Save the date! Nutcracker 2017 will be held at the Chabot College Theater on Friday and Saturday, December 15th & 16th, 2017.
Free Placement Auditions:
- East Bay – Saturday, August 19 at the Livermore Location
- SSF – Friday, August 18 at the South San Francisco Location
Important Nutcracker Dates!
- September 2-8 – First week of Nutcracker Classes, all locations
- September 20 – Costume Order Deadline
- December 1-3 – Run Thru and Picture Day, Livermore studio
- December 8-9 – Dress Rehearsal, Chabot College, Hayward
- December 15-16 – Performances, Chabot College, Hayward
Once your dancer has been cast you must accept their role. Instructions about how to accept will be sent out with the Cast List information. All dancers must accept their roles by Friday, September 1st. If you have not accepted by that time we will assume you are declining the role and it will be recast. Please remember that the Nutcracker is a character Ballet. That means that the majority of our dancers will be playing fantasy characters – Gingerbread, Lambs, Gum Drops, etc. The larger roles in Snow and Waltz as well as the solos will be danced by our students who are in level Ballet 2 and higher.
Each dance will rehearse once a week. If you are cast in more than one piece then you will have more than one rehearsal class. Rehearsal classes will begin the week of September 2nd. Dances with 4 or more students will be charged at the normal tuition rate for that class ($72.00 per month for a 45 minute class and $74.50 per month for a 1 hour class). If you are cast in a Solo, Duet or Trio, your rehearsal schedule will vary from week to week. Solo, Duet and Trio rehearsals will be charged at a rate of $55 per hour and the cost will be divided equally amongst the dancers in the rehearsal.
We want this to be the best experience possible for your dancer. In order for that to happen they must consistently come to rehearsals. They will only have approximately 12 rehearsals to learn their Nutcracker dances. Therefore, if your dancer misses 3 rehearsals, we reserve the right to remove them from their dance. If this occurs, or if you choose to leave at a later date, no refunds will be given on tuition, costumes or tickets, unless there is a verified medical reason for the dancer to leave the show.
Each dance will have a costume. If you are cast in more than one dance then you will have more than one costume. The costumes run between $75-$100. We will measure for costumes at your first or second rehearsal. Your costume order must be placed and paid for by September 20th.
Dress Rehearsal & Pictures
- There is an “in-studio run through” for all dancers at the Livermore studio the weekend of December 1-3
- Picture day on Sunday, December 3.
- There is a MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal at the Chabot College Theatre on Friday, December 8 (Act I) and/or Saturday, December 9th (Act II)
Performances, December 15 & 16 – Chabot College
Our Nutcracker performances take place on Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th at the Chabot College Theatre in Hayward. Given the number of dancers who are interested in the Nutcracker, we expect that we will do one show on Friday evening and two shows on Saturday. Tickets go on Sale November 7th. The ticket prices are still to be determined, but are similar to those for our Big Show recitals.
Of course we cannot do all of this without a little help from our friends. There will be a variety of volunteer jobs available – ushers, backstage volunteers, etc. As with our recitals we will make tickets available to our volunteers one day early, on November 7nd. We will begin volunteer registration in October.
If you have any questions regarding our production of The Nutcracker please email Robbie Teruya or you can give her a call at 925-583-2806.