NUTCRACKER 2021
AUDITION & REHEARSAL
INFORMATION

 

Be a member of the cast

EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC

Rehearsals for the 2021 production are currently underway. Please check your email or return here regularly for the most up to date rehearsal and performance information:  

​​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.

NOTICE: Auditions RESUME This Saturday, October 30th
from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  • Auditions continue for select roles: Saturday, October 30, 2021. Dancers who auditioned for these roles the first weekend (October 16 & 17) should attend. If you weren't able to attend the first weekend, you are still welcome to join us and audition!  

  • Audition Times:  

Audition schedule for Saturday, October 30th as follows: **Please arrive at least 15 minutes before audition starts**

- 12:00-12:45 p.m.      Canes (4'8" - 5'4") & Level 5 and up    

- 1:00-1:45 p.m.           Little Mice (4'3" - 4'7")

- 2:00-2:45 p.m.         Big Mice (4'8" - 5'4")

- 3:00-4:00 p.m.        Soldiers  (4'10" - 5'1")  

If you are unable to attend these auditions but still wish to participate, please let us know at secretary@olneyballettheatre.org. If you haven't already registered for auditions & participation, please do so using the button below. 

  • 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. 

ANGEL

Height (3' 4" - 4' 1")

 

Must Attend BOTH Audition Dates:

N/A

Callbacks

N/A

LITTLE MICE

Height (4' 3" - 4' 7")

 

Must Attend BOTH Audition Dates:

Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

AND

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Callbacks: 

Sat. Oct. 30, 2021
1:00pm - 1:45 pm

PARTY GIRL

Height (4' 0" - 5' 2")

 

Must Attend BOTH Audition Dates:

Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

AND

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Callbacks:

N/A

PARTY BOY

Height (4' 0" - 5' 3")

 

Audition Date:

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

 

Callbacks:

N/A

SOLDIER

Height (4' 10" - 5' 1")

 

Must Attend BOTH Audition Dates:

Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

AND

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021

3:00 - 4:00 p.m
 

Callbacks

Sat. Oct. 30, 2021

3:00 - 4:00 pm

BIG MICE

Height (4' 8" - 5' 4")

Must Attend BOTH Audition Dates:

Saturday, Oct 9, 2021

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

AND

Sunday, Oct 10, 2021

N/A

Callbacks:

Sat. Oct. 30, 2021

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

CANDY CANE

Height (4' 8" - 5' 4")

BDC Level 5 and up

Please come early to warm up

 

Audition Date:

Sat Oct 30, 2021
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Callbacks

N/A

OTHER CHILDREN'S ROLES

Other children's roles not listed will be held at a later date by Director's invitation.

​​How to Register:

 

 This year, to help limit person-to-person contact, we are asking all dancers to pre-register and submit their measurements online ahead of arriving onsite to audition. This year, the administrative fee to audition has been waived. 

  • 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. Dates and more information will be released at a prior date. 

  • 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 17-24).

  • Dancers must be available for each rehearsal and performance .

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

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!