The Nutcracker Youth Participant Programs

The Nutcracker – Touring Participant Program

The Nutcracker Youth Touring Participant Program gives young dancers aged 12 and up the opportunity to travel and perform with a professional dance company! They interact and dance with professional dancers, professional dance and theatre coaches and gain invaluable performance experience as they dance and tour Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition. This program is unique with its full integration and integral inclusion of the participants roles in the show coupled with the fact that participants are immersed in the real lifestyle and expectations of being a member of a professional dance Company.

Image of The Nutcracker performance
Image of The Nutcracker performance

Rehearsal Schedule
This rehearsal schedule is subject to change. Remaining rehearsal dates are still to be confirmed.

General Requirements
Aged 12 – 17 years
Dance training required, ballet is a definite asset

How To Register
Students interested in auditioning must register for a specific audition by filling out our online registration. Participants auditioning for the Touring Cast must audition in Toronto and be 12 years of age or older.

How the Program Works

  • After completing your online registration, you will be contacted individually to confirm your audition time within one week of the audition date.
  • The audition is approximately 40-60 minutes, during which time excerpts of the Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition choreography are taught by the Ballet Jörgen repetiteur. The students are assessed for their musicality, technique, poise, ability to learn choreography, characterization and performance quality. While some decisions are made within that initial audition time, some students may be asked to dance again for a Final Selection.
  • Touring cast selections will be made after auditions are finished. The final assignment of specific Tour Cast roles, including understudies, is made during the subsequent weekly rehearsal process as the Ballet Jörgen repetiteur and the company’s Artistic Director become more familiar with each young tour member. All the show choreography is taught and rehearsed by a Ballet Jörgen repetiteur.
  • The rehearsals for the touring cast will be extensive. Dancers must be fully available for daily rehearsals from August 22-26 in Toronto. Rehearsals will continue throughout the fall, taking place in Toronto on weekends and weeknights for the lead roles. The Cast will have studio dress rehearsals and may be required to view performances. Rehearsals with the Full Company will take place in Toronto from September to December and will require attendance during week day school hours.
  • The Tour performances will be divided amongst the cast members, no cast member will be expected to dance for the whole duration of the tour. Some locations incur overnight stays other do not. When there are overnight stays, the Company provides transportation from Toronto and back. All food and lodging expenses are covered by the Company.
Performance CityPerformance Date(s)Performance VenueNumber of Performances
Saskatoon, SKNovember 20 2022TCU Place1
Huntsville, ONNovember 26 2022Algonquin Theatre2
Peterborough, ONDecember 1 2022Showplace Performance Centre1
Hamilton, ONDecember 3 2022Hamilton Place3
Brantford, ONDecember 4 2022Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts1
Ottawa, ONDecember 10 2022Centrepointe Theatre2
London, ONDecember 18 2022Centennial Hall1
Guelph, ONDecember 22 & 23 2022River Run Centre2
Kitchener-Waterloo, ONDecember 28 2022Centre in the Square2

Roles – Touring cast members
# to be cast – 12-14
Approximate Heights – 4’11″ – 5’7″
Approximate Ages – 12-17yrs

Breakdown of Youth Tour Cast Members by Role

Role# To Be CastGender
Klara2 - 3Female
Family Child &
Nutcracker Prince
2 - 3Male or Female
Family Children8 - 10Male or Female

Other roles danced by those cast as Family Children include:

Role# To Be CastGender
Sock Bunny
2 - 3Male or Female
Rats5 - 6Male or Female
Dragonfly2 - 3Male or Female
Beaver2 - 3Male or Female
White-Tailed Deer5 - 6Male or Female


When the Company travels on tour, six cast members will travel with the Company. When the Company is closer to home, often there are additional cast members in each performance. No cast member is expected to dance in all performances but we ask that all cast members be available for at least 70% of the tour. Availability may affect role casting.

Touring Youth Cast Role Descriptions in the Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition

Klara – Klara is the lead youth female character in the ballet and dances throughout the show, starting at the beginning in the School House Scene, right until the end, asleep after her dream.

Family Child/Nutcracker Prince – The family child /Nutcracker Prince is the lead youth male character in the ballet and dances throughout the show, starting as a member of the Farm Family at the beginning of the ballet in the School House Scene, and as the Nutcracker Prince beginning in the Battle Scene.

