balletdad Posted March 16, 2005 Report Share Posted March 16, 2005 A good parent volunteers backstage because it's fun and the company needs volunteers. A stage mom volunteers backstage because she thinks it will get her dancer brownie points. I volunteer because its fun and helps the company but I must confess that, particualrly when it comes to chaparoneing back stage in programs with few students in the cast, I hope my willingness to volunteer lets company see I support my dd and know that they never need to worry about having a chaparone when she is cast. Not exactly to gain brownie points but not altogether altruistic. I have voluntered to work on shows in which my dd is not cast however. Its so fun to be back stage. I would never speak to the ad, rehearsal mistress/master, teacher or member of the artistic staff about my dd's role, lack thereof, future, or anything else (especially at a rehearsal or show), outside of the school's evaluation process, and only aws appropriate in the context of that process, unless I was approached and asked my opinion. (and I'm certainly expect they will never ask). I agree with you LadyR, the value to the dd comes from knowing they earned the role themselves through their hard work. Quote Link to comment
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