May 2017

Resonating Happiness

Show Special


Theatre rehearsals

Technical rehearsals

Sunday 14th May - Act One
• warm-up 6:30pm
• first number on stage 7:00pm

Monday 15th May - Act Two
• warm-up 6:30pm
• first number on stage 7:00pm

Dress rehearsal

Tuesday 16th May
• warm-up 6:30pm
• curtain up 7:30pm


Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th
• warm-up 6:30pm
• curtain up 7:30pm

Don't Panic!

It's showtime! We are almost ready to move into the Rhoda McGaw Theatre for a memorable week of Resonating Happiness.

Here are some reminders and things to keep in mind, and if you are unsure about anything, please ask!

Show tickets

If you haven't already got them, get your ticket orders in fast as most of Friday and Saturday has already gone!

Good seats still available for Wednesday and Thursday but don’t hang around. Tickets can be ordered and paid for online.


Throughout Sunday we will be moving all of the costumes and props in to the theatre.

If you can help with this process please chat to one of the trustees. The more people can help, the quicker and more stress free we can make the get-in.

At the theatre

Dressing rooms have been assigned and be warned, it will be cosy! Please leave all valuables like watches and jewellery at home and bring only what you need, including costumes, makeup, hair things, undergarments and water. Dressing Room lists have been posted in the studio and will also be posted at the theatre.

When you arrive at the theatre come in through the Rhoda McGaw Stage Door, which is next to the scene dock and driveway. You may not park on the ramp, not even briefly to drop off someone, so don't even think about it. Parking is available in the multi story car parks and across the bridge.

You Must Sign IN and OUT of the theatre! This is a stipulation of our hire of the theatre and there are no exceptions for cast or crew; this includes popping around the corner to Starbucks!

If Tiarra


On Sunday night we will be running an 'Elf drape' rehearsal @ 6:15pm. If you are an Elf in the Lothlórien number and handle one of the drapes please turn up on Sunday early for this rehearsal.

We will run a warm up on stage every night @ 6:30pm. This is optional, but if you chose not to warm up with the group, it is up to you to warm up properly for your dancing.

At 6:45 we will run the Walk Down Bow. The Technical rehearsals will start promptly at 7pm, you must be ready with costumes and makeup for your time slot. We will be arranging the lights, and hopefully will give each group the chance to dance the number twice but we must keep on schedule so make sure all dancers are ready.

You may sit in the auditorium when not dancing, but please remember not to use the bottom side door to the theatre! Individual timings will be posted backstage and in the dressing rooms.

Once you have danced all of your numbers on the Technical Rehearsal nights you are free to leave the theatre.


On the modern stage, makeup is a necessity because powerful stage-lighting will remove all colour from a performer’s complexion. Makeup restores this colour and defines the facial features to ensure a natural appearance.

Proper foundation, often in a darker shade than the dancers's natural skin tone, is required to counteract the effect. Strong lines around the eyes and the mouth aid in redefining what bright lights and distance blur out. Contouring aids in recreating the dimensions of the face that the lighting flattens. Colours are brighter because they too are washed out by strong lighting.

We have posted a tutorial video on the FB page, or ask one of the old hands! Avoid blue eye shadow, no bra straps showing, no watches, no jewellery other than costume bling and wedding bands.

Honky Somebody


We will run Warm Up @ 6:30 and the Walk Down Bow @ 6:45. Then we will run the show starting @ 7:30. We will be taking photographs and we will not stop unless absolutely necessary.

You may watch other numbers from the audience but be backstage in plenty of time for your numbers, traveling out the auditorium doors, down the stairs and thru the door to the backstage area. Carol White is the Stage Manager and will call you from your dressing room when it is time to go side of stage. You must be silent backstage and in the scene dock!.


After the final night of the show we will be holding a cast and crew party in the Theatre Lobby. Please remove all your belongings from backstage and the dressing rooms and hang your WDS costumes on the rails in the scene dock, BEFORE you come to the party.

Have a great time celebrating, and then please come back on Sunday Morning at 9am to help with the GET OUT - we need help rolling the floor, clearing the rubble and transporting costumes and props back to the studio. Many hands make light work of this, and there will be most of Sunday left to relax if we all chip in.

Break A Leg Everyone!!!

Somebody Trouble

Show week classes

Throughout the show week we will be holding a number of daytime classes:

Monday9:45am - 11:00amAdvanced Ballet
Tuesday9:30am - 10:45amElementary Ballet
10:45am - 11:45amJazz
11:45am - 12:45amTap
Friday10:45am - 11:45amBallet

All classes are £4.50, drop in if you can.

You can also book a massage with Paula, sign-up sheet in the studio on the notice board.