2019 Nutcracker Frequently Asked Questions and Production Information:
Sunday, August 25th, 2019
Ages 3-7: 1-1:30pm
Ages 8-10: 1:45- 2:30pm
Ages 11 and Up: 2:30-3:30pm
Audition Fee: Ages 3-7 $15
Ages 8 and Up $20
Please arrive 20 minutes before the audition. There will be forms that must be filled out and this will take some time before the dancer begins the audition.
Alma Dance School & Alma Dance Theater, NFP
999 N Main St Suite 108 Glen Ellyn, 60137
Nutcracker Participation Fee:
Dancers in the Children Division ages 3-8 will have a $250.00 non-refundable participation fee.
Dancers in the Pre-professional Division, Alternative Dance Division and Alma Dance Youth Company will have a $300.00 non-refundable participation fee.
This fee helps offset the costume rental-purchase fees. All fees will be due on Saturday, August 31st, 2019.
WHY IS AN AUDITION NECESSARY?
An audition is used to determine the proper role for each dancer, not to eliminate dancers. All dancers that audition will be cast in our Nutcracker production. Roles are based on the dancer’s ability, which we will determine during the audition.
IS THE AUDITION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Yes, we are holding open auditions this year and dancers from any studio are welcome to participate. What a beautiful way to build our community! Children from different towns, different studios, and with varying levels of proficiency will come together in one place and share in this magical production. The Nutcracker will be an unforgettable experience for your child.
WHAT IF MY CHILD CURRENTLY DANCES AT A DIFFERENT STUDIO?
Our audition is open to all students, those currently enrolled at Alma Dance School and non-Alma Dance School students alike. All students, ages 3 and up, that are not enrolled at Alma Dance School are required to sign up for one ballet class at our school for two sessions. These sessions will run from August 19th through December 15th, 2019. Proper level placement will be determined for all students to ensure that they succeed.
HOW DO I SIGN UP MY CHILD FOR THE REQUIRED CLASS?
We will evaluate your child during the audition to determine level placement and give you a few options for the required class. We will assist you in finding the perfect class for your student and will help you with enrollment.
WHAT IS THE REHEARSAL COMMITMENT?
Pre-Professional, Youth Company and Alternative Dance Division Rehearsals for group pieces will take place on Saturdays anytime from 12:30-6:30pm, depending on the number of roles assigned to each dancer. Additional rehearsals ONLY for soloists or principal roles will be held on Thursdays anytime from 6:30-8:30pm.
The Pre-Professional Division, Youth Company and Alternative Dance Division dancers will also have rehearsals on Sunday, November 10th and Sunday, Dec 8th from 12:30-6:00pm. Times will vary depending on the role assigned to each dancer.
WHAT IS THE REHEARSAL COMMITMENT on Saturdays FOR dancers in the CHILDREN’s DIVISION 3-8 YEARS OLD?
All Children’s Division dancers ages 3-8 years old who audition will be cast in two different pieces in our Nutcracker production. One of the pieces will be rehearsed during the dancer’s regular class time on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays depending on which date/class your dancers registers. Rehearsals will start on Monday, September 9th, Wednesday, September 11th and Saturday, September 14th. Miss Katrina and Miss Olivia will work on this piece the last 15 minutes of class every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The second piece will be rehearsed and directed by artistic director Guillermo Leyva on Saturdays from 12:30-1:30pm. Mandatory rehearsals for this second piece will take place on Saturday, October 12th, Saturday, October 26th, Saturday, November 2nd, Saturday, November 16th and Saturday, December 7th. Children’s Division dancers 3-8 years old will not have rehearsal on Sunday, November 10th or Sunday, December 8th.
WHEN WILL REHEARSALS BEGIN?
Ages 8 and Up in the Pre-Professional Division: Saturday, September 7th, 2019.
Alma Dance Youth Company: Saturday, September 7th, 2019.
Alternative Dance Division: Saturday, September 7th, 2019.
Children Division Ages 3-8: Saturday, October 12th, 2019
WHAT ARE THE MANDATORY REHEARSAL DATES?
Children Division Ages 3-8: Saturday, Oct. 12th, Saturday, Oct. 26th, Saturday, Nov. 2nd, Saturday, Nov. 16th, Saturday, Dec. 7th.
The Alma Dance Youth Company, Pre-Professional Division and Alternative Dance Division: Saturday, Sept. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Saturday, Oct. 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and Saturday, Dec. 7th, Sunday, Nov. 10th and Sunday, Dec. 8th
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR ALL REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES?
Dancers who are not available for all rehearsals and performance dates will not be considered for participation in the performance.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE PERFORMANCES?
The performances will be at Elgin Community College
Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive Elgin, IL 60123
They will be on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 7:00pm & Sunday, December 15th, 2019 at 2:00pm.
WHEN DO REHEARSALS AT THE THEATER Begin?
The Alma Dance Youth Company, Pre-Professional Division and Alternative Dance Division rehearsals at the theater begin on Tuesday, December 10th through Friday, December 13th. Rehearsals at the theater will also be MANDATORY, as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 10th from 4:00-9:30pm, Wednesday, Dec. 11th from 4:00-9:30pm, Thursday, Dec. 12th from 4:00-9:30pm and Friday, Dec. 13th from 4:00-9:30pm. Tuesday's and Wednesday’s rehearsals will be split up into the two Nutcracker acts. Thursday's and Friday’s rehearsals will be full dress rehearsals. Children Division ages 3-8 will only have to attend the two-dress rehearsals on Thursday, Dec. 12th and Friday, Dec. 13th. Both days from 5-7:30pm.
ARE REHEARSALS MANDATORY?
Yes, all rehearsals are mandatory. It is very difficult for students to catch up after they have missed a rehearsal, and absences can also cause confusion and frustration for others involved in the production. We are very cognizant of the time demands placed upon our young people and the lives of their families. Therefore, we do our best to be efficient when we schedule rehearsals.
MAY I WITHDRAW MY CHILD FROM NUTCRACKER ONCE THE CAST LIST IS PUBLISHED?
Creating a cast for Nutcracker takes a large amount of time, detail and effort. We work hard to ensure that students receive equal opportunities at our school. Each dancer that steps through our doors is important to us, and we want to help each dancer reach his or her personal best. However, it is also difficult to recast students and reconstruct the best possible cast if a student withdraws from the show. We respectfully request that families do not audition for the Nutcracker if they are uncertain about whether they can fulfill this commitment.