|IMPORTANT Nutcracker Participation Information
|The Nutcracker offers a tremendous
opportunity for performers to participate in a full-scale professional ballet
theater production. This is not a recital. With this production, performers
will have the opportunity to perform in front of family, friends and the
greater Blue Water community. Please review this information prior to
The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre Co. is not affiliated with any dance studio. We welcome all dance students and performers from the greater Port Huron area and beyond. We typically cast 100-125 performers each year.
Auditioners must be age 3 or older by the date of the audition. Participation in The Nutcracker is voluntary. Girls auditioning for a dance role in The Nutcracker must be enrolled in and regularly attending a minimum of at least one dance class per week at a dance studio of their choosing. For boys, being enrolled in a dance class is recommended - doing so is looked upon favorably by The Nutcracker. Experienced/Advanced male ballet dancers are urged to audition for featured and/or partnering roles. Adults are also needed to perform as "parents" in the party scene. Please feel free to audition! Dance training is of course helpful, but not required for adults. More information about the roles are at the bottom of this page.
There is a $35 non-refundable audition fee that is required to be paid by audition day. If you choose to accept the part(s) offered, an additional $65 participation fee is due no later than September 1st (for a total of $100).
Only auditioners, Choreographers and Nutcracker Board members are allowed in the audition area. Parents or guardians are not permitted to watch the auditions. If parents need or want to stay, there will be a designated waiting area.
Casting is at the sole discretion of the casting committee and is based on dancer ability, costume requirements, and overall suitability to the production. Casting is not based on seniority or placement in previous shows. As rehearsals progress, cast members may be required to perform additional roles or to change roles altogether. Not all auditioners are cast in the production.
Be sure to wear proper ballet attire for auditions (and all practices and rehearsals). For females, this means hair secured in a classical ballet bun, black leotard, pink tights and proper shoes for your part (pointe shoes for pointe dancers, character shoes for Spanish, all-white gym shoes for acrobat, jazz shoes for Russian, ballet slippers for all non-pointe ballet dancers). For males, shorts, T-shirt, and either jazz or ballet shoes. No flashy, loud and/or distracting apparel allowed.
Dancers and/or their parents should consider the commitment required for rehearsals and performances before auditioning. A commitment of this level is viewed by our staff as a family commitment. All Nutcracker rehearsals take place on Sundays beginning in late summer. Not every cast member is scheduled to rehearse every Sunday, so you'll have a few Sundays off during Sept-Oct. However, most cast members will be scheduled to rehearse every Sunday during November and up to the show. That being said, if you are involved in other activities that meet regularly during the fall on Sundays that you cannot reschedule or are unwilling to reschedule, you should reconsider auditioning for The Nutcracker, as the potential for conflict already exists.
To help The Nutcracker run smoothly, volunteers are essential. At least one cast member parent/guardian is required to volunteer during the show weekend in some capacity. There will be volunteer sign-up sheets posted during rehearsals leading up to the production. There are many different types of jobs available for which to sign up. It's best to sign up early if you prefer a certain job. If you neglect to sign up, a job will be assigned to you by The Nutcracker.
Please make sure your calendar is clear the entire week of the shows - for stage and dress rehearsals, and the show itself. If you have other committments that week (band concerts, competitions, vacations, etc.) that you cannot change or are unwilling to change, please reconsider auditioning. We also rehearse the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We need your 100% committment to this production.
Wearing make-up is a part of being in a theater production, and is required. If you are unwilling to wear the required make-up, or unwilling to allow your child performer to wear the required make-up, please do not audition.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
You can pay your Audition Fee and/or Participation Fee here
securely with a credit or debit card via Paypal.
Just print out the receipt and enclose it with your forms.
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