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ToThePointe

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Now that DD is her school's performance group I actually know a marginal amount more.

 

DD is at a pre-pro public arts school- grades 4-12 .

 

Do you perform in studio or in a theater?

They school does 4 performances a year. October's is in the school's blackbox theater and seats about 120. The others (Nut, a spring full ballet, and a spring recital) are all in the school's theater which seats about 350 (I would guess). So we pay no fees and scenery and tech are provided by the school's technical theatre departments.

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much?

No

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket?

Yes. Tickets for the blackbox and spring recital are $5, but students at the school are free. Nut and spring ballet tickets are 12, 10, and 7. Other than the spring recital there are 4 to 10 performances and company kids will have at least 2 parts and you have to pay each time.

 

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets?

No, this is handled through the school box office.

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes?

No. Some of these are made by the costume depart, some are borrowed. For DD's blackbox performance this Oct. all we have to buy is black ribbon for their shoes!

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers?

Well no. But since we are getting about the best deal available in every other way, most try and help out. During Nut. there are several items that are sold, bake sales, flower sales... that parents are expected to help sell during performances. There are a few other things during the year that people do what they can.

 

Approximately how many students are in your production?

Dance performance company has about 30. Nutcracker is about 100, and spring performance is everyone in dance - don't know how many this is but it is sometimes in two sessions and sometimes the dance company, other than seniors don't dance.

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My dd's home studio has an associated company and students in the school perform with the company in the Nutcracker - here are answers to the questions as they apply to us.

 

Do you perform in studio or in a theater?

- Theatre - very beautiful - seats 3000 approximately

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much?

- it is called a performance fee at our studio and ranges from $75 to $130 depending on part. Each dancer pays and if you are multiple parts, you pay the largest amount (not a fee for each part) The fee covers the cost of rehearsals, costume maintenence, admin costs, etc. Company dancers do not pay the fee.

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket?- yes parents are required to buy tickets as the ballet company is hired by the local philharmonic so it is technically their (the orchestra's) production. Ticket costs range from $20 to $52

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets?- no! wow - what a crazy concept!

Do you have to purchase your own costumes?- no. The company owns the costumes.

Are you required to participate in fund raisers?- no. Fund raisers do exist for the company but they are voluntary.

Approximately how many students are in your production?

- 200 students - 25 company members - 6 performances so many are double and triple cast.

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spring/summer performance or recital.

 

 

Do you perform in studio or in a theater? Theater (opera house)

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much? $10

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket? $15-$55

 

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets? no

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes? no

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers? no

 

Approximately how many students are in your production? The entire school is expected/encouraged to participate. This is the only school performance on the last day of classes.

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My daughter's home school is associated with a small, pro company.

 

Do you perform in studio or in a theater?

City's main theatre seats approx. 1500

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much?

No

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket?

For Nuts, students receive 1 matinee ticket free of charge if they are NOT participating in Nuts. They receive 2 if they are in the cast. If they are in both casts (the school has two complete casts), they receive 4 free tickets. For spring workshop, parents are required to purchase 2- $10 tickets.

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets?

No, the company maintains their own box office, with a hired staff.

Do you have to purchase your own costumes?

No. All costumes are supplied and altered by the costume master. Dancers are not allowed to leave the theater with any part of their costume.

Are you required to participate in fund raisers?

No, but the school does do a holiday and spring fundraiser, for which parents must sign a permission slip if they want their dancer to participate.

Approximately how many students are in your production?

100 students - 18 company members - 8 performances

 

Here is the information for her residency program:

 

Do you perform in studio or in a theater?

Theater (off campus, but owned by the school) seats approx. 750

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much?

No

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket?

No

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets?

No, the school maintains their own box office, with a hired staff.

Do you have to purchase your own costumes?

No. All costumes are supplied and altered by the school's costume shop. Dancers are not allowed to leave the theater with any part of their costume.

Are you required to participate in fund raisers?

No

Approximately how many students are in your production?

60-75 students - 8 paid performances and another 4+ non-paying shows for local school children.