Family Children – The Family Children are the children of the town’s families and dance at the beginning of the ballet in the School House Scene.

Sock Bunny – The Sock Bunny fights against the Owl, Bat, Wolf, and Fox along with the Nutcracker Prince, Klara, the Mounties and Skipping Rope Handles. The battle is the second scene in the first act.

Rats – The rats skulk in the School House after dark when Klara wakes all alone after a nap.

Dragonflies (sometimes danced by the touring cast) – The Dragonflies are from the Summer Land, in the second act, and they perform with the Dragonfly dancer from the Company.

Beavers – The Beaver pushes Klara and the Nutcracker Prince in the canoe. They take them from the Kingdom of Snow to the Summer Land in the Second Act.

White-tailed Deer – The Deer push Klara and the Nutcracker Prince’s sleigh. They transport them after the battle to the Kingdom of Snow and then back again to the School House at the very end of the show.

What is provided?

Accommodation for the cast members while performing on tour is provided, along with all meals. Cast members are chaperoned at all times. Transportation for touring performances is provided from Toronto (and direct vicinity) and back to Toronto. Cast members travel in the Company mini-vans driven by either Clea Iveson, Education Manager or Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director. On theatre days, when there isn’t an overnight stay meals are provided as needed. Detailed itineraries with all travel, accommodation, venue and logistic details are provided to each cast member as well as a copy for the family.

Are there forms to sign?

Yes, we will ask for a consent form and a health form to be completed and signed prior to any cast member travelling with the Company on tour. This is in addition to the regular participation and permission form.

Am I expected at every rehearsal?

Yes, at every rehearsal you are called to be at. If a rehearsal is missed, cast members must be prepared for changes to be made in casting or performing. All casting is subject to change and is based from the progress at rehearsals and on stage. Rehearsal schedules are subject to change but you will always be notified.

Am I expected at every show?

No, we will ask your availability early on but we do expect you to be available for a minimum of 50% of the performances. You must attend every onstage rehearsal at any venue in which you are scheduled to perform. Failure to attend a spacing or notes and corrections rehearsal on stage will mean that you will not perform in that venue at all.

When will I know my performance schedule & show casting?

We will provide a basic touring schedule by early October, the detailed itinerary will come about 1 week or more prior to departure on tour. The Show casting will be published in early November and will always be subject to change.

What do I need to bring on tour?

When packing to go on tour, bring what you would bring if you were going on a trip. Just remember that you must be able to carry your bag and it has to fit in the van!
You should pack the following:

  • Comfortable, warm casual clothing for travelling, including boots, hats, mitts
  • Dance clothes, to wear during rehearsals
  • Sweat pants/warm-up pants, sweaters to wear at the theatre over your dance clothes
  • Your wardrobe for the show, including tights, body suits
  • One nice pair of pants and shirt (in case of a reception following the show)
  • Make-up, hair brushes, toothbrushes, etc
  • Books/quiet games
  • Homework
  • Important Phone Numbers (your parents, other relatives)
  • Your Itinerary (you must have this with you at all times)
  • Tupperware (to store left-overs and snacks)
  • Anything else that will make you feel comfortable while on tour

During tour, it is helpful to have 3 bags – a suitcase, a backpack and a dance bag.

A Dance Bag, referred to on tour and on your itinerary as ‘Bee Bags’

This bag should contain everything you need while in the theatre. After every show, the Bee Bags are packed up and put on the truck and unloaded into the theatre before the show. You will not have access to these bags between shows.

A Backpack

Pack in your backpack things you would like to keep with you at the theatre, and as you travel in the van, such as books, homework, your itinerary, tupperware, toothbrush, hairbrush, make-up.

A Suitcase

Your suitcase will stay in the van when travelling and live at the hotel, so you will not have access to it in the theatre. Just pack everything else you need in here, such as pyjamas and extra clothes.

It is a good idea to have two sets of toiletries, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush etc to pack in your suitcase in the hotel, and one in a bag at the theatre, so you will never forget anything important.

If you have any medications you need to take while away, please let the chaperone know. The chaperone is available to answer any questions and deal with any problems that may come up.

