Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Who can answer your underwear questions?
  • Crystal Farnsworth - Costumer
  • Ximena Bailey - Stage Manager
Yep, I said it.  UNDERWEAR.  Let's start with the horror stories:
  • I once performed in a show where my dance partner's pants split knee-to-crotch on stage, and there was nothing he could do but perform the rest of the show just like that.
  • During EYT's Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Belle had a crazy fast costume change into her yellow dress for finale, and on more than one performance the zipper got stuck.  She had to bow with her dress unzipped with the gallant Prince held it together at the top.
  • Just last night, I watched an actress whose dress got caught awkwardly on her dance partner's hand, and she completed her lift with her backside (thankfully clad in stage-appropriate undergarments) in full view of the audience.
For lack of a more tactful way to say it, audiences don't like to see everyday underwear.  However, there are universally appropriate items for both guys and gals that can be worn under all costumes that prevent audience (and peers and backstage volunteers) from seeing stuff they shouldn't.  If you recall the dressing room post, you already know that your full day student could be changing costumes pretty much anywhere!  

Even though you don't have a cast list yet, you can start to prepare for the layer that goes under the costume.  The "no hassle" fee does not cover anything on this underwear list, so even if you plan to go that route, you'll need to handle underwear.

All Girls:
  • Flesh colored tights (tights instead of nylons will hold up longer, but a back up pair is a great idea)
  • Black or nude under layer including strappy camisole and shorts or black or nude leotard
  • Any straps that will show should be black or nude 
  • **Some full day costumes may require nude; you are welcome to wait to see your costumes before finalizing your underlayer
All Guys:
  • Black or nude compression (biker-style) shorts
  • Undershirt is optional

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Virtual Tap Lessons

Who can answer your tap questions:

  • Amy Bodily - tap choreographer
  • Ximena Bailey - stage manager
  • Jacqueline Vuki - director

Remember that not everyone has to tap in the show.  But everyone does get to tap at auditions.  In order to feel confident, it is highly recommended that you either attend a tap workshop or use these videos to get a head start on the footwork and combinations.  Tap shoes are NOT required at workshops or auditions.

Download the videos using Google Drive:

Or watch here!

Closed Rehearsals

Who can answer your closed rehearsals questions:

  • Andrea Fife - Producer

So, technically, EYT rehearsals have always been closed.  In the early years, I even posted a sign.  As the program grows (and more specifically as our pool of awesome alumni grows), I know it is going to be necessary this year to enforce that rule.  

What does this mean?

This means that the entire Empress premises from the hours of 9:00 to 4:30 is off limits to everyone except:
  • Enrolled students
  • 2018 EYT Staff and Interns
  • Empress Theatre staff and board members
  • Volunteers signed up using Sign Up during the period of their volunteer assignment
  • Children under 8 years old who are with a guardian who meets one of the above requirements and who are directly and actively supervised by that guardian
  • Children under 18 years old who are with a guardian and who have approval from Andrea (example: JJ and Andrea's half day kids during full day rehearsals)
But just like the FRIEND ZONE, there is a loophole!  This is designed specifically for amazing people like Jose, Travis, McKenna, Chris, and so many more who we hope may want to stop by.  In accordance with my "once EYT, always EYT" mindset, we'd love to have alumni join us anytime for lunch and games.  Just please don't be sad (or subversive) when I kick you out of rehearsal.  You, of all people, know how hard it is to put together a show in only three weeks!

And please know that just like all EYT rules, this one is put in place by a caring human.  If you need an exception, just message me!  We'll see what we can work out.

Hair - Advance Info

 Who can answer your hair questions?

  • Jamie Victor- Hair Designer
  • Ximena Bailey - Stage Manager
  • Jacqueline Vuki - Director

Natural hair color is required for this show.  This does not necessarily mean it has to be your natural color, but that your hair should be a naturally occurring hair color.  If you are currently sporting a fun summer 'do, you'll need to have a plan to return it to natural or to provide a wig.  All wigs or natural tresses must be present at the theater by July 20th. 

Boys are encouraged to have a clean-cut 1920's look, which means there is no need to postpone regular maintenance haircuts.  Nothing extreme or contemporary-trendy, but feel free to keep it trimmed.

