Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/16/17.
God With Us will be performed on Saturday, December 16th 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 16th, 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 two Saturday rehearsals, at Trinity Arts Center, and a final dress reharsal, at Milligan College, the day before the show.
Full-show Run-through Rehearsals:
We will hold optional full-show run-through rehearsals on for Cast A on Saturday, December 2nd and for Cast B on Saturday, December 9th in the large studio at Trinity Arts Center. Any students, Level 1 and above, are welcome to attend. Both rehearsals will run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with all leads, helpers, and the Level 6 and 7 students staying an additional hour, until 2:00 PM.
Due to space (and just distractions), there are no parents allowed during the run-through. You're welcome to wait in the upstairs lobby, but please don't try to wait in the downstairs studio.
A mandatory dress rehearsal will be held on Friday, December 16th from 4:00-6:00 (Cast A) and 6:00-8:00 (Cast B). Students in both casts will stay for the entire time. We will run the Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics dances first, then excuse the younger dancers from rehearsal while we run the remainder of the show.
All dancers should arrive ten minutes before their scheduled rehearsal time with their core costume, hair, and makeup ready to go (see below for details). Miss Tanya will hold an informational meeting in the auditorium for ALL PARENTS at 4:10 (Cast A) and 6:10 (Cast B).
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)||
Pre Ballet Mon 3:45
Pre Ballet Tue 4:45
Ballet Basics Mon 4:45
Ballet Basics Tue 3:45
Ballet Basics Thu 4:45
Ballet 1 Tue 6:45
Ballet 1 Wed 4:00
Ballet 1 Wed 5:45
Ballet 1 Thu 3:45
Jazz 1 Wed 4:45
Jazz 1 Thu 5:45
|Cast B (5:00)||
Pre Ballet Mon 5:45
Pre Ballet Mon 10:00
Ballet Basics Mon 6:45
Ballet Basics Tue 5:45
Ballet Basics Fri 5:00
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.
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.
What Should I Expect On Performance Day?
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.
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 and performances, which she makes avilable on her web site. We record a batter-than-average video recording of each show, which we will make available online for free. We'll send an email with links to those photos and our video shortly after the performance.
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.
How Do I Sign Up To Help?
Thanks for asking! We need lots of 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.
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!