It is amazing how much our parents and friends raise the quality of our performances. The applause roared during “The Lonely Firefly” as our parent volunteers entered with glowsticks, and the lonely firefly found her community of friends. I particularly loved this story, as Miss Anna did a great job integrating the ideas of the firefly trying to find a friend when she sees the flashlight, the candle and then the fireworks. The entire ballet, with the young dancers so in tune with the music, made their expressive dance such a pleasure to watch.
In so many ways, the volunteers deserve more than just a mention after the program after the last performance. I think of the many hours our business manager spends emailing information to parents, the hours our Miss Anna spends preparing music, the hours Laura B. spends setting venues, the hours Laura H. spends on costumes, and even though SOME of their work is compensated, many hours are donated beyond that. How many hours did Mr. Frey spend with fixing and working in the studio or on props? How many hours did Sammie spend working on the Ladybug duet? And the parents, they spent hours taping down the flooring at each performance, setting up the curtains, bringing costumes and props; bringing the dancers.
You can see, we need the volunteer, WE appreciate, we LOVE the volunteers, and we give them a big THANK YOU!