Important Documents

Mandatory Dates
Cast List

Thank you so much to everyone who came to auditions on Saturday. We are so pleased to announce the 2020 cast of Dance Repertory Company’s (DRC) production of Change in Color it is going to be a fabulous show. If you have been cast please do not forget to initial that you accept the role on the print out in the lobby at MCA or on the call board at SMU or let us know at mca@smumn.edu if for some reason you cannot commit to the role(s) you have been cast. We look forward to seeing everyone (cast member & parents of those 18 and under) on Thursday, Jan. 23rd at 7:15 pm in MCA’s Studio 1 at the mandatory meeting. Rehearsal schedules, contact sheets and more will be discussed and handed out, additionally costume measurements will be taken. For more information about the production and the Dance Performance Company click here.

Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance and the Minnesota Conservatory for Arts Dance Repertory Company:

Change in Color Spring 2020 Cast List

Contemporary Ballet, With Flying Colors (re-staging by Tammy Schmidt):

Principal Male 

Nathan Huberty

Nolan Livingston (understudy)

Principal Female (en pointe)

Nadia Hocum

Carmelle Meyer (understudy)

Yellow Duet (en pointe)

Abigail Ellenburg

Keeli Meyer

Justine Meinke (understudy)

Red Soloist (en pointe)

Amanda Pohlman

Ana Paula Saldana Cisneros (understudy)

Red Ensemble (en pointe)

Ana Paula Saldana Cisneros

Carmelle Meyer

Makarah Olcott (understudy)

Green Soloist (en pointe)

Makarah Olcott

Elizabeth Hinz (understudy)

Green Ensemble (en pointe)

Elizabeth Hinz

Justine Meinke

Mattie Kreisel (understudy)

Blue Soloist (en flat)

Isabell Livingston

Sarah Zimmermann (understudy)

Blue Ensemble (en flat)

Kathryn Bates

Danielle Rhodes

Salome Tolvaisas

Sarah Zimmermann

Beth Davis (understudy)

 

Jess Dienger’s Contemporary Piece:

Trio

Nadia Hocum

Isabell Livingston

Carmelle Meyer

Keeli Meyer (understudy)

Ensemble

Ana Paula Saldana Cisneros

Abigail Ellenburg

Elizabeth Hinz

Keeli Meyer

Natalie Munich

Lindsey Nelson

Makarah Olcott

Amanda Pohlman

Sarah Zimmermann

Beth Davis (understudy)

Mattie Kreisel (understudy)

 

Raina Racki’s Modern Piece:

Soloist

Kathryn Bates

Danielle Rhodes (understudy)

Duet

Makarah Olcott

Amanda Pohlman

Ana Paula Saldana Cisneros (understudy)

Ensemble

Ana Paula Saldana Cisneros

Laura Pasmick

Marlee Ressa

Danielle Rhodes

Sarah Zimmermann

 

Jess Dienger’s Latin Hip Hop Piece:

Kyleigh Chandler

Ana Paula Saldana Cisneros

Abigail Ellenburg

Elizabeth Hinz

Nadia Hocum

Isabell Livingston

Nolan Livingston

Carmelle Meyer

Keeli Meyer

Natalie Munich

Taylor Novak

Amanda Pohlman

Mattie Kreisel (understudy)

Absence Request Form
Performance & Ticket Info

Dance Repertory Company Spring Dance Concert; Change in Color

The 47th annual spring Dance Repertory Company (DRC), Change in Color will be an evening of classical and contemporary dance. Suitable and engaging for all ages, this performance will include With Flying Colors, a contemporary ballet piece set to Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Additionally, pieces performed in hip hop, contemporary, and modern utilizing the work of MCA faculty and regional guest artists.

Auditions: Jan. 18, 2020, 3:00pm, MCA’s home, Valencia Arts Center

Performances: April 17-19, 2020 (see performance times below)

April 17- School Matinee, 10:00am

April 18- Public Performances, 7:30pm

April 19- Public Performance, 3pm

All Performances at the Saint Mary University of Minnesota Performance Center in the Page Theatre. Tickets $10 Adults, $5 Students and Seniors

*Order Tickets, Call the Performance Center: 507-457-1715

*Tickets will go on sale beginning April 14, 2020

Change in Color Poster

Change in Color Poster

Performance Prep Packet

Friday Fill-in & Other Important Emails

1/31/20- Friday Fill-in

Hello DRC Cast!