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Do you perform in studio or in a theater? There are 3 main performance opportunities per year. An original Christmas ballet is performed in a large (2000-seat) professional theater; a touring company of advanced students performs a children's ballet production at several local schools each spring; and the annual spring performance is usually done in a local high school.

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much? No fees except for recital costumes. The Christmas ballet does a 3-day out-of-state tour with a cast of about 25 students; there's a $30 fee to cover food for participants. The studio pays for transportation, lodging, and miscellaneous expenses.

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket? Tickets are $6. Everyone pays for them except those parents who volunteer backstage to supervise younger students.

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets? No.

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes? Yes (groan!). The costume expense for students in the lower division is quite reasonable - maybe $30 which includes a skirt rental and a leotard and floral headpiece to own. The three top-level classes pay more, and in the past few years the cost for the advanced class has soared. Last year's costumes were more than $200! However, they were lovely (though the ballet costumes had to be completely remade by the school's director). I just don't know what to do with my d's collection of retired stuff. :cool2:

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers? No (we don't really have any).

 

Approximately how many students are in your production? There are perhaps 150 students enrolled in the school. Of these, only the top three levels perform in the Christmas ballet (perhaps 70 students divided into 3 casts). There are 2 performances of the spring recital: one evening features the lower division, with "guest appearances" by the upper division students in their own choreographed pieces. The next evening's performance focuses entirely on the upper division and includes a barre/center demonstration as well as 7-8 ballet, jazz, and modern pieces. Each night comes in at under 2 hours!

 

Company school, pre-pro, or residency? Just a privately-owned studio, but modeled after pre-professional programs.

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DD goes to a school attached to a large ballet company.

 

Do you perform in studio or in a theater? Theater

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much? Performance fee of $10

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket? Purchase of tickets is optional, but what parent wouldn't want to see the product of a year's worth of ballet lessons and tuition? Tickets are $100, $50 and $25.

 

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets? No.

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes? No. Costume is provided.

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers? Not required.

 

How many in the production? Total of about 600 students.

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I know ToThePointe asked this question awhile ago now, but I thought I'd answer since we are in Santa Cruz, CA and are in a similar economic (meaning exorbitantly expensive!) area. The studio is new, having started with the new owner a little over a year ago.

 

 

Do you perform in studio or in a theater? Recently remodeled high school theater twice per year - winter and spring.

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much? Performance fee of $47 for the first student, and $27 for each sibling. This fee includes two adult tickets.

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket? Two adult tickets are included in the performance fee. Additional adult tickets are $10, and children's tickets (ages 3 - 18) are $5. Children under the age of 3 are free.

 

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets? No.

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes? No. Costume is provided.

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers? Not required.

 

How many in the production? Total of about 50 students.

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Do you perform in studio or in a theater? Two different theaters on two different weekends. One seats about 500 plus, the other about 1200.

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much? It's called a production fee and I believe it is around $100; there is family fee of around $160 if you have more than one dancer. Also, for the littlest dancers who may not perform in every show, the fee is substantially reduced.

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket? Yes, about $25 for adults and $15 for children

 

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets? No.

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes? No. Costumes are provided.

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers? Not required. Although there is a letter campaign to raise funds which works quite well without incurring the expense of putting on special events.

 

How many in the production? Total of about 140 students.

 

I will add that parents are expected to volunteer at least 10 hours and have a choice of numerous committees. If they choose not to, they are offered the option of paying an additional production fee.

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Do you perform in studio or in a theater? For Nutcracker and spring performance - theather associated with local community college. Not sure how many it seats. End of year performance, which focuses on younger children and graduating seniors, is in studio.

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much? Theater fee of $100. Participant fee of $50 per role - with a maximum of $150.

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket? Tickets are $18 per adult and $12 per child. No free tickets.

 

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets? No.

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes? Just basic shoes and tights in the colors that are required.

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers? In-studio bake sale - twice a year. Parents have to volunteer for three "jobs" (chaperone, backstage help, ticket sales, etc.) per production (Nutcracker, spring performance.)

 

How many in the production? Maybe 75 for each production. Students perform all roles, except male roles that require a lot of lifting that our boys just aren't physically mature enough to do, yet.

