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Cleveland Orchestra announces auditions for young dancers for "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®" with Pennsylvania Ballet

Auditions to take place on September 24 at Playhouse Square

Run of seven performances sponsored by Dollar Bank

Release Date:  August 25, 2016

CLEVELAND – Young dancer auditions for The Cleveland Orchestra’s production of Pennsylvania Ballet performing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® will take place Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Idea Center at Playhouse Square, located at 1375 Euclid Avenue.  This production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, sponsored by Dollar Bank, runs from November 30 – December 4, 2016.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® incorporates approximately 70 young dancers in their Cleveland performances this holiday season.  Eligible dancers include young people who are currently enrolled in regular dance classes that have had a minimum of two years of training.  All auditioning dancers must be between 8 and 14 years of age as of September 1, 2016.  Examples of parts available include Party Girls, Party Boys, Mice, Soldiers, Polichinelles, and more. Children dancing these roles must be between 46 inches and 64 inches tall. 

Doors to the Idea Center open at 9:30 a.m. and auditions will begin at 10:00 a.m.


Young ladies are asked to wear pink tights, a solid-colored leotard, and their ballet slippers.  Young gentlemen should wear a white t-shirt, black pants or tights, and their ballet shoes.  All dancers should register online on or after August 26, 2016.

Registration for this audition is mandatory.  Beginning August 26, 2016 please visit to register and for more detailed information.  You will be asked to complete your registration online.

Any young person auditioning for The Nutcracker® must be available for ALL of the rehearsals and performances.  Those unable to commit to all rehearsal dates will not be eligible to audition.  All rehearsals will be held at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square, located at 1375 Euclid Avenue.  For more information about rehearsal and for a performance schedule, please visit

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® with Pennsylvania Ballet at Playhouse Square

Pennsylvania Ballet brings Balanchine’s timeless masterpiece to life. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® follows Marie and her Prince as they share the story of a magical gift, a suspenseful battle between soldiers and mice, and takes the audience to the enchanted Land of Sweets. The classic and unforgettable Tchaikovsky score will be performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus. Dozens of young dancers from Northeast Ohio will join Pennsylvania Ballet’s company members onstage, dressed in intricately designed costumes and surrounded by larger-than-life sets, creating a magnificent sensory feast.  The Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus, prepared by their director, Ann Usher, join in the performances to sing in the iconic “Snow Scene.”

Pennsylvania Ballet first appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra in a series of four performances at Blossom Music Center in August 1974.  The company returned to Blossom for sets of performances with the Orchestra in 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1984, performing an array of repertoire set to classical music.

The Cleveland Orchestra


with Pennsylvania Ballet at Playhouse Square
sponsored by Dollar Bank

State Theater, Playhouse Square
1501 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania Ballet
    Angel Corella, Artistic Director
with The Cleveland Orchestra
conducted by Brett Mitchell
Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Chorus
    Ann Usher, Director

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® [complete ballet]
featuring music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky



Tickets for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® with Pennsylvania Ballet and The Cleveland Orchestra range from $15 to $97 each. Tickets must be ordered through the Playhouse Square Ticket Office online at, by phone at 216-241-6000 Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and by mail to Playhouse Square, Attn: Ticket Operations, 1501 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH 44115.  Special discounts will be offered for groups of 10 or more, call Playhouse Square Group Services at (216) 664-8600 for more information.

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