As the curtains rise, the audience’s applause echoes through the auditorium, spreading the excitement and anticipation for the familiar characters to make their appearance. Seeing the little snowmen sitting on stage, the wrapped decorations surrounding the perimeters of the auditorium, hearing “All I want for Christmas is You” – you can’t help but feel the joys of the holiday.
But few people know the amount of preparation that went into the dreamlike dances of this year’s performance of The Nutcracker.
The month of November was full of rehearsals for the dancers and backstage production for the techies. Performers started learning these dances at the beginning of the year – three months of practice finally culminating in the holiday performance.
For three days, from Dec. 4-6, performers ran around backstage getting makeup done with the help of Makeup Club and frantically making quick costume changes while the techies ran lights, curtains, and music.
Take a rare behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for this year’s Display Performance’s version of The Nutcracker.
Our high school display performance choreographers (DP) had to make the production spectacular since the whole show comprised their summative grade. They put all their faith in the dancers, knowing they could make their choreography come to life.
Since there were more than 300 performers – including kids from ECC all the way up to the high schoolers – it’s a challenge to take care of them all together. Many of the parents and even high schoolers supervised and entertained the younger ones who were waiting for their turn on stage.
The tech crew started production later during tech week, but their work was no less challenging or important. Since the beginning of November, the techies have been managing backstage, preparing props, and working lights. Without the help of these techies, there would not be a show.
The Makeup Club performed tedious jobs of powdering, lining, and shimmering each and every performer, giving those dancers that extra glow on stage.
The curtains reel to a close, the lights fade out, and the stage is finally cleared. As the production ends, the cheers subside but the joy of the holidays to remain.