Youth ballet to hold auditions for Nutcracker on Saturday afternoon

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet will hold auditions for its annual production of The Nutcracker on Sept. 7 from 1-5 p.m. at the CRYB studio, 9 Falconer St., in Jamestown.

The Nutcracker is presented annually at the historic Reg Lenna Civic Center and has become a holiday tradition throughout the region.

Auditions for the 2013 production are open to dancers of all ages according to the following schedule:

1 p.m. Adults and older teens for party scene guests

1:15 p.m. Boys all ages, no experience necessary

1:45 p.m. Girls ages 6 and 7, no experience necessary

2:10 p.m. Girls ages 8 to 10 with dance experience

2:45 p.m. Girls ages 10 14 with dance experience

3 p.m. Intermediate/Ad-vanced Dancers pointe required for girls

Boys are encouraged to attend as they are needed in many roles such as party scene and soldiers in the battle scene.

Those auditioning are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out audition forms.

Waiting time will depend on the length of audition segments. Specified ages are approximate; be prepared to stay for the following time slot if asked. Audition fee for non-CRYB students is $10.

The Nutcracker will be performed on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

A special performance for schools is scheduled for Friday morning. For more information, contact CRYB at 664-9766.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet is a not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality classical ballet instruction to youth from Chautauqua County and the surrounding region. CRYB produces two annual productions a community performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nut-cracker each December and a studio performance featuring classic ballet movements each spring.