"The Nutcracker," the Greater Niagara Ballet Co.'s annual family-friendly holiday show, returns Dec. 9-10 to the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center. The Beverley Feder-directed show features local dancers, guest artists and character performers.
Those looking to participate can audition Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Feder School of Classical Ballet, located within the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. (Enter through the Portage Road purple door.)
The schedule includes tryouts for the following:
•9-9:45 a.m. children ages 6-10: Dancers needed; no dance experience is necessary. Available roles include party scene and grand march children.
•9:45-10:30 a.m. children ages 8-12: Dancers needed; some dance experience is necessary. Available parts include battle scene, mice and soldiers.
•10:30-11 a.m. children ages 8-10: A dance or gymnastics background is necessary. Available positions include "Bon-Bons," "Arabian" handmaidens and party butlers.
•11-11:30 a.m. children ages 12 and up: Dancers needed; dance experience is necessary. Available scenes include Act I party scene (maids and butler) and Act II jesters (gymnastics required).
Corps de Ballet and soloists
•12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Dancers ages 12 and up can audition for a spot performing with the GNBC corps de ballet or for a solo role. Corps parts include "Waltz of the Flowers," "Snowflakes," "Russian" and "Chinese." Solo parts include "Harlequin," "Columbine," "Drummers," "Dew Drop," "Spanish," "Candy Canes," "Chinese," "Russian" and "Arabian."
A dance background is necessary for these more advanced numbers. Moreover, females must have strong pointe skills.
Clara and Fritz
Children interested in portraying Clara and Fritz must audition for at least one of the other parts.
Those auditioning should arrive in proper dance attire 30 minutes before tryout time. The participation fee is $60 per person, $50 for each additional family member and $75 for the corps de ballet. The cost covers ballet warm-ups and rehearsals.
Rehearsals will begin Friday, Sept. 23, for corps performers, and Saturday, Oct. 1, for "Bon-Bons," party scene and battle scene participants.
For more information, call 716-285-6800. Visit the GNBC online at http://www.greaterniagaraballetcompany.org/.