Every December Miami City Ballet presents the acclaimed million-dollar production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. This production has many roles for children and all MCB School students Level II – Level V are eligible to audition. Auditions for The Nutcracker are held in September. Participation is voluntary, but students must be prepared to make a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances once they are cast in the production.

Performance Dates

Intensive Rehearsal Week Schedule

Rehearsal Schedule

2013-2014 Performance dates:

Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami)

Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 22 at 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Monday, December 23 at 7:30 p.m

Tuesday, December 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Kravis Center (Palm Beach)
Friday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 19 at 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Monday, December 30 at 1:00p.m.

Broward Center (Fort Lauderdale)
Friday, January 3 at
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 4 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 5 at 1:00 p.m.

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Rehearsal Schedule:


Auditions for the The Nutcracker 2013 are September 22 at MCB School.

Audition Requirements

Approximate Ages: 8 to 16 years old
Girls' Attire: Solid color leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers (pointe shoes for girls currently working on pointe). Hair must be in a secure bun; short hair should be pinned back. No jewelry, skirts or leg warmers.

Boys' Attire: Black tights, T-shirt, ballet slippers.
*All students must register one half hour before their audition time. Registration must be complete (including parent signature) before auditioning. Only Miami City Ballet staff and auditioning children are allowed in the studio.

Miami City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker offers many children's roles in Acts I and II. A Miami City Ballet artistic staff member will conduct the audition to select and place children in their roles. The casting decisions are final.

While the staff of Miami City Ballet is committed to making the audition process a very positive experience for the children, it does happen from time-to-time that someone does not receive a part. We would like to emphasize that this is not a reflection on the child's ability nor talent, and should not be interpreted as such. The casting depends on a number of pre-existing production requirements, such as number of costumes and their sizes. In addition, The Nutcracker is protected by certain copyright regulations, which do not permit changes to the existing production. Therefore, parents of a child who has not been selected for this year's production can help by explaining this to the child and encouraging him/her to try again next year.

When a child receives a part, the artistic staff has made every effort to place the young dancer in a role most appropriate to his/her current ability and age. Each and every role is important to the success of the production. As an introduction to the magical world of ballet, The Nutcracker provides children with a unique opportunity to learn new disciplines: punctuality, musicality, stage presence, role characterization and choreographic memory. They are fascinated by the intricacies of lighting, music and scenery, and have a thoroughly wonderful time. No matter what role the child performs, we guarantee memories to last a lifetime!

The Nutcracker Guidelines

Please read the following guidelines carefully.

Intensive Rehearsals:
Children must be available for 1 week of intensive rehearsals immediately following the audition day. This schedule will be handed out at the conclusion of the child's audition and may include one day when the child has to leave academic school early. Attendance at all intensive rehearsals is mandatory.

Regular Weekly Rehearsals:

These follow the intensive week and will generally be held on a Saturday afternoon/evening. Schedule TBA.

Performance Week(s):
This schedule is handed out about 2 weeks prior to performance week(s). It includes all information regarding theater schedules, costume fittings, rotating casts (when applicable), etc. At this point, all cast members should clear their extra curricular schedules and consider themselves "on call."

Attendance, Absence and Tardiness:

Performing with a professional ballet company requires a commitment to quality work on the part of every cast member. This can only be obtained through adequate rehearsal. Attendance at the intensive week and performance weeks is mandatory, without exceptions.
During rehearsal weeks, a total of 2 absences for illness or religious observance will be accepted providing the parent has notified the Childrens' Ballet Mistress in a timely manner. The Ballet Mistress may still remove the child from the cast if the absences have seriously compromised the child's ability to catch up the missed work.
Tardiness is not acceptable. Rehearsals begin and end on time. Children should always arrive 10 minutes prior to rehearsal and quietly prepare themselves. Children who arrive chronically late will regrettably have to be replaced. Dancers who have roles demanding more ballet technique should always warm up prior to rehearsal.

Children should always be neat and clean. Same attire as for the audition. Solid color leotards of the student's choice. Do not forget shoes at home! Hair must be fastened properly so it will not distract the child from his/her work.

All cast members behave in a courteous manner towards each other. Disrespect to any staff member or disruptive behavior of any kind will be grounds for immediate dismissal. Good behavior includes arriving on time, being quiet and attentive at all times, respecting the rehearsal studios and theater by not littering, and getting along with fellow dancers. Children who seriously and continually misbehave will be removed from the production.

Observing, Waiting and Pick Up: Parents, friends and siblings may not watch rehearsals since this is very distracting to the children. While waiting for your child, please assist the staff by making sure other children in the waiting area are quiet and well behaved. Horsing around, running and playing ball are not permitted. The consumption of food is discouraged in the waiting area and not allowed in the studios at all. Children should be picked up promptly at the end of rehearsal since we do not have supervisory staff.

Performance tickets:
Information regarding tickets and available discounts will be forthcoming. Since some roles have two casts, we suggest waiting until you know your child's performance dates before purchasing tickets.

Missed School:

Every effort is made to schedule rehearsals after school. However, parents should be prepared to have their child exceptionally miss school if the need should arise.

Established Priorities:

Performing with a major ballet company requires commitment. We suggest clearly establishing priorities with the child so that he/she does not feel overburdened with extracurricular activity. It is always a good idea to have the child rest properly for an hour or two before attending rehearsal. Most Nutcracker parents curtail other activities during this very busy period. Remember that illness or religious days are the only accepted excuses for missing rehearsal.


Miami City Ballet School students, Photo © Bruce Hibbs