The Coasting Along Theatre Society will hold open auditions for the Sunshine Coast’s second annual presentation of The Nutcracker ballet on Sunday, September 8 at the Coast Academy of Dance, 5645 Wharf Avenue, Sechelt. Moderators Kathleen Holmes and Miguel Nguyen will cast over 100 professional and non-professional dance roles for all ages, including male dance roles and theatrical roles for adults (no dance experience required).
Currently organizers plan ‘at least six’ performances to be staged at the Raven’s Cry Theatre during the week following Christmas.
The inaugural presentation of The Nutcracker was an unprecedented success. Not only were all eight performances sold out – but the dance communities, arts communities, theatre communities all worked together to bring something special to the Coast.
“This year – Christmas on the Coast – promises to be even better! One of the unique qualities about The Nutcracker, is that each year the production improves,” says Artistic Director Kathleen Holmes. “We don’t have to reinvent the scenery or costumes each year, we can just enhance and improve on what we have started.” The technical crew has already come up with new ways to add more special effects, and the costume committee has plans to add even more sparkle to the costumes, while designer Cody Chancellor has visions to enhance the sets. Adding to the excitement, Miguel Nguyen returns to the performance as a guest artist after a year spent performing, notably as Albrecht in Giselle, Puck in Midsummer’s Night Dream and Philippe in Flames of Paris.
Auditions start at 10 a.m. with the session for girls ages 7 to 10 with a minimum one year of classical ballet training. From 12:15 to 2:15, girls ages 11 and up with a minimum one year of ballet audition; from 2:30 to 4:30, advanced and intermediate dancers (pointe, character and jazz shoes needed) strut their stuff. Boys and acrobats/gymnasts are spotlighted from 4:45 to 6:00 .
For more information, or to appear as an Adult Party Guest in the opening scenes (no audition necessary) please call Coasting Along Theatre Society at 604-989-6050 or visit www.coastingalongtheatre.org