What You Need for the Audition
There is no need to prepare a dance piece nor bring a portfolio or bio to the audition. Students should wear the dance clothes normally worn at their local dance classes. You will be asked to dance choreography that we teach you.

What You Need for the Tour
Costumes and shoes for the show are provided by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen but participants will need their own undergarments, equipment students already own for their regular dance classes. Upon cast member registration each participant will have the opportunity to order a keepsake Nutcracker Tour Shirt. A Company and Youth Cast photo will be taken at each performance and be made available to Cast members at the end of the Nutcracker performance season.

What to Bring on Tour
When packing to go on tour, bring what you would bring if you were going on a trip. Just remember that you must be able to carry your bag and it has to fit in the van!
You should pack the following:

  • Comfortable, warm casual clothing for travelling, including boots, hats, mitts
    Dance clothes, to wear during rehearsals
  • Sweat pants/warm-up pants, sweaters to wear at the theatre over your dance clothes
  • Your wardrobe for the show, including tights, body suits
  • One nice pair of pants and shirt (in case of a reception following the show)
  • Make-up, hair brushes, toothbrushes, etc
  • Books/quiet games
  • Homework
  • Important Phone Numbers (your parents, other relatives)
  • Your Itinerary (you must have this with you at all times)
  • Tupperware (to store left-overs and snacks)
  • Anything else that will make you feel comfortable while on tour

During tour, it is helpful to have 3 bags – a suitcase, a backpack and a dance bag.
A Dance Bag, referred to on tour and on your itinerary as ‘Bee Bags’
This bag should contain everything you need while in the theatre. After every show, the Bee Bags are packed up and put on the truck and unloaded into the theatre before the show. You will not have access to these bags between shows.

A Backpack
Pack in your backpack things you would like to keep with you at the theatre, and as you travel in the van, such as books, homework, your itinerary, tupperware, toothbrush, hairbrush, make-up.

A Suitcase
Your suitcase will stay in the van when travelling and live at the hotel, so you will not have access to it in the theatre. Just pack everything else you need in here, such as pyjamas and extra clothes.

It is a good idea to have two sets of toiletries, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush etc to pack in your suitcase in the hotel, and one in a bag at the theatre, so you will never forget anything important.

If you have any medications you need to take while away, please let the chaperone know. The chaperone is available to answer any questions and deal with any problems that may come up.

These items are to be worn under costumes during the show. See the attached sheet for the items for the part(s) you will be playing. Please write your initials inside your tights and body suits, as they will be put in the laundry after the show. Make-up and hair requirements are also included on the attached sheet. You are required to do your own hair and make-up while on tour.
 

Klara
*Pink tights
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve) body suit
*Hair: braided
Child & Prince*Black shoes
*Black socks
*Underwear, undershirt and dance belt
*Tights are provided by the company
Family Children
*Pink tights
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve or tank) body suit
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Hair: individualized and looking good with a bow in it
Dragonfly*Black footed tights
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve or tank) body suit
*Hair: tucked into hood so it will stay
Deer*Pink tights
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve or tank) body suit
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Hair: tucked into hood so that it stays hidden
Sock Bunny*Pink tights
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve or tank) body suit
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Hair: tucked into hood so that it stays hidden
Beaver*Pink Tights
*Pink ballet slippers
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve) body suit
*Hair: tucked into hood so that it stays hidden

Please view the document below

 

CBJ APPROPRIATE PHYSICAL CONTACT IN DANCE POLICY

The Nutcracker – Local Participant Program

The Nutcracker Local Participant Program gives young dancers the opportunity to perform with a professional dance company! They interact with professional dancers and gain invaluable performance experience as they dance roles in Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition.

General Requirements

  • Aged 8 – 17 years
  • Dance training required, ballet is an asset

How to Register

Students interested in auditioning must register for a specific audition by filling out our online registration form.  You can register for more than one audition but one form must be submitted for each city. You will hear back from us to confirm your exact audition time. Registrants are organized into time slots based on age groups.

