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Children's Open Auditions for Purchase College's Nutcracker ’08 Set for September 6

Date Released: 8/29/2008

Boys and girls, ages 5-13 are invited to audition on Saturday, September 6 to perform in the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance production of Nutcracker ’08.

This enchanting and traditional version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic returns to the Purchase College Performing Arts Center from December 2-7, 2008. More than 100 area children will participate in this traditional ballet produced by the Conservatory of Dance. It features exciting choreography by the Conservatory faculty, with artistic direction by former New York City Ballet soloist and Conservatory professor Bettijane Sills, and New York City Ballet guest artists in the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier.

Auditions will be held in Studio E of the Dance Building at Purchase College.

Children who audition should have some previous dance experience and be no taller than five feet. Dance attire or sweat pants should be worn to audition. Boys and girls are encouraged to audition.

Casting is at the discretion of the choreographer and/or the artistic director.

A Parents Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 1-2:30 PM in the Dance Theatre Lab of the Dance Building to announce casting decisions and discuss Nutcracker ’08 policies. All parents of participating dancers must attend this meeting.

Rehearsals begin October 1, and will vary from one to three rehearsals per week depending upon the role.

The Audition Schedule is as follows:

GROUP 1 (5-6 years old as of Sept. 1, 2008)
Registration: 9:15 AM
Audition: 10:00-11:30 AM

GROUP 2 (7-8 years old as of Sept. 1, 2008)
Registration 10:45 AM
Audition 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Group 3 (9-10 years old as of Sept. 1, 2008)
Registration 1:45 PM
Audition 2:15 PM-3:45 PM

Group 4 (11-13 years old as of Sept. 1, 2008)
Registration 3:15 PM
Audition 3:45 PM-5 PM

For further information please call the Nutcracker ’08 hotline at 914-251-6803.