YOUNG DANCERS FROM CHICAGO AND BEYOND
CAN AUDITION FOR A ROLE IN
THE JOFFREY BALLET’S
Joffrey Tower, September 20
CHICAGO (September 3, 2015) – The Joffrey Ballet holds open auditions for the Children’s Cast of the last staging of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker at its downtown studios in Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, Sunday, September 20. All students ages 9-14 between 4’ and 5’ in the greater Chicagoland area with dance experience are welcome to audition.
This annual audition is for all children, from any studio or school, interested in auditioning for the annual production of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, whether or not they have participated in The Joffrey’s The Nutcracker in the past. The audition will be directed by artistic staff from The Joffrey Ballet, who will be looking for dancers between 4’ and 5’ tall and 9 to 14 years old.
All dancers need to bring a headshot or photo no larger than 4” x 6” and an audition form (available online through Joffrey.org/nutcracker-childrens-auditions) with them on the day of the audition. The Nutcracker Children’s Cast roles are Party Girls & Boys, Polichinelles (Mother Ginger’s kids), Battle Mice, Soldiers, Mounted Mice, Snow Tree Angels and Dolls.
Audition Times Based on Dancer Criteria:
Ages 9-10: Registration 1:15 – 2:15 pm, Audition 2:15 – 4:00 pm
Ages 11-14: Registration 10:30 – 11:30 am, Audition 11:30 – 1:30 pm
Dancers should be prepared to stay until 4:00 pm on the day of the audition.
Dancers must be available for rehearsals in October, November and December. Rehearsals begin September 27 and take place at Joffrey Tower. Performances take place December 4-27 at the Auditorium Theatre (no performance December 25).
About Joffrey’s The Nutcracker
Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, Chicago’s most popular holiday tradition, returns for its final season at the Auditorium Theatre. Conceived and directed in 1987 by company founder Robert Joffrey, The Nutcracker brings Tchaikovsky’s classic score to life with battling toys, raucous rodents, swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the splendor of the full Joffrey company on stage with over 100 young dancers from the Chicagoland area. Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker is presented in 24 performances, December 4-27, 2015. The Joffrey has commissioned Christopher Wheeldon to a re-envision a new Nutcracker to receive its World Premiere in December 2016.
Tickets, priced from $32-$121, 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, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at (800) 982-2787, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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