How the Audition Works

There is no need to prepare a dance piece nor bring a portfolio or bio to the audition. Students should wear the dance clothes normally worn at their local dance classes. You will be asked to dance choreography that we teach you. The Ballet Jörgen audition leader will be looking at each dancer’s ability to learn the choreography and deliver it with the desired technique, musicality and performance quality.  Preliminary selections will be made from each age group and asked to return for the “Selected Audition”. The Selected Audition directly follows the last age group audition on the audition day. Dancers will be asked to repeat certain choreography and possibly learn some new choreography while being further assessed on their ability to perform and apply corrections. The final cast will be selected from this group and roles will be assigned on the day. Parents/Guardians will be given a participant permission form to fill out. After this point, cast members are expected at all scheduled rehearsals based on the roles they have been assigned, any absences will have consequences that can lead to being removed from the cast. Final show casting will be determined about 3-5 weeks prior to the performance and is based on the work delivered by each cast member at the weekly rehearsals. All casting is always subject to change.

Important Information

Participants who are selected to perform are required to attend any further rehearsals scheduled over the entire Audition Weekend, as well as mandatory weekly rehearsals from that weekend forwards.

All cast members must be available for every performance, final show casting will determine exactly who is required to dance in each performance in that community. DO NOT purchase your tickets to the performance(s) until final show casting has been determined, this way you can be assured to buy tickets to the show that your dancer is appearing in. Provisions cannot be made for exchanging any tickets purchased prior to this casting.

Local Cast Audition Dates

The list of communities for The Nutcracker 2022 Local Participant programs:

Performance CityAudition Registrations CloseAudition DateAudition TimeAudition LocationPerformance Date(s)Performance Location
Saskatoon, SKFriday, September 16 @ 5:00pm ESTSaturday, September 17, 20229:00-12:15pmStudio Two, 1203 9th Street East, Saskatoon, SKNovember 20, 2022TCU Place
Huntsville, ONTBATBATBATBANovember 26, 2022Algonquin Theatre
Peterborough, ONTBATBATBATBADecember 1, 2022Showplace Performance Centre
Hamilton, ON
TBATBATBATBADecember 2, 2022Hamilton Place
BrantfordTBATBATBASanderson Centre for the Performing Arts,
88 Dalhousie St, Brantford
December 4, 2022Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
OttawaTBATBATBATBADecember 12, 2022Centrepointe Theatre
LondonFriday, September 30 @ 5:00pm ESTSaturday, October 1, 20229:15am-1:00pmTBADecember 18, 2022Centennial Hall
GuelphFriday, September 9 @ 5:00pm ESTSaturday, September 10, 20229:15-12:45pmTBADec 22-23, 2022River Run Centre
Kitchener-Waterloo - Local CastTBATBATBATBADec 28, 2022Centre in the Square
Touring CastMonday, August 8 @ 5:00pm ESTTuesday, August 9, 20225:30-6:30pmCanada's Ballet Jörgen Studios in
George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus,
160 Kendal Ave. Bldg. C, Rm. 126, Toronto, ON M5R 1M3
Nov 20-Dec 31, 2022Saskatoon & Across Ontario

*Touring Cast members are aged 12+ and perform in 10-12 shows each between Nov 20-Dec 31 2022. All touring cast members rehearse in Toronto.

  • All participants are selected at an audition which takes place in our Nutcracker performance season communities in the early autumn of every year. Students register in advance to audition in their own local community.
  • Auditions and first rehearsals typically take place over the course of one weekend in early autumn in each participating community. After completing your online registration, you will be contacted individually with an exact audition time based on the student’s age within one week of your audition date.
  • Once the cast is selected at the audition, specific roles are assigned and choreography rehearsals ensue. For auditions taking place on a Saturday morning, final selections are usually completed by noontime, leaving the remaining weekend time for choreography rehearsals. In some locations, choreography rehearsals takes place over the coming weeks. During these mandatory rehearsals, all the show choreography is taught by the CBJ repetiteur.
  • A Local Rehearsal Master will then hold mandatory weekly rehearsals until the performance date(s). Based on this rehearsal process and in consultation with the CBJ repetiteur, final show casting will be determined 2-3 weeks prior to the first performance. It is recommended that parents, friends and family do not purchase their tickets until this final show casting has been announced which will ensure that they have tickets to the show that their participant is actually dancing in.
  • The Cast will have on stage rehearsals with the full company the day prior and/or the day of the first performance. Local Cast members must attend all rehearsals and be available for all performances.
  • Once in the Theatre with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, the Cast is fitted for their costumes, rehearsed on stage with the lights, sets, props, costumes and Company Dancers and then released for a dinner break before the show. Pre-ordered T-shirts are handed out. A cast photo is taken by the Company after every performance. This photo will be emailed to all participants by no later than middle of January.

