The Nutcracker


The Bartlesville Civic Ballet holds an annual Nutcracker production every December, providing BCB students and other local dancers an opportunity to perform in a professional-level ballet. Different guest artists are hired each year to dance the leading roles. This gives students the chance to meet and interact with dancers from well-respected and prestigious dance companies. BCB welcomes dancers from any studio or academy to participate in The Nutcracker.

 

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Auditions

The Bartlesville Civic Ballet holds an annual Nutcracker production every December, providing BCB students and other local dancers an opportunity to perform in a professional-level ballet. Different guest artists are hired each year to dance the leading roles. This gives students the chance to meet and interact with dancers from well-respected and prestigious dance companies. BCB welcomes dancers from any studio or academy to participate in The Nutcracker.

Auditions are required and open to anyone age 6+ who is currently enrolled in at least one ballet class per week. Auditions are normally held in late August or early September. Dancers should arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition start time in order to complete check-in, receive their number, and warm-up properly. Female dancers are required to wear black leotards, pink ballet shoes, pink tights, and have their hair in a bun. Those who have been en pointe for at least a year should bring their shoes to the audition. Male dancers are required to wear white T-shirts, black tights and black ballet shoes.

This audition is open to any dancer in Bartlesville and the surrounding area who is 6+ years old and is enrolled in a ballet class at any studio.

NUTCRACKER 2022 REGISTRATION FORM

 

Audition times are as follows:

Dancers ages 6-11:                 August 28, 2022  2:30-3:30 PM 

Dancers age 12 and up:         August 28, 2022 3:30-5:00 PM

Adults:                                     August 28, 2022 5:00-5:45 PM

 

Audition requirements:

Dancers should wear a black leotard with ballet pink tights and shoes.

If you are 12 or above and have been on pointe for at least one year, bring your pointe shoes as well as your flats.

Dancers must wear their hair in a traditional ballet bun.

Dancers should be prepared to learn a short piece of choreography that is similar to what will be danced in the actual performance.

Following the audition, emails will be sent out to each dancer's parent/guardian informing them of their role(s). Included in this email will be a rehearsal schedule and a link to join the designated Remind group. It is important that parents/guardians check the reminders frequently for updates on changes to rehearsals, to any role assignments, and to faciliate costume fittings and photo opportunities.

About the Roles

Auditions are for general roles in the production. There are many different general roles so some dancers may be asked to fill multiple roles. In the event that a large number of dancers audition, each dancer may be assigned only one role for the entire production.

Baby Angels and Baby Mice are roles reserved for dancers who are age 3 through 2nd grade. Auditions are not required for those under age 6, but a registration form must be submitted in order to participate. Dancers in these roles must be potty-trained and able to dress themselves with limited assistance. Also, these dancers must be able to exhibit self-control and patience while waiting to go on stage. Parents are not allowed in the studio during rehearsals at this time, please consider carefully whether your child is able to handle being away from you for an extended amount of time before signing up for a spot. Spots are not guaranteed in the event that too many children sign up, nor is a child given the choice of being an angel versus a mouse. Assignments will be based on costume sizing and their ability to execute the choreography. Assignments may change during rehearsal or during performances in the event there are missing dancers. 

Casting

All casting decisions are made by the Artistic Director and are based on a dancer's technique, performance ability, and maturity level. Another major factor that plays a part in casting is costume sizing/availability. All casting decisions are FINAL. No negotiations or requests for different roles will be considered.

Nutcracker Production Fee

There is a one-time production fee of $125 for any dancer that is cast in two or more parts. Those cast in a single role are required to pay a one-time production fee of $75. This fee covers costume and rehearsal expenses. On average, dancers will participate in 18-48 hours of rehearsals over the course of three months depending on what parts they are cast in.

Costume Requirements

BCB will provide all costumes for dancers who participate in The Nutcracker. This includes the outfit, hairpieces, sleeve puffs, sashes/belts, and other accessories that go along with the costume. However, in order to maintain the health and safety of everyone involved, each dancer will be responsible for purchasing their own tights, shoes and undergarments. The required items that a dancer will need to buy will vary based on the role(s) they are cast in. More information regarding what needs to be bought will be communicated in a separate document and/or meeting.

Rehearsals & Absences

Performing in The Nutcracker is an important commitment which requires dancers to attend weekly rehearsals on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting mid-September. Dancers are expected to be on time and attend ALL scheduled rehearsals. After TWO absences, a dancer may be removed from the role. Absences related to family or medical emergencies should be communicated to BCB as soon as possible and will NOT be counted toward a dancer's two absence total.

 

For information about purchasing tickets, go to the PERFORMANCES tab on this website. Tickets can be purchased through the Bartlesville Community Center.