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The Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker

Cuesheet: The Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker Working Rehearsal
The Joffrey Ballet brings the magic of the holiday season to life with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and a glittering journey to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Ballet, Choreographers, Composers, Dance, Dance Legends, Backstage, Europe

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Cuesheet: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Performance & Demonstration
The company performs their signature work, Revelations. The program also includes Bill T. Jones’ D-Man in the Waters (Part I). Set to Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (1825), it is a celebration of life and the resilience of the human spirit that embodies loss, hope, and triumph.
Backstage, Ballet, Choreographers, Dance, Dance Legends

Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play

Cuesheet: Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play
Straight from Mo Willems’ award-winning book series, best friends Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through fundamental questions like, should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Discover the answers and much more!
Animals, Backstage, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

Man of the House

Cuesheet: Man of the House: A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
“Son, I’ve got to go. Now you are the man of the house.” Pablito never forgot those words from his father. Now it’s time to do something about them.
Backstage, Family, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

The Magic Flute: Washington National Opera Working Rehearsal

Cuesheet: WNO Working Rehearsal: The Magic Flute
Anything is possible in a land ruled by light and darkness—even true love. Throw in a zany sidekick, a noble quest, and one enchanted flute, and you have an operatic masterpiece.
Opera, Backstage

Moby-Dick Opera Look-In

Cuesheet: WNO Look-In: Moby-Dick
Get a special, insider’s peek behind the curtains of Moby-Dick, a new opera of Herman Melville’s 19th-century literary masterwork.
Opera, Backstage, Literature

Compagnie Käfig Working Rehearsal

Cuesheet: Compagnie Käfig Working Rehearsal
See how the all-male Brazilian cast of French dance company, Compagnie Käfig, blends a variety of movement styles, including hip-hop, martial arts, and contemporary dance.
Backstage, Dance, Latin America, World Cultures

Washington National Opers: Moby Dick

Cuesheet: WNO Working Rehearsal: Moby-Dick
Hoist sail, raise anchor, and join the hunt for the great white whale! Experience a musical journey of Herman Melville’s epic tale of obsession, madness, and death-defying adventure.
Opera, Backstage, Literature

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cuesheet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Welcome to an enchanted world of fairies, potions, mischief, and magic... where actors and puppets present Shakespeare’s classic comedy of fickle love.
Backstage, Shakespeare, Theater, Puppets

Washington National Opera: The Elixir of Love

Cuesheet: WNO Working Rehearsal: Elixir of Love
You can’t make someone love you. Or can you? The hero of this famous comic opera believes he might be able to pull off the impossible with a little magic.
Opera, Backstage

National Ballet of Canada - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Cuesheet: National Ballet of Canada Working Rehearsal: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll's classic children's book is given a glorious ballet treatment. Find out how this story is brought to life on stage.
Backstage, Ballet, Choreographers, Dance, Folklore, Young Artists

Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Cuesheet: A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle
People have used puppets to tell stories, entertain, or teach lessons for thousands of years. In this performance, puppets act out the stories and drawings from Eric Carle's classic picture books The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.
Puppets, Animals, Theater, Backstage

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Performance/Demonstration

Cuesheet: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Performance & Demonstration
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shares "Ailey Magic" with students, giving insights into the history of the company and its founder Alvin Ailey.
Backstage, Ballet, Choreographers, Dance, Dance Legends

Don Giovanni Opera Look-In

Cuesheet: WNO Opera Look-In: Don Giovanni
This 50-minute narrated program includes fully-staged scenes from Mozart’s light-hearted musical masterpiece
Backstage, Opera

Don Giovanni Dress Rehearsal

Cuesheet: WNO Opera Dress Rehearsal: Don Giovanni
Mozart weaves the tale of Don Juan into a comically serious musical masterpiece
Backstage, Opera

The (Mostly True) Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Cuesheet: The (Mostly True) Adventures of Homer P. Figg
During the Civil War, a small twelve-year-old boy who never even owned a pair of shoes saves his older brother at the Battle of Gettysburg and then helps lead the Union to victory! Sounds hard to believe, but it’s true. At least mostly true. You see, Homer P. Figg will tell any tale to save his brother.
America, Backstage, History, Playwrights & Plays, Theater

Ballet West - The Nutcracker

Cuesheet: Ballet West: The Nutcracker
William Christensen choreographed his version of The Nutcracker in 1944, creating the first full-length version of the ballet to be staged in the United States. This production features Tchaikovsky's timeless score and a brilliant blend of costumes, sets, and choreography that create a magical storybook world.
Backstage, Ballet, Choreographers, Dance, Folklore, Young Artists

Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Cuesheet: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Working Rehearsal
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet presents a program of three well-known Balanchine ballets that showcase the legacy of this great choreographer. At this rehearsal, the company presents the sublimely choreographed Divertimento No. 15, the iconic 1929 masterpiece Prodigal Son, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, complete with gangsters, tap-dancing, and drama.
Ballet, Backstage, Choreographers, Dance, Dance Legends, Young Artists

NSO with Lang Lang

Cuesheet: NSO Open Rehearsal with Lang Lang
Don’t miss this working rehearsal of the National Symphony Orchestra led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach with pianist superstar Lang Lang, performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program is Til Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss.
Backstage, Music, Orchestra

Washington National Opera: Show Boat

Cuesheet: WNO Dress Rehearsal: Show Boat
Based on the 1926 novel of the same name, Show Boat has gone down in American musical theater history as a revolutionary work—one of the first to successfully weave together an epic and dramatic storyline with beautiful and meaningful songs. The story follows the lives of the owners and workers aboard the Cotton Blossom—a floating theater travelling along America’s Southern rivers.
Backstage, Opera, Musicals

Monica Bill Barnes & Company Performance Demonstration

Cuesheet: Cuesheet: Performance & Demonstration: Monica Bill Barnes & Company
In this performance/demonstration, Monica Bill Barnes talks about her choreography and demonstrates key elements of her approach to modern dance. Specifically, she explores two of her dances: mostly fanfare and Everything is getting better all the time.
Backstage, Choreographers, Dance

Monica Bill Barnes & Company Working Rehearsal

Cuesheet: Cuesheet: Working Rehearsal: Monica Bill Barnes & Company
In this working rehearsal, Monica Bill Barnes & Company rehearses three of their works, including Luster, mostly fanfare, and Everything is getting better all the time. You may wonder if these pieces are dance, comedy, theater, or showy circus acts. That’s because these works combine all of them together.
Backstage, Choreographers, Dance

Washington National Opera - Manon Lescaut

Cuesheet: WNO Opera Dress Rehearsal: Manon Lescaut
In Puccini’s Manon Lescaut—a free-spirited and flirtatious lady with a weakness for anything that sparkles meets a dashing young man who steals her heart. True love just isn’t enough for this French girl whose desire for finer things threatens to destroy her happiness, her reputation... even her life.
Backstage, Composers, Music, Europe, Opera

Kathryn Bostic

Article: Q&A with Kathryn Bostic
Kathryn Bostic, music arranger for Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963, shares her thoughts on sharing stories through music and music’s central role in the Civil Rights Movement.
America, Backstage, Composers, History, Musicals, Controversial


Gear: The Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight
One of the jobs of a lighting designer is to be an illusionist; to convince the audience they’re somewhere special
Theater, Jobs in the Arts, Backstage

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