Local roles to be cast at each audition:

Roles# to be CastApproximate HeightsApproximate Ages in the Role
Frog24’ – 4’10”8 - 11 yrs
Bear Cub14’3” – 4’11”8 - 11 yrs
Chipmunk44’5” – 5’3"10 - 13 yrs
Squirrel45’2” -5’6”12 - 16 yrs
Dragonfly25’3” +14 -17 yrs
Beaver14’5” – 5’3”One of the Chipmunks
White-Tailed Deer15’3” +One of the Dragonflies


The number to be cast in each role will vary with the # of performances in each venue, what is shown is the minimum # of roles to be cast. Please note that cast members may dance more than one role and the role of Dragonfly may not be cast at all – this makes the minimum total local cast – 9 local youth. And generally, the maximum local youth cast does not exceed 20.

Our Rehearsal Directors

Aria Wilton, Clea Iveson, Elise Tigges, Estelle Tang, Valentina Polanco

Rehearsal Schedules

Please note that all rehearsal schedules are subject to change.

 

Kitchener-Waterloo

London

Guelph

Saskatoon

Touring Cast

For the Audition:

  • Please dress like you would for your regular ballet class or dance class – dancewear, shoes and hair-up.
  • Please bring snacks and water for breaks, this keeps the positive energy up for all dancers.
  • Come prepared to learn choreography, to enjoy dancing and to have a great experience with us.

For the Rehearsal(s):

  • Please dress like you would for your regular ballet class or dance class – dancewear, shoes and hair-up.
  • Please bring snacks and water for breaks in rehearsal, this keeps the positive energy up for all dancers.
  • Frogs will need to bring an umbrella to every rehearsal.
  • Squirrels will need to bring an empty backpack to every rehearsal.

For the Performance(s):

  • Costumes for the show are provided by Ballet Jörgen but participants will need their own undergarments and shoes, equipment students already own for their regular dance classes (Touring Cast participants will be supplied with performance shoes).
  • Upon cast member registration each participant will have the opportunity to order a keepsake Nutcracker Tour Shirt.
  • A Company and Youth Cast photo will be taken at each performance and be made available to Cast members at the end of the Nutcracker performance season.

Note:  Please do not eat in or drink in costume – water is allowed.

Chipmunks and Squirrels*Ballet slippers: pink ballet slippers (white for boys)
*Body Suit and Tights: pink ballet tights (white for boys); any colour, any shape body suit
*Hair: Single Braid, extra bobby pins for the hood
Frogs*Ballet Slippers: pink ballet slippers (white for boys)
*Body Suit and Tights: pink ballet tights (white for boys); light colour, tank/strap body suit
*Hair: Single Braid, extra bobby pins (large) for the head piece
Dragonflies*Ballet Slippers: black ballet slippers (we can provide them if you don’t have any)
*Body Suit and Tights: footed black tights; tank or spaghetti strap body suit – any colour
*Hair: French braid for under hood
Deer and Beavers*Ballet Slippers: black ballet slippers if you have them, otherwise pink is fine
*Body Suit and Tights: pink ballet tights, any colour, any shape body suit
*Hair: Single braid
Bear Cub*Ballet Slippers: black ballet or jazz shoe if you have it, otherwise pink or white ballet slipper
*Body Suit and Tights: pink or white ballet tights, any colour, any shape body suit (must be low cut) & black socks
*Hair: Low/mid flat bun for under hat

NOTE: For male dancers, alternative wardrobe requirements are available, please check with the Education Coordinator for role options.

Please view the document below

CBJ APPROPRIATE PHYSICAL CONTACT IN DANCE POLICY

General Requirements

  • Aged 8 – 17 years
  • Dance training required, ballet is an asset

How to Register

Students interested in auditioning must register for a specific audition by filling out our online registration form.  You can register for more than one audition but one form must be submitted for each city. You will hear back from us to confirm your exact audition time. Registrants are organized into time slots based on age groups.

