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How vital is the Shriner's Ballet. 
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Post How vital is the Shriner's Ballet.
Ok, I really want to be Rose. I have since I was little. My problem is I'm a bigger girl. People have already locked me in as Albert's mother. I want to audition for Rose, but I don't know how the Shriner's Ballet works. I mean like I've seen it, but we have young kids in our productions (grades 3+ I think.) I don't know that our director (If he has any brain at all) would keep it as risque if he keeps it at all. Is it vital? Or should I just stick with the Mom?


Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:00 pm
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The Shriners Ballet is the worst part of the show, imo. If I directed the a production of Bye Bye Birdie, I'd cut it.

For the story? It really bares no importance.

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Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:02 pm
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It does nothing for the plot.
But it was the best part of the show in one production I saw. SO funny. If you are certain you will finish the important stuff first and have some extra rehearsal hours, I'd throw it in there. It can be awesome if done correctly.


Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:22 pm
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i agree. the shriners ballet is usually cut out. i recently played rosie in april, and we left it in, but only because i'm mainly a dancer and i was choreographing the show as well. it really went over well and was a lot of fun, but it isn't significant to the show..it's just a fun little extra. don't let that discourage you at all...most directors will leave the shriners ballet and 100 ways to kill a man ballet out of the show.

good luck!!! rosie was my favorite part ever :)


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It does nothing, but it is still vital to the overall success of the show. If done right, Shriner's is the funniest part of the show. It's just a good way to get the audience involved - they clap along and laugh at the expressions on the guys' faces. And if the actors and dancers are having fun, the audience has fun too. Additionally, you may have some audience members who'd like a break from the obnoxious teen voices and fifty's score, and Shriner's is perfect for that. It sounds different, it feels different, and it really lightens the mood.

However, if your Shriner's aren't really performing up to parr, i.e., if they can't get the facial expressions or just aren't having fun with it, I'd say cut it. I think the shows better for it (my school won a YNOT for best musical over two schools that had cut Shriner's), but if it's not working out than it's better to cut it then to bring the show down. But in my opinion, Shriner's is the best part of the show, so I would try to keep it if you can.

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