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

Auditions for our 2015 production of The Nutcracker for adults and children from the community are ONE DAY ONLY!


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.