Friday, August 20, 2010

MCA’s Dance Repertory Company announces auditions for ‘Nutcracker’

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host auditions Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. for the Dance Repertory Company’s 2010 production of The Nutcracker.

Auditions will be held at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St., and are free and open to dancers, actors, and community members ages 5 to adult. A variety of roles are available for this year’s Nutcracker performances, which will be held Dec. 2-5, 2010 at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre.

All interested candidates are encouraged to wear movable clothing and are asked to bring a photo of themselves to the audition. (Color or black and white photos of any size are acceptable.) Intermediate and advanced dancers should be dressed in appropriate ballet attire. Children ages 12 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

In preparation for the auditions, students are invited to participate in MCA’s Nutcracker Pre-Audition Workshops, Aug. 25 and 26. These workshops offer the opportunity for students to learn stage direction, pantomime, improvisation, and dance technique skills needed to be successful at an audition. Additionally younger students can be familiarized with the Nutcracker audition setting before the actual audition. The workshops also offer more advanced dance students the opportunity to participate in technique classes at the end of the summer as well as meet the directors. Tuition for the pre-audition workshops varies depending on class length and level.

Presenting The Nutcracker every other holiday season, The Dance Repertory Company continues a special holiday tradition. Children and adults alike will enjoy this timeless classic that allows us to transform into a child again, and experience the magical spells of Herr Drosselmeyer and the sweet dreams of Clara with visions of Nutcracker princes and Sugar Plum fairies.

For more information about the Aug. 25-26 pre-audition workshops or the Sept.1 Nutcracker auditions, visit, e-mail or call (507) 453-5500.