9.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. Ballet Levels 3 – 7
10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Primary Ballet, Ballet Levels 1 & 2
11.00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Ballet Levels 3, 4, 5
12.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. Ballet Levesl 6 & 7, Academy Level 3 (Boys & Girls), Academy Level 4 (Girls Only)
2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Ballet Level 8, Intermediate Conservatory and Advanced Conservatory 1
4.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Advanced 2 conservatory, Academy Level 4 (Boys only), Academy Level 5
NOTE: All dancers should be prepared for the possibility of participating in the audition that follows their assigned audition time.
The Nutcracker is a fully staged ballet, presented annually during the holiday season by Metropolitan School of the Arts. 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. Metropolitan students who meet minimum requirements are permitted to audition for both productions.
Nutcracker Eligibility: Students ages 7 and up who are enrolled in Primary Ballet and above and have completed at least one full year of ballet at Metropolitan School of the Arts.
Nutcracker In A Nutshell Eligibility: Students enrolled in Metropolitan School of the Arts Ballet Levels 3 -7. Students must attend the Nutshell audition to be considered.
All dancers should wear a black leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes and their hair in a bun. Level 8+ should bring pointe shoes. Boys should wear a 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., some Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00-7:00 p.m. Nutshell rehearsals will be held on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rehearsals will not conflict with other Metropolitan School of the Arts’ commitments. Performers must be available for all rehearsals for their role(s), tech/dress rehearsals and performances.
Nutcracker Performances: Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th (Tech week will begin Tuesday, December 3rd).
Nutshell Performance: Sunday, December 1st.
Please submit you’re audition application by 12:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22nd. Any audition applications submitted after the above date/time will be subject to a $10 late fee in addition to the standard $15 audition fee.
• $180 Nutcracker participation fee per student
• $75 Nutshell participation fee per student
• $225 participation fee for students in both Nutcracker and Nutshell
• $30 per costume cleaning fee