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When my daughter was eight, she participated as a youth cast member in the Nashville Nutcracker with the Nashville Ballet and she made it on her very first audition!
She was taking classes at the Nashville Ballet at the time, but not the next year she tried out…and children between 8-11 don’t have to be Nashville Ballet students to be in the Nashville Nutcracker.
Children 12 years old and older do however need to be enrolled at Nashville Ballet this fall in order to audition.
The greatest part about the experience is that you only pay a $10 fee to audition and if selected, pay only a small fee for costume maintenance…and that’s it!
Nashville Nutcracker Auditions: Youth Cast details
When: Sunday, August 26, 2018
Boys (7 to 11 yrs) Registration 11:00 a.m. Audition 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Girls (7 & 8 yrs) Registration 11:30 a.m. Audition 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Girls (9 to 11 yrs) Registration 12:00 p.m. Audition 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Martin Center for the Nashville Ballet
How: Pre-register online at Nashville Ballet (Note: Pre-registration ends on 8/23 at 5pm, but walk-ups are welcome).
(Keep in mind, children must turn 8 by December 31, 2018 to qualify to audition)
Nashville Nutcracker Youth Cast Audition: What to bring
4″x 6″ full-body photograph
Nashville Nutcracker Youth Cast Audition: What to wear
Girls should audition in a solid color leotard and pink tights. Boys may wear a t-shirt (not over-sized) and shorts. Girls should have their hair neatly secured in a bun. Ballet slippers are preferred; however, children who do not own ballet slippers may audition in socks or another style of dance shoes. No pointe shoes or dance sneakers.
Important dates to know before you audition for Nashville’s Nutcracker Youth Cast:
September 19 – Audition Results & Preliminary Schedule Emailed
September 28 – First-Time Youth Cast Parent Meeting
October 20-21 – Mandatory Weekend Rehearsals Begin
November 1 – Performance Assignments & Schedule Emailed
Week of November 5 – Mandatory Weeknight Rehearsals Begin
Week of November 26 – Theater Rehearsals Begin at TPAC
December 1 – Nashville’s Nutcracker Performances Begin
If you want to see some behind the scenes footage of the Nashville Nutcracker auditions and youth cast rehearsals, check out my Nashville Ballet Nutcracker Youth Cast videos I made as their official blogger mom in the past!