Everything You Wanted to Know About the Spring Concert… But Were Afraid to Ask

Note from Patti

This is the time when I want to celebrate all you have learned and all we have accomplished together this year! 

Instead, I present you with a list full of “musts” and “don’ts”!  The reality is, however, that the details do matter—they make the difference between a show looking polished and running smoothly or being sloppy and disorganized.  Hence, there is this list full of “rules” designed to address those all-important details.  I ask you to read it thoroughly and carefully and follow the instructions to the letter.  It really will make it easier for everyone!

Oh, and by the way . . . I do celebrate all of you!  I’m proud of what we have achieved together.  Thanks to all of you—dancers and parents—this year’s Spring Concert promises to be a terrific and entertaining show!

Happy Dancing!

The Schedule

 Dress Rehearsal is Thursday, June 3rd 2:00-8:30 p.m.  (At Tilson Auditorium at ISU; 200 North 7th Street  {behind Tirey Hall}

Below you’ll find your specific time to rehearse.  This is the start time to be on the stage, so arrive early to change into your first costume.  One parent may accompany their student. At 6:00p.m. the Performance Ensemble and high school students will run their dances. The rest of the student body is welcome to watch this part!!


Friday, June 4 –  Arrive 5:00 p.m. (Perform 6:00p.m.)

Saturday, June 5  –  Arrive 4:00p.m.  (Perform 5:00p.m.)

Due to Covid restrictions there will be no Grand Finale for the entire school. The Performance Ensemble and Lead Roles will do the finale.


  • Any alterations or adjustments to costumes must be completed prior to the dress rehearsal.   Costumes must be wrinkle-free, on hangers (preferably in garment bags), and carried to the theater for both dress rehearsal and performance. 
  • Please make sure the dancer’s name is on all pieces of all costumes.
  • Dancers must arrive at the theater wearing street clothes; under no circumstances is anyone allowed to wear costumes to the theater.
  • No underwear is worn with costumes.  Yes, you read that right. You’ll get used to it.  Really.  (Older dancers with many changes may wear a nude camisole leotard with clear straps)
  • Absolutely no jewelry and no nail polish may be worn.
  • Please bring an extra pair of tights in case of an accidental run in the pair provided with your costume (and try really hard not to need the extras!).  Extra tights will be available for purchase at the manager’s table.
  • The Dressing Room Manager will have an emergency kit available for tears, holes, etc.

Tip:  If you have to change tights during the show, try this instead—wear your tights in layers.  For instance, you need pink for ballet and tan for jazz.  Put on the tan first and pink over them.  After ballet just peel off the pink and you’re ready to go!  It’s so much easier than trying to put tights on a sweaty body!


  • All shoes must be clean and/or polished and have clean ribbons (if applicable).  Soft-Scrub works well on white or pink leather; canvas ballet slippers can be washed in the washer.
  • Ballet shoes must be pink. Tap and jazz shoes must be black.
  • Beg. Dance, Pre-Technique and Modern dancers should have slip-on shoes or sandals to wear from the dressing area to the stage door (the route takes them outside through a parking area).
  • Make sure the dancer’s name is inside all shoes.


  • Each class will be given instructions about how hair is to be worn.
  • Hair should be done at home prior to both the dress rehearsal and performance. 
  • Assigned headpieces only. No decorative barrettes or clips are to be worn.  Use hair pins or barrettes that match your hair.
  • There will be kits in the ballroom and dressing areas with hair spray, extra hair pins, etc., for touch-ups.


  • All girls are to wear blush, eye shadow, and RED lipstick.
  • Older girls may wear foundation, mascara, and eyeliner.
  • Because stage lights wash out facial features, all makeup should be applied a little heavier than street makeup.  However, too much makeup can look gaudy and hide the natural beauty of the dancers.
  • Makeup, except lipstick, should be applied at home before the dress rehearsal and performance.  Lipstick should be applied after costumes are on. 
  • Please wear makeup at dress rehearsal EXACTLY as you intend to wear it for the show.  Appropriateness of makeup will be checked at the dress rehearsal and any necessary changes made at that time.
  • There will be makeup kits in the ballroom and dressing areas for emergencies.
  • BOYS:  See Patti for special instructions.


