YOUNG DANCERS AND THEATRICAL PERFORMERS
FROM CHICAGO AND BEYOND
INVITED TO AUDITION FOR A ROLE IN THE JOFFREY BALLET’S
Joffrey Tower, September 6 and 9
CHICAGO (August 6, 2018) – The Joffrey Ballet holds open auditions for the Children’s Cast of Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker at its downtown studios in Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, Thursday, September 6 and Sunday, September 9. All students in the Chicagoland area with dance experience that meet casting criteria are welcome to audition on their respective dates.
This annual audition is for all young dancers, from any studio or school, interested in auditioning for Christopher Wheeldon’s The Nutcracker, whether they have participated in the Joffrey’s Nutcracker in the past or not. The audition will be directed by artistic staff from The Joffrey Ballet.
All dancers must bring an audition form, 4×6 headshot (ladies with hair in a bun), and proof of age (ID, passport or copy of birth certificate etc.). The audition form and RSVP links are available online at Joffrey.org/nutauditions.
Audition Dates and Times Based on Dancer Criteria
Thursday, September 6
Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition
5:30-7:00 PM | Ladies ages 8-11, maximum height 4’5” (no minimum height)
Sunday, September 9
Registration begins one hour prior to audition
11:00-11:45 AM | Gentlemen ages 10-17, maximum height 5’8” (no minimum height)
12:00-1:00 PM | Ladies, ages 11-18, height between 5’0”-5’6”
1:30-4:30 PM | Ladies age 9-18, height between 4’5”-5’0” – Note: media is invited to attend this final audition session.
The age and height parameters are strict and students who do not fall within the parameters will not be admitted into the audition.
Dancers must be available for rehearsals in September, October, November and December of 2018. All rehearsals are coordinated by Joffrey Ballet Masters and Joffrey Academy Staff, and will be held generally on Sundays and weekday evenings. Production week may require daytime rehearsals during the week.
Performances take place December 1-30 (no performance on December 25) at the Auditorium Theatre.
About Joffrey’s The Nutcracker
Journey to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair with Wheeldon’s holiday masterpiece. Magic is on the horizon for young Marie and her mother, a sculptress creating the iconic Statue of the Republic. As they prepare for their annual holiday celebration, a visit from the charming but mysterious Great Impresario sets off a Christmas Eve dream of whirlwind romance and adventure. A must-see tradition boldly reimagined for a new generation.
Tickets start at $35 and are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, by telephone at 312.386.8905 or online at www.joffrey.org/nutcracker.
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