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Thank You!

We appreciate our volunteers so very much!  We couldn't do the show without your support! 


A production of this size would not be possible without the help and cooperation of our wonderful parents!  We very much appreciate all that you do to help make our Nutcracker the amazing show that it is, for all of our dancers and for the community!

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2022 Parent Expectation Information

Prior to and during Regular Rehearsals
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● Due to limited space, only ONE parent/guardian is allowed to accompany their dancer to rehearsal.
● Take care of the studio space and clean up after yourself before you leave.
● Parents are required to accompany their dancer for the duration of their scene’s tech rehearsal onTuesday, Dec 6

Dress Rehearsals (Dec 7-8) and Performances (Dec 9-11)
ALL cast members need to be signed in and out on dress rehearsals and performances, regardless of age
● Parents (or other designated adults) must sign up for and work 2 time slots per dancer.
● Job Sign-ups will be done via Sign-Up Genius - the link will be sent out via email on October 15.
● Dress Rehearsal Days - ending times are estimates and may be earlier or later due to rehearsal needs
        o Wednesday, Dec 7, 6:00pm-10:00pm
        o Thursday, Dec 8, 5:30pm-10:00pm
● Performance Days - All dancers stay for the entire performance, ending times are estimates
        o Friday and Saturday, Dec 9-10, 6:30pm-10:15pm
        o Sunday, Dec 11, 1:00pm-5:30pm

Colorado Ballet Theatre | The Nutcracker Ballet
Colorado Ballet Theatre | The Nutcracker Ballet

Parent Volunteer Expectations

  • Soldier and Mice parents must sign up at least once for the backstage adult job.

  • Parrot, Present, Party Boy/Sister, Angel and Clown parents must sign up for 2 backstage adult slots per dancer-

    • Please choose 1 backstage time during Performances AND

    • 1 backstage time either during Rehearsals, or a 2nd time during Performances

Job Descriptions

Backstage Adults

  • Keep track of assigned dancers and make sure they are staying quiet when not on stage; make sure costumes and make-up is on, hair is done, and dancers are where they need to be when called on stage

  • Ensure that NO food is consumed in the dressing rooms, nor while in costume

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before full cast call and stay until last group member is picked up


Backstage Captain

  • Ensures NO one is in the wings until/unless they are called, and monitors dressing rooms, halls, green room

  • Ensures NO one comes and goes through the green room door/house

  • Reports issues to CDT board member

Colorado Dance Theatre, Nutcracker Ballet
Colorado Dance Theatre, Nutcracker Ballet

Soldier and Mice parents may sign up for the following as a second slot:

Parrot, Present, Party Boys/Sisters, Angel and Clown Parents may sign up for the
following as a third slot:

  • Front of House Set-up

    • Set out merchandise for the boutique and decorate the lobby during Thursday’s rehearsal

  • Nutcracker Boutique

    • Training/Meeting on how to use the tablet based sales system during Thursday rehearsal

    • Sell items before performances (starting 45 minutes before show begins), during intermission, and after the show

  • Green Room Door Security

    • Collect tickets after show to allow parents with tickets backstage to pick up/sign out their dancer (may only sign up for this job once)

  • Front of House Strike

    • Clean up after Sunday performance

    • Put away boutique items and front of house decorations

    • Take to the dock

Colorado Dance Theatre, Nutcracker Ballet
  • Backstage Security

    • Arrive at least 15 minutes before full cast call - Rehearsal and Performance days

    • Signing cast members in and out of UCCC and monitor entrance for unapproved visitors

    • Monitoring door between green room and hallway - Performance days only

  • Make-up Assistants

    • Training workshop on Wednesday, December 7 during rehearsals - required for everyone doing this job

    • Apply makeup for specialty roles - parrots, mice, and clowns

    • Supplies and directions will be provided

  • Costuming Assistants

    • Steaming costumes, getting Mother Ginger in and out of costume, and helping costume crew as needed

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