Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited
Recital

Dress Rehearsal: Friday, June 22, 2018 (9:30 AM for students performing in the first half of the show; 12:30 PM for students performing in the second half of the show)

Recital: Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2018 (Shows at 2:00 PM each day)

 

The Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, Illinois

 

Dress Rehearsal Information

It is essential that each student be present for Dress Rehearsal in full costume. If the student is in the first half of the show, they must be in the auditorium by 9:15am. We will promptly start at 9:30am! We expect the first half of the dress rehearsal to last approximately two and a half hours. At 12:30pm we will run through the finale with the entire cast. If the student is in the second half of the show they must be in the auditorium by Noon and may leave after their dance.

We will have a food vendor for the dress rehearsal and the recital selling hot dogs, chips, candy, water, gatorade, and soda. No food is allowed in the auditorium, but you may eat in the lobby, and we would appreciate it if you would please dispose of your trash in the bins provided.

All parents and students upon arrival should proceed directly to the auditorium.

Parents, please keep the students seated in the auditorium to avoid confusion as well as injury. This is a good time for the students to see the entire show.

We realize that there are some minor inconveniences with dress rehearsal. However, it is important for the student because it enables them to become familiar with the stage and the surroundings. It also gives them an idea of what to expect for the recital, therefore, making performing before an actual audience a little easier.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Keep track of all costumes, shoes, props, etc. We suggest that you label all belongings, and do not leave valuables unattended. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

The female students should wear make-up (lipstick, blush, eye shadow, etc.) and come in costume. You may want to bring safety pins, hair bands, needle, thread, band-aids, bobby pins, hairbrush, hairspray and make-up. Dancers should not wear any jewelry with the costumes.

Don’t forget your camera - pictures and video can be taken during the DRESS REHEARSAL ONLY! While we appreciate your enthusiasm, NO video or flash photography will be allowed in the auditorium at the recital: via cell phone, tablet, camera or camcorder. Not only is it very distracting to the dancers, the other people in the audience who have paid to see the show will not appreciate video cameras or phones blocking their view of their dancer. It is important that you pass this policy on to your recital guests.

Our professional videographer will make this special event available to you on DVD. See the order form in this Studio Scoop.

Dancers should use the washroom at least five dances before their recital number.

If any student wants to watch the show during recital performances on Saturday or Sunday, they MUST have a ticket and it will be your responsibility to make sure they are with their class in plenty of time so they do not miss their dance. Students must wear a cover-up over their costume or they will not be allowed in the auditorium during the actual performances.

 

Recital Information

Students should be with their group and ready for the recital ½ hour before show time. We cannot hold up the show for any one person. The dressing rooms are located downstairs and will be clearly marked with the names of the recital dances. If you are in only one number and do not require a costume change, there will be a large room and students will find their group and sit together. We ask that only one parent accompany their child to the dressing room and after finding their class the parent will return to the auditorium, unless they are a volunteer. All parents who ARE NOT VOLUNTEERS WILL NOT be allowed in the backstage or dressing room area!!

PERFORMING STUDENTS

Many parents have shown concern about the younger students remaining in the dressing room area during the entire show. You have a few options—you could volunteer to watch the students or you could purchase a ticket for your child and have them watch the show. It will be your responsibility to be sure that they are in the dressing room area and in costume at least 7 numbers prior to their recital number. Remember, no costumes are allowed in the auditorium so students should wear a cover-up over their costume. If students stay in the dressing room area during the performance, you may want to bring something for them to do in case they get restless. There will be so much excitement going on that the time will pass very quickly and students won’t have a chance to get bored.

AUDIENCE ETIQUETTE

The recital is one weekend out of the year and the students put all their effort and hard work into the show. It is really sad and unfair to find half of the audience has left near the end of the performance. If a student is in only one number, have them watch the show from the audience. This experience will delight the preschoolers and motivate the students. Our recital is unlike most recitals and you will find the performance quality extremely professional! So please plan in advance to stay for the entire show and have your child participate in the finale. I’m sure you will be glad you did!
Please instruct your family and friends to keep their cell phones, tablets, cameras, and video cameras put away on recital day. Our recitals are professionally videotaped with a quality far superior to what you will get on a phone or video camera shooting between heads in the audience. Aside from the quality difference, videotaping the show (and putting your brightly-lit screen in the way of other spectators) is inconsiderate to the audience around you and is prohibited, and violators will be asked to leave.

Please stay in your seat and be considerate of the other people in the auditorium. If you arrive late or must leave the auditorium during the recital, you must wait until the onstage dance is finished so you do not block parents' view of their children onstage. You can wait near the exit door for the dance number to conclude and then exit between numbers. Enthusiastic applause is encouraged; however, it is never appropriate to scream out a child’s name or yell in any way.

Please silence ALL cellular phones. Food and drink (including bottled water and other beverages with lids) are not allowed in the auditorium. We strictly enforce this rule.
A performance of this magnitude serves several purposes. It rewards the students for the many hours of discipline and training during the year and gives them a small taste of what “show biz” is all about. Many careers have begun with the excitement of recitals. This show is a big thrill for everyone and will give lasting memories. Thank you for working with us to create an enjoyable and memorable experience!