This Week It’s All Nutcracker, All the Time
And So It Begins
I’ve actually had a very productive few weeks, and maybe I’ll write about them soon. But this week is what’s become an annual tradition for us, Hel … I mean Tech Week for the Peoria Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. While they’ve been doing it for over 40 years, we’ve been doing it for five (plus two years seeing it before our son started dancing with the ballet). Our son has been with the ballet for five years now, and is in his second year being Fritz. This year he gets to dance and even has a solo, and we’re very excited about that.
But as any theater parent will tell you, the week of performances is exhausting, possibly more so for the parents than their children. At least they get do something, we mostly chaffeur and wait. Although I get to do a bit more, and have been doing more for several weeks now.
Videos & Pictures & Trailers, Oh My
This year will be my third year as the ballet’s videographer, and in addition to recording performances from both casts (Saturday will be a very long day) and editing and creating the DVDs for those performances, I take behind the scenes photos and video during rehearsals. I even created a teaser trailer for this year’s show that’s appeared on TV during the ballet’s publicity events on two of the local stations. So that’s kind of cool. And you can watch it here:
But Back to Tech Week
Monday’s the easy day; for the first time since we’ve been doing it we have a Monday rehearsal at the Peoria Civic Center. It’s just a blocking rehearsal, we didn’t have to be there until 6:00, and are supposed to be out by 7:45 (supposed to be because I’m typing this from a seat in the audience). Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Joel have to be here for 4:00 warm up class before rehearsals and we’re likely not done until around 9:00. What about Thursday, you ask? Thursday we have two, yes two, school performances, with the bonus that I’m chaperoning the boy’s dressing room. And this all leads up to three performances, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.
It’s an exhausting but also exciting week, and I think the kids tend to handle it better than the parents. My favorite part is getting to be behind the scenes and backstage, and I enjoy sharing aspects of that on the DVDs; I videotape and take as many pictures as I can without getting in the way. And while the parents are thrilled when it’s all over, the dancers are usually sad that it’s over and ready to start again.
Come and See The Show
If you don’t have your tickets yet, they’re still available at the Peoria Civic Center box office. Performances are at 2:00 Saturday & Sunday and 7:30 on Saturday. It’s going to be a great show, with all new choreography from our new Artistic Director Ian Poulis, so if you think you’ve seen it before, your’e wrong. Come on down, enjoy the show and support the arts in Peoria!