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Call to 'Nutcracker' auditions

by jmaloni
Sat, Sep 11th 2010 10:00 am

On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Greater Niagara Ballet Company will hold open auditions for its holiday production of "The Nutcracker."

The schedule is as follows:

Character Dancers

  • 9 to 9:45 a.m.: girls and boys ages 6 to 10; dancers and non-dancers needed; no experience necessary. Roles available include party scene, grand march children.
  • 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.: girls and boys ages 8 to 12; dancers and non-dancers needed; no experience necessary. Roles available include the battle scene, mice and soldiers.
  • 10:30 to 11 a.m.: girls and boys ages 8 to 10; dance and gymnastics background preferred. Roles available include bon-bons, Arabian handmaidens and man servants.
  • 11 to 11:30 a.m.: girls and boys ages 12 and up; dancers and non-dancers needed; no experience necessary. Roles available include Act I party scene (maids and butler) and Act II jesters (gymnastics required).

To be considered for the role of either Clara or Fritz, dancers must attend auditions for other roles

Corps de Ballet/Soloists

  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: girls/women and boys/men ages 12 and up; dance background needed (females must have strong pointe skills). Roles available include corps (waltz of the flowers, snowflakes, Russian and Chinese) and solo (harlequin, columbine, drummers, dew drop, Spanish, candy canes, Chinese, Russian and Arabian).

Auditions will be held at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Enter through purple door in proper dance attire, 20 minutes before your audition time.

The audition fee is $35 (GNBC members $30). For more information, call 285-6800.

"The Nutcracker" is on stage Dec. 10-11 (U.S. performances only).

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