Nutcracker Information

Nutcracker Information

Tech Rehearsal: 

Sunday, December 10th at 3:30 pm at KCD


Dress Rehearsals: 

Saturday, December 9th at 12:00 pm at Dance 502

Thursday, December 14th at 5:30 pm at Dance 502


Performances at KCD:

Saturday, December 16th at 11:30 am, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 17th at 6:00 pm

Audition Times for 2023:

10:30-11:00 AM: Ages 3-4

Roles: Music Box Ballerinas and Drosselmeyer’s Toys


11:00-11:30 AM: Ages 5-6

Roles: Angels


11:40 AM-12:10 PM: Ages 7-8

Available Roles: Toy Soldiers, Party Children


12:20-1:20 PM: Ages 9-11

Available Roles: Polichinelles, Party Children, Toy Soldiers, Mice, Dolls, Tea


1:30-2:30 PM: Ages 12+ flat shoes

Available Roles: Snowflakes, Flower Corps, Trepak, Harlequin Dolls, Mice, Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer


2:40-3:10 PM: Ages 12+ Beg/Int Pointe (must attend the 1:30 session)

Available Roles: Clara’s Friends, Angels


3:10-4:00 PM: Ages 12+ Pointe (must attend the 1:30 session)

Available Roles: Snow Queen, Dewdrop, Chocolate (Spanish), Coffee (Arabian), Mirlitons, Music Box Ballerina Lead, Dolls, Snowflakes, Flower Corps, Clara

Cast List

Our performance of the Nutcracker will be set in Drosselmeyer’s Toy Shoppe for Act 1 and in the Land of the Sweets for Act 2. Our party scene in Act 1 will feature the party children having a Christmas party at Herr Drosselmeyer’s Toy Shoppe and will feature Drosselmeyer, Clara, the party children and dancing toys who have come to life! Our proposed cast list is below.


Role                                                    # of dancers              Age range                 Appears in

Nutcracker Prince                                        1                                  13+                 Act 1 and 2

Clara                                                              1                                  12+                 Act 1 and 2

Herr Drosselmeyer                                      1                                  13+                 Act 1

Fritz                                                                1                                  9-13                Act 1

Harlequin/Columbine Dolls                      2-4                              12+                 Act 1

Music Box Ballerina Lead                           1                                  12+                 Act 1

Music Box Ballerinas                                   4-8                              3-4                  Act 1

Drosselmeyer’s Toys                                   2-4                              3-4                  Act 1

Junior Dolls                                                  2-4                              10-12              Act 1

Toy Soldier Duet Dancers                          2                                  13+                 Act 1

Clara’s Friends                                             6                                  12+                 Act 1

Party Children                                              4-8                              7-11                Act 1

Rat King                                                         1                                  10-13              Act 1

Mice                                                               6-10                            9+                   Act 1

Toy Soldiers                                                  6-10                            7-11                Act 1

Snow Queen                                                 1                                  13+                 Act 1

Snowflake Corps                                         10-15                          11+                 Act 1

Junior Angels                                               6-12                            5-6                  Act 2

Angels                                                            6                                  12+                 Act 2

Sugar Plum Fairy                                         1                                  13+                 Act 2

Chocolate                                                     1                                  13+                 Act 2

Coffee                                                            2                                  13+                 Act 2

Tea                                                                 4-6                              10-12              Act 2

Trepak                                                           2                                  11+                 Act 2

Mirlitons                                                        2-4                              13+                 Act 2

Polichinelles                                                  6-10                            8-11                Act 2

Flower Corps                                               10-15                          11+                 Act 2

Dewdrop                                                       1                                  13+                 Act 2


Costumes and accessories will be provided for all roles. You will be responsible for tights, shoes and makeup.


Participation and Costume Rental Fee- Due by September 16, 2023

1 role- $100 per dancer

2 or more roles- $125 per dancer

Your participation and costume rental fee also includes 1 adult ticket to each performance. Participation and costume rental fees are non-refundable.



Rehearsals will be held on the weekends with varying times between 10 am through 4 pm.


Drosselmeyer’s toys, music box ballerinas and angels, will start with 45-60 minute rehearsals and will alternate weeks for the first 4-6 weeks of rehearsals.


Clara’s Friends, Party children, Clara, Nutcracker, Mouse King, Mice and Toy Soldiers should expect 60-minute rehearsals every week (with some weeks off.)


Older dancers and multi-role dancers should expect 2-4 hour rehearsal blocks and will meet every weekend. Soloists may be asked to come in on Thursday or Friday evenings for additional rehearsals as needed. Any weekday rehearsals will be discussed with the dancer ahead of time to work with their schedule.


Rehearsals will start in September. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be given out once auditions are over and the show is cast. All absences must be approved beforehand. If a dancer misses more than 3 rehearsals, we reserve the right to remove them from their role. Absences affect all cast members.


Attendance expectations, rehearsal etiquette and a Student/Parent Contract will be sent with the rehearsal schedule when cast list notifications are sent out. If you are unable to commit to the rehearsal schedule, you may decline the role at that time.


Parent Volunteers

There are many moving parts to this production and many hands make light work! If you are available to volunteer, please indicate this on your child’s audition form.


Volunteer needs include but are not limited to:

Costuming- alterations, rhinestoning, applique sewing

Props- sourcing, making or sprucing up props

Sets- building and painting set pieces

Transport- driving the marley floor to and from the venue

Stage set-up- laying the marley floor, show day 1 set-up, show day 1 strike, show day 2 set-up, show day 2 strike

Showtime- lobby sales, escorting dancers from dressing room to stage