All roles require dancers to provide their own personal dance equipment (ballet slippers, tights, leotards) and some roles require additional costume pieces that are personal to your child and not provided by GCB. Party Scene girls, for example, purchase a custom hairpiece, and Party Scene boys must have black ballet slippers (instead of pink).
*Please note that the performance fee may increase from year to year as costs associated with the production continue to rise.
Party Scene adults are such an important part of The Nutcracker production! GCB recognizes the enormous time commitment that is required of these community members and volunteers. As a Party Scene adult, you will receive weekly rehearsals and dance instruction, costumes, and (6) performance opportunities. In exchange, GCB invites each Party Scene adult to make a donation that is personally meaningful.
Here is one testimonial that speaks to the issue… “As a parent initially reluctant to volunteer, after doing so I now understand the necessity. Volunteering really builds The Nutcracker community, adds to the performance magic, and gives all those involved a greater pride in the final production.”
GCB depends on all families to work in the dressing room, transport costumes, assemble sets, sell concessions, help backstage, and so forth. If parents don’t do this work, GCB would have to hire others (outside of our community of families) to fill these positions. Part of what makes the culture of this Nutcracker so wonderful is our “all hands on deck” philosophy.
Our goal every year is 100% family participation, and we require each family to sign up for a minimum of (3) volunteer shifts. If you are personally unable to volunteer, you may ask a friend or relative to stand in for you. If your family is unable to volunteer or find a suitable volunteer replacement, please let us know.
Artistic Director Michele Antonioli shares, “one of my favorite moments is the transformation from a single dancer on stage with her Nutcracker as the ballet ends to the quite impressive arrival onstage of 120 other performers in a matter of moments. It gives audiences a glimpse at the awesome size of our community and a reminder that everyone plays a key role in the unfolding of this magical story.”
That said, if a parent prefers to take a dancer home and not stay until the show ends to participate in bows, please let us know in advance of the show. Otherwise, we may be looking for a dancer that has actually left the building.
More importantly, we feel it is crucial and valuable for us all to come together — to get a sense of how massive the scope of our endeavor is, and be surrounded and energized by our GCB community. We circle the wagons once in September, right before the rehearsal season begins — when everything is new, exciting, a bit mysterious, and met with so much anticipation by our children. During this kick-off meeting, we introduce choreographers and Board members — plus, the Artistic Director (a rotating position) has a chance to share personal philosophy and goals for the season. Anyone new to the organization can begin to put names and faces together, scope out possible carpools, and feel the excitement of being part of a larger community working towards a bigger goal. And, we typically meet Clara! (This meeting runs approx. 45-60 minutes.)
We all come together a second time during “tech week” in the Montana Theater — after months of hard work are about to come to fruition, and we are poised to engage in the beautiful, incomparable act of making art together (the magic!). This theater meeting is an important time to connect with Committee Chairs, plus meet critical members of the theater staff. Dancers and families need to learn how our large group can function smoothly and safely in the complex, unpredictable world of live theatre. Yep, we review lots of rules. (This meeting runs about an hour.)
We are not going to take roll, or shame anyone for missing these meetings. We just hope new and old families alike find value in showing up and being informed.