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 in Ballet/Tap 5-6 and up. Rehearsals are on Saturdays and/or Sundays October – December. Audiences are mesmerized by our beautiful costumes, props and sets. Be a part of our Nutcracker family, and enjoy the magic of the season.
Be a Part of our Holiday Tradition!
Performances December 14 – 15 at Collegiate Oates Theater
Dress Rehearsals December 12 – 13
Studio Rehearsals: Weekends September 28 – December 7 (depending on your casting, times and days vary) Rehearsal schedule released 2 weeks at a time in advance.
Auditions – Sunday, September 15 at MKSD
(MKSD Dancers in Ballet/Tap 5 – 6 and up eligible. Must take ballet)
Audition Attire: MKSD Level Ballet Dress Code
Registration: $250 payable to MKSD (checks only)
Ballet/Tap 5-6, Trio 1, Trio 2 and Petite Dancers
Registration 12:00 – 12:15pm – Audition Class 12:15 – 12:45pm
Mini and Junior Level Dancers
Registration 1:00 – 1:15pm – Audition Class 1:15 – 1:45pm
Registration 2:00 – 2:15pm – Audition Class 2:15 – 3:15pm
Registration 3:00 – 3:15pm – Audition Class 3:15 – 4:15pm
Q: What should I expect at registration?
You will visit our reception to check in, make your payment ($250 check or cash only), and get an audition number for your child. Please help them pin it onto the front of their leotard. (Tee shirt for boys) Once you’ve registered, your child can go into the “holding room” to stretch with MKSD staff. (Sorry, no parents in this room)
Q: What should my dancer expect at the audition?
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.
Q: When are rehearsals?
Saturday and/or Sunday, September 29 – December 8. Which day and what time depends on your child’s role. Typically for younger dancers (ballet/tap, trio, petite, mini), rehearsals are about one hour on Sunday. Junior and Intermediate dancers may be either day, and Advanced dancers should plan on both days. Saturday rehearsals are between 3 – 6pm and Sunday rehearsals are between 12 – 6pm.
MKSD will release our September – October rehearsal schedule along with the casting Tuesday, September 17. November/December rehearsal schedule will be released mid-October.
Q: 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.
Q: What roles are my child eligible for?
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 by the end of the day Tuesday, September 17.
Q: When/Where is the Performance?
Collegiate Hershey Center for the Arts, in the beautiful Oates Theater.
December 14 at 1 and 5pm, and December 15 at 1 and 5pm.
Q: What is Cast A/Cast B?
We have 2 casts for our show. This means your child will “share” their role with another child. When we practice we say “let me see cast a”, or “now let’s see cast b”. The dancers need to know which one they are! (This will be clear on the cast list)
Cast A performs: Saturday, December 14 at 1pm and Sunday, December 15 at 5pm
Cast B performs: Saturday, December 14 at 5pm and Sunday, December 15 at 1pm
Q: Do I need to purchase a ticket?
Yes. Tickets go on sale October 1, with our online vendor tututix. We will send you a direct link via email. Dancers in the show do NOT need a ticket, unless they are coming to see the show that they are not in.