Packing for Paris

Post by Jennifer Lauren, Soloist

Celebrating MCB’s 25th anniversary this past season was very exciting.  Amongst all the wonderful performances, we had something in the back of our minds: PARIS! I was thrilled to find out we would be performing there for three weeks.  The next question I had in my mind was, how am I going to pack for this long stay? How many pointe shoes should I bring? Do I really need five different kinds of eyeshadow and lipstick?  I’ve never really been outside the country, much less actually lived and worked in Paris for three weeks.

It’s been a little overwhelming to prepare for this trip, but thanks to our wonderful MCB production/wardrobe staff, we were given a great advantage. We were able to ship our pointe shoes/ballet slippers and one theater case on the boat headed to Paris last week. Some of you may be asking what a theater case is. For me, it’s a suitcase devoted only to items needed for a long weekend, or tour, of performances. Most of us have one that we haul around from theater to theater all season long. To keep up with everything I’m taking in my theater case, I wrote it all down. We were told whatever came to Paris on the boat had to come back on the boat. Even our used pointe shoes. We were also told we wouldn’t see our cases for a whole month after the tour.

Here is my list:

-My trusty MCB Company Dancer jacket and sweat pants. :)

-A picture of my husband that he printed for me to take to all theaters. (It says “Grow old with me. The best is yet to be!”)

-A small bookmark with me and my best friend, Kyle, dancing together in Alabama.

-A fortune from a fortune cookie.

-Two formal dresses and a pair of high heels that I will wear to any MCB related events.

-My blue down booties.

-Hairspray, hair pins, hair nets and two brushes.

-Five pairs of fake eyelashes and eyelash glue.

-Liquid eyeliner, white and brown eyeliner and a pencil sharpener.

-Studio fix (pressed powder) and concealer.

-My palette of all my eye shadows.

-I could’t put my lipsticks in my case because of the heat on the boat, but I really can make due with just one good color for all the shows.

-Five pairs of tights, two skirts, three pairs of leg warmers, eight leotards and one pair of ballet slippers — all for company class that my boss, Edward Villella teaches.

-A packet of corn cushions and toe nail clippers. (Both very important to have on hand at all times.)

Last but definitely not least, 14 pairs of pionte shoes, (with the elastic and ribbon already sewn) to get me through one of the best experiences of my life!