How the Audition Works

There is no need to prepare a dance piece nor bring a portfolio or bio to the audition. Students should wear the dance clothes normally worn at their local dance classes. You will be asked to dance choreography that we teach you. The Ballet Jörgen audition leader will be looking at each dancer’s ability to learn the choreography and deliver it with the desired technique, musicality and performance quality.  Preliminary selections will be made from each age group and asked to return for the “Selected Audition”. The Selected Audition directly follows the last age group audition on the audition day. Dancers will be asked to repeat certain choreography and possibly learn some new choreography while being further assessed on their ability to perform and apply corrections. The final cast will be selected from this group and roles will be assigned on the day. Parents/Guardians will be given a participant permission form to fill out. After this point, cast members are expected at all scheduled rehearsals based on the roles they have been assigned, any absences will have consequences that can lead to being removed from the cast. Final show casting will be determined about 3-5 weeks prior to the performance and is based on the work delivered by each cast member at the weekly rehearsals. All casting is always subject to change.

Important Information

Participants who are selected to perform are required to attend any further rehearsals scheduled over the entire Audition Weekend, as well as mandatory weekly rehearsals from that weekend forwards.

All cast members must be available for every performance, final show casting will determine exactly who is required to dance in each performance in that community. DO NOT purchase your tickets to the performance(s) until final show casting has been determined, this way you can be assured to buy tickets to the show that your dancer is appearing in. Provisions cannot be made for exchanging any tickets purchased prior to this casting.

Local Cast Audition Dates

The list of communities for The Nutcracker 2022 Local Participant programs:

Performance CityAudition Registrations CloseAudition DateAudition TimeAudition LocationPerformance Date(s)Performance Location
Saskatoon, SKFriday, September 16 @ 5:00pm ESTSaturday, September 17, 20229:00-12:15pmStudio Two, 1203 9th Street East, Saskatoon, SKNovember 20, 2022TCU Place
Huntsville, ONTBATBATBATBANovember 26, 2022Algonquin Theatre
Peterborough, ONTBATBATBATBADecember 1, 2022Showplace Performance Centre
Hamilton, ON
TBATBATBATBADecember 2, 2022Hamilton Place
BrantfordTBATBATBASanderson Centre for the Performing Arts,
88 Dalhousie St, Brantford
December 4, 2022Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
OttawaTBATBATBATBADecember 12, 2022Centrepointe Theatre
LondonFriday, September 30 @ 5:00pm ESTSaturday, October 1, 20229:15am-1:00pmTBADecember 18, 2022Centennial Hall
GuelphFriday, September 9 @ 5:00pm ESTSaturday, September 10, 20229:15-12:45pmTBADec 22-23, 2022River Run Centre
Kitchener-Waterloo - Local CastTBATBATBATBADec 28, 2022Centre in the Square
Touring CastMonday, August 8 @ 5:00pm ESTTuesday, August 9, 20225:30-6:30pmCanada's Ballet Jörgen Studios in
George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus,
160 Kendal Ave. Bldg. C, Rm. 126, Toronto, ON M5R 1M3
Nov 20-Dec 31, 2022Saskatoon & Across Ontario

*Touring Cast members are aged 12+ and perform in 10-12 shows each between Nov 20-Dec 31 2022. All touring cast members rehearse in Toronto.

  • All participants are selected at an audition which takes place in our Nutcracker performance season communities in the early autumn of every year. Students register in advance to audition in their own local community.
  • Auditions and first rehearsals typically take place over the course of one weekend in early autumn in each participating community. After completing your online registration, you will be contacted individually with an exact audition time based on the student’s age within one week of your audition date.
  • Once the cast is selected at the audition, specific roles are assigned and choreography rehearsals ensue. For auditions taking place on a Saturday morning, final selections are usually completed by noontime, leaving the remaining weekend time for choreography rehearsals. In some locations, choreography rehearsals takes place over the coming weeks. During these mandatory rehearsals, all the show choreography is taught by the CBJ repetiteur.
  • A Local Rehearsal Master will then hold mandatory weekly rehearsals until the performance date(s). Based on this rehearsal process and in consultation with the CBJ repetiteur, final show casting will be determined 2-3 weeks prior to the first performance. It is recommended that parents, friends and family do not purchase their tickets until this final show casting has been announced which will ensure that they have tickets to the show that their participant is actually dancing in.
  • The Cast will have on stage rehearsals with the full company the day prior and/or the day of the first performance. Local Cast members must attend all rehearsals and be available for all performances.
  • Once in the Theatre with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, the Cast is fitted for their costumes, rehearsed on stage with the lights, sets, props, costumes and Company Dancers and then released for a dinner break before the show. Pre-ordered T-shirts are handed out. A cast photo is taken by the Company after every performance. This photo will be emailed to all participants by no later than middle of January.

