Nutcracker Auditions

September 13, 2015

For nearly forty years, Madison Ballet has been committed to promoting appreciation for and access to ballet by providing training and performing opportunities through professionally produced productions and educational initiatives. By participating in the cast of a Madison Ballet production, cast members will come away with increased levels of appreciation and interest in the art of ballet and will have memories to last a lifetime.

Benefits to Cast Members

There are many skills that will be learned or enhanced as a result of participating in the cast. While much of the focus is on the dance skills, there are equally valuable lessons inherent in the art form that will prove useful far beyond any ballet production or the arts as a whole. Some of these will be emphasized while others are a natural extension of the discipline of ballet. Examples of the benefits include:

  • Work ethic, self-discipline, self-motivation

  • Memory skills – both mental and muscle

  • Fitness and well-being – both physical and mental

  • Teamwork, communication, people skills

  • Understanding and applying high standards of excellence

Cast Member Information


Cast members are required to attend all scheduled rehearsals, performances, and required activities including costume fitting sessions. Cultural and religious observances, injury or illnesses are the only exceptions to this policy. Absences should be reported in advance by calling 608-278-7990 or sending an email to

In case of a last-minute absence, you may call the School of Madison Ballet office at 608-278-7990 ext. 675. Unexcused absences are grounds for immediate dismissal from the cast. Performance fees will not be refunded to persons dismissed from the cast for attendance reasons.


Female Dancers

Leotard, tights, and proper ballet shoes. Hair should be pulled back neatly into a bun or French twist (*Leg warmers, sweats, or rubber pants may only be worn for the beginning of rehearsal. Leg warmers may be worn in cases of injury with the approval from the Artistic Director, Ballet Master or Rehearsal Assistant.)

Male Dancers

Solid T-shirt, tights and proper ballet shoes (*Leg warmers, sweats, or rubber pants may only be worn for the beginning of rehearsal. Leg warmers may be worn in cases of injury with the approval from the Artistic Director, Ballet Master or Rehearsal Assistant.)


Clean rubber-soled shoes are required for floor protection. Suggested (but not mandatory) attire includes sweatpants, other comfortable workout attire.


Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015
Location: Westgate Studios, 160 Westgate Mall, Madison, WI 53711
Audition Fee: $10 per person.

*Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time for registration.
Doors will close promptly at scheduled start time.


Madison Ballet Doors Open 9:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Role: Tiny Party Girls/Boys, Bugle Boy, Baby Mice, & Garden Attendants

Height: 42” - 50” tall
Approx. Age: 5 - 6 years old

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Role: Pucinellas

Height: 47” - 55” tall
Approx. Age: 7 - 9 years old

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Role: Party Scene Parents & Maid

All adults are welcome to audition; no previous experience is necessary.

1:30 - 3 p.m.
Role: Party Scene Girls, Boys & Soldiers

Height: 56” - 60” tall
Approx. Age: 10 - 14 years old

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Snow & Divertissement

Advanced pointe and advanced non-pointe dancers


There is a mandatory orientation on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 12:00 pm at the Westgate Studios.

All rehearsals and costume fittings are mandatory.

Rehearsals begin Saturday, October 3, 2015. Rehearsals are held Saturday afternoons from October 3rd through November 14th. There will be Saturday/Sunday rehearsals on November 21st and 22nd, and, December 5th and 6th.  There are no rehearsals October 31st or November 28th and 29th.  There are evening rehearsals at the Overture Center during production week, December 8th-10th.

Performance Fees: $300 for first cast member; $100 per additional cast members (immediate family members only); $100 per college student with valid student ID.

Financial Aid is available by request.

The Nutcracker schedule includes performances from December 11-27,  2015.  All performances take place in Overture Hall of Overture Center for the Arts.


Etiquette standards for rehearsals and backstage are modeled after the standards of professional ballet companies. Dancers are expected to conduct themselves appropriately. For rehearsals and performances, all cast members should be fully warmed up to prevent injuries. Cast members are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to rehearsal to warm up.

Cast members are expected to extend the Artistic Director, Ballet Master, Production Crew, Company and other cast members courtesy and respect. Misconduct may result in immediate dismissal from the cast by the Artistic Director. Performance fees will not be refunded to persons dismissed from the cast for conduct reasons.


Madison Ballet is committed to the health and wellness of all cast members. Cast members should report any injuries to the Artistic Director and seek medical attention immediately.


Casting is completed to provide audiences with a well-balanced level of technique, skill, and visual appeal. Costuming plays a primary role in evaluating requests for performance changes. There are approximately 190 parts with a cast of approximately 200, resulting in approximately 1,500 casting positions. Under no circumstances will a role change be allowed except due to illness or injury. Cast members in the same family may request to be cast in at least one show together. Requests cannot always be accommodated due to scheduling. Cast members may NOT switch performances.