Norman Ballet Co. to host auditions for 2019 Oklahoma Nutcracker

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Clarissa Milcarek is measured for a costume during the 2018 auditions for "The Oklahoma Nutcracker." Auditions for the 2019 performances will be Aug. 25 at the Kovich School of Ballet, 1312 S. Berry Road in Norman.

The Norman Ballet Co. is seeking angels, flowers, mice, baby armadillos and more for the 2019 production of "The Oklahoma Nutcracker."

Dancers and performers ages 7 and up may audition Aug. 25 for the Norman Ballet Co.'s 18th annual performance of Tchaikovsky's holiday masterpiece -- with an Oklahoma twist.

Auditions will take place at the Kovich School of Ballet, 1312 S. Berry Road in Norman. There is a $10 audition fee per dancer.

Auditioning dancers must reserve a space by contacting Norman Ballet at admin@normanballetcompany.com by 5 p.m. Aug. 23. The dancer's birth date and height must be included in the request. Upon receipt of a reservation request, Norman Ballet Co. will send the applicant an audition time, application form and other information via email.

Children ages 7 and older may audition for roles as party scene children, battle scene mice and soldiers, rose rock princesses, baby armadillos and other auxiliary roles.

Dancers 12 and older may audition for positions as Norman Ballet Co. members and apprentices and for additional roles in the production. Roles for older dancers include party scene, angels, Act II variations, solo and corps de ballet roles in the snow scene and waltz of the flowers.

Professional guest artists will perform the roles of the sand plum fairy and her prince.

Dancers will be selected according to size, musicality, expression, ability to follow directions and ballet skills and technique. Selected dancers must be available for all rehearsals for their role and must pay a $75 fee to help defray production costs.

Actors/stage performers with dance skills are needed for roles as the nutcracker prince, mouse king, parents in the party scene and other Act I acting roles.

The Norman Ballet Co.'s "The Oklahoma Nutcracker" has been performed to sold-out audiences since its premiere in 2002 and has become a holiday tradition for families statewide.

The 2019 "Oklahoma Nutcracker" will be performed Dec. 21-22 at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts in Norman. The production is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program.