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Nutcracker Auditions


Nutcracker Audition Requirements


Thank you for your interest in the SHSA's 2019 production of The Nutcracker. The following information will explain what to expect and answer any questions you may have, if your child is selected for a role. 

 In order to be eligible to participate, each child must meet the following requirements:


  • He/she must be at least five years of age at the time of the audition
  • He/she must have had at least one year of ballet training
  • Submit a completed application form online by clicking here



Saturday, August 24

10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

3105 Lexington Road, building 17


Registration for the first audition opens at 9:30 a.m.; there is no audition fee. Children should arrive 15 minutes before their audition times. PARENTS MUST NOT LEAVE THEIR CHILD UNATTENDED. Students will be called in the following order at the approximate time. Once a student has auditioned, they will be free to leave. We will adhere to this time schedule to the best of our ability depending on the number of students auditioning for each age group. We strongly encourage students not to leave the building and to be available at least 15 minutes prior to and following the scheduled times.


Age 5:              10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Ages 6-7:         10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Ages 8-9:         11:00 - 11:30 a.m. 

Ages 10-11:     11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Ages 12- 13:    12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Ages 14+:        12:30 p.m.

All ages:           1:00 p.m.  Hip Hop and Tap Spotlight Auditions




Girls – Leotard tights or socks and ballet or jazz shoes. All hair must be pulled back from face prior to audition.

Boys – T-shirt, jazz pants, biker shorts or tights, ballet or jazz shoes.

Please be mindful of our limited space and send your child with only what is necessary for the audition.






Because our space is very limited, parents/guardians of students under 13 are asked to wait inside our Recital Hall building on audition day. Please leave an accurate phone number on your application where you can be reached in the event of an emergency.

Children will be returned to the Recital Hall once their audition is finished. No child under 13 may leave our studios without their parent/guardian. Parents are strongly encouraged to volunteer. A volunteer list will be given out during our Parent Meeting on September 14. Due to new regulations, all volunteers are required to take the Safe Environment Training from a Louisville Catholic parish and complete a background check.     

There will be a $65.00 costume cleaning and production fee that is due on October 4. If this fee is not paid, the student will not be allowed to perform. All costumes belong to SHSA. Any problems with costumes should be reported to the assigned staff/chaperone prior to  performance.



All Cast members are expected to commit to attending all scheduled rehearsals and performances. After auditions, participants will be informed as to whether their role is double-cast.  A parent meeting will be held on September 7at 10:00 a.m.

Please note that our rehearsal schedules are finalized by SHSA Dance Staff. We will provide a complete rehearsal schedule to children who are cast and will share with families the most up-to-date information regarding any schedule changes including rehearsals, costume fittings, etc.

Our Nutcracker children’s cast members may be required to rehearse on any or all of the following days. Please note that times listed below are for example only; this schedule is ONLY to give you a general idea of the time commitment involved in your participation.  Below are time frames in which a rehearsal MAY be scheduled according to role and cast. There are no rehearsals during the week of Thanksgiving.


September 9 - December 7

Mondays 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Fridays 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturdays 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.



Tech- Week at the Ursuline Arts Center

December 9 - 12

Specific call times will be given after casting. 


Performance Schedule

Friday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Sensory Friendly Performance (selected students will perform)
Friday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 14at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 15  at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, December 20  at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 21at 2:00 p.m.


If your child is ill please notify the director at 897-1816, or email at as soon as possible before the scheduled rehearsal time. If a student misses more than two rehearsals, they will be dismissed from the production. If you know of any rehearsal conflicts, please fill out on your registration form.


Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead online at