STILL NEED 4-6 PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR BOTH PERFORMANCES. PLEASE LET US KNOW if you can help.

  • All dress rehearsals and performances this week are in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.
  • Dress rehearsal for Cast A is on Thursday from 5-9 PM.
  • Dress rehearsal for Cast B is on Friday from 5-9 PM.
  • Performances are on Saturday at 1:00 (Cast A) and 5:00 (Cast B).
  • Students should arrive 45 minutes early for both dress rehearsals and performances with hair and makeup ready to go.
  • When you arrive, all students should check in to the dressing rooms in the bottom floor of Seeger Chapel. Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students are in the small choir room next to the right stairs on the bottom floor. All other students are in the large room in Lower Seeger, at the bottom of the center staircase.
  • Dress rehearsals will begin with a photography rehearsal of the entire show when our photographer will shoot 4-6 poses from each scene. After this, we will run the entire show, beginning with the Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students, who will be released as soon as they are finished. All other dancers will stay for the entire dress rehearsal, although they may be released earlier than 9:00 if we can finish up early. Parents are welcome to watch rehearsal and may check their dancers out early once they have finished their dances.
  • For the performances, dancers must stay downstairs the entire time, and may not be checked out until the end of each show. Some dancers will be walked into the balcony by their leaders to watch part of the performance, but they will return downstairs to be checked out at the end.
Note: Everything posted here is just summarized content from the more comprehensive information below. If you have additional questions. scroll down. Chances are good that your question has already been answere there. Thanks!

God With Us will be performed on Saturday, December 22nd at 1:00 and 5:00 PM in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus. See below for all of the applicable performance, rehearsal, and ticket information.

Note: By default, we assume that all dance students will participate in God With Us. Based on that assumption, we will purchase costumes for, and plan choreography that includes, your student. If your students cannot participate, for whatever reason, please let us know as soon as possible so we can adjust accordingly. Thanks!

What Is God With Us?

God With Us is our annual Christmas performance, which tells the story of Jesus' birth through our own, original choreography, several styles of dance, and a variety of traditional and contemporary Christmas music. It's a fun show, with a good mix of cute moments, performed by our youngest students, and meaningful ones, performed by some of our most accomplished older dancers. We like to think that there is something for everyone, and we think of it as our own little Christmas tradition, now in its eighth year, with hopefully many more to come.

God With Us (and really all of our dance performances) are not your typical dance "recital." They are fully costumed, choreographed, and scored dance productions that communicate stories that we belive are meaningful, in as creative a way as we are able to tell them. We think there's something special that happens when creative people get together to use their gifts, encourage one another, and communicate truth. If this is your first time participating, we think you'll appreciate the difference.

When Are The Performances?

God With Us will be performed two times on Saturday, December 22nd, at 1:00 and 5:00 PM in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

All dancers should arrive forty-five minutes before each performance with their core costume, hair, and makeup ready to go (see below for details).

When Are Rehearsals?

The majority of our rehearsal will take place the last 15 minutes of your normal class times in November and December, or during our Saturday company classes (for those who participate). In addition, we will hold some additional, Saturday rehearsals at Trinity Arts Center, and a final dress reharsal at Milligan College, the week of the show.

Full-show Run-through Rehearsals
We will hold full-show run-through rehearsals on for Cast A on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00-2:00 and for Cast B on Saturday, December 15th from 10:00-2:00, both in the large studio at Trinity Arts Center. Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students will not attend.

Dress & Photography Rehearsals
A mandatory dress rehearsal will be held for CAST A on Thursday, December 20th from 5:00-9:00 and for CAST B on Friday, December 21st from 5:00-9:00 for Cast B. Students in both casts will attend both rehearsals.

We will begin by shooting photography of the entire show, then we'll reset and run the Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics dances so we can excuse them early (we intend to get them out by 7:00) and run the remainder of the show.

All dancers should arrive early enough to be in their first costume, hair, and makeup, ready to go at 5:00. Check-in will be downstairs in Lower Seeger. Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students will check in at the bottom of the stairs (there will be a table set up). Everyone else can check in to the large room down the middle stair case, near the bathrooms. Teachers and room moms will be there, ready to receive them.

How Do We Get Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at Trinity Arts Center, by phone (926-6048), or online at trinityartscenter.com/tickets. Tickets prices are either $10 or $15 dollars, depending on which section you select for seats. All seats are reserved.



Which Performance/Cast Are We In?

Unless a single cast is designated below, all Trinity dance students will participate in both performances.

Cast A (1:00) Ballet 1
Jazz 1
Hip-Hop 1
Jazz 3 (Ballet 3 is in both shows)
Hip-Hop 3
Mon 3:45 Pre-Ballet
Mon 5:45 Pre-Ballet
Mon 4:45 Ballet Basics
Wed 4:45 Ballet Basics
Thu 3:45 Ballet Basics
Cast B (5:00) Ballet 2
Jazz 2
Hip-Hop 2
Tue 4:45 Pre Ballet
Wed 3:45 Pre Ballet
Thu 4:45 Pre Ballet
Tue 3:45 Ballet Basics
Tue 5:45 Ballet Basics
Thu 5:45 Ballet Basics


We Need Your Help!

Thanks for asking! We need lots of help, especially with the Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students. One of the most helpful things you can do is to "trade" with a friend who has younger dancers in another cast so you can watch your dancer's performance while they help backstage, then trade places and allow them to watch while you help. Parent sign-up sheets are on the front table of the Arts Center with options to take tickets, distribute programs, assist with backstage needs, clean up, and a variety of other jobs.

Do We Need Costumes? What Do We Wear?

Trinity Arts Center provides costumes for all of our performers. However, we do require that students wear some standard pieces (usually our required classroom uniform) as an undergarment or base for those costumes. Specefic informaiton about those base costumes is included below. Please contact the teachers for more information about the additonal costumes that we will be providing for the show.

Note: Many of the costumes are shared by both casts. It is absolutely critical that you do not take these home for laundering, or keep them during intermission or for photos. If you'd lke to take photos, please come early, get in costume, then make sure those are returned immediately after your rehearsal or performances so that they can be organized and prepared for the next dancer.

Male Students

If not noted below, see your teacher for individual costume requirements.

Class-Specific Costume Information

All female dancers should wear their hair in a low bun with traditional stage makeup (enough lip color and eye makeup to ensure that their features are not washed out under the stage lights). There should be no dangling earrings or nail polish of any kind.

Coming soon.

What Should I Expect On Performance Day?

Check-In
All students will be checked-in to the appropriate backstage holding and/or dressing room 45 minutes before each performance. Please have your student in their core costume, with hair and makeup ready before dropping them off.

Backstage Parents
Parents are not allowed backstage during rehearsals or performances unless they are working as a backstage volunteer. If you're interested, please sign up on the volunteer sheet, at the front table.

Food & Drink
Only water is allowed back stage. Students staying for both performances may bring a meal or snack to be eaten in the lobby or another approved area.

Video & Photography
Our photographer will take pictures at both dress rehearsals, which we will make avilable once they are edited. We'll send an email with links to those photos shortly after the performance.

Post-Performance Pick-Up
To reduce backstage traffic, we ask that only one parent come backstage to pick up their younger students.

Wait Time Between Performance
Childcare is not available between performances. There are students, teachers, and technical crew who stay through the break. However, there is no direct supervision of students during this time. Students who cannot be responsible for themselves should not be left at the theatre between shows.

Anything else? Ask your student's teacher or shoot Jamin an email.

We'll update this site with more information as we have it. When in doubt, just shoot us an email and we'll figure it out. Thanks!