vicarious Posted December 17, 2007 Report Share Posted December 17, 2007 We had 5 injuries, 5 out with a stomach flu and the snow storm. The first injury was a few weeks before the show so recasting was relatively easy. The next injury was Andrei Bossov who was to play Drosselmeyer. This happened right before dress rehearsal. One of the boys learned his part in two days and performed it fabulously. The next 2 had on going shin splints. They are two of the best jumpers but they kept on going and even filled in other roles as well. What troopers. The stomach flu hit the opening night. That wiped out three dancers before the bus even left the dormitory. One of the stage hands had been a dancer and was called at worked and asked to come early to the theatre and bring her character shoes. She filled in as a parent. The next one to succumb to the stomach flu was the Kissy Doll. Just as the Executive Director was introducing the ballet she started feeling queasy. Her tutu was quickly removed and another girl put in it. This stand in learned the battle scene in the wings before going on. The next injury was the boy doing Harlequin and Spanish. He landed wrong and wrenched his foot. The next day one of the jumpers above danced Harlequin, and Spanish was done as a solo. All of the flu dancers were well and on their feet ready to dance. Also that day was the snow storm. 500 tickets were pre-sold. Only about 100 showed but they were an exuberant audience and the cast appreciated it. All the dancers made it home safe and sound. In that closing show Dream Marie's shoe came off at the end of the Pas de Deux but they kept on dancing with some improvisation. This last trivial on closing night was that the costume mistress got the stomach flu so a parent valiantly filled in leading the dancers in getting the costumes packed up and ready to go. I am so impressed with the team work of all the dancers. Jumping into roles, doing and helping with quick changes, learning choreography on short notice and generally working very hard. Way to go Bossov students! Quote Link to comment
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