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Do you perform in studio or in a theater? Theater

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much? For Nutcracker $0-costumes are re-used each year and parents are mandatory volunteers. For Spring Recital ~$120, no volunteering required.

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket? Yes. Tix $22 Nut/$20 Spring

 

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets? Tix usually sell out each year for Nut and ~3/4 of seats sold each Spring

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes? Only for Spring

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers? No

 

Approximately how many students are in your production? ~200, fewer for Nut

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SPRING PRODUCTION

Do you perform in studio or in a theater?

College auditorium/theater, seats 1000

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much?

No cast fee.

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket?

Tickets are $15/A, $8/C

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets?

No

Do you have to purchase your own costumes?

Costume Fee is $50 (used to purchase new or clean existing. everybody pays the same)

Are you required to participate in fund raisers?

No.

Approximately how many students are in your production?

The event is half production, then intermission, then true blue recital. Only upper level students are cast in the production. EVERYbody dances in the recital second half.

 

NUTCRACKER

Do you perform in studio or in a theater?

College auditorium/theater, seats 1000

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much?

No cast fee.

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket?

Tickets are $18/A, $12/C

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets?

No

Do you have to purchase your own costumes?

Costume Fee is $75 (used to purchase new or clean existing. everybody pays the same)

Are you required to participate in fund raisers?

No.

Approximately how many students are in your production?

Seems like around 100. Large party scene, lots of angels, mice, soldiers, etc. Different classes from the school are "assigned" group parts (angles, mice, flowers, etc.) Then only upper level students are cast in solo or deux or trois variations.

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Nutcracker:

 

$100 per child rehearsal fee

$20 per ticket (no minimum required unless you are Clara..in that case, you have to buy 42 SEATS!)

$15 'friend' ad in program

$15 chinese auction 'donation'

$8 cookie 'donation'

$5 teacher gift 'donation'

$50 pictures (optional)

 

And if your child is in the first half of the performance, but not the second and you want child to join you in the seats, you must buy a ticket for her.

 

also we have company dues -- about $80 to $100 per year.

 

spring show:

 

$250- $300 rehearsal fee (includes 10 tickets I think)

 

A couple hundred children participate in Nuts...probably about 75 or so for spring.

 

 

all costumes are owned by company

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DD goes to a pre-pro school and also dances in the pre-pro company. They do the Nutcracker at Christmas and a spring show usually of classical ballet excerpts.

 

Ballets are all performed in theatres, size ranges from 350 to 450 seats.

 

There is an audition fee of $15 in September for Nutcracker and then again in January for the spring show.

 

Dancers in major roles and members of the snow and flower corps pay a $225 combined rectital cosutme fee. Less for junior members of the compamy. Fee is $125 in the spring. All costumes are owned and supplied by the company.

 

Ticket prices range from $15 to $25, there is no set minimum for the dancers to sell, all 6 performances are usually sold out in advance.

 

Students are expected to participate in fundraising when possible. This year is seems all my kids are doing the same fundraising things for multiple orgs!!!

 

There are 70 kids in the company. (About 300 in the school).

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I have two daughter's that perform. I have to pay double for everything. This year I paid x 2 studio fee of 125.00. We have to sell 10 tickets at $25 each. We do rent out a theater for two nights. This is for the Nutcracker. So far no costume fee. Im stressing over the costs of this...... :)

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Dd attends a pre/pro school affiliated with a company. Below is what I know about dd's Nutcracker production:

 

Do you perform in studio or in a theater? Theatre, which I think seats 750.

 

Do you pay a cast fee/recital fee and if yes, how much? No.

 

Do you have to buy tickets and if yes, how much per ticket? No. But most families buy tickets for at least one performance to see their dks.

 

Do you have to sell a minimum of tickets? No.

 

Do you have to purchase your own costumes? No. (Costumes are reused each year.) But we do pay a cleaning fee, which I think is $20.

 

Are you required to participate in fund raisers? No. But parents are encouraged to volunteer.

 

Approximately how many students are in your production? This is a guess, but I think it's about 40 per cast. (There are casts A & B split among the matinee & evening performances, Dec. 9-24.)

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