We are proud to present an annual production of this favorite holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” each December. Auditions are held in September for MKSD students age 5 and up. Rehearsals are on Saturdays and/or Sundays October – December. Audiences are memorized by our beautiful costumes, props and sets. Be a part of our Nutcracker family, and enjoy the magic of the season.
The Nutcracker 2017
Collegiate School’s Oates Theater
December 16 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
December 17 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
September 24, 2017 at MKSD
Ballet/Tap, Trio 1, Trio 2: Registration 1:00 – 1:15; Audition Class 1:15 – 1:45
Petite/Mini Level: Registration 2:00 – 2:15; Audition Class 2:15 – 2:45
Junior/Intermediate Level: Registration 3:00 – 3:15; Audition Class 3:15 – 4:15, Pointe Students 4:15 – 4:30
Advanced Level: Registration 4:30 – 4:45; Audition Class 4:45 – 5:45, Pointe Students 5:45 – 6:00, Partnering (call back only) 6:00 – 6:15
Students should wear their ballet dress code attire to the audition class.
On the day of auditions, visit our table in the lobby, complete your form, and turn in your payment ($250 checks made payable to MKSD). Your child will receive an audition number to pin on. The students will then go into a designated stretch area until called in as a group to the audition class. Dancers in MKSD Companies that have prepaid are still required to check in at the registration table, and complete registration form.
MKSD staff will conduct the audition much like a regular dance class. Students will be taught age and level appropriate choreography during the audition class. Students will want to demonstrate performance qualities and audition etiquette. Many times during the audition dancers will be asked to stand in formations so that we may assess sizing for costuming and overall group appeal.
*All auditioning students are given a part in the production.*
Casting assignments are sent out via email the week following the audition.
CAST A: Performs in 2 shows: Saturday, December 16 @ 2:00pm/Sunday, December 17 @ 5:00pm
CAST B: Performs in 2 shows: Saturday, December 16 @7:00pm/Sunday, December 17 @1:00pm
Typically our younger students are cast in one of the Casts: A OR B. They will perform in 2 shows
(one on each day).
Some of our most advanced students may perform in both Casts (all four shows), but we ask that you do not make this the expectation. Our cast is growing each year, and we hope to provide each dancer with opportunities to grow from year to year. We are committed to keep our Nutcracker EXCLUSIVE to MKSD students to ensure our dancers have priority in this production.
Rehearsals are on Saturday/Sunday at MKSD beginning in October and ending in December with our holiday performance. Our intent is to release the full schedule by the first rehearsal.
If your child has to miss a rehearsal, please let us know via the studio email (can be found on studio website). We encourage students to attend all rehearsals, but understand that things come up. In the event that your child misses excessive and falls behind on choreography, we may need to remove them from the production. Students should wear their ballet dress code attire to all rehearsals!
DRESS REHEARSAL AT COLLEGIATE OATES THEATER: Thursday, December 14 5:30 pm CAST A; Friday, December 15 5:30 pm CAST B
MKSD provides your child’s costume. You will be responsible for providing all tights, shoes and undergarments needed. You will receive a full list of costume needs later in the Nutcracker season. Hair and makeup tutorial will be offered closer to the performance. All costumes are property of MKSD, and are to be returned in good condition to the dressing room following their last performance. MKSD will clean, alter, and care for costumes.
Nutcracker tickets go on sale October 15. We offer reserved seating for our performances. Please visit tututix.com to purchase. We have sold out our shows for the past 2 years! We recommend purchasing your seats as soon as possible. ($15 adult, $10 child 3 – 10) Tickets are non-refundable. You will need to buy a ticket for each show you attend.