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2014 Nashville's Nutcracker
Youth Cast Audition FAQs

What should be expected at the audition? 
At the audition children will be taught sequences of steps from various age appropriate Youth Cast roles. The children will be evaluated on their ability to learn and execute these steps. The atmosphere of our audition is light and fun, as we know the children are usually nervous. The steps they are required to execute are not difficult.

What is the appropriate audition attire and behavior? 
Girls should plan to audition in a solid color leotard and pink tights. Boys may wear a t-shirt (not oversized) and shorts. Girl's hair should be neatly secured into a bun. Ballet slippers are preferred; however children who do not own ballet slippers may audition in sock-feet or another style of dance shoe. Pointe shoes are not required for any Youth Cast roles. Dance sneakers should not be worn for the audition. Children auditioning should be quiet and attentive during the entire audition. NO chewing gum will be allowed.

Why are photographs now required for my child to audition? 
The photographs will be attached to your child's audition form to provide a quick reference point to help Nashville Ballet's artistic staff remember your child facially. The photograph does not have to be professional.

My child is 9 years old and will turn 10 two days after the audition. Which age group should she audition with? 
Your child should audition within the age group he or she falls under on the day of the audition. Your child must register with their own age group's time slot.

How and when do we find out if my child has been cast? 
All children will receive a letter of notification informing them of whether or not they received a role. Letters will be mailed this year on Friday, September 19th. Please allow time for arrival, and then call if you have not received your letter by Wednesday, September 24th.


How many children will receive parts?
There are over 200 Youth Cast members each season.

What are the youth roles like? 
Should your child receive a role in Nashville’s Nutcracker, they may find the part "easy.” They should take note that Nashville’s Nutcracker is a professional production and the difficult dancing is performed by the professional dancers of Nashville Ballet.

However, most children find this experience fun, rewarding and unlike any other! The most important thing to remember is that your child will learn many things by being involved in a professional production, and will take many cherished memories with them.


When do rehearsals begin and what is the schedule?
The rehearsals will begin the weekend of October 4 and 5. Rehearsals continue for the next four Saturdays or Sundays (depending on which role they were cast in):

October 4 or 5
October 11 or 12
October 18 or 19
October 25 or 26
November 1 or 2

After November 2, children cast in Act I will then rehearse on weekdays with the company. Children cast in Act II will have an additional rehearsal Nov. 8th or 9th, and then rehearse on weekdays with the company.

Not all of the youth cast roles or groups are called everyday of the week during these rehearsals. These rehearsals are always from 4 to 6 p.m., no earlier and no later. Studio rehearsals with the company will continue until the production goes to the theater.

Starting December 1, all youth casts will move to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center for final rehearsals and performances.

How long do rehearsals last?
Rehearsals will last anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours, depending on the role your child is cast in.

When are the performances of this years Nashville's Nutcracker?
This year, Nashville's Nutcracker has 10 performances:

Weekend 1:      
December 6 2:00 p.m.                       
December 7 2:00 p.m.    
Weekend 2:      
December 13 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.    
December 14 2:00 p.m.    
Weekend 3:      
December 19 7:00 p.m.    
December 20 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.    
December 21 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.    
DATES ON HOLD:                                     
December 22 2:00 p.m.    
December 23 2:00 p.m.    

Nashville Ballet will communicate if the two performances that are on hold become actual performances, as soon as they are confirmed. We recommend all youth cast members treat those shows as if they are going to happen and ask that you keep that in mind with regard to your holiday plans. *All youth cast members do not appear in every performance however, all youth cast members will perform each weekend.

What about Thanksgiving and are there any free weekends?
The Thanksgiving break will be Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30. There will be rehearsals on Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25. Please keep this in mind when making holiday plans. The weekend of November 23 is also a free weekend with no rehearsals.

How much of a time commitment will Nashville's Nutcracker be for me and my child?
All rehearsals and performances are mandatory. There are no conflicts allowed and absences will result in dismissal from the production. ILLNESS IS THE ONLY EXCUSED ABSENCE.

Should your child receive a role, one parent will be required to attend a mandatory parent meeting on Friday, September 26 at 6 p.m. or Saturday, September 27 at 3 p.m. at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, 37209.

Your child cannot accept their role without a parent attending one of the mandatory meetings. Parents can send a proxy to the meeting and children need not attend.

We are planning a family trip that would fall on the same day as a rehearsal or performance. Can my child still participate?
NO. If you have a family conflict (wedding, anniversary, reunion) with a Nashville's Nutcracker rehearsal, you should consider NOT auditioning for the youth cast. If you do decide to audition, be prepared to arrange for your child to attend rehearsal. Remember, ILLNESS IS THE ONLY ALLOWABLE ABSENCE.

If you have any questions that were not answered above, please contact Allison Zamorski by calling 615-297-2966 x31, or by email at AZamorski@nashvilleballet.com