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Important Information for Nutcracker 

AUDITION DATE:

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

AUDITION TIMES:

Ages 4-7 1:00-1:30pm

Ages 8 -10 1:45-2:45pm

Ages 11 and Up, those on pointe and non-pointe dancers 3:00-4:15pm

AUDITION FEES:

Ages 4-7: $15.00

Ages 8-10: $20.00

Ages 11 & Up: $25

Please arrive 20 minutes before the audition. There will be some forms that must be read and signed before your student begins the audition. These documents will take some time to complete so please arrive early, thank you.


NUTCRACKER PARTICIPATION FEE:

Students ages 4 to 7 will have a $250.00 non-refundable participation fee.

Students ages 8 and Up will have a $300.00 non-refundable participation fee.


This fee helps offset the costume rental and purchase fees. All fees will be due prior to the first rehearsal on Saturday, Sept 8th.

Alma Dance Theater's  Nutcracker is a professional production, and to continue to present performances of this caliber, professional costumes are required to present this high quality, classical production. Generally, these costumes are not stock items and will be custom made. If a dancer wears more than one costume during the show, the dancer's costume fee will not cover the cost of multiple costumes. Instead, the school/company often assumes the additional cost of buying and/or renting all the costumes required for the performance. Many of the costumes will also be created by a seamstress specifically for a production, while others will be rented. Please note that dancers will not be able to keep their costumes for these reasons.


WHY IS AN AUDITION NECESSARY?

An audition is used to determine the proper role for a dancer, not to eliminate dancers. All dancers that audition are cast in our Nutcracker production and each dancer is guaranteed a minimum of two roles. Roles are based on the dancer’s ability, which we will determine during the audition.


IS THE AUDITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?

Yes, we are holding open auditions this year and dancers from all studios are welcome to participate. Children from different towns, different studios, and with varying levels of proficiency will come together in one place and share in this magical production. What a beautiful way to build our community!  The Nutcracker will be an unforgettable experience for your child.


WHAT IF MY CHILD CURRENTLY DANCES AT A DIFFERENT STUDIO?

Our audition is open to all students, those currently enrolled at Alma Dance School and non-Alma Dance School students alike. All students, ages 4 and up, that are not enrolled at Alma Dance School are required to sign up for one ballet class at our school for two sessions. These sessions will run from Aug. 20th  through Dec. 16th. Proper level placement will be determined for all students to ensure that they succeed.


WHEN WILL REHEARSALS BEGIN?

*Dancers ages 9 and up will begin rehearsals on Saturday, September 8th.

*Dancers (8 years-old) who are in Pre-Professional ballet A will begin rehearsal on Saturday, Sept. 15th.

*Dancers (4-8 years-old) who are in Pre-Ballet, Intro to Level 1 and the Alternative Dance Division will begin rehearsals on Saturday, September 22nd.


WHAT IS THE REHEARSAL COMMITMENT?

Rehearsals for group pieces will take place on Saturdays from 12:30-6:30pm, depending on the number of roles assigned to each dancer. Additional rehearsals ONLY for soloists or principal roles will be held on Thursdays anytime from 4:30-8:30pm.

For ages 8 and up who are in the Pre-Professional division there will also be rehearsals on Sunday, Sept. 23rd from 12:30-6:00pm, Sunday, Oct. 21st from 12:30-6:00pm, Sunday, Nov. 11th from 12:30-6:00pm and Sunday, Dec. 9th from 12:30-6:00pm. Times will vary depending on the role assigned to each dancer.


WHAT IF MY CHILD IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR ALL REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES?

Dancers who are not available for all rehearsals and performance dates will not be considered for participation in the production.


HOW LONG WILL THE REHEARSALS BE FOR DANCERS 4-7 YEARS OLD ON SATURDAYS?

Children’s Division (Pre-ballet and Intro to level 1 ages 4-8): For students in the Children’s Division rehearsals will take place on Saturdays anytime from 12:30-3:00pm.  Dancers who are cast in two different pieces will usually have two hours of rehearsal (12:30-1:30pm & 2-3:00pm) with a 30-minute break in between so they can have a snack. Rehearsals at the theater will also be MANDATORY. Dancers in the Children’s Division will have rehearsals on Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 4:00-8:00pm, Wednesday, Dec. 12th from 4:00-8:00pm, Thursday, Dec. 13th from 4:00-8:00pm and Friday, Dec. 14th from 4:00-8:00pm. Tuesday's and Wednesday’s rehearsals will be split up into the two Nutcracker acts. On Tuesday only 1st Act will have rehearsal and on Wednesday only 2nd Act will have rehearsal. Thursday's and Friday’s rehearsals will be full dress rehearsals that include both 1st and 2nd Acts. Dancers in the children division will not have rehearsals on Sunday, Sept. 23rd, Sunday, Oct. 21st, Sunday, Nov. 11th or Sunday, Dec. 9th.


HOW DO I SIGN UP MY CHILD FOR THE REQUIRED CLASS?

We will evaluate your child during the audition to determine level placement and give you a few options for the required class. We will assist you in finding the perfect class for your student and will help you with enrollment.


WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE PERFORMANCES?

The performances will be at Elgin Community College

Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive Elgin, IL 60123

They will be on Saturday, December 15th at 7:00pm & Sunday, December 16th at 2:00pm.


WHEN DO REHEARSALS AT THE THEATER START?

Rehearsals at the theater for ages 9 and up include Tuesday, Dec. 11th from 4:00-9:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 12th from 4:00-9:30pm, Thursday, Dec. 13th from 4:00-9:30pm and Friday, Dec. 14th from 4:00-9:30pm.  Tuesday's and Wednesday’s rehearsals will be split up into the two Nutcracker acts. On Tuesday only 1st Act will have rehearsal and on Wednesday only 2nd Act will have rehearsal. Thursday's and Friday’s rehearsals will be full dress rehearsals that include both 1st and 2nd Acts.


ARE REHEARSALS MANDATORY?

Yes, all rehearsals are mandatory. It is very difficult for students to catch up after they have missed a rehearsal, and absences can also cause confusion and frustration for others involved in the production. We are very cognizant of the time demands placed upon our young people and the lives of their families. Therefore we do our best to be efficient when we schedule rehearsals.


MAY I WITHDRAW MY CHILD FROM NUTCRACKER ONCE THE CAST LIST IS PUBLISHED?

Creating a cast for Nutcracker takes a large amount of time, detail, and effort. We work hard to ensure that students receive equal opportunities within our productions. Each dancer that steps through our doors is important to us, and we want to help each dancer reach his or her personal best. However, it is also difficult to recast students and reconstruct the best possible cast if a student withdraws from the show. We respectfully request that families do not audition for the Nutcracker if they are uncertain about whether they can fulfill this commitment.


Click here for Nutcracker Mandatory Rehearsal Dates

Click here to register for the audition