We are attempting a new format for our Fill-In emails so for those that have done DRC productions with us, as the few months proceed, please let us know how you like this new format compared to the previous.

  1. (WFC) Ballet Cast Information:
  • Please review your rehearsal videos on Google drive (DRC 2020 Change in Color Cast under With Flying Colors Ballet tab) before Sunday’s rehearsal and come with any clarification questions you might have.
  1. Modern Cast Information:None
  2. Contemporary Cast Information:
  • Rehearsal for tomorrow, 2/1/2020 will be structured as follows: Trio from 3:00-3:30p and full cast 3:30-4:30p.Thank you for your flexibility!
  • Please make sure that you review the videos on Drive prior to our rehearsals tomorrow and come prepared with any clarifying questions you may have! Thank you!
  1. Hip Hop Cast Information:
  • Rehearsal for tomorrow, 2/1/2020 will be structured as follows: Carmelle, Keeli, Izzy, Amanda, Beth & Nadia from 4:30-5:00p and full cast from 5:00-6:30p. Thank you for your flexibility!
  • Please make sure that you review the videos on Drive prior to our rehearsals tomorrow and come prepared with any clarifying questions you may have! Thank you!
  1. ALL CAST Information:
  • Please remember to sign and hand in the performer agreement if you have yet to do so and also pay for the performance fee.
  • DRC T-shirt orders are due by Feb. 22nd!
  1. DRC Webpage Portal:Don’t forget about our webpage that has all of the communication from our Friday Fill-In emails, rehearsal calendar, mandatory dates, and other important communication. Click here to get to the webpage portal.

Best,

Megan Bagniewski

Administrative Assistant
MCA / Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

1164 West 10th Street / Winona, MN 55987

mca@smumn.edu / https://mnconservatoryforthearts.org/

Phone: 507-453-5500 / Fax: 507-453-5507

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1/31/20- T-Shirt Announcement

Hello all,

We are just wanting to pass along our DRC t-shirt logo and that we are changing it up a bit this time. The shirts will be short sleeve white shirts with the attached image on the front. We will have the image on the shirt in the colors that they are in the actual image. We are super excited to offer the shirts this way for this DRC production. 

Please remember that t-shirt orders are due no later than Saturday, February 22nd. We do not order extra shirts so if your order is not in by Saturday, Feb. 22nd, we will not be able to order one for you. 

Shirts are again $20 per shirt and we will have them available in youth, ladies & unisex sizes. You should’ve gotten an order form with your other forms at the mandatory meeting on last Thursday, however, we also have some paper copies on the small wooden table in front of the office window. 

Please see the attached image of what will be on the shirt. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Attachment: Screen Shot 2020-01-30 at 1.15.56 PM.png (76.8kB)

Best,

Megan Bagniewski

2/8/20-Friday Fill-in

Hello DRC Cast!

  1. (WFC) Ballet Cast Information:
  2. Modern Cast Information:
  • Hello ladies! Way to finish section 4 this week! Please review Tuesday’s videos so we can clean up the movement and you can bring questions for the next time.
  • There are now links in the music folder for music for sections 1-4.
  • Please note there will be NO rehearsal this Sunday, February 9th and instead we will rehearse Monday, February 10 from 5:45-7:45pm in Studio 1, along with the usual Tuesday rehearsal. We will try to get the bulk of section 2 completed. See you then!
  1. Contemporary Cast Information:
  2. Hip Hop Cast Information:
  3. ALL CAST Information:
  • Please remember to sign and hand in the performer agreement if you have yet to do so and also pay for the performance fee. 
  • DRC T-shirt orders are due by Feb. 22nd!
  1. DRC Webpage Portal:Don’t forget about our webpage that has all of the communication from our Friday Fill-In emails, rehearsal calendar, mandatory dates, and other important communication. Click here to get to the webpage portal.

Best,

Megan Bagniewski

Administrative Assistant
MCA / Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

1164 West 10th Street / Winona, MN 55987

mca@smumn.edu / http://www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org

Phone: 507-453-5500 / Fax: 507-453-5507

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2/21/20-Friday Fill-in

1. (WFC) Ballet Cast Information:  

  • REMINDER that rehearsals for WFC principals (Nadia, Nathan, Carmelle & Nolan) begin this Monday, Feb. 24th from 5:45-7pm. Please check your calendar these next couple of weeks, because there are several new rehearsals added in for ballet.
  • REMINDER: Tuesday, Feb. 25th rehearsal for (Nadia, Nathan, Carmelle & Nolan) rehearsal for principal Male & Female roles) will be from 5:30-7:00pm in the BBT.

