Previously on Breaking Pointe: Rehearsals moved to the stage in anticipation of the shows opening, and many things went wrong. Allison and Rex had their big knock-down drag-out and Allison pitched a hissy at the conductor. Adam fretted, and Beckanne wondered why everyone was making such a big deal out of these super easy ballets!
This week: Opening night is tomorrow. Time for final stage rehearsals, and probably some nervous purging. Adam says they are expecting an audience of two thousand people, and everyone wants to do their best. Then he explains how people buying tickets works to support the company. I start to wonder if the audience for Breaking Pointe maybe thinks that Ballet West gets their money from magical tutu fairies, because really, this is a bit obvious.
Adam runs down the cast: This is Ronnie’s first opening night with Ballet West, which might get him the promotion to principal. This is Beckanne’s first solo as a member of a first cast, and Adam expects she will be fantastic. Allison has a lot of responsibilities, which are wearing on her, but Adam is confident she can handle it. Christiana, of course, is awesome, and as he says this Christiana is wearing her costume for “Paquita” over leopard-print leggings, which I find hysterical. Rex is lifting her, and Adam says Rex will be amazing if he’s emotionally stable. That is, if Allison doesn’t **** him up again. Likelihood: slim!
It’s the day of opening night. Ronnie is going through his pre-show rituals, of which he says he has few (mostly seems to be showering, admiring self in mirror). Christiana, on the other hand, has many rituals. She’s having her traditional croissant sandwich and potato chips, which look delicious. Mmm, carbs and fat. Katie and Beckanne are shopping, which Beckanne says is her pre-show ritual. And then Ronald is back from visiting the Denali clan! Yay! Other Tilton brother Ray is in town from San Francisco for opening night. The brothers go out for coffee and discuss how the performing boys are stressed out and of course how Allison is a nightmare. Ray, like his brothers, has ridiculous facial hair and is wearing a stocking cap. He looks like Ashton Kutcher and Orlando Bloom’s unwashed spawn.