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The Cleveland Orchestra announces auditions on October 11 for young dancers for Joffrey Ballet’s "Nutcracker"

Run of seven performances in December at PlayhouseSquare are sponsored by Dollar Bank

For release:  September 12, 2014

CLEVELAND — Young dancer auditions for The Joffrey Ballet’s production of TheNutcracker performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at PlayhouseSquare will take place Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. in the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, located at 1375 Euclid Avenue.  This Cleveland-area presentation of The Nutcracker, sponsored by Dollar Bank, runs November 26 to November 30.

The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker incorporates 60 young dancers into their Cleveland production this holiday season.  Eligible dancers include young people who are currently enrolled in regular dance classes and those who have had a minimum of two years of training.  All auditioning dancers must be between 9 and 14 years of age as of September 1, 2014.  Parts available include Party Girls, Party Boys, Mice, Soldiers, Dolls, Polichinelles, and Snow Tree Angels. Children dancing these roles must be between 4 feet  and 5 feet in height. 

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 pre-register online prior to October 10, and bring a current headshot or photo of the child no larger than 4” x 6”.

Pre-registration for this audition is mandatory.  Beginning Friday, September 12, 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 PlayhouseSquare, located at 1375 Euclid Avenue.  To view the entire rehearsal and performance schedule, please visit

The Cleveland Orchestra brings The Joffrey Ballet’s complete silver anniversary production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to PlayhouseSquare for seven holiday performances at the State Theatre in downtown Cleveland (November 26- 30).  The Nutcracker will be conducted by Tito Muñoz.  These performances, sponsored by Dollar Bank, mark the second time The Cleveland Orchestra has collaborated in performing a full production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.  The first performances took place in 2012. 

Conceived and originally directed in 1987 by Robert Joffrey, with contribution from Gerald Arpino, this production of The Nutcracker includes more than 40 company dancers, 200 brilliant costumes, and larger-than-life scenery.  Casting for this production will be announced at a later date. 

State Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 26, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Friday, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Friday, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, NOVEMBER 29, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, NOVEMBER 29, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, NOVEMBER 30, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, NOVEMBER 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.

The Joffrey Ballet
Ashley Wheater, artistic director
The Cleveland Orchestra
conducted by Tito Muñoz

TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker [complete ballet]

Sponsor:  Dollar Bank

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