The Nutcracker

MKSD’S Favorite Holiday tradition!


MKSD Nutcracker

December 13, 14, 15, 2024 @ Collegiate School’s Oates Theater



Audition Attire: Any color leotard, pink/flesh tights, ballet and pointe shoes if applicable. Skirts allowed.

$350 Participation Tuition – Must pre-register (tuition may be added to your fall invoice; otherwise due at audition)


Saturday, September 14

Ballet 5/6 Level: Check in 1:15pm; Audition Class 1:30 – 1:45pm


Saturday, September 14

Ballet/Jazz 6-8 Level: Check in 2:00pm; Audition Class 2:15 – 2:45pm


Saturday, September 14

Petite Level: Check in 3:00pm; Audition Class 3:15 – 3:45pm


Saturday, September 14

Mini Level: Check in 4:00pm; Audition Class 4:00 – 4:30pm

Saturday, September 14

Junior Level: Check in 4:15pm; Audition Class 4:30 – 5:00pm


Sunday, September 15

Intermediate Level: Check in 10:00am; Audition Class: 10:15 – 11:00am


Sunday, September 15

Advanced 4 Level: Check in 11:15am; Audition Class 11:30 – 12:15pm


Sunday, September 15

Advanced 3 Level: Check in 12:30pm Audition Class 12:45 – 1:45 


Sunday, September 15

Advanced 2 Level: Check in 2:00pm

Audition Class 2:15 – 3:15pm


Sunday, September 15

Advanced 1 Level: Check in 3:30pm

Audition Class 3:45 – 4:45pm



What should my dancer expect at the audition?

Check in: You will be pre-registered. Simply check in at the assigned table to receive your audition number. Secure this to the front of your leotard/shirt for boys. We’ll provide the pins. You will then wait in the supervised dancer holding/warm up studio (sorry, no parents in here) until called for audition as a group.

Audition Class: Age and level appropriate ballet class to Nutcracker music. Your child does not have to come with anything prepared, other than wearing their MKSD ballet dress code.

Dismissal: Your child will be dismissed at the scheduled time. Please be mindful that we have several groups coming, and prefer swift exits.

What roles are my child eligible for? When do we find out about casting?

Each year we cast our show differently, to allow for overall production growth. Every role in our production is important! Casting will be emailed out in the week following the audition. We have 3 casts: A/B/C all equally amazing.

Cast A/B/C distribution helps us to give more dancers and opportunity to shine! This means your child may “share” their role with another child. When we practice we say “let me see cast a”, or “now let’s see cast b, or c”. The dancers need to know which one they are! (This will be clear on the cast list)

When are rehearsals?

Which day and what time depends on your child’s role. Our Nutcracker rehearsals are on Saturday and/or Sunday. Weekly Rehearsals will begin September 30 for some roles, and others will begin October 7. We try to keep a consistent time for each cast role, and email out several rehearsal weeks in advance.

Does my child need to attend all rehearsals?

We prefer so. However, we realize it’s a busy time of year. Please try not to miss more than one weekend. In the event that a dancer misses excessive practice and we they are not able to maintain choreography, we may need to remove them from the cast.

Do I need to purchase a ticket?

Yes. We will send you a direct link via email when tickets go on sale. (typically mid-October)