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August 17, 2017

Inland Pacific Ballet to Hold Open Auditions for Children’s Roles in Annual Spectacular Production of The Nutcracker

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Inland Pacific Ballet to Hold Open Auditions for Children’s Roles in
Annual Spectacular Production of The Nutcracker

Friday and Saturday, September 8 - 9, 2017

Performances take place between December 7 - 23, 2017 at
Bridges Auditorium, Claremont; Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside;
and Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga

Inland Pacific Ballet will hold auditions for all children’s roles for its spectacular annual production of The Nutcracker on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 at their new studios located at 9061 Central Avenue, Montclair 91763.


A holiday tradition for families throughout the region, critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and nearly 80 dancers on stage. The annual holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. A fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. This is family entertainment at its best! Enjoy a treasured holiday tradition with family and friends at southern California’s most spectacular production of The Nutcracker.


Young dancers ages six to 16 from any school or studio in southern California are invited to audition. Individuals selected for roles must be available for every rehearsal and all performances for their cast. There will be from two to three casts of children selected to perform during the three weekends of performances. There is a $20 audition fee and additional production and rehearsal fees for those who are offered a role. Casting selections and rehearsal schedules will be announced by September 27, with children’s rehearsals beginning on October 6 and 7. Please allow at least 20 minutes before audition time to register and be warmed up and ready to dance. Girls need to wear pink tights, pink shoes, black leotard; and boys should be in black tights, white T-shirt, and ballet shoes.


Those selected for roles in The Nutcracker must be available for every rehearsal and all performances for their cast. Casting is determined by many criteria including technical level, acting ability, height/body proportions and conduct.


Audition #1: Friday, September 8, 2017
5:45–6:45 p.m.: Ages12-15 with a min. 3 years on pointe (audition is on pointe; IPB Academy Level 4B)

6:45–7:45 p.m.: Ages 14-20 with a min. 4 years on pointe (audition is on pointe; IPB Academy Level 5A & up)
7:45–8:30 p.m.: Clara First Call (for  those who wish to be considered for this role)


Audition #2: Saturday, September 9, 2017
12:30–1:00 p.m.: Ages 6-8 (IPB Academy Level 1A), min. 1 year ballet
1:00–1:45 p.m.: Ages 7-9 (IPB Academy Level 1B-1C), min. 2 years ballet
1:45–2:30 p.m.: Ages 8-11 (IPB Academy Level 2A-2B), min. 2-3 years ballet
3:00–3:45 p.m.: Ages 9-12 (IPB Academy Level 3A-3B), min. 3 years ballet
3:45–5:00 p.m.: Ages 11-14 (IPB Academy Level 3C-4A), min. 4 years ballet (bring pointe shoes)
5:15–6:15 p.m.: Clara Call Back (for dancers called from September 8 audition)


Performances take place at Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in Claremont from December 7-10; Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga from December 14-17; and Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside from December 22-23.


Founded in 1994 by Southern California natives Victoria Koenig and Kevin Frank Myers, the Inland Pacific Ballet has become one of southern California’s cultural jewels. Its mission is to build and sustain a professional ballet company in the Inland Empire of Southern California, committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography.


Complete audition information is available for download at IPBALLET.org. For questions, please contact Jill Voznick, Ballet Mistress at 909-482-1590 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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