The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble announces open auditions for its 26th annual production of The Nutcracker.
Roles for children and adults are available, as well as roles for professional dancers. The production is directed and choreographed by Lisa Sheppard. Alberto Arias is co-director and choreographer; Amy Rose is a ballet mistress.
The program returns after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Sheppard, who has been with the ensemble for 10 years as assistant program director, succeeds ensemble founding director Michele Holzman, who retired earlier this year.
“Alberto, Lisa and I were a fantastic team. We exchanged ideas and supported each other in our artistic visions, ”says Holzman. “I am sure Lisa will guide the production to many years of success.”
Auditions will take place in two locations, with a third location reserved for professional dancers.
Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg:
Saturday August 21
• 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. 8-10 years old. At least one year of classical ballet training.
• 11:15 am-11:45 am Parents meeting for all parents of auditioning students.
• 11:45 am to 2 pm 11-13 years old. At least two years of classical ballet training.
• 2 pm-2.45pm Boys 7-13. No dance training required.
Saturday August 28
• 10 am-10.30am Parents meeting for parents of all students auditioning.
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 13 years-old adult. Advanced intermediate. Bring advanced, character, jazz and ballet slippers.
Sunday August 29
• 8 am-5pm Reminders by invitation.
Auditions at the Dance Academy of Libertyville, 746 E Park Ave., Libertyville:
Friday August 20
• 5 pm-6.30pm 8-10 years old. At least one year of classical ballet training.
• 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parents’ meeting for all parents of auditioning students.
• 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 11-13 years old. At least two years of classical ballet training.
• 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 13 years-old adult.
Sunday August 29
• 8 am to 5 pm Invitation-only reminders at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.
Dancers are requested to register online at least 24 hours before the auditions at www.schaumburgdance.com.
Dancers must arrive at least 20 minutes before auditions and are asked to bring a photo. A parent or guardian must attend a meeting at the start of the hearing. The participation fee for cast members (for those selected) is $ 175 for performers in a single role and $ 225 for performers in multiple roles.
Auditions for salaried roles will be held by appointment at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 25. Professional dancers are asked to call (224) 246-5776 to schedule an audition.
More information is available at www.schaumburgdance.com or by calling (224) 246-5776.
The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble is a program of the village of Schaumburg.