To be held in the beginning of September. Exact dates will be posted closer to the event.

Children must be 6 years old by the audition date.

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2016 Details:

  • Registration begins at 11:15 AM.
  • Parking is available in Lot B-3 (South side of Center Drive).
  • Enter Stephens Auditorium at the Southeast Corner.
  • DO NOT drop off or park in the loading dock area.
  • Dancers need to be dressed, warmed-up and ready to audition at the times listed below.
  • All dancers should wear leotards, tights and ballet or pointe shoes.
  • Dancers MUST be enrolled in a dance studio and Pointe dancers MUST be studying pointe to perform.
  • Children must be 6 years of age or older to perform.
  • You may be cast in a part for which you did not audition. We reserve the right to cast you in ANY part.
  • Dancers are encouraged to audition for every role they are capable of performing.

2016 Schedule:

*The order of roles below may vary within each audition period.
Noon – 3 PM* 3 – 3:30 PM* 3:30 – 7:30 PM*
Children ages 6 & Over Adults Ballet Dancers: Male/Female, Pointe (P)/Non-Pointe (NP)
Angels First Act Party Guests Dolls (P)
Mother Ginger’s Kids Maids Flutes (P)
Harlequins Drosselmeyer Neapolitans (P)
Indian Boys Justice Silberhaus Spanish (P)
Fritz & Friends Frau Silberhaus Chinese (P)
Clara & Friends Mouse King Dew Drop Fairy (P)
Russians Mother Ginger Flower Soloist (P)
Puppets Flower (P)
Soldiers Snowflakes (P)
Mice Hungarians (NP)
Nutcracker (NP)
Irish (NP)
Arabians (NP)
Americans (NP)

Important Information for 2016:

  • Carefully review the 2016 Nutcracker Rehearsal Schedule and note potential conflicts.
  • You MUST attend the first rehearsal for your role. If you miss more than one rehearsal, we reserve the right to replace you.
  • First rehearsal will be at the Ames Dancenter South, 319 South 17th Street, Ames, IA 50010.
  • Call the Dancenter at (515) 233-0826 with any questions.
  • There is a costume cleaning fee of $25 per performer. A $5 late fee will be added after 10/14/16.
  • YOUR HELP IS NEEDED – A Volunteer Coordinator will contact all participating families for backstage help at rehearsals and performances. Families of each cast member are required to provide volunteer help in lieu of supplemental participant fees. This helps keep costs down and keeps our performances running smoothly and safely.