Nutcracker Auditions 2017

Greater Niagara Ballet Company hosts ‘Nutcracker’ auditions

The Nutcracker,” the Greater Niagara Ballet Company’s annual family-friendly holiday show, returns December 8th & 9th to the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center. The Beverley Feder directed show features local dancers, guest artists and character performers.

Those looking to participate can audition Saturday, September 16th, at the Feder School of Classical Ballet, located within the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. (Enter through the purple door.).


The schedule includes tryouts for the following:

Character dancers

  • 9-9:45 a.m. children ages 6-10: Dancers needed; NO DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. Available roles include party scene and grand march children.
  • 9:45-10:30 a.m. children ages 8-12: Dancers needed; some dance experience is necessary. Available parts include battle scene, mice and soldiers.
  • 10:30-11 a.m. children ages 8-10: A dance or gymnastics background is necessary. Available positions include “Bon-Bons,” “Arabian” handmaidens and party butlers.
  • 11-11:30 a.m. children ages 12 and up: dance experience is necessary. Available scenes include Act I party scene (maids) and Act II jesters (gymnastics required).

Corps de Ballet and soloists

  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Dancers ages 12 and up can audition for a spot performing with the GNBC corps de ballet or for a solo role. Corps parts include “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Snowflakes,” “Russian” and “Chinese.” Solo parts include “Harlequin,” “Columbine,” “Drummers,” “Dew Drop,” “Spanish,” “Candy Canes,” “Chinese,” “Russian” and “Arabian.”

A dance background is necessary for these more advanced numbers. Moreover, females must have strong pointe skills.

Clara and Fritz

Those interested in portraying Clara and Fritz must audition for at least one other part.

Children should arrive in proper dance attire 30 minutes before tryout time. The participation fee is $62 per person and $52 for each additional family member. The cost covers ballet warm up and rehearsals.  PLEASE PAY BELOW.

Corps parts will be determined after auditions. If your child is selected for Corp, an additional $15 will be due. Each family is required to sell 4 tickets to our fundraiser.  Print and sign Performance Agreement and Release of Claims forms and bring to the audition.

Corp rehearsals begin Saturday, September 23. Rehearsals begin Saturday, September 30 for Party Scene, Battle Scene & Bon Bons.  A mandatory parent meeting and role reveal is September 22.  

Please fill out and print the below registration to bring with you to the audition:

Registration Form – Nutcracker fill in

Please print and sign the below forms and bring them with you to the audition:

Nutcracker Performance Agreement

Nutcracker Release of Claims

Registration options