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MMAC proudly presents Moscow's 1st civic production of...

The Nutcracker

AUDITIONS

Saturday, August 20th 904. White Ave


Things to Know Before You Audition:

* There is NO COST to audition
* You DO NOT have to have experience to audition or perform
* You DO NOT have to be an MMAC dancer to participate--ALL DANCERS ARE WELCOME!
* Plan to arrive audition-ready 15 mins prior to audition window to complete audition paperwork ("audition ready"=hair/dance clothes on, with guardian when applicable)

* Casting results and the rehearsal schedule will be released via email on Sunday, August 21st

* Rehearsals will take place on Saturdays and begin on August 27th

 (All) Ages 5-6
NO EXP. NECESSARY

(All) Ages 7-8 
NO EXP. NECESSARY

(Ladies) Ages 9-12 
EXP. PREFERRED

(Gents) Ages 9-18
NO EXP. NECESSARY

(All) Adult
NO EXP. NECESSARY

(Ladies) Ages 13-18
NO EXP. NECESSARY

(All) Ages 12+
EXP. REQUIRED

10am-10:20am

10:20am-10:40am

10:40am-11am

11am-11:20am

11:20am-11:40am

11:40am-12pm

12pm-12:45pm

(Casting 8) Baby Mice, Toys 

(Casting 12) Toys, Toy Soldiers

(Casting 7) Party Children

(Casting 8) Party Children

(Casting 8-10) Party Attendees, Citizens of Sweet Land

(Casting 6) Party Attendees, Citizens of Sweet Land

(Casting 8) Soloist/Demi-Soloist

What is The Nutcracker?

This year marks our 1st Nutcracker season here on the Palouse and we hope that you will come be a part of its magic. MMAC offers community dance education through this uniquely fun family experience and is sure to be a sweet enhancement to our holiday season. Our cast ranges from age 4 to adult and welcomes both experienced and novice movers to embody numerous, imaginative roles such as the enchanted toys, mice, polichinelles, naughty cupcakes, and so much more!

But first, a little history anyone? The Nutcracker
, Russian Shchelkunchik, made its world premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892 and is the last of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's three ballets. The story of The Nutcracker is loosely based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann fantasy story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, about a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King. Hoffmann’s story is darker and more troubling than the version that reached the stage; the Imperial Russian Ballet choreographer Marius Petipa chose to follow a light adaptation of the story written by Alexandre Dumas père. The ballet’s big success still lay in the future–during the Cold War, when the Russian ballet, thanks to a Russian choreographer, became an American Christmas tradition.


“People flock to see The Nutcracker because it is as much a part of the holiday tradition as a Christmas Tree, appealing even to those who aren't ballet fans but know the story and Tchaikovsky score,” wrote Theresa Agovino for Crain’s New York Business. But how did a middingly successful ballet with an admittedly great score become a classic performed by ballet troupes around North America? The answer lies with George Balanchine, a Russian-American ballet-dancer-turned-choreographer who helped make ballet popular in North America. Balanchine had been working in ballet in the United States for many years when his company, Ballet Society, performed a version of the Nutcracker in New York in 1955 that became the template and inspiration for all versions performed across North America in the decades since.

Who's Who in the

Land of Sweets..

The cast list will be emailed on Sunday, August 21st to the primary email listed on your audition form.
Please note some considerations we take during casting:

1. Scheduling Conflicts As your availability and regular attendance has an impact on your fellow dancers and rate of progression of the entire work, availability may have an interplay in the role you are given.

2. Abilities and Tricks As some roles ask dancers to cartwheel or do the splits, those with the required skills at the time of audition will be given priority for safety reasons. There are plenty of roles that do not require this of dancers, so it should not inhibit your auditioning, but please let us know on your audition form what your abilities are.

3. Role Acceptance & Decorum Agreement Once the cast list is released, we require dancers and parents to sign and return their Participation Agreement. This ensures we know in a timely manner if we may offer the role to another dancer. Your Role Acceptance & Decorum Agreement are due on or before September 1st.


DOUBLE CASTING EXPLAINED

With a vast number of moving parts in this two-act production, it is not uncommon for dancers to be cast in multiple roles. In this situation, there is a flat-rate add-on costume fee of $25 for each additional role. This fee simply covers any maintenance, adjustments, and cleaning of the additional garment.


ROLE ACCEPTANCE

Please return your Role Acceptance & Decorum Agreement no later than Sept. 1, in person, via email, or via snail mail--completed and signed. As rehearsals begin August 27th, dancers who have not yet returned their agreements may be asked to wait to join rehearsals until this step is completed.


REHEARSAL SCHEDULING

We will announce the intended season's scheduling at the same time the cast list is released. We base rehearsal scheduling on times studio space and choreographers are available, location/site availability for filming the scenes this year (and weather!), as well as try to take into consideration scheduling conflicts, if listed on your audition sheet.


PERFORMANCE FEE

The Performance Fee is determined by the role your dancer is cast in ($95 group/$125 demi-soloist/$155 soloist). Performance Fee is required, however, a portion of fees may be waived upon completion of assigned volunteer duties. The volunteer digital sign-up can be found by CLICKING HERE, and is managed by MMAC's Volunteer Coordinator.