We are gearing up for dress rehearsals to begin this afternoon! Many thanks for your cooperation and attention to details during this busy week!
A few notes about this weekend’s shows…
Hancher does not allow any type of recording during performances — photos, videos, audio, etc.
If you would like to take photos (no flash, please!) or videos of your performers on stage, please do so at dress rehearsal.
Also, tag us at #NolteTreasure on social media this week and weekend! We’d love to see your recital moments!
For the safety of all our dancers and families: parents, siblings and other family members are NOT ALLOWED backstage unless you signed up prior to the event as a volunteer. Every class has 2-3 volunteers assigned to it and are in constant conversation with our team to make things run smoothly. Parents should ready their child to walk with their teacher or teacher’s helper from the check-in table to their dressing area. At 10 minutes before the show begins, the backstage doors will lock and our backstage team will get to work, making sure our performers are having fun, using the restrooms and getting them safely to and from the stage.
We have two check-in/check-out tables that will be clearly marked outside Strauss Hall:
Table 1 is for Children’s Dance 1, Children’s Dance 2, Kinder Combo, 1st Grade Combo
Table 2 is for Levels 1-4 in all styles and Musical Theatre
Dancers in Levels 5+ will check in at their dressing room when they meet their parent volunteer for that show
• Please remember to pick up your Dancing with the Stars shirts during dress rehearsal this week! Joy will be at a table distributing T-shirts.
This weekend, performers should arrive at Hancher 30 minutes prior to their show’s start time.
They will enter the building at Door 3 (the same doors we are using for dress rehearsal and where there are balloons to mark it). They should arrive ready for their first performance. The show order is attached to this email. Please send only essentials in a bag with your children and mark their name in all costumes, tights, shoes, etc. And, a reminder:
• Monday classes perform Friday, May 31 at 6:30 pm
• Tuesday and Saturday classes perform Saturday, June 1 at 1 pm
• Wednesday classes perform Saturday, June 1 at 6:30 pm
• Thursday classes perform Sunday, June 2 at 1 pm
Once performers are checked in, family members can enjoy the Hancher lobby, visit the Showcase store (flowers for performers will be available for sale) and then find your seats. There will be one 15 minute intermission which is when parent dancers will come backstage for our Dancing with the Stars performances. Parents dancing should meet us at Table 2/Levels 1-4 check-in table outside Strauss Hall.
If you have noisy children in the audience during the show, please consider taking them to the “Cry Room” at the back of the house.
Unless prior approval has been granted, performers will stay backstage during the show, regardless of where their dance falls in the order. We follow this policy for the safety of our dancers and enjoyment of our audiences. The younger groups will have access to supervised activities (coloring, puzzles, movies) and allergy-safe snacks. Please send a water bottle with your child (labeled with their name!). Please do not send a snack with your child. (If your child has dietary restrictions, you may send a safe snack with them keeping mind the allergy-safe/no-nut rule and please no: red juice, suckers, anything sticky or with food dye.) Please remind your child to let a chaperone know if they have to use the bathroom — we will also ask often. You may send books with your children, but please no toys or other activities. They will also have an opportunity to watch #NolteTreasure from a big screen back stage.
Performers in Children’s Dance 1, Children’s Dance 2 and Kinder Combo who perform before intermission may make arrangements to leave at intermission. If you would like to pick up your child at intermission, please email us and indicate your child’s name and who will be picking them up. Performers must be checked out (at their check-in/check-out table) upon leaving the show, even if you are already backstage with them (ie for Dancing with the Stars).
All students will return to the stage at the end of the show for a finale. Once that is complete, our backstage team will escort performers back to their assigned dressing area to help them collect their belongings. Parent volunteers will remain with their group until all are checked out and safely with their parent/guardian.
• Performers in Levels 5+ will not be required to wait for a parent to check out. Please plan to meet these performers in the Hancher lobby.
• All other performers will be required to check out. Please send only one family member to Table 1 or 2 to check out your performer.
NOTE: In case of emergency, each volunteer, Erin and Leslie have a clipboard of all of our performers for the show with allergy information, parent cell numbers and email. The Hancher staff is also fully connected by radio and we can get a parent backstage very quickly. If we were to need you, a Hancher Usher will escort you backstage. If you needed us, any Hancher Staff member located throughout the theatre and lobby can reach us.
The shows are shaping up to be incredible and our team can't wait to celebrate your performers on the Hancher stage!