Nutcracker Featured Roles Audition information!

Nutcracker Featured Roles Audition information!

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS

POSTPONED TO: SEPT 7th, 2-6 main stage

*choreography still taught to intensive students Friday, Aug 30th. Now you get an extra week to practice!*

 

Rehearsals will be additional on weekends (Saturdays in October). Must be required age by December 1.

2:00-2:25 Gingerbread dolls: casting for up to five per cast. Ages 6-approx 10, depending on size of dancer (these dolls are small) Costumes provided by Kodiak Arts Council. These are generally younger dancers in the party scene.

Scene: Drosselmeyer presents the gingerbread cookie dolls in the party scene.

Skills and description: Slightly mysterious, precise, energetic, have to keep arms up the entire time. Need to be able to do a forward somersault and cartwheel as part of dance. Any style dance experience appropriate.

2:25-2:50 Jack in the Box Doll / Pulichinelles: these two different parts will be auditioned together, and performers may be selected for one or both roles. Ages 7+. One Jack in the Box Doll per cast, up to 6 Pulchinelles per cast.

Scene: Drosselmeyer presents the Jack in the Box dolls in the party scene. Pulchinelles come out from under Mother Ginger’s skirt in The Kingdom of the Sweets.

Skills and description: lively, happy, bouncy, energetic. Strong dancing skills and tumbling skills (cartwheels both sides minimum) required. Jack in the Box is a solo, and dancer must be small enough to fit in the Jack-in-the-Box box to be rolled on and off stage. Pulchinelles are an ensemble. Pulichinelles should have more advanced tumbling skills and come out from under Mother Ginger’s skirt as clowns and acrobats. Any style dance experience appropriate.

2:50-3:25 Party Kids/Fritz: boys and girls eligible. Some dancers will be party girls, some will be party boys. Fritz will be chosen out of this audition, and has a bigger character part than the Party Boys. Fritz can be played by a boy or girl. Ages 7+, but Fritz should be 8+

Scene: Entire party scene.

Skills and description: Excited, enthusiastic (It’s Christmas Eve!), able to dance to rhythm. Party Girls are elegant and demure, Party Boys may be more energetic. Fritz must show strong acting and able to play a character, because he is a major role in the Party Scene annoying Clara, leading the Party Boys to be disruptive, and eventually breaking the Nutcracker. Any style dance experience appropriate.

3:25-3:55 Nutcracker Doll: similar to Ballerina/jack in the box/ Harlequin doll, given to Clara by Drosselmeyer. Will have solo and dancing with Clara and Fritz part. Possibly some opportunity for tumbling, but mostly sharp, doll-like movements. Ages 9+

Scene: party scene.

Skills and description: Sharp, robotic (doll-like) movements. Is dressed like a soldier, so stiff, soldier-like movements, and also droopy flexible movements when broken. Strong dancing skills in ballet or jazz.

3:55-4:15 Young Clara: Ages 10+. Main character, sweet, excitable, Clara has solo dancing, ensemble dancing, carries the story through the party scene, must be a strong actress

Scene: Entire party scene.

Skills and Description: Open to all ages 10+, but dancer must be able to appear young and innocent (even if older than minimum age), must be a strong actress with good facial expression. Strong ballet skills.

DANCERS INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING FOR THE FOLLOWING PARTS SHOULD PLAN TO REMAIN AT THE AUDITORIUM 4:30-6:00 if we run ahead of time we will start the next piece right away.

4:15-4:40 Sugar Plum/Older Clara: en pointe. Both roles will be chosen from this choreography. Solo and adagio with prince and Cavalier. Older Clara is also in Battle Scene. Both must be strong actresses with great facial expressions for the audience.

4:40-5:00 Maids: ages +11

Scene: party scene.

Skills and description: prefer en pointe, but not required. Dance in ensemble before, during, after party scene. Help with dolls and party. Ballet.

5:00-5:20 Mouse King/Queen: ages 10+

Scene: party scene.

Skills and description: Any style dance experience appropriate. Strong movements, acting required. Scary and intimidating. Wears a head piece, must be a very strong dancer, lots of big movements (grand battement, leaps), jumping, partner movements with Nutcracker in ballet scene.

5:20-5:40 Marzipan/Ballerina and/or Harlequin Doll/ and/or Russian tea cakes: ensemble or solo (ballerina doll en pointe). Roles will be chosen from this audition choreography.

5:40-6:00 Arabian Coffee: may be solo or ensemble. En pointe or flat. Ballet 5 or 6. Very flexible, strong for adagio and balances. Stretched arms and legs a must. Mysterious.

5:40-6:00 Dew Drop Fairy/Snow Queen: en pointe. Both roles will be chosen from this choreography. Ethereal! Dancing as solo within corps.

 

 

Non-featured roles: All NSDK ballet classes Beginning Ballet 1 and up will have the opportunity to perform with their class in The Nutcracker. All Intro to ballet/tap and Rhythm&movement students will need to “opt in” to be part of the performance, and will have 30 minute rehearsals on 3 Saturdays in October to learn their parts (baby snow, baby mice, or marionettes). Hip Hop 3 and Contemporary 2 will be in The Nutcracker in the Battle Scene, and Tap 3 will perform a pre-show holiday number.