After a pandemic hiatus, Neglia Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” returns to Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Thanksgiving weekend for its 12th annual presentation of the beloved holiday tradition.
A press release stated, “Neglia Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ is filled with memory-making moments, breathtaking live ballet, a professional orchestra, all performed on the majestic Shea’s stage.”
Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28.
Neglia Ballet will hold open youth auditions at its studio in the Tri-Main Center on Sunday,
Sept. 12. Children ages 8 and up will be selected to fill 75 children’s roles, including party children, cupcakes, bakers, mice, rats, soldiers and angels. Local children are invited to audition for this memorable experience. Visit www.negliaballet.org/auditions to submit an audition preregistration form by Sept. 1.
Participants should arrive at Neglia Ballet 15 minutes before their time slot. Late arrivals are not permitted. Children must have turned 8-years-old by Aug. 1, 2021. Tryouts are as follows:
√ Ages 8-10, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
√ Ages 11-13, 12:45-2:45 p.m.
√ Ages 14-plus, 3-4 p.m.
No prior dance experience is necessary for boys. Girls ages 8-10 need at least two years of dance training, while girls ages 11-plus need at least three years of dance training.
The press release added, “Rehearsing for and performing in Neglia Ballet Artists productions is excellent training for young dancers as they pursue their dance education, whether they’re aiming to be professional dancers or just enjoy being on stage. Those participating in the performance have the unique experience of performing on the Shea’s stage alongside professional artists.”
The Neglia Conservatory of Ballet is located at Tri-Main Center (6th Floor), 2495 Main St., No. 600, Buffalo. For more information about auditions, call 716-447-0401 or email [email protected]. For “Nutcracker” tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or Shea’s ticket office at www.sheas.org.