All audience members and volunteers must be in masks at all times. Dancers must wear a mask until it is time to perform. Each dancer will receive a paper bag with their name on in to store their masks while performing. Thank you in advance for complying with ISU’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Dress Rehearsal

Below is the dress rehearsal schedule. Be dressed and ready PRIOR to your scheduled time:


Elephants, Tigers. Grammar Class, Miss Webster, Elves, Unicorns, Students on an Outing

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Pink Fairies, Voice Class, Mrs. Shrill, Science Class, Madame Currie, Peacocks, Intro Birthday Party Guests, Birthday Party Guests 1, Birthday Party Guests 2, Le Patisserie, Math Class 2, Chimney Sweeps

4:45-6:00 p.m.

Math Class 1, Math Teachers, French Class, Mademoiselle Dufarge, Immigrants, Sailors, Captain Crewe’s Platoon, Dance Class Madame Darvash, Purple Fairies, Day Students, Ice Skaters, Anatomy Class

6:00-6:15 p.m.

Brand New Day/Lead Cast Finale

6:15-8:15 p.m.

Bollywood, Ayah, Sara, Captain Crewe, Becky, Miss Minchin, Amelia, Parlor Boarders, Milk Man, Mariette, Maids, Cooks, Lavinia, Lottie, Ermengarde, Library Class, Miss Marion, New Yorkers, Captain Crewe Returns to NYC, Farewell Ballet, Mrs. Carrisford, Riya Das

  • Only one adult per dancer may attend the dress rehearsal.  Siblings and extra family members are a distraction—everyone’s full attention will speed up the rehearsal process
  • Please bring snacks and drinks with you—and avoid anything that can stain costumes!  Food and drinks are not allowed in the auditorium, but you may eat in the lobby.  Please clean up after!


  • One Hour Before Showtime—Dancers are to arrive at their assigned dressing area wearing street clothes and full stage makeup (they may arrive earlier if necessary).  Do not wear costumes to the theater!  For the audience, anticipation about what’s to come is part of the magic of the theater.  One simple way to maintain the magic is to carry costumes in garment bags so they are invisible to audience members you may pass on the way in.
  • Parents please provide dry snacks and clear drinks for your student each evening.   We will not have snacks.
  • Parents are to drop off their child(ren) at the dressing area, help them settle, then leave.  For the safety and privacy of the dancers, ONLY THE VOLUNTEERS will remain with the dancers.  This rule will be strictly enforced.
  • Once dancers are in their designated dressing area and in costume, they are to remain there.  No dancer is allowed in the lobby once seating has begun.  Runners will be available if you need to get a message to someone.
  • Fifteen Minutes Before Showtime— Bollywood, Ayah, Sara, Captain Crew, Peacocks, Elephants, Tigers, Birds of Paradise called to Backstage.

Video Taping and Photography

  • A professional video will be taped during both performance and video tapes/DVD’s will be available for purchase.
  • Parents:  If you also wish to video tape, it is preferable that you do so at dress rehearsal.  People will be milling about the auditorium anyway, so blocking the view of others is not such an issue.
  • Flash photography is strictly prohibited during the performance for the safety of the dancers.  Flashes can be blinding and quite distracting.  If you video tape during the performance, please be discreet.  People running up and down aisles is disruptive for the dancers as well as the audience.  Please let courtesy be the key! 

A Few Theater Traditions

  • Performers often are given flowers following a performance.  Parents:  While flowers can’t be presented to the dancers on stage, it might be nice to receive them in the lobby afterwards.  Hint.
  • Entering, leaving, or moving around the auditorium for any reason is acceptable only between dances, never during.  It’s a matter of courtesy to the performers as well as others in the audience.
  • Unlike sporting events, at theater performances dashing for the exit before the final applause is totally uncool.
  • The traditional good luck wish for actors is “break a leg”; for dancers it is “merde” (rhymes with “cared”), a French word meaning . . . well, never mind the literal translation.  It’s used to exclaim something like “oh, geez!” 

Student Pick-Up

Parents:  One female family member may meet the student in the dressing area.  Other family members please wait in the lobby for your child(ren).  For the safety and privacy of the dancers, NO ONE ELSE will be allowed in the dressing areas for any reasonThis rule will be strictly enforced.

  • This year, for the first and ONLY time, students not performing in the Act 2 may leave at intermission.  To be courteous to the other dancers performing  in Act 1, no one will be allowed to leave until intermission.
  • All other dancers will be released after each show.  Again, please send just one female family member to collect your student. Volunteers will wait there until each child is picked up.