FRESNO – If visions of sugarplums dance in your child’s head, be sure to get them to the upcoming open auditions for “The Nutcracker.”
Auditions for student roles in Fresno Ballet Theatre’s 2014 production of “The Nutcracker,” sponsored by Valley Performing Arts Council, will be held June 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the dance studio of the music building at California State University, Fresno.
Roles are available for male and female dance students of all experience levels, ages 5 and up.
Auditions are divided into four categories based on height and dance experience. Specific audition times for each role or category of dancers is available at www.valleyperformingartscouncil.org, on VPAC’s Facebook page or by picking up a flyer at Northwest Studio of Ballet.
To participate in auditions, children must be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2014. This year, Ron Cunningham, an internationally acclaimed artistic director with Sacramento Ballet, will personally audition and cast all students.
Dancers may audition for more than one part; audition results will be announced on the same day as auditions. Parent meetings will also be held on audition day.
Rehearsals will begin on Aug. 9, with Cunningham and Yukari Thiesen, Fresno Ballet Theatre Artistic Director.
Performances of VPAC’s “The Nutcracker” are scheduled for Nov. 29 and 30 at the William Saroyan Theatre. Student performers will be on stage alongside professional dancers from the Sacramento Ballet.
Students accepted to perform in the “The Nutcracker” will be eligible to perform in a February production of “Alice in Wonderland” being presented by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara and Fresno Ballet Theatre.
About Valley Performing Arts Council:
Established in 1997, VPAC’s mission is to expose children to the beauty, wisdom and truth that the classical arts impart and to enable them to share this cultural knowledge with future generations. VPAC works to cultivate classical performing arts by bringing professional ballet to Fresno in order to expose local dancers and school children to a high caliber of ballet and classical music, thus creating a greater understanding of the classical performing arts. To date, VPAC has exposed more than 132,000 students in 25 school districts throughout the Valley to numerous ballet, theater and musical performances.