Ballet QC - NutcrackerAuditions for the annual holiday spectacle of “The Nutcracker” are being held Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 13 at Ballet Quad Cities Studios, 613 17th Street, Rock Island.

Ages 8-13 (or BQC Level 4 and 5; younger ages by invitation only) are Saturday, Sept. 10. Registration is at 10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 audition. Ages 14-18 (or BQC level 6 and 7) will audition Tuesday, Sept. 13, with a 5 p.m. registration, 5:30-7:00 audition.

Before auditioning make sure to read all of the information below:
Ballet Quad Cities’ “The Nutcracker” is a professional production. Casting is determined by costume availability, dancer’s height, skill level, and stage presence. If cast, you will be expected to attend all rehearsals for your role. All rehearsals in the theater the week of the performance and all performances are absolutely mandatory. Rehearsals will begin in October and be held on Tuesday and Friday nights from 6:00-8:30 and Saturdays from 12:45-5:00. Your role will be rehearsed at some point each week during these time slots. Each week’s specific schedule will be emailed at least one week prior to rehearsal. All communications will be via the email address: castballetqc@mediacombb.net. Use this email address to communicate about Nutcracker schedules and questions. Check your email often; it is you and your dancer’s responsibility to keep track of your dancer’s schedule. Missing an email will not be an excuse for missing a rehearsal. There will be a costume fee for each role, and specific shoes and tights will need to be purchased by each dancer to wear for performances. All cast members will be performing in

Davenport, and will be traveling to Cedar Rapids to perform.  Costume fittings will be announced at a later date.

Important dates to mark on your calendar:

September 19: Nutcracker Cast listed posted at the studio by 5:00pm.
September 23:  All dancers accepting roles need to initial the cast list by the 23rd.
November 23-25: No rehearsals (Thanksgiving Break)
November 26:  Mandatory full cast run through at the studio
December 3-4:  rehearsals at Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, IA
Monday December 5: Public performance at Paramount Theatre
December 7-8:  rehearsals at Adler Theatre in Davenport, IA
December 9: 10:00am School Matinee performance at Adler Theatre
December 10:  1:30 and 7:30 Public performances at Adler Theatre

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