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.
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!
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 email@example.com.