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God With Us - Parent & Student Production Page!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/01/21.

UP NEXT: Cast A arrives at the theater no later than 12:15 to get checked in for the 1:00 performance. Cast B arrives at the theater no later than 4:15 for the 5:00 performance.

Please arrive with hair, makeup, and base costume ready to go. To streamline drop off, please have one parent check your dancer(s) in downstairs (same as for dress rehearsal) and pick them up immediately after the show.

Students may bring water backstage, but no snacks. Although there is no childcare between thet 1:00 and 5:00 performances, older dancers may stay at the theater and may pack a lunch to eat in approved areas.

See below for complete performance day details.

God With Us (our original, annual Christmas production) will be performed on Saturday, December 18th at 1:00 and 5:00 PM in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan University campus. See below for performance, rehearsal, and ticket information.

Note: By default, we assume that all dance students will participate in God With Us. Based on that assumption, we will purchase costumes for, and plan choreography that includes, your student. If your students cannot participate, for whatever reason, please let us know as soon as possible so we can adjust accordingly. Thanks!

What Is God With Us?

God With Us is our annual Christmas dance performance, which tells the story of Jesus' birth through our own, original choreography set to traditional and contemporary Christmas music. It's a fun show, with a good mix of cute moments from our younger dancers and meaningful moments from our most experienced ones. God With Us has been a part of our Christmas tradition since our beginning in 2005. We hope you'll make it part of your Christmas tradition as well.

God With Us (and really all of our dance performances) are not your typical dance "recitals." They are fully costumed, choreographed, and scored dance productions that communicate meaningful Gospel-rich stories in creative and compelling ways. If this is your first time participating or attending, we hope you'll be encouraged and pleasantly surprised by what we do. = )

When Are The Performances?

God With Us will be performed two times on Saturday, December 18th, at 1:00 and 5:00 PM in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan University campus.

How Do We Get Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at Trinity Arts Center, by phone (926-6048), or online at Tickets are $15 dollars each. All seats are reserved.

Which Performance/Cast Are We In?

Unless a single cast is designated below, all Trinity dance students will participate in both performances. This year, dancers in Level 2 and above are in both shows. Dancers in Level 1, Ballet Basics, and Pre-Ballet are in one, except Hip-Hop 1, which is ini both perfomances this year.

Cast A (1:00 show) Pre-Ballet (Tuesday & Thursday)
Ballet Basics ( Thursday)
Ballet 1 (Thursday)
Cast B (5:00 show) Pre-Ballet (Monday & Friday)
Ballet Basics (Monday & Tuesday)
Ballet 1 (Tuesday)

When Are Rehearsals?

The majority of our rehearsals will take place on Saturdays throughout October, November, and December, or during the last 15 minutes of your regular class time. We'll follow up with additional emails and take-home sheets that communicate when those will be for your students. In addition, we will hold two full-cast rehearsals on Saturday, December 4th (Cast A) and Saturday, December 11th (Cast B) at Trinity Arts Center, and a final dress reharsal at Milligan University, on Thursday (Cast A) and Friday (Cast B), week of the show.

Full-Cast Rehearsals at Trinity Arts Center

There will be a Full Cast Rehearsal for Cast A on Saturday, December 4th at Trinity Arts Center from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. Dance Levels 1 and 2 will be dismissed at 12:30 pm.

There will be a Full Cast Rehearsal for Cast B on Saturday, December 11th at Trinity Arts Center from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. Dance Levels 1 and 2 will be dismissed at 12:30 pm.

Dress & Photography Rehearsals at Milligan University

A mandatory dress rehearsal will be held for CAST A on Thursday, December 16th from 4:30-9:00 and for CAST B on Friday, December 17th from 4:30-9:00 for Cast B. Students in both casts will attend both rehearsals. These rehearsals will be on stage in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan University campus.

We will begin by shooting photography of the entire show, then we'll reset and run the Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics dances so we can excuse them early (we intend to get them out by 7:00) and run the remainder of the show.

All dancers should arrive promptly at 4:30 with their base uniform, hair, and make up ready to go. Check-in will be downstairs in Lower Seeger. Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students will check in at the bottom of the stairs (there will be a table set up). Everyone else can check in to the large room down the middle stair case, near the bathrooms. Teachers and room moms will be there, ready to receive them.

Since students will be there from 4:30-9:00, they are welcome to bring non-messy snacks and clear drinks to have while they are not on stage. Books, small games, and otther small distractions are also welcome. Our room moms will have other ways to keep them busy backstage as well.

Do We Need Costumes? What Do We Wear?

Trinity Arts Center provides costumes for all of our performers. However, we do require that students wear some standard pieces (usually our required classroom uniform) as an undergarment or base for those costumes. Specefic informaiton about those base costumes is included below. Please contact the teachers for more information about the additonal costumes that we will be providing for the show. There is no costume fee or any kind.

Note: Many of the costumes are shared by both casts. It is absolutely critical that you do not take these home for laundering, or keep them during intermission or for photos. If you'd lke to take photos, please come early, get in costume, then make sure those are returned immediately after your rehearsal or performances so that they can be organized and prepared for the next dancer.

Male Students

If not noted below, see your teacher for individual costume requirements.

Class-Specific Costume Information

By default, all female dance students should wear their standar class uniform -- a black, spaghetti strap leotard with pink, footed tights, and pink ballet shoes. Hair should be in a low ballet bun, with appropriate lip-color and eye makeup to ensure that their features are not washed out under the stage lights. There should be no dangling earrings or nail polish of any kind.

Additional. class-spefici info will be posted below as it is available.

What Should I Expect On Performance Day?

All students will be checked-in to the appropriate backstage holding and/or dressing room 45 minutes before each performance. Please have your student in their core costume, with hair and makeup ready before dropping them off.

Backstage Parents
Parents are not allowed backstage during rehearsals or performances unless they are working as a backstage volunteer. If you're interested, please sign up on the volunteer sheet, at the front table.

Food & Drink
Only water is allowed back stage. Students staying for both performances may bring a meal or snack to be eaten in the lobby or another approved area.

Video & Photography
Our photographer will take pictures at both dress rehearsals, which we will make avilable once they are edited. We'll send an email with links to those photos shortly after the performance.

Post-Performance Pick-Up
To reduce backstage traffic, we ask that only one parent come backstage to pick up their younger students.

Wait Time Between Performance
Childcare is not available between performances. There are students, teachers, and technical crew who stay through the break. However, there is no direct supervision of students during this time. Students who cannot be responsible for themselves should not be left at the theatre between shows.

Anything else? Ask your student's teacher or shoot us an email.

We Need Your Help!

We need lots of help, especially with the Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students. One of the most helpful things you can do is to "trade" with a friend who has younger dancers in another cast so you can watch your dancer's performance while they help backstage, then trade places and allow them to watch while you help.

We need your help! Parent sign-up sheets are on the front table of the Arts Center with options to take tickets, distribute programs, assist with backstage needs, clean up, and a variety of other jobs.

We'll update this site with more information as we have it. When in doubt, just shoot us an email and we'll figure it out. Thanks!