Hello to all dancers and families and people who love and are learning to love dance on Vashon.
I had the great honor to work on the front of house experience for the Nutcracker for several years.
I am, and remain, convinced that the front of house experience can set the tone for the performance, focus and uplift the audience for a lovingly crafted, earnestly executed performance. The audience mood helps the performers. If they are fighting with ticket sales, seat assignments and grumpy staff the idea falls apart.
I always chose a strong front of house design concept, communicated that all can contribute, and supported with various front of house elements. It was fun to welcome parents and dancers with front of house ideas and arts and crafts.
Favorite memories include the frosty land of snow front of house and Sugar Plum’s sweet shoppe. It was lovely to see what students and parents created for donation “sales”. Creating fun beverages, homemade snacks and take home treats for families was always rewarding. I especially remember the O-space nutcracker with our gleaming chandelier, giant peppermint decorations, hand-made knit hats, glittering white tree, flowers galore, and a fun space to decorate.
I especially appreciated donation sales of the nutcrackers we would have donated from families or find at Grannies. Sometimes island families were at their first nutcracker show and an inexpensive nutcracker, maybe a little worn, would light up a child visitor’s face. That was the fun part, seeing the audience enjoy themselves, enjoy being together at the Nutcracker, smiling, laughing and having a nice time. That floated me.
Another December….let’s do it again.
To all dancers, past, present, and future…
Holly Godard, lobby lady