​​Olney Ballet Theatre will hold auditions to cast local children in this treasured holiday tradition.  Dancers are selected by size, age, and technical ability. No preparation of audition material is necessary.  Casting is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Faculty and all casting decisions are final.


  • Auditions for most roles Begin: Saturday, September 28, 2019 and Sunday, September 29, 2019.  You must attend both audition dates when indicated.

  • Audition Times:  Click link for detailed Audition Schedule.  Please plan to arrive 30 minutes PRIOR to your audition time to allow for check-in

  • Audition Location: Berrend Dance Centre, 9264 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877


  • 100% attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required to participate in the Nutcracker.  Absence requests based solely on necessity MAY be considered by the Director, but they must be requested in advance on the Audition Registration Form. However, be aware that requested absences may result in your dancer not being cast in this year's production. 


​​How to Register:


All dancers are encouraged to pre-register on-line by using the link below.  All paper Audition Forms and fees must be delivered to OBT c/o Berrend Dance Centre, 9264 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  Each dancer must complete a separate Audition Registration Form and pay and a non-refundable Audition Fee as follows:

  • A $20 non-refundable Audition Fee per dancer (including Pre-Professionals) is due ON or BEFORE 9:30 p.m. on September 27, 2019. 

  • A $25 non-refundable Audition Fee per dancer (including Pre-Professionals) is due AFTER 9:30 p.m. on September 27, 2019. 
  • Angel Only - A $10 non-refundable Audition Fee is  due ON or BEFORE October 4, 2019 for each dancer who is only auditioning for the role of  Angel. 

  • A separate Audition Form must be submitted for each dancer. ​​​​

What to Wear:

Girls – Leotard, ballet tights and ballet shoes. All hair must be prepared in a bun prior to the audition.

Boys – T-shirt (black or white), tights, jazz pants or shorts, ballet shoes.

Students should arrive to Berrend Dance Centre dressed in their dancewear with hair in a bun for girls and a small bag for their shoes, warm-up clothes and water. Please be mindful of our limited space and send your student with only what is necessary for the audition. We encourage students not to bring valuables to the audition.

What to Expect:

The Children’s Cast is an important part of The Nutcracker each year. We expect our Children’s Cast members to act respectfully and professionally when they share studio and the stage with our professional dancers.

  • If selected, dancer and parent must attend a Mandatory Meeting on October 13, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. 

  • Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays between 1:00pm and 8:00pm and on Sundays between 1:00pm and 8:00pm. If necessary, additional rehearsals may be held at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

  • Performers are expected to be available through the run of the show (December 13-24).

  • Dancers must be available for each rehearsal and performance .

  • Excused absences may be permitted ONLY with the approval of the Artistic Director.  


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