The Nutcracker

Save the date! Nutcracker 2015 will be held at the Chabot College Theater on Friday and Saturday, December 11&12, 2015.

Free Placement Auditions:

  • East Bay – Saturday, August 29 at the Livermore Location
  • SSF – Friday, August 28 at the South San Francisco Location

Important Nutcracker Dates!

  • September 7-12 – First week of Nutcracker Classes, all locations
  • September 21 – Costume Order Deadline
  • December 5-6 – Run Thru and Picture Day, Livermore studio
  • December 9-10 – Dress Rehearsal, Chabot College, Hayward
  • December 11-12 – Performances, Chabot College, Hayward

Once your dancer has been cast you must accept their role.  Instructions about how to accept will be sent out with the Cast List information.  All dancers must accept their roles by Monday, September 7th.  If you have not accepted by that time we will assume you are declining the role and it will be recast.  Please remember that the Nutcracker is a character Ballet.  That means that the majority of our dancers will be playing fantasy characters – Gingerbread, Lambs, Gum Drops, etc.  The larger roles in Snow and Waltz as well as the solos will be danced by our students who are in level Ballet 2 and higher.

Rehearsals

Each dance will rehearse once a week.  If you are cast in more than one piece then you will have more than one rehearsal class.  Rehearsal classes will begin the week of September 7th.  Dances with 4 or more students will be charged at the normal tuition rate for that class ($64.99 per month for a 45 minute class and $66.99 per month for a 1 hour class).  If you are cast in a Solo, Duet or Trio, your rehearsal schedule will vary from week to week.  Solo, Duet and Trio rehearsals will be charged at a rate of $55 per hour and the cost will be divided equally amongst the dancers in the rehearsal.

Attendance Policy

We want this to be the best experience possible for your dancer.  In order for that to happen they must consistently come to rehearsals.  They will only have approximately 12 rehearsals to learn their Nutcracker dances.  Therefore, if your dancer misses 3 rehearsals, we reserve the right to remove them from their dance.  If this occurs, or if you choose to leave at a later date, no refunds will be given on tuition, costumes or tickets, unless there is a verified medical reason for the dancer to leave the show.

Costumes

Each dance will have a costume.  If you are cast in more than one dance then you will have more than one costume.  The costumes run between $75-$100.  We will measure for costumes at your first or second rehearsal.  Your costume order must be placed and paid for by September 21st.

Dress Rehearsal

There will be a mandatory Dress Rehearsal held at the Chabot College Theatre on Wednesday, December 9 (Act I) and/or Thursday, December 10th (Act II).  There will also be a run through for all dancers at the Livermore studio the weekend of December 5-6 as well as a picture day on Sunday, December 6.

Performances, December 11 & 12 – Chabot College

Our Nutcracker performances will take place on Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th at the Chabot College Theatre in Hayward.  Given the number of dancers who are interested in the Nutcracker, we expect that we will do one show on Friday evening and two shows on Saturday.  Tickets will go on Sale November 4th.  The ticket prices are still to be determined, but will similar to those for our Big Show recitals.

Volunteers

Of course we cannot do all of this without a little help from our friends.  There will be a variety of volunteer jobs available – ushers, backstage volunteers, etc.  As with our recitals we will make tickets available to our volunteers one day early, on November 3rd. We will begin volunteer registration in October.

If you have any questions regarding our production of The Nutcracker please email Robbie Teruya or you can give her a call at 925-583-2806.