2. Modern Cast Information: 

3. Contemporary Cast Information: 

  • Please remember that starting tomorrow, 2/22/2020, you need to wear a leo or sports bra with tight shorts. Thank you!
  • I apologize that I forgot to upload your latest rehearsal video prior to me leaving town on Sunday, but it is uploaded now. Please make sure you review said video on Google Drive prior to rehearsal tomorrow. Thank you ahead of time for being as prepared as possible.

4. Hip Hop Cast Information:

  • I apologize that I forgot to upload your latest rehearsal video prior to me leaving town on Sunday, but it is uploaded now. Please make sure you review said video on Google Drive prior to rehearsal tomorrow. Thank you ahead of time for being as prepared as possible.
  • I have decided that I will request black shoes with white soles for this year’s performance. I do not care what brand or style they are, but I do ask that the soles of the shoes are not very sticky (the dancers need to be able to turn in them). Please ask me any questions you may have and I request that you get my approval of the shoe prior to wearing them for rehearsals. Thank you!
  • As stated last week, I am looking to have ripped, 90’s style high-waisted jeans as part of the costume for the ladies in the cast. As jeans fit every body differently and we all feel more comfortable in different brands/cuts/etc., we are looking to the females in the cast to provide their own for the performance. We will discuss this more in detail tomorrow during rehearsal, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up to be on the lookout for some deals if need be.
  • Nolan: please look out for preferred jean options in next week’s fill in. I will be spending the next week doing some research to find jeans that best match your female cast members’ options. Thank you!

5. ALL CAST Information:

  • Miss Jess is looking for 3 toy chests for her contemporary piece. They must be small enough to be carried on stage by the cast, but large enough to hold about 8 shirts and some scarves. If you have anything that you think would work and would be willing to lend to the school for the duration of the show, please contact Jess at jdienger@smumn.edu or text her at 608-397-7225. Thank you!
  • Please remember to sign and hand in the performer agreement if you have yet to do so and also pay for the performance fee. 
  • DRC T-shirt orders are due by tomorrow. Saturday, Feb. 22nd! (attached is a photo of what the shirts will look like.
  • Students/Parents: we have the DRC posters ready for distribution to area businesses. We will have the posters, along with a note on them for where they should be taken to, on the large table in the lobby as of this evening. Please take at least 1 stack of posters to distribute and sign the form on the table.
  • Performance Preparation packet will be in next week’s fill in (on 2/28/2020). Thank you for your patience with this as we finalize everyone’s costumes this next week.

6. DRC Webpage Portal: Don’t forget about our webpage that has all of the communication from our Friday Fill-In emails, rehearsal calendar, mandatory dates, and other important communication. Click here to get to the webpage portal.

Attachment: Screen Shot 2020-02-10 at 12.18.42 PM.png (149.9kB)

Best,

Megan Bagniewski

Administrative Assistant
MCA / Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
1164 West 10th Street / Winona, MN 55987
Phone: 507-453-5500 / Fax: 507-453-5507
2/28/20-Friday Fill-in

Hello DRC Cast!

