The Nutcracker is a fully staged ballet, presented annually during the holiday season by MSA. Nutcracker in a Nutshell is an abbreviated, young-audience friendly version of The Nutcracker that gives our younger dancers the chance to perform lead roles. MSA students who meet minimum requirements are permitted to audition for both productions.
Nutcracker Eligibility: Students enrolled at MSA ages 7 and up who are enrolled in a rising Ballet Levels Primary and above and have completed at least one full year of ballet.
Nutcracker In A Nutshell Eligibility: Students enrolled in MSA Rising Ballet Levels 2-5. Students must attend the Nutshell audition time to be considered.
All dancers should wear a black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes and their hair in a bun. Level 3+ bring character shoes and Level 5+ bring pointe shoes. Boys should wear white t-shirt, black tights/shorts and black ballet shoes. Dancers should arrive early enough to warm-up.
Nutcracker rehearsals may be held on Fridays from 8:00-10:00 p.m., Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00-7:00 p.m. Nutshell rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rehearsals will not conflict with other MSA commitments. Performers must be available for all rehearsals for their role(s), tech/dress rehearsals and performances.
Nutcracker Performances: December 1st and 2nd (Tech week will begin Nov 27).
Nutshell Performance: November 26 at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Please submit your application below by Wednesday, August 23rd at noon. Submissions after that deadline will require completion of a paper form available at the front desk and will be assessed a $10 late fee in addition to the $15 audition fee.
Nutcracker Fees: A participation fee per student of $180 for Nutcracker, $75 for Nutshell, $225 for both and $30 per costume cleaning fee will be charged to your account on file on September 25.
Nutcracker & Nutshell Audition Schedule
Saturday, August 26th, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Rising Ballet Levels 2 – 5
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Rising Ballet Level Primary & 1
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Rising Ballet Level 2 & 3
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Rising Ballet Level 4 & 5
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Rising Ballet Level 6 & 7
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – ALL BOYS/ALL LEVELS
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Rising Level 7 and 8 (Boys for partnering 5.30 – 6.15pm)