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 A Royal Visit on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25.
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The Story of A Royal Visit
Once upon a time, in a little town far away, there was a small orphanage tended by nuns and their Mother Superior. One morning, a villainous bill collector arrives, threatening to close the orphanage if he is not paid by nightfall.
The bill collector is quickly forgotten as Messengers of the Court announce that the Queen wishes to visit their orphanage. When the orphans realize they have nothing but rags to wear, they decide to collect their pennies so one orphan can buy a new dress and represent them before the Queen. A winner is chosen and they rush to the village Dress Shoppe, their hopes soaring.
In the village, the towns people dance while a sweet old bag lady watches from a park bench. The orphans arrive at the Dress Shoppe and admire the beautiful dress in the window. When the Bag Lady asks, the orphans tell her of their plan for one of them to greet the Queen in a lovely new dress. She assures them a beautiful heart is more important than a beautiful dress.
She returns to her bench as the girls watch the town come to life. The School Girls arrive followed by Bread Sellers, Park Birds, Flower Sellers, a Musician, a Doll Seller with many dolls, and Magicians.
An orphan asks for help with her new book about different countries, and the Magicians help the stories about the world come to life. The orphans have a splendid time, but realize they have spent all their pennies and have no money to buy their dress.
All is not lost! To their surprise, an unknown benefactor has arranged with the Dress Shoppe owner and her tailors to sew a new dress for each orphan. When the girls arrive home, the nuns ask where the dresses came from.
The orphans try to explain what happened, but their confusion is forgotten as the Messengers announce the Queen’s arrival. The Messengers appear followed by … the Bag Lady? Who is this mysterious lady, who is watching over the orphans and how can they save their home? Find out on May 24 and 25!
All rehearsals are at Danville High School. When you arrive at the auditorium, find your class’s row and wait to be called on stage.
Dancers must remain seated with their class when not on stage. Parents are responsible for ensuring their dancer stays with their class during Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals.
Monday, May 20
Regular class attire
- 5 – 5:20 pm Schoolgirls + Orphans
- 5:20 – 5:40 pm Messengers + Nuns + Orphans
- 5:40 – 6:20 pm Nuns + Orphans
- 6:20 – 6:40 pm Spanish Dancers
- 6:40 – 7 pm French Dancers
- 7 – 7:20 pm Caribbean Dancers
- 7:20 – 7:40 pm Village Dancers
- 7:40 – 8 pm Solos + Duets
Tuesday, May 21
Regular class attire
- 5 – 5:15 pm Hopes And Dreams
- 5:15 – 5:30 pm Bread Sellers
- 5:30 – 5:45 pm Birds
- 5:45 – 6 pm Dolls + Doll Seller
- 6 – 6:15 pm Flower Sellers
- 6:15 – 6:30 pm Chinese Dancers
- 6:30 – 6:45 pm Dutch Dancers
- 6:45 – 7 pm Russian Dancers
- 7 – 7:15 pm Tailors
- 7:15 – 7:35 pm Magicians
- 7:35 – 8 pm Orphans
Wednesday, May 22
Regular class attire
On Wednesday, the entire show will be rehearsed, starting with the grand finale and then all the dances in order. You may leave once your class has been cleared by Miss Emily.
- 5 – 5:20 pm Grand Finale
- 5:30 – 8 pm Show Run
Thursday, 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
Friday, May 24
- 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 A Royal Visit
Saturday, May 25
- 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 A Royal Visit
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 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.
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.
All group and individual photos will be taken during the dress rehearsal on Thursday, May 23. Photography provided by Sarah Crail Photography.
Order photos here, along with DVDs and flowers for your dancer. Don’t miss our early-bird deals on photos, ending May 14!
Publish a special note of encouragement for your dancer in the printed performance program of A Royal Visit. Order here. Tributes are due by May 14.
Costumes will be sent home the last week of classes (May 13 – 17). A lot of work has gone into selecting and fitting costumes and headpieces, so please take good care of them! Hang them in a closet and do not wear them until the dress rehearsal.
Unless something different has been specified by Miss Emily.
- Tights – pink, footed tights (clean and no holes!)
- Hair – tidy bun, no bun covers
- Shoes – pink ballet shoes
No black leotards under costumes.
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.