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What is Production Week?

May 25, 2016

Production Week is the week leading up to a main performance.  

For the Annual School Performances, Production Week is between the end of classes (Photo Day weekend) and the School Shows.  During this week, there are no classes.  We concentrate entirely on rehearsing for the school shows, practicing quick-changes, and ensuring all costumes, props and accessories are ready for the shows.

We rehearse the Primary-Junior and Junior-Senior Shows each day from Monday to Friday.

From Monday to Wednesday, we rehearse at FVAD.  

  • Our Studio A is transformed into our backstage dressing area, and is set up exactly as it will be backstage at the theatre.  This allows students to become comfortable with what will happen backstage.
  • Our Studio B is transformed into our stage, so that students become familiar with the theatre stage concepts such as Stage Left, Stage Right and the Quick-Change Booth.  They learn where to enter and exit for their dance, as well as general spacing of each dance.  We will adjust this for the stage once we arrive at the theatre for the theatre dress rehearsal.
  • On Monday, we have all students in costumes for their rehearsal.  If there are no issues with their costumes, they will rehearse without costume (in their class dance wear) for Tuesday and Wednesday.  This allows more of their scheduled rehearsal time to be used for rehearsing as we don’t have to use time to change into and out of costumes.
  • Students with quick-changes rehearse every day in their costumes so that they and our quick-change helpers become very comfortable with their costume changes.  Students who have quick-changes will be informed before Production Week.

On Thursday, we rehearse the Primary-Junior Show at the Clarke Theatre.

  • It is essential that students attend the theatre dress rehearsal so that students are aware of where they need to be.
  • This is the time when teachers will adjust the spacing of the dance to fit the larger theatre stage, so it is very important that all students are present.

On Friday, we rehearse the Junior-Senior Show at the Clarke Theatre.

  • It is essential that students attend the theatre dress rehearsal so that students are aware of where they need to be.
  • This is the time when teachers will adjust the spacing of the dance to fit the larger theatre stage, so it is very important that all students are present.

On Saturday, it is finally time for the shows!  

  • The Primary-Junior Show generally runs for 1.5 hours from 11am-12:30pm with one intermission.
  • The Junior-Senior Show generally runs for 2.5 hours from 3pm-5:30pm, with two intermissions.

Related Links

Performance Cast Lists 2017 – who is in which show?

Performance Event Listings – details on the performances and ticket sales