Image from page 244 of "Theatrical and circus life;" (1893)
Title: Theatrical and circus life;
Publisher: Chicago, Laird & Lee
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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j ^^^JjF ^ ^i ^■;|Mf ■■ >W IK. ^M-^W ^^^^^ >■■■■ ■■ ■■! ing that everything is all right, says : Now, ladies andgentlemen, all together, he gracefully lowers his arm,but suddenly arises in an_angry mood, for they are not THE REHEARSAL. 235 .ill together. About one-half the throng begin, andthe other half loiter behind to drop in at intervals.And so it goes from act to act until the opera is fin-ished. The singers are in street dress and the shab-biest of garments brush against the most stylish. Inrehearsing grand opera only one act is taken at a time,
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TRAINING BALLET DANCERS. and the scenes presented, with the mellifluous Italianand the sweet-scented garlic floating around the stage,are picturesque to the eye, charming to the ear, andsimply entrancing to the nose. The principals re-hearse sitting. Ballet dancers have as hard work, if not harder than 23<) THE REHEARSAL. any other class in the profession. They must rehearseor practice daily, and for hours and hours at a time.The maitre is there with cane and eye-glass, with velvetcoat and lavender trousers, to show them the motions,und line after line the strength and limberness of thelimbs of the corps, de ballet are tested. From thepremiere who sits with sealskin sack over her b1costume with her pet dog by her side down to thelatest acquisition to the ma if res (the ballet masters)corps, all must be on hand to rehearse with or withoutmusic. In the latter instance the steps are slowly butcarefully gone through. Not only is there a dayrehearsal, but there is private individual reh
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