Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Backstage Pass to a WGI Regional

Ever wondered what it's like on the other side of winterguard; the performer's side? Probably not, because chances are high that if you even know what winterguard is, you spun at some point in your life. (If you don't have any idea what I'm talking about, check out So What's The Big Deal About Winterguard Anyway?) But if you're one of the few who know about winterguard and haven't spun yourself, have you ever thought about the prep that goes into a winterguard show just on show day? We don't just crawl off a bus and perform, there is an elaborate plan in place to get us calm, focused, warmed up, and ready to perform.

Today is day four of the 30 Day Polyvore Challenge: Bullet Your Whole Day; so you'll get a step-by-step itinerary of the busy bees winterguard performers are here with the Pride of Missouri State.

  • Wake Up! (at 6 a.m...) 
  • Ensure your "show day" bag is packed (Uniform? Check. Hairspray? Check. Elastic bands, hairbrush, teasing comb, body tights, show makeup, flip flops, equipment...? Check!)
  • Throw on rehearsal clothes, brush teeth and hair, get breakfast, and get out the door! 
  • 7 a.m. Rehearsal! 
  • Fix Hair (while you still have a mirror!)
  • Change into Pride Attire (we don't ever wear denim)
  • Equipment Check-In
  • Load buses and Depart for St. Louis! 
  • ....really long bus ride (I took a nap) 
  • Do Your Makeup (yes on the bus!) 
  • Stop for Lunch (It's just now noon...)
  • Reload and ride the bus again
  • Arrive at the Performance Venue 
  • Unload buses (equipment and floor) 
  • Visit Storage Area
  • Watch a Few Guards
  • Change into Uniform
  • Help with National Avenue's floor 
  • Hallway Stretch 
  • Hallway Movement Warm-Up
  • Hallway Mental Run Through
  • Equipment Warm-Up 
  • Pep-Talk/Power Pose/Pre-Show Fight Song! 
  • SHOWTIME
  • Retrieve floor 
  • Change back to Pride Attire for dinner (It's just 5p.m.) 
  • Time to eat! 
  • Return to Performance Venue
  • Watch guards 
  • Woohoo!! We made finals!! (Rinse and Repeat...) 
  • Change into Uniform
  • Help with National Avenue's floor 
  • Hallway Stretch 
  • Hallway Movement Warm-Up
  • Hallway Mental Run Through
  • Equipment Warm-Up 
  • Pep-Talk/Power Pose/Pre-Show Fight Song! 
  • SHOWTIME
  • Retrieve floor 
  • Time for Scores @ Retreat! 
  • Reload Buses
  • Head Back to Springfield 
  • Return to Apartment (at 2:30 a.m.!!) 
  • Quick shower, quick change and...
  • Bedtime. 

Now that's one full day of winterguard, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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