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Maine State Ballet follows the latest CDC guidelines. Please review Merrill Auditorium Covid policies here.
Drop Off and Pickup at Merrill Auditorium (20 Myrtle St. Portland) for Rehearsals and Performances
The stage door is located on Myrtle Street closer to Cumberland Ave. and is marked as "Rehearsal Hall." All performers enter the backstage area through this entrance.
Please limit one adult per family for dancer drop-off and pick-up. Enter the stage door, go to your assigned dressing area, and sign in. Angels, Reindeer, Cherubs, Little Pages, Soldiers, Little Drummer, and Little Ribbon Candies need to be signed in and out by an adult.
At the discretion of each family, older dancers may be dropped off/picked up without an adult entering the building. Dancers being picked up are asked to remain in the building until their ride arrives.
To limit the number of people in the building, family members should not plan on remaining backstage during rehearsals or performances. Exceptions: Reindeer, Little Pages, and Cherubs for their initial rehearsal at the theater may have an adult wait backstage.
Where do I park?
There are several fee-based parking lots in the area and some street parking. Six spots directly in front of the Stage Door are reserved for the convenience of full-time staff so please do not park there.
What time should I arrive for Rehearsals at Merrill Auditorium?
The times indicated on the rehearsal schedule are “on-stage” times. Please arrive early to Merrill Auditorium so dancers are prepared and on time in appropriate dance attire/shoes (younger dancers please use the bathroom). We generally line up dancers for their rehearsal about 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
What Time Should I Arrive For Performances at Merrill Auditorium?
Performers in Act I should arrive and sign in one hour before the beginning of the performance. Performers in only Act II should arrive and sign in 30 minutes before the beginning of the performance.
Which performers can watch the show?
Reindeer, Cherubs, and Little Pages may watch Act I in the audience with a purchased ticket. These dancers must sign in backstage at least 30 minutes before show time and return immediately at the beginning of intermission by quickly exiting the auditorium through the front lobby, walking down Myrtle Street, and entering the Stage door. Use of the restroom is highly encouraged before dropping off your dancer.
Soldiers may watch Act II in the audience with a purchased ticket.
Food and Water Backstage
During performances, food should be put away. Bring spill-protected water bottles. Be considerate of those with allergies.
Performance photos will be available for sale on a platform called “SmugMug” (a link will be sent a few weeks after the performance). MSB does not guarantee every dancer will be in these performance photos. A staff photographer will take photos backstage of the following groups in costume at their performance (Reindeer, Little Drummer, Soldiers, Cherubs, Angels, all Pages, Russian, Little Ribbon Candies, Party Children). Photos will be emailed to families.
Due to copyright, photos/videos during performances are prohibited.
Flowers are for sale in the lobby. Backstage delivery service is available for performers.
Meet and Greet Following Performances
Families and friends are not allowed backstage following performances. If dancers are meeting people outside after performances, remove your costume.
What about costumes, hair, and makeup?
Maine State Ballet owns all the costumes. For additional items that are needed refer to the role descriptions below. A limited amount of tights, leotards, trunks and makeup is available for purchase at Maine State Ballet’s boutique.
Please refer to the role descriptions below for specific details.
Little Ribbon Candies - Girls and Boys
Soldiers and Little Drummer
Sugar Plum Pages
How do I create those curls?
Here are the links to three videos to help you create those perfect ringlets for party girls and doll curls. Please watch all three videos and then practice, practice, practice! If you are still struggling, please let us know and we'll try to help.
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