Good afternoon Company Families,
I wanted to let you all know about a slight restructuring of the recital format taking place this year. As you all know, our recitals keep getting longer and longer and we struggle every year to try to keep the run time at no longer than 3 hours- which is already a really long show for both the audience and the performers!
The Evening Recital this year is looking to be well over 3 hours long, even with using
strategies from previous years to control its length! In past years we've moved more classes and routines to the Matinee show, we've combined classes, we keep the routine lengths as short as possible and we plan out transitions and the entire show to reduce the amount of time in between routines! Every second/minute adds up
We've spent years
brainstorming thoughts and possibilities trying to
the best course of action to fight the increasing length of our Spring Recital while still providing the incredible performance experience for our dancers. Unfortunately, try as we might, the methods described above aren't enough this year due to one main, definitely exciting, reason- the increased number of Company Specialty Routines!
As I'm sure many of you felt at Cathy Roe, we have more routines than ever before and it doesn't just feel that way, it's a fact! We are thrilled to be able to provide the opportunity for so many of you to be a part of extra specialty routines and we want to be able to continue to do so each season, however, when it comes to planning out the recital, the time added makes a huge difference!
The past two years w
e've moved Hip Hop routines to the matinee show, but even that change is no where near enough this year. So, instead, in order to give every routine a chance to perform in an evening show, while keeping the time manageable, we are going to have half of the Company specialty routines perform on Friday night and the other half on Saturday night. The Production routine will still perform in all three performances. All weekly company classes will still perform on BOTH nights, only the extra Sunday specialty routines will be divided.
We know this is not a perfect solution, and while it brings new challenges to planning, performing in and producing the recital, we think it is the best solution currently possible allowing us to:
- Continue to offer an increased number of Company specialty routines for dancers
- Give each routine a chance to be showcased locally in the Evening Performance
- Keep the recital under 4 hours, and as close to 3 hours as possible, reducing the hours not only of the audience sitting in the theatre, but of the dancers and parents backstage!
The tentative break down of which routines will be which evening is available below! We will send out the definite break down prior to tickets going on sale for your scheduling purposes. Thank you all so much for understanding and working with us as we implement this change and tackle any complications that arise! Please know, this was NOT an easy decision to make. We really do want what is best for every single performer/family at Center Stage and trying to meet the needs of all of you IS my around-the-clock job and passion!
Thank you all!