Red Chair Children’s Production Company to Hold Open Auditions for ‘The Nutcracker’


Attention future toy soldiers, gingersnaps, and dancing candy canes! The Red Chair Children’s Production Company in Burbank is holding open auditions for young performers ages 5 to 18 for its 7 th annual production of The Nutcracker. Boys and girls active in the performing arts are encouraged to audition for this lavishly staged holiday classic ballet. Auditions will take place Sunday, September 23 at the Red Chair School of Performing Arts, 4111 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.

Available roles range from the colorful ensemble of Victorian-era party guests, toy soldiers, mice, snowflakes, Land of the Sweets treats, to principal roles such as Clara, her brother Fritz, the Mouse King, and The Nutcracker. Red Chair’s The Nutcracker is one of the few Los Angeles-area ballets featuring youth in prominent roles along with adult performers in a high quality, pre-professional production.

The Nutcracker will be presented Sunday, December 9th at the historic Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. This timeless holiday ballet takes the audience on a magical journey on an enchanted Christmas Eve with a girl named Clara, whose toy nutcracker comes to life and whisks her away to the Land of the Sweets.

Open audition schedule for Sunday, September 23 is: ages 5 at 10:00 am; ages 6-7 at 10:30 am; ages 8-9 at 11:00 pm, ages 10-12 at 1:00 pm, ages 13-18 at 2:00 pm.

Non-dancer and gymnast auditions start at 2:45 pm. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition to register.

Those auditioning should wear dance attire or exercise apparel. Please bring socks if the child does not have ballet shoes. Students who currently dance en pointe should bring their pointe shoes. Please have hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail.  Performers must be prepared to make a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances once they are cast in the production. Rehearsals begin take place on weekends for 10 weeks in Burbank prior to the show. Parents of children cast in roles must attend a mandatory parents’ meeting, date TBA.

Fees are $155, which includes the company membership fee, the costume fee and performance DVD. The costume itself remains the property of the production company or its costume vendors. Parents will be responsible for their children’s shoes, leotards, tights and hair products.

Red Chair Children’s Production Company is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2004 that creates extraordinary theatre and dance experiences for children and youth. For more information about the Red Chair Children’s Production Company, please contact Anna Smith at (818) 640-4645 or visit

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