Each season, we cast and stage an original ballet written and choreographed especially for that season’s dancers. The large stage production is presented with a host of props and scenery, with multiple opportunities for each dancer to perform.
This year, we present The Golden Cuckoo on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 pm, and Saturday, May 26, at 2 pm.
Click here to download the performance guide, containing information about tech week, rehearsal times and a photo schedule.
The Story of The Golden Cuckoo
An evil spell has been cast upon a princess, turning her into a cold-hearted Queen Bird. She considers herself to be the most beautiful bird in the land. One day, however, while admiring herself in the royal mirror, she is shown a new, more beautiful bird: a Golden Cuckoo. The Queen sends her cat burglars to steal this new threat for her collection.
At a nearby village toy shop, a shopkeeper waits for her housekeepers to tidy up following the day’s business. After she sends them off and puts away the toys for the night, she delights in her cuckoo clock and watches the figurines dance. Later that night, the cat burglars sneak into the shop to steal the cuckoo for the queen. As the clock strikes midnight, the clock figurines discover their precious cuckoo friend is gone – but has a left a feather trail. They set out on a rescue mission.
Searching for answers, the clock figurines meet creatures in the forest who tell them three magic potions must be found to end the evil spell on the Queen Bird. Fairies, dragonflies, imps, flowers, and even the wind, all help the clock figurines get the potions. Meanwhile, the cat burglars arrive with the cuckoo at the palace, much to the delight of the Queen and courtiers. The Queen’s yellow, blue, and red birds, and her prized swan, all dance to entertain her. Just then, the clock figurines arrive and slip the potion to the Queen, who is transformed back to a lovely and kind princess. She happily grants freedom to all the captive birds, especially to the Golden Cuckoo.
Thursday, May 24
- 4 – 5 pm :: Photos for M + W classes and soloists
- 5 – 5:30 pm :: Warm-up for M + W classes
- 5:30 pm :: Dancers in the Green Room ready for stage
- 6 pm :: Doors open
- 6:30 pm :: The Golden Cuckoo
Saturday, May 26
- 9 – 12 noon :: Photos for all other classes
- 12:45 – 1:15 pm :: Warm-up for M + W classes
- 1 pm :: Dancers in the Green Room ready for stage
- 1:30 pm :: Doors open
- 2 pm :: The Golden Cuckoo
When you arrive at the high school for the dress rehearsal and performance, please drop off your dancer in costume and makeup at the green room (the Choir Room off the north hallway across from the auditorium). Dancers who are not on stage during the dress rehearsal or performance will remain in the green room with snacks, entertainment and supervision. Only volunteers are allowed in the green room during the dress rehearsal or performance.
Photography (without flash) and video recording are allowed during the dress rehearsal but not the performance. Professional photos and DVDs are available for sale online or at the performance. Out of respect for performers and audience members, please silence and dim all electronic devices.
Remember to print your tickets and bring them to the performance!
All rehearsals are at Danville High School. When you arrive at the auditorium, please find your class row and wait to be called on stage. Parents are responsible for watching their dancers during Saturday, Monday and Tuesday rehearsals.
Saturday, May 19 (regular Class attire)
- 9 – 9:25 am :: Redbirds (Monday 4:15 pm class)
- 9:30 – 9:55 am :: Fairy Assistants (Wednesday 4:15 pm class)
- 10 – 10:25 am :: Bluebirds (Intermediate class)
- 10:30 – 10:55 am :: Forest Creatures (Intermediate class)
- 11 – 11:30 am :: Swan/Court (Advanced class)
- 11:30 – 11:55 am :: Dryads (Intermediate class)
- Noon – 12:30 pm :: Wind (Advanced class)
- 12:30 – 1 pm :: Solos
Monday, May 21 (regular Class attire)
- 4:45 – 5:10 pm :: Yellow Birds (Tuesday 4 pm class)
- 5:05 – 5:25 pm :: Maids (Tuesday 5 pm class)
- 5:20 – 5:40 pm :: Jack In The Box (Thursday 10:30 am class)
- 5:35 – 6 pm :: Teddy Bears (Tuesday 10:30 am class)
- 5:50 – 6:15 pm :: Shoppers (Friday 5:15 pm class)
- 6:10 – 6:35 pm :: Toy Soldiers (Thursday 5 pm class)
- 6:30 – 6:55 pm :: Cat Burglars (Thursday 6 pm class)
- 6:50 – 7:15 pm :: Imps (Tuesday 6 pm class)
- 7:10 – 7:30 pm :: Flowers (Thursday 4 pm class)
- 7:25 – 7:45 pm :: Dragonflies (Friday 4:15 pm class)
- 7:40 – 8:15 pm :: Cuckoo/Clock Dancers (Tuesday/Thursday 7 pm class)
Tuesday, May 22 (regular Class attire)
- 5 – 5:20 pm :: Grand Finale
- 5:30 – 8 pm :: Show Run
The entire show will be rehearsed, starting with the grand finale and then all the dances in order. You may leave once your dancer’s class has finished and is cleared by Miss Emily.
Wednesday, May 23 :: DRESS REHEARSAL :: (costumes and makeup)
- 4:30 pm :: Dancers in the Green Room ready for stage
- 4:30 – 5 pm :: Warm up for M + W classes
- 5 – 7 pm :: Dress rehearsal
- 7 – 8 pm :: Notes/tech fixes
Local photographer Sarah Crail will again photograph our student portraits and performances this year. Please be punctual to your photo time and arrive in costume so we can keep things moving smoothly! Click here to order photo packages.
Thursday, May 24
- 4 pm :: Red Birds and Fairy Assistants (Monday + Wednesday classes)
- 4:20 pm :: Bluebirds, Forest Creatures and Dryads (Intermediate class)
- 4:45 pm :: Soloists and Advanced class
Saturday, May 26
- 9 am :: Cuckoo/Clock Dancers (Tuesday/Thursday 7 pm class)
- 9:20 am :: Imps (Tuesday 6 pm class)
- 9:40 am :: Flowers (Thursday 4 pm class)
- 10 am :: Yellow Birds (Tuesday 4 pm class)
- 10:20 am :: Cat Burglars (Thursday 6 pm class)
- 10:40 am :: Maids (Tuesday 5 pm class)
- 11 am :: Teddy Bears (Tuesday 10:30 am class)
- 11:20 am :: Dragonflies (Friday 4:15 pm class)
- 11:40 am :: Toy Soldiers (Thursday 5 pm class)
- 12 noon :: Jack In The Box (Thursday 10:30 am class)
- 12:20 am :: Shoppers (Friday 5:15 pm class)
Our performance includes parts written and choreographed for your dancer. Since we are learning our dances, attendance is extremely important for the students and their classmates. Please notify the studio if your student must miss classes. Students should also be available for all rehearsals the week before the performance.
Costumes will be sent home during the last week of classes. Dancers will not need to wear their costumes until dress rehearsal. During rehearsals the week before the performances, dancers should wear regular class attire.
Volunteers often spend many hours creating, altering or embellishing outfits. Please handle the outfits carefully until the performances are over.
Putting on a full-length ballet is only possible with all of our fantastic volunteers. During rehearsals, large scenery and sets must be assembled, backdrops hung and small props created. After the performance, every item from the ballet must be removed from the high school. If you are willing to help during rehearsals, the performance, or with tear-down please email firstname.lastname@example.org.