  1. (WFC) Ballet Cast Information:
  2. Modern Cast Information:
  • This Sunday, March 1st we will work as a full cast on the second half of Section 5 for the first hour (4:15-5:15pm). For the second hour of rehearsal, only the duet cast members for Section 1 are called: Makarah, Amanda & Ana Paula.
  • The latest videos and text will be up by Friday afternoon on Google Drive. Please take time to review the new choreography from Section 5 as well as look at timing and details for the other sections you are in. Thanks everyone for all your dedicated work, we are making great progress!
  1. Contemporary Cast Information:
  • Our seamstress, Ruby Oian will be coming to do fittings this Saturday, Feb. 29th at 2:45pm. Please make sure that you arrive to MCA by 2:40pm and are ready to be fitted right at 2:45. There are ivory dresses in the hallway leading into Studio 1 labeled with all of your names; please put these on upon arrival. Any dancers that do not take contemporary class prior to rehearsal will be fitted first to allow those just finishing the class some time to rest. Thank you for your flexibility!
  • I ask that all cast members bring a fitted long-sleeve shirt to all rehearsals from here on out to practice the needed quick changes. Thank you!
  • Trio: As we discussed last night, I am looking to add an additional trio rehearsal on Tuesday, March 17th from 5-6:30pm. Please verify that this will work for all of you and email me (Jess) a confirmation. Thank you!
  • Please make sure you review the most current rehearsal video on Google Drive prior to rehearsal tomorrow! Thank you ahead of time for being as prepared as possible.
  1. Hip Hop Cast Information:
  • Please make sure you review the most current rehearsal video on Google Drive prior to rehearsal tomorrow. Thank you ahead of time for being as prepared as possible!
  • To make the creation formations a little easier for me, I ask that each cast member wear a shirt in their assigned colors to all rehearsals from here on out. As a refresher, here are the assigned colors: Keeli, Natalie, Abi & Nolan in orange; Carmelle, Beth, Kyleigh and Izzy in red; Ana Paula, Taylor, Amanda & Nadia in yellow. If this is not possible, please let me know ASAP, and I will try to find a shirt for you.
  • To make sure that we are as prepared as possible and looking ahead of all that we still need to learn and clean prior to load in to the theatre, I have decided that we need to extend some rehearsal time as well as add 2 additional rehearsals. Please make the following adjustments to your rehearsal schedule:  Hip Hop Full Cast on Sat. March 21 will now go from 1-4pm. Additional Hip Hop Full Cast on Tues. March 17 from 6:30-8pm. Additional Hip Hop Full Cast on Monday, March 23 from 5:30-7:30p.
  • I have decided that I will request black shoes with white soles for this year’s performance. I do not care what brand or style they are, but I do ask that the soles of the shoes are not very sticky (the dancers need to be able to turn in them). Please ask me any questions you may have and I request that you get my approval of the shoe prior to wearing them for rehearsals. Thank you!
  • Unfortunately, I am still working on finding jean options. I will be taking time this Sunday to finalize everything and will be in contact with the cast directly with options. I sincerely apologize and as usual, thank you for your understanding.
  1. ALL CAST Information:
  • More likely than not, we will be needing some volunteers for costume help. If this is something that you would be interested in doing, please let Jess know at jdienger@smumn.edu or 608-397-7225. Thank you!
  • Please remember to sign and hand in the performer agreement if you have yet to do so and also pay for the performance fee.
  • Miss Jess is looking for 3 toy chests for her contemporary piece. They must be small enough to be carried on stage by the cast, but large enough to hold about 8 shirts and some scarves. If you have anything that you think would work and would be willing to lend to the school for the duration of the show, please contact Jess at jdienger@smumn.edu or text her at 608-397-7225. Thank you!
  • Your Performance Prep Packet is attached! Please note the makeup section for females is incomplete at this time. It will be finalized soon and sent out ASAP.
  1. DRC Webpage Portal:Don’t forget about our webpage that has all of the communication from our Friday Fill-In emails, rehearsal calendar, mandatory dates, and other important communication. Click here to get to the webpage portal.

Attachment: Change in Color Performance Prep Packet 2020 Less Make-up.docx (10.4kB)

Best,

Megan Bagniewski

3/6/20-Friday Fill-in

Hello DRC Cast!

