Audition for MFB's 2019 production of The Nutcracker:

Performance dates are December 21 & 22, 2019 at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
AND December 14, 2019 in partnership with the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra

Audition Requirements

Minimum Age Requirements: Age 5 by 9/1/19
All performers must be enrolled in dance classes (does not have to be at Midland Festival Ballet)
No day of audition enrollment.
First-time Participants attend the Nutcracker info session on Saturday, 9/7/19 from 9:30-10:30am


Attendance Policy

PLEASE DO NOT AUDITION IF YOU CANNOT ADHERE TO THE ATTENDANCE POLICY

·   Costume fittings are mandatory

· First rehearsal is mandatory

·   Tech week rehearsals and Dress Rehearsal are mandatory

·   More than two missed rehearsals may result in removal from the Nutcracker cast.

·   Two consecutively missed rehearsals may result in removal from The Nutcracker cast.

·   There is rehearsal every night the week leading up to the Big Spring Performance and every night the week leading
up to the Midland Performances. These are called “Tech Week”.  

·   Known absences should be communicated in writing to info@midlandfestivalballet.org before the first rehearsal

·   Absence due to illness must be communicated as soon as possible via email to info@midlandfestivalballet.org

·   It is important for the quality of the production that cast members attend all rehearsals.


Audition Info

Auditions are by age as of 9/1. There are no alternate audition dates/times
All performers must be enrolled in dance classes (does not have to be at Midland Festival Ballet)

Female Attire: MFB Dress Code Leotard OR Black leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers, hair in bun
Male Attire: White T-Shirt, Black shorts/tights, ballet slippers, hair off face

Please arrive 15-30 prior to scheduled audition time for registration.
Late arrivals will NOT be allowed to audition.

Casting will be posted on Thursday, September 12 after 12:00pm at the ballet studio and online.

Friday, September 6

6:30 - 8:30pm |  Ages 13 - Adult (pointe work required)

Saturday, September 7

9:30 - 10:30am | New Parents Information Session

12:00 - 1:00pm | Ages 5 - 7

 1:00 - 2:00pm | Ages 8 - 10

2:00 - 3:00pm | Ages 11 - 12 (bring pointe shoes)

3:00 - 4:30pm | Clara and Fritz


Meetings

New Participant Info Session:
Saturday, September 7, 2019: 9:30am

New Participants should attend (only one parent is necessary). We will review audition info, time commitment, expectations, and answer any questions you have.

Mandatory Parent Meeting:
Saturday, September 14, 2019: 1:00pm

Attendance is mandatory. One parent and their dancer should attend. We will review expectations and dancer contracts, rehearsal schedules, discuss volunteer roles, and address any questions or concerns.


Production Fees

Each dancer is responsible for a $150 production fee.
As part of this fee, each dancer will receive a DVD, T-Shirt, and a Poster.
This fee is due on or before 9/21/19.

Still have questions? Call the studio at 432.682.2653


Mandatory Costume Fittings

Performers will also have a mandatory costume fitting.
Please reserve the following days if you plan to audition. Times TBA.

Costume fittings for all other roles will be announced in the rehearsal schedule. 

Friday, September 13
Snow & Flowers 7:30-9:00pm

Saturday, September 14
Angels   3:00-4:00pm           
Mice      4:00-4:30pm           
Soldiers 4:30-5:30pm          

Sunday, September 15
Bon Bons 1:00-2:00pm 
Candy Cane 2:00-3:00pm


Roles and Rehearsals

Casting is final and cannot be disputed.
Repeat and understudy roles are expected. If your dancer is not willing to repeat a role, we ask that they not audition.

Approximate Rehearsal Days
*Detailed schedule will be released on September 14, 2019 at the Mandatory Parent Meeting
MOST REHEARSALS WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER

Angels: Saturdays beginning Saturday, September 28
Mice: Saturdays beginning Saturday, September 28
Soldiers: Saturdays beginning Saturday, September 28
Mother Ginger/Bon Bons: Saturdays beginning Saturday, September 21
Candy Cane: Sunday Afternoons beginning Sunday, September 22
Chinese: Thursday Evenings beginning Thursday, September 19
Party Children: Sunday Afternoons beginning Sunday, September 15


Performance Dates

**There will be rehearsal every night the week of the shows**
Friday           December 13    Dress Rehearsal w/ Orchestra @ BSSO
Saturday      December 14   7:30pm Performance @BSSO

BSSO= Big Spring Symphony Orchestra*
*If you cannot/do not want to commit to this performance, please contact MFB as soon as possible.


**There will be rehearsal every night the week of the shows**
Friday           December 20    Dress Rehearsal w/ Orchestra
Saturday      December 21   7:30pm Performance @WNPAC
Sunday        December 22    2:30pm Performance @WNPAC

WNPAC= Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center