The Nutcracker – 2017

Tentative Audition Dates and Times 

Friday, September 15: Time & Age Group TBA

Saturday, September 16: Time & Age Group TBA

Sunday, September 17: Time & Age Group TBA

Hopefully you have had the enjoyment of seeing Neglia Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, with live orchestration by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. This year marks the ninth anniversary of the production that Steve Sucato of the Buffalo News ensures will be, “a Buffalo holiday tradition, Neglia’s ‘The Nutcracker’ is the stuff fond childhood memories are made of.”

If simply attending the production leaves one with such pleasant memories, what might it be like actually performing as part of the cast, including professional dances from all over the world?

Open auditions for The Nutcracker will take place in September of 2017 at the Neglia Conservatory of Ballet. Dancers and actors ages 8 and older are welcome.

Need to Know Information

What: Open Auditions for The Nutcracker

When:  Tentative dates: Sept 15, 16, 17. Times TBA

 Where: Neglia Conservatory of Ballet

2495 Main Street, Suite 601, Buffalo, NY 14214

For More Information:

(716) 447-0401 or

Over 40 children ages 8 and up will be selected to fill many children’s roles, including Party Children, Cupcakes, Bakers, Mice, Rats, Soldiers, and Angels in The Nutcracker. Auditions are in groups. Audition times are scheduled by dancer age and experience as noted below. The selective audition process takes approximately one and one half hours for each age group. Please plan on staying during the entire time of your group’s audition.


Ages 10 to 13 Requirements: 4 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall NO DANCE TRAINING REQUIRED

Ages 8 to 10 Requirements: 4 feet to 4 feet 6 inches tall, NO DANCE TRAINING REQUIRED (must have turned 8 by September 15, 2017)



Ages 10 to 13 Requirements: 4 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 4 inches tall, with at least 3 years of dance training

Ages 8 to 10: Requirements: 4 feet to 4 feet 6 inches tall, with at least two years of dance training. (Must have turned 8 by September 15, 2017)



Girls auditioning for roles should wear a leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers and have hair in a bun. There is a girls’ changing area.

Boys should be dressed in dark tights, sweatpants or shorts, and t-shirt and black or white ballet slippers. There is a boys’ changing area.

All dancers must arrive at least 15 minutes before their audition call. There is a form to fill out. To save time, you may , complete it, and bring it with you. Auditions will start promptly at scheduled times. There is no monetary compensation or complimentary tickets whatsoever for these roles. All costumes must be returned to Neglia Ballet Artists at the end of the production as when issued.

Parents will not be allowed into the audition area at any time.

The Nutcracker will be performed on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

IMPORTANT: Several of the Nutcracker roles have two casts. This means if your child is cast in a role she/he may perform in only one of the performances. We suggest that you hold off buying tickets until you are SURE which performance your child is performing in. We will do our best to let you know as soon as possible, but the process is fairly complicated. Please do NOT contact the studio regarding this matter- we will inform you when all roles are finalized.

You will be emailed the results of the audition within a week of the audition. If your child is chosen for a role, you will be asked to look carefully at the rehearsal schedule and sign a contract stating your child’s commitment to the rehearsal times and performances.

Nutcracker rehearsals will begin in mid-October. The schedule is subject to change. You must be committed to being at all rehearsals your role(s) are scheduled for. As the performance dates get closer, the rehearsals will get more frequent. Generally, they will be weekends and after school hours.

The Nutcracker will have evening rehearsals Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day will have no rehearsals, and the Friday after Thanksgiving rehearsals will be in the evening.

Additional time slots will be scheduled during the rehearsal period for costume fittings. Fittings usually happen before or after a scheduled rehearsal.

Rehearsing for and performing in Neglia Ballet Artists productions is excellent training for  young dancers as they pursue their dance education, whether they’re students aiming to be a professional dancer, or children who enjoy being on stage. For either type of student, the experience is a rich and memorable one. Those participating in the performance have the unequaled experience of performing on the Shea’s stage.


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