Local roles to be cast at each audition:

Roles# to be CastApproximate HeightsApproximate Ages in the Role
Frog24’ – 4’10”8 - 11 yrs
Bear Cub14’3” – 4’11”8 - 11 yrs
Chipmunk44’5” – 5’3"10 - 13 yrs
Squirrel45’2” -5’6”12 - 16 yrs
Dragonfly25’3” +14 -17 yrs
Beaver14’5” – 5’3”One of the Chipmunks
White-Tailed Deer15’3” +One of the Dragonflies


The number to be cast in each role will vary with the # of performances in each venue, what is shown is the minimum # of roles to be cast. Please note that cast members may dance more than one role and the role of Dragonfly may not be cast at all – this makes the minimum total local cast – 9 local youth. And generally, the maximum local youth cast does not exceed 20.

Our Rehearsal Directors

Aria Wilton, Clea Iveson, Elise Tigges, Estelle Tang, Valentina Polanco

Rehearsal Schedules

Please note that all rehearsal schedules are subject to change.

 

Kitchener-Waterloo

London

Guelph

Saskatoon

Touring Cast

For the Audition:

  • Please dress like you would for your regular ballet class or dance class – dancewear, shoes and hair-up.
  • Please bring snacks and water for breaks, this keeps the positive energy up for all dancers.
  • Come prepared to learn choreography, to enjoy dancing and to have a great experience with us.

For the Rehearsal(s):

  • Please dress like you would for your regular ballet class or dance class – dancewear, shoes and hair-up.
  • Please bring snacks and water for breaks in rehearsal, this keeps the positive energy up for all dancers.
  • Frogs will need to bring an umbrella to every rehearsal.
  • Squirrels will need to bring an empty backpack to every rehearsal.

For the Performance(s):

  • Costumes for the show are provided by Ballet Jörgen but participants will need their own undergarments and shoes, equipment students already own for their regular dance classes (Touring Cast participants will be supplied with performance shoes).
  • Upon cast member registration each participant will have the opportunity to order a keepsake Nutcracker Tour Shirt.
  • A Company and Youth Cast photo will be taken at each performance and be made available to Cast members at the end of the Nutcracker performance season.

Note:  Please do not eat in or drink in costume – water is allowed.

Chipmunks and Squirrels*Ballet slippers: pink ballet slippers (white for boys)
*Body Suit and Tights: pink ballet tights (white for boys); any colour, any shape body suit
*Hair: Single Braid, extra bobby pins for the hood
Frogs*Ballet Slippers: pink ballet slippers (white for boys)
*Body Suit and Tights: pink ballet tights (white for boys); light colour, tank/strap body suit
*Hair: Single Braid, extra bobby pins (large) for the head piece
Dragonflies*Ballet Slippers: black ballet slippers (we can provide them if you don’t have any)
*Body Suit and Tights: footed black tights; tank or spaghetti strap body suit – any colour
*Hair: French braid for under hood
Deer and Beavers*Ballet Slippers: black ballet slippers if you have them, otherwise pink is fine
*Body Suit and Tights: pink ballet tights, any colour, any shape body suit
*Hair: Single braid
Bear Cub*Ballet Slippers: black ballet or jazz shoe if you have it, otherwise pink or white ballet slipper
*Body Suit and Tights: pink or white ballet tights, any colour, any shape body suit (must be low cut) & black socks
*Hair: Low/mid flat bun for under hat

NOTE: For male dancers, alternative wardrobe requirements are available, please check with the Education Coordinator for role options.

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CBJ APPROPRIATE PHYSICAL CONTACT IN DANCE POLICY