Curtain up! Light the lights!
You got nothing to hit but the heights!
You'll be swell. You'll be great.
Honey, everything's coming up roses for me and for you!
Gypsy: Everything's Coming Up Roses Lyrics
Then Saturday they put the sets on stage (this is when you see what works, what doesn't work, and what needs changing/adding. In the end it is Mommy's job to make it happen. So she and a couple of other backstage moms (in reality Mommy #1 is not dancing and so Mommy #2 is not a backstage mom AND one other Mom has the same situation - but they love doing that stuff) did their best MacGyvering and made the magic happen. I wish she had a picture of the complete set but she doesn't.
They worked all day and into the evening - she got home about 10pm. The director (Auntie D who owns the studio) and lighting crew spent the morning doing what is known as TECH rehearsal. They set all of the lighting cues for each dance (there are a lot of dances, too). This is also when the photographer takes the official dance pose pictures. It is a long long process. Then after a quick dinner break is DRESS REHEARSAL. This is where (hopefully) all of the kinks are ironed out. The whole show is run start to finish with lights, music, set changes and fog. It is always stressful.
Finally it was show day. There are 3 shows in ONE DAY! That is a lot. There is an audience for each show and the kids all dance their hearts out. The energy is so high you can feel it in the air. It was great, according to Mommy. They had some glitches, like when the curtain broke, but those things happen. All in all it was a thumbs up kind of day.
Monday we slept on the couch ALL DAY! Really. That is my favorite part of show weekend.