Girls are encouraged to grow their hair from now until given further instructions.  The more hair you have, the better our options are.  Girls hair styles for this show will all start with super tight curls. If you are not familiar with how to achieve tight “Shirley Temple” curls please take the time to practice. There are lots of great YouTube videos that can also help. There will be a hair workshop scheduled

A hair and make up workshop will be held on July 17th and students will be taught how to do the style assigned to his or her specific character.  This hair workshop will require all girls to come with their hair already in super tight curls.  

All students provide their own hair products.  These items, which are not covered in the No-Hassle Fee, may include:
  • Hairspray or gel
  • Bobby pins (girls should plan for 2 packages in a small container labeled with student name)
  • Other hair clips as needed
All students are expected to come to the theater with assigned hair and makeup already complete to all dress rehearsals and performances. With 74 cast members, we simply will not have the dressing room space for hair and makeup to be completed on-site.

Make Up - Advance Info

 Who can answer your make-up questions?
  • Jamie Victor- Make-Up Designer
  • Ximena Bailey - Stage Manager
  • Jacqueline Vuki - Director
More information regarding the exact colors will be provided later.  If you choose to pay the No-Hassle fee you do not need to worry about that list!

Note: Not covered by the NO-HASSLE fee:
  • Foundation (appropriate color for your student)
  • Make-up wipes
  • Make-up remover
Full Day Girls: 
  • *Foundation 
  • Mascara
  • False eyelashes
  • Eye Liner
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
  • Eye shadow 
 Full Day Boys:  
  • *Foundation as needed to cover up blemishes, dark circles etc 
  • Mascara on top lashes
  • A small amount of Eye Liner
  • Blush
  • Chapstick.
Half Day Girls: 
  • *Foundation as needed to to cover up blemishes, dark circles etc
  • Mascara
  • Eye Liner
  • Blush
  • Lipstick,
  • Eye shadow 
Half Day Boys:
  • *Foundation as needed to cover up blemishes, dark circles etc…
  • Mascara on top lashes
  • A small amount of Eye Liner
  • Blush 
  • Chapstick
*Foundation is not covered in the no-hassle fee

ANDREA SAYS: I should have finalized info about the No-Hassle fee soon! If your family chooses to go that route, you will fill out the form pictured below at auditions, and Jamie will handle it from there.  Please read the special notes at the bottom!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Dressing Room Policies

 Who can answer your dressing room questions?

  • Brenda Mitchell - Back Stage Manager
  • Ximena Bailey - Stage Manager
As EYT continues to grow, it becomes necessary to go back to the drawing board to figure out what is going to work for things that might seem simply - like dressing room assignments.  Please read the new EYT policy as outlined by our incredible backstage manager, Brenda.

Changing in a Public Place
In theater it is very important to be able to make quick changes and other costume changes and for all to still feel comfortable.  The entire cast should have something to wear under their costume at all times so they are able to change where ever need be without problem.  This could be spanks and a tank top, a leotard, and further information for what each cast member should wear will be provided by the costume team.

Room Assignments
Dressing rooms during EYT will be assigned by the back stage manager and will be used to store belongings and to have the mirror for make up/ hair, etc.  The term "dressing room" may be used very loosely and may not always include a door that closes.  With 36 full day participants this year, dressing rooms will be assigned to best meet the needs of the show.  Dressing rooms will not be assigned by gender or according to social groups.

Dressing Room Guidelines
We want to make the theater and EYT inclusive to all and for everyone to feel welcome.  Everyone should arrive at the theater with whatever they are going to wear under their costume already on and be able to just slip their costume over this. Each student should have a bin/shelf with their name to store their belongings. Please remember students only get into their own belongings and should not touch others bin/shelf. Dressing rooms are not a place to hang out with friends. More information will be made available regarding food and water in the dressing rooms as we get closer to the production.

Dressing Room Issues
We realize their are some personality combinations that do not mix well, but in theater as in life we need to learn to control our emotions and get along with others.  If either parents or students have a concern about the dressing room assigned, this should be brought to the backstage managers attention and she will try to help as best she can.  Lets have a great year and make EYT the best like always.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

2018 Show Shirt

 Who can answer your show shirt questions?

  • Andrea Fife - Producer
  • Ximena Bailey - Stage Manager

The registration fee you already paid means your EYT participant will receive 2018 EYT t-shirt.  However, some parents like to order additional shirts for themselves or for family members.  Half day students will wear their show shirt on stage, so some families like to order a back up shirt for that purpose as well.

Additional shirts will cost $15, and orders will be accepted through Friday, June 8th.

Order here: