Dayton Ballet announces auditions for children’s roles in its production of The Nutcracker


DAYTON — Dayton Ballet is excited to announce auditions for children’s roles in its 2016 production of The Nutcracker. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Dayton Ballet’s downtown studios at 140 N. Main Street, 4th Floor, Dayton, OH.

The audition schedule for children’s roles for The Nutcracker will be as follows:

  • 12:30–1:45 p.m.: Ages 11 to 12 (Potential roles: Party scene, rats, soldiers, Mother Ginger, Sugar Plum attendants)
  • 2–3:30 p.m.: Ages 8 to 10 (Potential roles: Medium rats, soldiers, party children, Sugar Plum attendants)
  • 3:45–5:15 p.m.: Ages 6 to 7 (Potential roles: Small rats, lambs)

All dancers need to arrive one half-hour before listed time for registration. Dancers are required to bring a completed, printed audition form to the audition. Forms can be downloaded at Audition forms will also be available on the day of the audition but must be completed prior to signing in. Children must be 6 years of age by September 25 in order to audition. Please also make sure that your child attends the correct audition time for his or her age. There is no fee to audition, and no résumé is required.

Audition attire for girls is solid-color leotard, pink tights and ballet shoes, with hair in a bun. Audition attire for boys is white tee, black tights or leggings, socks and ballet shoes.

There will be a mandatory parents meeting for parents of accepted dancers only on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. Please review carefully the children’s rehearsal schedule, which can be downloaded at If your child cannot be at every rehearsal (no more than one excused absence for illness is permitted), please do not allow him/her to audition. All casting is final, and no changes can be made based on personal schedule.

For additional information about Dayton Ballet auditions for children’s roles, please contact Dayton Ballet at 937-449-5060. More information on auditions can be found online at

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