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.
A Princess’s Wish 2020:
The Story of A Princess’s Wish
Long ago in a cold, northern kingdom lived a good and fair King and Queen who loved their daughter, the Princess, very much. The King and Queen ruled their kingdom with the help of the magical Duchess and the land was peaceful.
Every day it snowed, and every day there was caroling, skating, and even mischievous snow ball fights, as the villagers enjoyed the sparkling snowfall.
Our story opens as the Princess plays in the snow with her friends. Her companions scamper home as the King and Queen arrive to retrieve their daughter. Over time, the King has lost his love of the snow. On this day, he commands to the Duchess to magically end the icy wonderland. The princess pleads with her father, but the King insists. The Duchess sadly weaves her spell and the snow stops falling. The snowmen and the flurries dance one last dance in the kingdom.
Seven years later, the housekeeper and her servants put the finishing touches on the castle in preparation for Christmas and the holiday guests. The princess, now a young lady, arrives with her friends and anxiously waits for the festival to begin. The King and Queen arrive with the Duchess and her Ladies-in-Waiting, and they open the festivities with a minuet.
Candy Cane Makers produce fine treats, and gift givers distribute presents. The court welcomes the Royal Story Teller who will entertain the guests with her fairy tale characters, including Mary-Quite-Contrary and her flowers, Little Red Riding Hood and her wolf, Little Bo Peep and her lamb, Little Miss Muffet and her spider, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Even the Duchess joins the fun as she performs as the Old Lady in the Shoe.
The King asks the Princess if she was pleased with the evening’s entertainment, but the princess is sad for she misses the beautiful snow. Now, the King loves his daughter more than anything else in his realm, so he agrees to grant her wish for snow once more. He asks the Duchess to reverse her spell and let it snow for Christmas. The Duchess tries to reverse her spell but accidentally makes the Princess disappear! The King and Queen and all their subjects search for the Princess, but she is truly gone. The royal couple are heartbroken.
Under the glitter of the Northern Stars and the glow of the Aurora Borealis, the Princess suddenly appears in a strange and foreign land. She is confused as to her whereabouts but realizes she is not alone when a flock of penguins waddle by to investigate what kind of penguin she is (and are surprised that she has no tail!).
After the Princess describes her predicament, the Penguins explain that the Duchess’s spell failed because only the powerful Crystal Queen can make it snow again. Friendly Eskimos direct the Princess to the Crystal Queen who reigns with a court of Ice Crystals. Reindeer guide the Princess along the way, and the Snow Queen and her Snow Flakes cheer her journey.
When the Princess reaches the court of the Crystal Queen, she pleads for her to make it snow in her kingdom. The Crystal Queen is at first indifferent but is finally moved by the young Princess’s eloquence. A grand spell is cast, the Princess falls asleep, and awakens in her own courtyard.
She is home once more, but will her wish for snow come true?
All rehearsals are at Danville High School. When you arrive at the auditorium on Tuesday, 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 Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals.
Tuesday, May 26 4:00-8:00 pm
Regular class attire
Wednesday, May 27 4:00-8:00 pm
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.
- 4 – 4:20 pm Grand Finale
- 4:30 – 8 pm Show Run
Thursday, May 28 (Dress Rehearsal)
Costumes and makeup
- 3:30 pm Dancers in the Green Room ready for stage
- 3:30 – 4 pm Warm up for M + W classes
- 4 – 7 pm Dress rehearsal
- 7 – 8 pm Notes + tech fixes
Saturday, May 30
- 4:30 pm Call for dancers
- 4:45 – 5:45 pm Warm-up for M + W classes
- 5:30 pm Dancers in the Green Room ready for stage
- 6:00 pm Doors open
- 6:30 pm A Princess’s Wish
Sunday, May 31
- 12:30 pm Call for dancers
- 12:45- 1:45 pm Warm-up for M + W classes
- 1:30 pm Dancers in the Green Room ready for stage
- 2:00 pm Doors open
- 2:30 pm A Princess’s Wish
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 28. 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 15!
Publish a special note of encouragement for your dancer in the printed performance program of A Princess’s Wish. Order here. Tributes are due by May 15.
Costumes will be sent home the last week of classes. 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.