The Nutcracker Auditions

Sunday, September 15, 2019
11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Acton School of Ballet* (directions)
3 Spruce Street, Acton, MA 01720

Auditions for non-company children for The Nutcracker will be held at the studios of Acton School of Ballet on September 15, 2019. Dancers from all schools are invited to audition.

Please pre-register for the audition by filling out this form.

Audition times depend on the age and experience of the dancer.

Group 1: 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Dancers 9 and 10 years old with at least two years of ballet training
(Acton School of Ballet Level 3 & Level 4)
Group 2: 1:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.Dancers at least 11 years old with at least four years of ballet training
(ASB Level 5 and up)

Please note Group 2 does not audition for pointe roles. Dancers in this age group who want to audition for pointe roles and meet the qualifications for Group 3 should come only to the Group 3 audition.

Group 3: 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.Dancers at least 13 years old with at least six years of ballet training. Female dancers must have at least two complete years of pointe study. (ASB Level 7 and up)

Dancers in Group 3 will also be considered for non-pointe roles.

The doors open at 11:15 a.m. for registration.

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to register.
  • The fee for auditions is $20, cash or check payable to Commonwealth Ballet, due at registration prior to the audition.


  • All roles regularly rehearse once a week on either Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
  • All rehearsals take place at the Acton School of Ballet or the Casey Theatre at Regis College.
  • All roles rehearse both Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24.
  • All roles rehearse the weekend of December 14-15 (between performances).
  • All cast members must attend theater rehearsals in the week before performances.
    • Monday evening, November 25: Blocking rehearsal at Regis College’s Casey Theatre
    • Tuesday evening, November 26: Blocking rehearsal at Regis College’s Casey Theatre
    • Wednesday evening, November 27: Dress rehearsal at Regis College’s Casey Theatre
    • Thursday evening, December 19: Dress rehearsal (no makeup) at Regis College’s Casey Theatre
  • Rehearsal schedules are posted on the CBC web site and families will be alerted by e-mail when changes are posted.
  • Traffic to Regis Theatre during the week is very heavy. Plan ahead!

Because these are absolutely critical rehearsals, we must make the mandatory requirement firm. Accepting a role means agreeing to have your child rehearse on these days. Dancers missing more than one designated rehearsal may be replaced. Please do not have your child audition if you cannot make this commitment.


There is a non-refundable audition fee of $20 (cash or check payable to Commonwealth Ballet). Those dancers cast in The Nutcracker must also pay a production fee of $95, which includes a CBC Nutcracker T-shirt.


Casting decisions of the director are final. Dancers cast as Party Girls, Clara, Fritz & Mice will be notified by telephone or email by September 18th, as they begin rehearsals September 21st.
All other dancers will be notified by individual email on or before September 25th with their role, rehearsal time, and start date.

Parent Participation

Parental participation is a requirement for each family’s commitment to the performance.

  • At least 1 parent of each child in the cast must commit to assisting CBC during a minimum of 4 of the performances. (2 children = 8 performances.)
  • On-line sign-up will be sent via Constant Contact on September 27th. Please respond by October 4th. Late responses interrupt the scheduling process for all!
  • A parent of each participating child must also attend an informational meeting on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m. At the meeting parents will:
    • submit a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form. BRING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE!!
    • be assigned their parent support tasks.
  • For their completed participation, the parent will be offered a complimentary ticket.

Parent Participation information can be found by downloading this info sheet.

For more information, contact the Commonwealth Ballet office at (978) 263-6533.

Please pre-register for the audition by filling out this form.