The Sleeping Beauty Youth Cast

All School of Nashville Ballet children who auditioned for The Sleeping Beauty youth cast will receive an email notification informing them of whether or not they received a role. Emails will be sent by the end of the day on Monday, August 28.

NOTE: Make sure to add Nashville Ballet to your address book or trusted sender list to make sure you receive our email. If you haven’t received an email by Tuesday, August 29 after checking your spam and junk folders, please contact the Youth Programs Coordinator at (615) 297-0287 or youthcast@nashvilleballet.com.

 

AUDITION OPPORTUNITY: NASHVILLE'S NUTCRACKER: Celebrating 10 years!

Nashville Ballet will hold open auditions for children to join the youth cast for Nashville's NutcrackerNashville's Nutcracker will take place at TPAC's Jackson Hall December 2-23, 2017.

WHO:
7 (must be born in 2009) - 11 year olds (Open to all community members – NO dance experience required!)
12 & up (School of Nashville Ballet students ONLY)

WHAT TO BRING:

$10 audition fee (or pay online when you register below)
4"x 6" full-body photograph

WHERE:
Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon Street Nashville, TN 37209)

WHEN:
Sunday, August 20 or
Sunday, August 27 or
Sunday, September 10

Audition Group Registration Time Audition Time
Boys 7 (born in 2009) and up 11 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - noon
Girls 7 (born in 2009), 8 & 9 years old 11 a.m. - noon Noon - 1 p.m.
Girls 10 & 11 years old Noon - 1 p.m. 1 - 2 p.m.
Girls 12+ years old (Nashville Ballet students ONLY) 1 - 2 p.m. 2 - 3 p.m.
 

HOW TO REGISTER

Pre-registering for your audition online is encouraged in order to save your spot, but not required. Pre-registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on the Thursday prior to each audition date.

 

Sign up for email communication

Email is crucial to Nashville's Nutcracker youth cast communications. We will send important information, rehearsal schedules, casting details and more via email. To eliminate error, please click the button below to sign up for email communication.

 

Nashville's Nutcracker Audition FAQ

What should parents and children expect 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, because we know children are usually nervous. The steps they are required to execute are not difficult.

What is the appropriate audition attire and behavior?

Girls should audition in a solid color leotard and pink tights. Boys may wear a T-shirt (not oversized) and shorts. Girls should have their hair neatly secured in a bun. Ballet slippers are preferred; however, children who do not own ballet slippers may audition in sock 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 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. 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 he/she audition with?

Your child should register and audition within the age group he or she falls under on the day of the audition.

How and when do we find out if my child has been cast?

All children will receive an email notifying them of whether or not they received a role. Emails will be sent on Wednesday, September 20 beginning at 8 p.m.

NOTE: Make sure to add Nashville Ballet to your address book or trusted sender list to make sure you receive our email. If you haven’t received an email by Thursday, September 21 after checking your spam and junk folders, please contact Nashville Ballet.

If my child is cast, how many performances will he/she perform in?

Each youth cast member is typically in 4-6 performances of Nashville's Nutcracker. Performance dates are assigned and cannot be negotiated.

How many children will receive parts?

Approximately 250 youth will be cast in Nashville’s Nutcracker.

What are the youth cast roles like?

Youth cast members find this experience fun, rewarding and unlike any other! Some roles include more dancing than others, but they all incorporate movement, mime and emotion. It’s a great opportunity to see the behind the scenes of a production and work closely with a professional company, including dancers, choreographers, production members and other staff.

Nashville's Nutcracker Rehearsal & Performance FAQ

When do rehearsals begin and what is the schedule?

We have made every effort to provide a manageable and efficient rehearsal schedule for the Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast. In order to avoid possible conflicts with fall break, we will begin rehearsals on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Rehearsals on Saturdays will continue for the next three to four Saturdays with the following schedule:

Children cast in Act I of the ballet will rehearse the following Saturdays: October 21, October 28 and November 4. Act I will also rehearse on Sunday, October 22. Children cast in Act II of the ballet will rehearse the same Saturdays as listed above, plus one additional Saturday on November 11.

After the rehearsals on November 4, children cast in Act I will rehearse on weekdays with the company. Children cast in Act II will rehearse on weekdays with the company following their final Saturday rehearsal.

Not all of the youth cast roles or groups are called every day of the week during these rehearsals. Company rehearsals at the studio are always from 4-6 p.m., no earlier and no later. You may occasionally be asked to stay for a fitting after 6 p.m. Studio rehearsals with the company will continue until the production goes to theater.

Beginning the week of November 27, all youth cast rehearsals will move to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) for technical rehearsals and performances.

How long do rehearsals last?

Rehearsals will last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the role your child is cast in. In addition, we have altered the rehearsal schedule for larger sections like Party Scene and Battle Scene from Act I of the ballet. Previously, these youth cast members have had to share the allotted rehearsal time that can leave them waiting quite a bit to rehearse. Due to the newly expanded facility, we now rehearse those scenes in separate rooms for each group of children simultaneously. This will keep these rehearsals very productive and the youth cast active during the entire time period.

What about Thanksgiving?

The Thanksgiving break will be Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26. There will be rehearsals on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21. Please keep this in mind when making holiday and travel plans.

How much of a time commitment will Nashville’s Nutcracker be for our family?

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. Parents will be asked to chaperone at the theater. One benefit to working with a professional ballet company is that the rehearsal schedules are set and will not change. Most families find that the experience is well worth the time commitment.

If this is your child’s first year participating in the Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast, one parent will be required to attend a mandatory parent meeting on:


Friday, September 29 from 5-6 p.m. at Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN 37209)

Please note that 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, etc.) 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.

When are performances of Nashville’s Nutcracker?

Nashville's Nutcracker will be at TPAC's Jackson Hall for sixteen (16) performances:


Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 22, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7 p.m.


Please keep all of these dates in mind when making holiday or travel plans.

Will my child be in all 16 performances of Nashville’s Nutcracker?

Not all youth cast members appear in every performance. Each youth cast member is typically in 4-6 performances of Nashville's Nutcracker. Performance dates are assigned and cannot be negotiated.

If you have questions about the Nashville's Nutcracker youth cast that were not answered above, please call (615) 297-0287 or email youthcast@nashvilleballet.com.