  1. (WFC) Ballet Cast Information:
  • Makeup for With Flying Colors: MCA has purchased the special eye colors needed for the individual group of dancers (white, red, yellow, blue and green) in the ballet. This has but everyone’s costs on shipping. Please provide cash or a check to the front office by April 1 for the amounts listed below. Tammy will deliver makeup during rehearsal once it comes in.
  • Nathan: $6 (white eye pencil)
  • Nadia: $20 (white pancake makeup for pointe shoes and white eye pencil)
  • Reds, Yellow, Greens & Blues: $15 (colored creme eye makeup and a portion of the cost for the markers for dying shoes)
  • All Ballet Cast Members: Please make every effort to attend Sunday’s full cast rehearsal on Sunday, March 8 from 2-4pm. Tammy will be adding on additional choreography for some groups and not having everyone in attendance makes this very difficult. Please utilize the videos on google drive and listen to your music to review (especially the timing for the end section of the ballet).
  • Nathan, Nadia, Carmelle, & Nolan: Please note you have an additional rehearsal from 4:15-5:30pm on Sunday to add on a large piece of new choreography for the principal dancers. Additionally, make sure to check your schedule each day next week, as there are several rehearsals added for this group.
  1. Modern Cast Information:
  2. Contemporary Cast Information:
  • I ask that all cast members bring a fitted long-sleeve shirt to all rehearsals from here on out to practice the needed quick changes. Thank you!
  • Trio: As we discussed last week (and mentioned in last week’s Fill-in), I am looking to add an additional trio rehearsal on Tuesday, March 17th from 5-6:30pm. Please verify this will work for all of you and email me (Jess) a confirmation. Thank you for your flexibility!
  • Rehearsal time for Contemporary Full Cast on Saturday, March 21st will now go from 10a-12:30pm.
  • Please make sure to review the most current rehearsal video on Google Drive prior to rehearsal tomorrow!
  1. Hip Hop Cast Information:  
  • Please make sure you review the most current rehearsal video on Google Drive prior to rehearsal tomorrow!
  • I have decided that I will request black shoes with white soles for this year’s performance. I do not care what brand of style they are, but I do ask that the soles of the shoes are not very sticky (the dancers need to be able to turn in them). Please ask me any questions you may have and I request that you get my approval of the shoes prior to wearing them for rehearsals.
  • Remember to bring jean options to rehearsal tomorrow, Saturday, March 7th. At this point in time we cannot sacrifice any rehearsal time for this process, so I am asking that everyone stay an extra 15 minutes (from 6:30-6:45p) to do this. Thank you for your understanding!
  • Rehearsal tomorrow, Saturday, March 7th will be structured as follows: Group #4/Duet #2 and Salsa Duet from 4:30-5p; Hip Hop Full Cast from 5-6:30p; Costuming from 6:30-6:45p.
  1. ALL CAST Information:
  • Please remember to sign and hand in the performer agreement if you have yet to do so and also pay for the performance fee.
  • Miss Jess is still looking for 3 toy chests for her contemporary piece. They must be small enough to be carried on stage by the cast, but large enough to hold about 8 shirts and some scarves. If you have any that you think would work and would be willing to lend to the school for the duration of the show, please contact Jess at jdienger@smumn.edu or text her at 608-397-7225. Thank you!
  • Your makeup information will be sent out this weekend! Miss Jess still needs to finalize a few color selections for hip hop and will have time to finalize these this weekend. Look for an email from her by Sunday evening. Thank  you as always for your understanding!
  1. DRC Webpage Portal:Don’t forget about our webpage that has all of the communication from our Friday Fill-In emails, rehearsal calendar, mandatory dates, and other important communication. Click here to get to the webpage portal.

Best,

Megan Bagniewski

Administrative Assistant
MCA / Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

1164 West 10th Street / Winona, MN 55987

mca@smumn.edu / http://www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org

Phone: 507-453-5500 / Fax: 507-453-5507

3/13/20-Friday Fill-in

Hello DRC Cast! Please see the attached letter from Miss Tammy and read below info from the other choreographers.

  1. (WFC) Ballet Cast Information:
  2. Modern Cast Information:
  • Looking forward to seeing the full cast at rehearsal tonight from 7:30-9:00pm.We will finalize the end of section 5 and the very end of section 1. We will then do one or two full runs of the entire piece and get a solid video of it. If you have a white shirt and white shorts, pants or a skirt please bring it. If not no worries, maybe just find a lighter color.  Please come early to be ready to run at 7:30 PM. Thanks so much!
  1. Contemporary Cast Information:
  • As was stated in the email that was sent out last night, Miss Jess would like to add rehearsals this Saturday before our break to finish setting the piece. Please make sure to read and respond to the email that was sent last night ASAP. Thank you!
  1. Hip Hop Cast Information:
  • As was stated in the email that was sent out last night, Miss Jess would like to add rehearsals this Saturday before our break to finish setting the piece. Please make sure to read and respond to the email that was sent last night ASAP. Thank you!
  1. ALL CAST Information:
  2. DRC Webpage Portal:Don’t forget about our webpage that has all of the communication from our Friday Fill-In emails, rehearsal calendar, mandatory dates, and other important communication. Click here to get to the webpage portal.

Attachment: Letter to DRC Families March 2020.docx (126.1kB)

Best,

Megan Bagniewski

Administrative Assistant
MCA / Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

1164 West 10th Street / Winona, MN 55987

mca@smumn.edu / http://www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org

Phone: 507-453-5500 / Fax: 507-453-5507

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