2019 Nutcracker Auditions - Norman Ballet Company

Dancers of All Ages are Invited to Audition !                               

    Dancing roles for Children, Teens and Adults include  

  • Act I Party Scene, Mice  & Soldiers and Dolls
  • Act II  Rose Rock Princesses and Baby Armadillos
  • Act II Mistletoe Angels
  • Supporting roles in the Snow Scene and Waltz of the Flowers

Cast members are selected according to size, musicality, expression, ability to follow directions, dancing skills, and technique. Some dancers  may be asked to participate in more than one audition group. Minimum age to audition: 7 years.


 Norman Ballet Company Dancers and Apprentices are selected in a separate audition. Dancers must be technically proficient and  capable of performing choreography in the dancing roles in the Act I Party Scene, Snow Scene,  Act II Variations and Waltz of the Flowers.  Company dancers and apprentices must also be available for all Company obligations. To be eligible to audition for these Company positions, dancers must be ages 12 years and older.

For All Who Audition:

  1)   Contact the Norman Ballet Company at [email protected] to request your  dancer’s audition space no later than 5:00 PM Friday August 23, 2019.  Include the dancer’s exact height & birth date in the audition request e-mail. You will be sent an email containing  the audition time,  audition application, and other pertinent information.

2)   Please complete and sign the application and release forms and bring to the audition

3)   There is a $10 audition fee per dancer– payable by bank check, money order (payable to the Norman Ballet Company), debit or credit card. Cash cannot be accepted.

4)   Attire: Girls are to wear pink tights, pink ballet shoes & any solid colored leotard.  Boys may wear shorts or black tights, white socks & white t-shirt (ballet shoes if available).


1)  Dancers should  be enrolled or have experienced  ballet or dance classes at the studio of their choice.

2)  Dancer’s birth date must be no later than 12-31-12.

3)  Cast members must be available for all rehearsals required for their role.

The 2019 Oklahoma Nutcracker will be performed Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22 at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, in Norman, OK

Rehearsals leading up to performance week will take place on week-end afternoons. Rehearsals will not be held during Fall Break (Oct. 12-13) or Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 30-Dec. 1). Dancers will be required to attend all rehearsals for their role. A $75 production fee per cast member is required to help defray production costs.   For families with multiple cast members, the fee will be $75 for the first dancer and $50 each additional dancer.

 Parents will be required to perform volunteer tasks to assist with the production. There will be a mandatory dancer/parent meeting, Sunday, September  8, 2019 for all cast members. A parent must accompany  minor children. The meeting, 1:30-2:30, will take place at the Norman Public Library East, 3051 Alameda St., Norman, OK 73071.


The 2019 Oklahoma Nutcracker  is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program.


There is an open audition Sunday August 25 at the Marjorie Kovich School of Ballet, 1312 S. Berry Rd. in Norman. The Norman Ballet Company invites all dancers 7 years and older to come to the audition and try out for a role. Students from all studios are welcome!  Parents are to request an audition time for their child  by going to [email protected].  Your child’s birth date & height must be included in the request.  Once the request is received, you will be emailed the time for your child’s audition group, an audition application form, and other pertinent information.  There is a $10 audition fee per dancer.

Minimum  Age: Dancers must be 7 years old  by December 31, 2019. 

      Maximum Age:  Dancers of all ages are needed

Saturday December 21 (8:00 P.M.) and Sunday December 22, 2019 (3:00 P.M.) at the Nancy   O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts in Norman, Oklahoma

Each cast member pays a $75* production fee (individual fee) that will help defray the costs of costume alterations, cleaning and storage.  The custom made costumes are the property of the Norman Ballet Company & most have been professionally designed especially for this production. After the performances, the costumes are put into storage.

  *For families with multiple cast members, the fee will be $75 for the first dancer and $50 each additional dancer.

Most of the children’s roles (Act I Mice, Soldiers, Party Children & Act II Baby Armadillos) take place on Sunday afternoons. Rehearsals for these roles will start @ October 2  & continue every Sunday until performance week.  Act II and Snow Scene dancers rehearse primarily on Saturday afternoons.  Rehearsals for most children’s roles meet once a week unless a scene isn’t progressing as it needs to – but that is rare. Performance week-end  there will be Friday and Saturday stage rehearsals and  performances on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

***There will be no rehearsals over Fall Break Thursday October 10 – Sunday 13) and no rehearsals over Thanksgiving Break (Wednesday November 27 – Sunday December 1).

Every dancer must attend every rehearsal called for his/her role. There are only 9 week-ends to stage the entire production. Some rehearsal dates  may conflict with other events: theatrical productions, school programs, extra-curricular school activities such as band trips, competitions, church programs, music/dance/piano recitals, etc.   Cast members will be expected to  give The Oklahoma Nutcracker rehearsals priority over other events. Exceptions may be made in the event of severe illness and family emergencies.

Parents are required to help with volunteer tasks such as setting up  and helping with the Sand Plum Fairy Tea Party, the gift boutique or with lobby decoration. All parents will be able to be seated in the auditorium when the curtain goes up for the performance. Costumes are provided by the Norman Ballet Company. Dancers must provide their own tights and shoes in most cases.