The Nutcracker


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Auditions for Richmond Ballet The Nutcracker in Hampton Roads!

Audition dates: August 25 & September 8, 2019

Audition location: Old Donation School – 4633 Honeygrove Road, Virginia Beach, VA

The Nutcracker at Chrysler Hall to be presented in Norfolk, VA December 6, 7, and 8, 2019.

A holiday tradition returns to Norfolk for the 7th consecutive year, when Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, presents Stoner Winslett’s full-length The Nutcracker, December 6-8, at Chrysler Hall. As The State Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Ballet is excited to share this beloved holiday classic across the Commonwealth.

Audition Information:

Students only need to attend one day of audition. Please note some children may be asked to stay for the next audition time.

Girls (Minimum age 7) and Boys (Minimum age 9) Under 4’6”:
11:30am-12:00pm: Registration/Measurement
12:00-12:45pm: Audition (excused by 1:00pm)

Girls and Boys 4’6” to 4’10”:
12:15-12:45pm: Registration/Measurement
12:45-1:30pm: Audition (excused by 1:45pm)

Girls and Boys 4’10” to 5’2”:
1:15-1:45pm: Registration/Measurement
1:45-2:45pm: Audition (excused by 3:00pm)
*Girls should bring pointe shoes to this audition if they meet the criteria of ballet listed below.

Girls and Boys 5’2 to 5’8”:
2:00-2:30pm: Registration/Measurements
2:45-4:00pm: Audition (excused by 4:15pm)*

*Girls should bring pointe shoes to this audition if they meet the level of ballet listed below.

These auditions are for dancing roles in the student cast of “The Nutcracker”. Girls 7 years of age and boys 9 years of age with a minimum of two years of ballet training should audition. Students auditioning for roles in the 4’9” and up height range should be of an intermediate ballet level or higher. Students 4’10” and over who are of an advanced/advanced intermediate ballet level and have been en pointe for a minimum of 4 years should also bring pointe shoes to the audition.

There is a performance fee for students who are cast in the professional production. Financial aid is available.


Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons beginning October 6 and continuing through December 1 at Old Donation School in Virginia Beach.

Please be aware that students who are cast must be available to attend all rehearsals and costume fittings for which they are called, and perform in any of The Nutcracker performances to which they are assigned. Rehearsals occur once each weekend for as many as eleven weeks. Also, the Norfolk Nutcracker student cast will travel to Richmond for a Sunday rehearsal with the professional company. Please also understand that while performing in The Nutcracker is an exciting and rewarding experience, there is a considerable commitment required from parents as well as students, with transportation of the students to rehearsals and performances.

The Nutcracker is a professional production of Richmond Ballet.  The selection of all performers is the responsibility of Richmond Ballet, Artistic Staff and School faculty, who will be making casting decisions based on subjective judgment.  Poise, size, and talent for the choreography are the primary selection factors. Please note that in meeting the requirements of the production, the artistic staff and faculty may sometimes go outside the parameters of student height, student age and cast size in order to cast the production adequately.  This is at the sole discretion of the artistic staff and faculty.

Special thanks to Old Donation School for providing studio space for Richmond Ballet’s Norfolk production of “The Nutcracker”.