Children’s Auditions


Auditions for the children’s cast of The Sacramento Ballet’s 2016 production of

THE NUTCRACKER will be held over three days:

Wednesday, September 7, Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, 2016

Location: The Sacramento Ballet Studios, 2420 N Street, Sacramento (corner of 24th and N Street).


Children must be 6 years old by December 1, 2016 to participate.  Children may audition for more than one role if they meet the height and skill requirement.  However, once they are cast in a part they may not audition for a second role.

Please arrive thirty minutes before the audition time to allow for parking and registration.  Children should arrive dressed in dance or exercise shoes and clothing.  Please, as a courtesy to our neighbors, DO NOT PARK IN THEIR PARKING LOTS or DRIVEWAYS.  Please be advised that every attempt will be made to keep to the audition schedules.  However, large numbers of participants can cause delays so come prepared.

*Rehearsals for some roles may begin as early as September 11th. Dancers selected to dance in THE NUTCRACKER will be required to attend all pertinent rehearsals. The rehearsal schedule will be posted at the audition to confirm eligibility for a role’s rehearsal schedule prior to auditioning or on the website at, (the rehearsal schedules for each role will be posted by August 15th.

Wednesday, September 7

4:30-7:30 PM                                            Waltz of the Flowers & Center Angels

Dancers must be at advanced level with a minimum of three years on pointe, 4 feet 11 inches or taller.  Auditions will be held on pointe. (Most Rehearsals will be on Tuesday and include a warm up class).

Saturday, September 10

8:30-10:00 AM                                          Candy Canes

Girls with advanced ballet technique, 4 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 5 inches.

10:00-10:30 AM                                       Fritz, Party and Prologue Boys

10:30-1:00 PM                                         Clara, Party and Prologue Girls

Boys and girls 4 feet 5 inches to 5 feet. Boys do not need formal dance training, but should be able to execute simple steps and follow stage directions.  Girls need intermediate ballet technique.

1:00 – 2:15 PM                                         Sugar Plum Fairy Attendants

Girls with intermediate ballet technique, 4 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 2 inches.

2:15 – 3:30 PM                                         Angels

Girls with intermediate to advanced dance training, 4 feet 11 inches and over.

3:30-4:30 PM                                           Chinese Attendants

Girls with intermediate ballet technique, 4 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 2 inches.

4:30-5:30 PM                                            Soldiers and Dragon Attendants

Boys and girls 4 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 8 inches, with some dance experience and can follow stage direction.

5:30-6:30 PM                                            Reindeer

Girls 4 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 3 inches, with some dance experience and can follow stage direction.


Sunday, September 11

8:30-10:00 AM                                         Mother Ginger Children, Baby Bunny and Baby Mouse

Boys and girls 4 feet to 4 feet 5 inches tall with some dance experience.

10:00-12:30 PM                                       Arabian Attendants and Cherubs

Girls 4 feet to 4 feet 6 inches who can follow simple directions.

12:30-3:00 PM                                         Cooks, Christmas Dolls, & Teeny Tiny Mice

Boys and girls, under 4 feet 2 inches, who can follow simple directions. (Children may be asked for proof of age).

3:00-3:30 PM                                            Big Mice

Men and Women over 5 feet 6 inches, with advanced dance training.


Each child chosen to perform will be assessed a participation fee (maximum of $180 /family, excluding Flowers).  The fee covers, in part, the cost of rehearsal personnel, costume fitting & cleaning, theatre make-up, and administration. No child will be denied participation in THE NUTCRACKER due to financial reasons – Financial Aid is available.

Christmas Dolls/Cooks/Teeny Tiny Mice/Cherubs/Prologue                                                             $65

Arabian Attendants/Baby Bunny & Baby Mouse/Soldiers/Dragon Attendants/Reindeer              $80

All Angels/Mother Ginger Children/Party Children/Candy Canes/Chinese Attendants/                $100

Sugar Plum Fairy Attendants

Waltz of the Flowers                                                                                                                     $210 (Sac Ballet students $100)