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The Prodigal - Parent Production Page!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 03/16/20.

The Prodigal will be performed on Saturday, May 2nd at 1:00 and 5:00 PM in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus. See below for all of the applicable performance, rehearsal, and ticket information.

Note: By default, we assume that all dance students will participate in our productions. 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 The Prodigal?

The Prodigal is an original, full-length, contemporary dance production re-telling the biblical story of the prodigal son. This is a powerful story, choreographed to music from some of your favorite artists -- not a "recital" and not a "ballet," but a timeless story of redemption told in a creative and compelling way. 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?

The Prodigal will be performed two times on Saturday, May 2nd, at 1:00 and 5:00 PM in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

All dancers should arrive forty-five minutes before each performance with their core costume, hair, and makeup ready to go (see below for details).

When Are Rehearsals?

The majority of our rehearsal will take place the last 15 minutes of your normal class times in the two month leading up to the show. In addition, we will hold some additional, Saturday rehearsals at Trinity Arts Center, and a final dress reharsal at Milligan College, the week of the performance.

Full-show Saturday Run-through Rehearsals
We will hold full-show run-through rehearsals on for Cast A on Saturday, April 18th and for Cast B on Saturday, April 25th. Both rehearsals will be held in the large studio at Trinity Arts Center, and will include Levels 1-3 from 10:00-Noon and Levels 4-6 from 10:00-2:00. Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students will not attend.

Dress & Photography Rehearsals
A mandatory dress rehearsal will be held for CAST A on Thursday, April 30th from 5:00-9:00 and for CAST B on Friday, May 1st from 5:00-9:00 for Cast B. Students in both casts will attend both rehearsals.

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 early enough to be in their first costume, hair, and makeup, ready to go at 5:00. 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.

How Do We Get Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at Trinity Arts Center, by phone (926-6048), or online at Tickets prices are either $10 or $15 dollars, depending on which section you select for seats. 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.

Cast A (1:00) Pre-Ballet (Monday & Wednesday)
Ballet Basics (Monday & Wednesday)
Ballet 1 (Tuesday)
Hip-Hop 1
Jazz 1
Ballet 3
Cast B (5:00) Pre-Ballet (Tuesday & Thursday)
Ballet Basics (Tuesday & Thursday)
Ballet 1 (Thursday)
Hip-Hop 2
Ballet 2

We Need Your Help!

We need lots of help, especially helping the elementary age dancers finalize their costumes in the main room downstairs. This is an easy job, and will often allow you to follow the dancers upstiars to watch from the side of the stage. Please consider signing up to do something. It takes a village!

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.

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.

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

All female dancers should wear their hair in a low bun with traditional stage makeup (enough 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.

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'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!