Minnesota Ballet Theatre is pleased to offer the students of Minnesota Ballet School an opportunity to participate in the most well-known and beloved story ballet of all times, The Nutcracker. This authentically Russian classical version of
Hoffman's Christmas story set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Performance is faithful to the original Marius Petipa choreography.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 11 at MBS studio,
14675 Martin Dr. Suite 400 Eden Prairie MN 55344
The Nutcracker contract should be signed with the attached payment fees and $175.00 performance fee before the audition and can be sent by mail or dropped in MBS mailbox by September 11th. All fees nonrefundable.
Please arrive 15 min before your scheduled audition time to check in.
10:45-11:30 am Ballet 1, 2 and 3 Levels (age 8-13) • Audition Fee $20
Audition is for the following parts: Soldiers, Rats act 2 (no dance experience required), Party Boys, Party Girls, Chinese Dance, Russian Dance, Waltz of the Flowers
12:00-1:00 pm Ballet 4, 5 and 6 Levels (age 13-19) • Audition Fee $25
Audition is for the following parts: Rats, Snowflakes, Arabian, Pas de Trois, Waltz of the Flowers. 2 years of Ballet and Pointe technique required.
Performers will be cast in the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances.
The Nutcracker performances will take shape according to public health guidance, and may be presented December 16-18
Commitment: All dancers must be willing to commit to a busy schedule of rehearsals and performances. Other extra-curricular activities must not take precedence. Rehearsals will begin in October, depending upon assigned role, and will be every Class day (after the regular class) or Saturday and Sunday until the week of performances, which will include two dress rehearsals. Schedules will be posted on the Bulletin Board in the MBS lobby and on the MBS website (Rehearsal Schedule Page) and can be confirmed with Kirill Bak at (612) 501-9208 in case of any last minute changes.
Students should arrive wearing the leotards appropriate for their class level and pink tights. Hair must be in a neat bun and fastened away from their face.
Parents are requested to attend a Nutcracker Meeting in person at 11:30-12:00pm on Sunday September 11.
There should be a parent/guardian from each household in attendance. This meeting will give parents the information about designated responsibilities for the safety of their children during the term of the rehearsals and production. Parent Volunteer Forms will be provided and we will discuss the many volunteer positions that need to be assigned every year, such as: backstage assistants, dressing room “moms” for each group of dancers, gift table attendants, concessions, set up and tear down teams, etc. These are necessary and vital roles to our production, therefore, we encourage parents, other family members and friends to sign up for these duties. You will find that, if past years are the measure, these positions can be a lot of fun, an amazing experience and the key to a smooth and memorable Nutcracker production.