Each year, The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory is proud to present The Nutcracker on Thanksgiving weekend.

Auditions for the 2024 production will take place on Sunday, September 8, 2024 on The Hanover Theatre stage.

Time              Age Group
9AM-11AM          13+
11:30AM-1PM        10-12
1:15PM-3PM         7-9
What we assess: technique, skill level, ability
How we assess it: a technical ballet class where students work on barre exercises, center practice, and combinations en diagonale.

NEW THIS YEAR: Callbacks will be organized according to level assessed during auditions instead of by age. Please be sure to have dancers listen for their callback level at the end of auditions. Notice will be given to the staff in the lobby if dancers forget. Not all dancers will be invited to callbacks; if you are dismissed from the audition without having a callback, this does not necessarily mean you are not cast.

Time              Level
3:15PM-4:30PM      C
4:45PM-6PM        B
6:15PM-7:30PM      A*
What we assess: technique, skill level, ability, talent, showmanship
How we assess it: learn and perform choreography sections from The Nutcracker

*There will be an optional callback workshop for Level A callbacks to preview and practice assessed choreography from 3:15-4:30.

Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be considered for an audition, dancers must meet the following criteria:

  • Age 7+ by Labor Day
  • Able to attend ALL of Production Week (November 23-December 1, 2024)
  • Dancers aged 10+ must be currently enrolled in a ballet class

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Pheymannicie, Student Matinee Coordinator and Youth Ballet Stage Manager
[email protected]


My child has auditioned for the Nutcracker, has been accepted, but would like to decline her participation/role. Is there a penalty?

Yes, there is a penalty, as finding a replacement for your child takes valuable time away from the production. If the role is rejected, your child will not be able to audition for The Nutcracker for the following season.

What do you mean when you say Cast 1 and Cast 2?

We double cast some roles to help in the case of dancer fatigue, illness, or injury. It also gives students a chance to expand their skills. Both casts will rehearse at the same time during the Saturday rehearsals and will take turns “running” the choreography during rehearsals. Both casts are expected at Block and Tech and for their designated dress rehearsals and performances. If a student cannot perform due to illness or injury, it is expected that the alternate cast member will step in for that performance.

What does it mean to understudy a role?

In the theater, a person who learns another’s role in order to be able to dance as a replacement at short notice is an understudy. Understudies attend all rehearsals pertaining to their role. They will have a chance to run the choreography during rehearsals. Although these dancers learn many parts, this is not considered a performance role as they only step in for emergencies.

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