Twelve-year-old ballerina Claudia Cravey prepares for her part in 'The Princess', Strand Theatre, London.
Nice M/S of exterior of the Strand Theatre in daylight; the neon sign says 'The Princess'; tilt down to show the entrance with people walking past. M/S of 12-year-old ballerina Claudia Cravey walking past the theatre entrance; she stops to talk to a man pasting posters for the show to a board; there is a framed picture of Claudia hanging on one of the doors to the theatre. C/Us of the man then of Claudia talking, pan left to show the hanging picture of her. MS of Claudia walking through the stage door.
M/S in a dressing room as choreographer Jo Anna is arranging costumes on a rail. Claudia enters and kisses Jo on the cheek (mwyah!), takes her coat off and puts a towel over her shoulders for making up.
Great C/U of the dressing table showing hair pins and various cosmetic items as well as Claudia's books; Jo's hands pick up some hair pins. C/U of Claudia in stage make-up, with her hair up and a tiara on her head. Commentator tells us Claudia plays the Princess as a child in the "musical fantasy". M/S of a row of coloured ballet costumes with tutus as Jo selects a white one with red sash. C/U of numerous pairs of pink ballet shoes on cases on the ground. M/S of Claudia in costume who does a few ballet exercises as Jo gives her hair a final spritz of hairspray; Claudia walks out of shot.
M/S of an electrician adjusting a lamp in the theatre. M/S of performers on stage; M/S of American producer Ted Kneeland speaking to another man then settling down in the stalls to watch Claudia, partnered by Terry Gilbert in one of the highlights of the ballet. There follows a lengthy pas de deux from the ballet, intercut with shots of the electrician watching with a cup of tea, and Jo sitting in the stalls to watch and discuss with Ted Kneeland.
Note: Nice 10 x 8 b/w photo on file of Claudia being coached by Jo plus a newspaper article about the 'Ballet Baby' and press releases on Claudia, Jo and the show.