Who can audition for the Nutcracker? Students from all studios are invited to audition for the production. The aim of our productions is to give dance students the opportunity to experience performing in a ballet and to inspire their interest in the art-form. At the same time, we hope to give the community the opportunity to see a full-length ballet.
I’m a beginner ballet student can I still try out? Yes! There are roles for students that do not require a lot of ballet technique.
I’m a studio owner and I’m very busy- why should I encourage my dancers to perform in Nutcracker? I’m not sure I have time for this. Fisher Ballet manages all the details of theater rental, drops, choreography, costumes, and rehearsals. Studio owners do not need to do anything. Students represent their studio and their studio will be listed as a participating school in the program so your studio will get publicity by being represented in the performances. It can also be a selling feature for your studio if you offer a Nutcracker opportunity. In addition we find that dancers who perform in the Nutcracker are often more inspired to work in their ballet classes later- something that can often be a struggle with young dancers!
When are rehearsals? I think I have some conflicts on some weekends because I have other activities too. Rehearsals are extremely important! Students wishing to be in the Nutcracker must be aware that they are making a commitment to make rehearsals a priority. Rehearsals generally take place on Sunday afternoon. We do understand however that people may have scheduling conflicts and we do our best to have a flexible rehearsal schedule that can work around most difficulties. We also will work out something for more advanced dancers who are further away to be able to work on their own and attend only occasional group rehearsals. Some acting roles- such as Fritz and Party Parents, and smaller roles such as Sheep have sometimes waited until November to start rehearsing and only need a few rehearsals. If you would like to be in the Nutcracker but have some conflicts, please reach out to us and let’s see if we can work around them! We usually can! Tech & Dress Rehearsals will take place during the week before the performance and are mandatory.
Do I have to come to the whole day of rehearsals or just the times my role is listed? You only need to come to the rehearsals for your roles.
Is there a fee to participate? Currently, the participation fee for the Nutcracker is a non-refundable $140 per student dancer including beginner adult students. The participation fee helps to defray the massive costs of a production of this size. Participation is free for advanced/professional adult dancers and adult male actors. However, we do have a few scholarships available for those who are unable to afford the participation fee. We are also trying to do some fundraising with the aim to make the Nutcracker free for everyone in the future. You can help by joining our fundraising efforts with NO donation or selling needed from you- simply do your regular shopping through our flipgive team. Please join the team and help make Nutcracker free or cover Nutcracker scholarships! Go to Flipgive and enter the team invite code: GTJQRK
What is the time commitment for rehearsals?
Allow about 1 hour per week per role. Most dancers like to have three roles in the production. Some have more, and some have less. All rehearsals take place Sunday afternoon. However, in some cases we can arrange rehearsals at other times if everyone in that role prefers it or if it is a solo role. Please ask!
My child received an understudy role in addition to her other roles. What does this mean?
We assign an understudy role to a dancer whom we believe is close to being able to do the role in question and who we would like to learn the role. Or sometimes to a dancer who has done the role before in case the new dancer is injured or ill. Frequently, an understudy will end up performing the role because sometimes other dancers are unable to perform for one reason or another. It happens more often than you might think! Even if your dancer does not perform the role this year, it usually means they will get the role the following year because we know that they have learned it and have seen that they can do it. Your dancer should come to all rehearsals that they are understudy for and should practice the dance full-out in the back or at the side of the studio. They will also be sometimes subbed in for another dancer so that they get the chance to practice it with the group.
I missed auditions, is it too late to join? If you are interested in being in the Nutcracker please contact me. If you missed auditions and would like to be in the Nutcracker, we can often fit you in somewhere.
I’ve been asked to do party girl hair- what is it and how do I do that? Please see this tutorial we made to help you. If you prefer, you can also purchase clip on curls often sold for cheer.