What are the requirements to participate?
Any dancer ages 5 through adult can participate. You must attend auditions to be cast in a role. You will have to sign a “contract” agreeing to be on time and in attendance of all rehearsals and performances.
Do you have to be a student at Midwest Performing Arts to participate?
NO!!! We encourage all the students from our school to audition and we welcome any dancer in the community to audition. The only requirement is that you are enrolled in a dance class at a dance school for the school year session.
How many dancers will you accept?
We will try to cast as many dancers as we have costumes for! This is still a work in progress. If you are not cast this year, try again next year and ask us how you can prepare. We will try to help you meet your goals.
Do we have to pre-register to audition?
Pre-registration is not required, but it will speed up the check in process if you fill out the Nutcracker Audition Form ahead of time and bring it with you to the audition. This form is available online and at the MPA office. You can also be pre-measured, please see Dana at the MPA office to do so the week of Nutcracker Prep classes. Completed Form, measurements and fee payment all need to be handed in at the same time. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your audition time to check in.
What should I wear to auditions?
Girls: black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and hair secured in a bun.
*Younger dancers from the Pre-Dance Division may wear their pink leotards.
Boys: white t-shirt, black pants, and black ballet shoes.
Are the auditions open to be watched?
No, this is a “closed” audition. We want to take the pressure off our brave dancers!
How much does it cost to participate?
There is a $25 per individual or $35 per family audition fee. There is also a $95 participation fee that covers the maintenance and tailoring of the costumes and teacher/choreographer expenses. We try to make this an affordable option for all families.
How will we be notified after auditions?
You will be notified by an email to the address you put on your audition form. This message will be sent no later than two weeks after auditions. It will include your schedule and participant contract. Please contact the studio if you do not receive an email after two weeks or if you have any questions about the schedule.
When is my contract and participation fee due?
The deadline to turn in your contract, including participation fee is 8:00 PM on the Monday before we begin rehearsals that Saturday. If we have not received your contract by then, we will assume you have decided not to participate.
When will I be given my “role?”
You will be told at your first scheduled rehearsal. This is to encourage dancers to accept and perform any part or parts they have been awarded.
What if I don’t get the “part” I was hoping for?
All the roles in our ballet are “good parts” and essential to the magic of the production. There are many different factors we must consider when casting roles: age, ability, the size of the costume, and the style of choreography best suited for a dancer. If you had your heart set on a part, remember that there will be future opportunities. Please trust our casting, we know you will have a great time onstage!
Are rehearsals mandatory?
Yes! Absolutely! Each group has a limited number of rehearsals before we begin to run the entire show, so be sure you can commit to all Saturday rehearsals beginning mid September through early December before turning in your contract (please read over the specific dates on your contract). This includes the Tech Rehearsal and Dress Rehearsal on stage. If you have conflicts with rehearsals this year, try out next year, we plan to make this an annual production!
What if I am unavailable to rehearse during a certain time on Saturdays?
Rehearsals take place on Saturdays 9AM - 7PM. Each part will rehearse for 30 - 90 minutes. Please indicate on your audition form if there is a time within this that you are unavailable to rehearse. Any missed rehearsals must be indicated on the audition form and then approved ahead of time by the Artistic Director.
What do I wear at rehearsals?
To all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, costume fittings, etc. you should wear pink tights, solid color leotard, ballet shoes, and your hair in a neat, secure bun. Boys need to wear white t-shirts, black tights, black shoes
Do I get to keep my costume?
No. The cost of the elaborate Nutcracker costumes is far too much to ask parents to purchase costumes year after year. Instead, we are assembling a set of high quality costumes that will be carefully cleaned and stored for the following year. Each dancer is responsible for providing their tights, shoes and undergarments that their role requires.
Where will the shows be held?
The Nutcracker is scheduled to perform at the Waunakee High School Performing Arts Center.
How many shows will there be?
There will be two shows: 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm.
What about volunteering?
We require that each family commit to at least one volunteer position. We have made available 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.
How will tickets be sold?
Tickets will be sold online and will be available for purchase for cast members at 10:00 AM on a Saturday, usually in mid-October. We request that each family purchase a minimum of 4 tickets to the show of their choice. There will be no limit on the amount of tickets you can purchase this year. Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis. The sooner you purchase your tickets, the more choice you will have as to where your seating will be.
Will any professional photographs be available?
A professional videographer will be taping at the performances and DVDs will be available for you to purchase. For the safety of the dancers and comfort of other patrons, absolutely no photography or videotaping is allowed, with or without flash. We will also have professional photography taking in studio pictures. Order forms for both photos and DVD’s will be available on the final pages of the Nutcracker Packet.
Will Nutcracker T-shirts be offered?
Yes. T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants will be available to order showing this year’s Nutcracker logo. You will be notified when to place your order.
Will we be having a cast party?
Usually we have a cast party the Saturday immediately following the final performance of the Nutcracker. Due to Covid-19, we will make the decision as it comes closer to the date.
I know someone who likes to donate to the Arts. Do you accept donations?
Absolutely! The Nutcracker is a huge production with tremendous expenses. We will gladly accept any donations to help offset the costs of costuming and production. All donors will be recognized in our program.