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THE NUTCRACKER

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December 2, 2023 | 2:00 & 6:00pm
and
December 3, 2023 | 3:00pm

WAUNAKEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

301 COMMUNITY DR., WAUNAKEE, WI 53597

TICKETS

$25 ADULTS | $20 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 (plus taxes and fees)
THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE AMOUNT OF TICKETS YOU CAN PURCHASE.
TICKETS WILL BE SOLD ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS.

Tickets on Sale October 14 @ 10:00 AM
Questions? Click here to read our Nutcracker FAQs.

INFORMATIONAL PACKET

All information regarding rehearsals, performances, photos, videos, hair/makeup/costume requirements, program ads, cast party, FAQs, apparel, and more is all located in this information packet. Please take the time to read over all the information carefully. 

CONTRACTS

Contracts have been sent out to the email you provided on your audition form. This email includes your schedule and participant contract. Please contact the studio if you do not receive an email by noon on Saturday, September 16th or if you have any questions about the schedule. The deadline to turn in your contract, including the participation fee is 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 19th. If we have not received your contract by September 19th, we will assume you have decided not to participate.

APPAREL

Online Store is open from September 16th - 23rd!

 T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and more are available! Sample sizes are available in the MPA lobby for dancers to try on for sizing. 

PHOTO DAY

We will have professional photography taking in studio pictures. Picture day is Sunday, November 5th at MPA Studios (schedule to be posted at a later date). Order forms for photos will be available at MPA on photo day.

DRESS REHEARSALS

TECH REHEARSALS: November 29 and 30
DRESS REHEARSAL: December 1
AT WAUNAKEE HIGH SCHOOL PAC

Tech and Dress Rehearsals are mandatory.

Please view the Nutcracker Informational Packet for a detailed schedule.

CAST PARTY

Sunday, December 3rd 5:00-6:30pm

Pizza, refreshments, ice cream, and dance party in the Performing Arts Center Commons! Friends and family are welcome to join. The cost of this party is included in your participation fee this year. Each additional guest you bring will be at the cost of $5 per person. Please fill out the Cast Party form located in the Nutcracker Informational Packet for additional guests.

VIDEOS

A professional videographer will be recording at the performances. All Nutcracker families will be receiving one DVD and a digital copy of the performances! The fee for this is included in your Nutcracker participation fee and there will be no additional video charges. For the safety of the dancers and comfort of other patrons, absolutely no photography or videotaping is allowed, with or without flash during the performances.

PROGRAM ADS

“Experience the magic of the holiday season” with Midwest Performing Arts’ 12th annual production of The Nutcracker! The production will be presented on Saturday, December 2nd with two shows, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM and Sunday, December 3rd with one show at 3:00 PM performed at the Waunakee High School Performing Arts Center.
 

MPA will be providing a program guide during the show, and we would like to offer you an ad space. This advertisement is an inexpensive way to give a “shout out” to your dancer or to help your business with exposure but also help produce MPA’s wonderful show and sponsor the arts in the Waunakee and surrounding communities. This is a great way to get value from your advertising dollars.

We hope you will help us in making this year’s production of The Nutcracker a success. This is a great way to get involved. If you need help creating your ad, all imagery and text must be handed in by November 4th. If you already have a designed ad with no editing needed, these must be handed in by November 11th. All program ad submissions and any questions can be submitted to Jessica at jessica@mpadance.com.

MORE INFORMATION AND FORMS ARE LOCATED AT THE END OF THE NUTCRACKER INFORMATIONAL PACKET.

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteering is required! We have made available volunteer opportunities that require time but not money, commitments that can be done far before the show, commitments that require time during the show, and opportunities that definitely put your talents to work! We’re sure everyone will find a way to help us put on such a massive production in a way that is fun and comfortable. We require that each dancer is represented by at least one volunteer position. If you are not able to volunteer for a position there is an opt out fee of $100.00 available to you. All volunteer sign ups or opt out fees are due by Saturday, November 25th.

The Story of the Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a holiday fairy tale about a young girl, Clara, and her special Christmas. Her Uncle, Drosselmeyer, is a magical, mysterious character in her life. This Christmas, he has a special gift for her, a beautiful Nutcracker doll. She receives the present from him at the annual family party. After finding out that it can crack nuts, her sister Louise tries it out and breaks it. Clara is upset and the party halts until Drosselmeyer fixes the Nutcracker.

Clara is excited about the new doll, and she wants to stay up all night with it, but her family sends her off to bed. After everyone has left and the family is asleep, Clara sneaks downstairs to look at her Nutcracker doll. She eventually falls asleep, and with a little help from Drosselmeyer's magic, her dream begins.

Mice suddenly wake her and the Mouse King appears and tries to kidnap her and take her to his kingdom. Drosselmeyer reappears to making everything bigger, the Christmas tree, the toy soldiers and the Nutcracker, all to protect Clara. After some mischief from the Mice and Soldiers, the Mouse King battles with the Nutcracker. With help from the Soldiers and Clara, the Nutcracker defeats the Mouse king and sends him and his mice away.

Drosselmeyer turns the Nutcracker into a prince and presents him to Clara. The Nutcracker Prince sweeps Clara away to his special land and to show her his magnificent palace. Their journey takes them through the Enchanted Land of the Snow and The Land of Sweets, where they meet sweets from around the world.

The Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian dancers, Russian dancers, Chinese dancers, Marizpan, Bon Bons, and the beautiful Waltzing Flowers meet them. The festival concludes when everyone comes together on the court and bids Clara and the Nutcracker Prince farewell. She tells the Nutcracker she wishes the adventure would never end and he tells her it won’t for those who have an eye to see it.

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