2019 Nutcracker Information

Saturday, Dec 21, 2 & 7 PM
Sunday, Dec 22,  2 PM

Castro Valley Center for the Arts
19501 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley

This holiday season prepare to be transported on a magical journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. From the heroic battle against the Mouse King, travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There you will meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and be entertained by the wonders of the Land of Enchantment. Choreographed by Artistic Director Abra Rudisill with gorgeous costumes and beautiful sets – all to the classic Tchaikovsky score – this is a production sure to bring out the child in all of us. Whether this is your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it is a time-honored holiday tradition, make ACB’s 14th Annual Nutcracker part of your holiday festivities.

Families are welcome to these performances, but everyone will need a ticket. Babies on laps are not permitted. Please use your best judgement as to whether your child can sit quietly through a 2 hour performance. Thank you.

Audition Information

Held at Alameda Ballet Academy, 1402 Park Street, Alameda
Sep. 21 & 22, 2019.

Audition Checklist

Completed Audition Form
Audition Fee
Appropriately dressed
Arrive 30 minutes early
Enter on Park Street

All Levels Welcome! Audition for our 14th annual performance of the Nutcracker. A completed audition form is required for each dancer. Print and complete both pages of the form before you arrive. Also, be sure to attach a photo of the dancer to the form in the space provided.

Please arrive 30 minutes before the audition time so that the dancer has time to settle in, have measurements taken and get ready!

Audition Attire

Dancers should wear what they wear in ballet class. Girls: Leotard, Tights & Ballet Shoes, with hair securely pulled back in a bun. Pre-Ballet may wear hair in a ponytail. Boys: T-Shirt, Tights/Leggings and Ballet Shoes. If you are on pointe, please bring your pointe shoes.

If you are new to our Nutcracker production this year, or would like to refresh yourself on what to expect, please download our “What to Expect at the Nutcracker Auditions” document.

The auditions are closed to the public, so we will have a check-in/check-out table where dancers will be signed in and out by parents or caregivers. The back door will be closed, so please enter on Park Street. The studio will be quite crowded, so please do not linger on the stairs or any lobby areas.

Audition Schedule

Saturday, September 21, 2019
3:15 – 4:30 10 yrs & up ABA Ballet 3
4:45 – 6:15 12 yrs & up ABA Ballet 4
Sunday, September 22, 2019
10:30 – 12:30 Adv/Professional ABA Ballet 5 & 6
1:00 – 1:30 All Boys Ages 6 years & up
1:45 – 2:45 4 & 5 yrs ABA Pre-Ballet
3:00 – 4:00 6 & 7 yrs ABA Ballet 1
4:15 – 5:30 8 & 9 yrs ABA Ballet 2

13 years & up: Bring resume and full body shot. Ladies on pointe: bring pointe shoes.


Audition Fee:

$10 cash/check payable to ACB, $12 by credit card, we accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express.

Additional information can be found on our audition flyer.

Rehearsal Information

For detailed information on the rehearsals for the Nutcracker click here.

Performance DVD’s and Photos

DVD’s of previous Nutcracker performances are available from Rapt Productions. To purchase them, please go to www.dancedvdstore.com and use password “ballet4u”.