Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™ Local Participant Program

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is looking for a total of 9-12 male and female student dancers to participate with the company in their performance of Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™.

The cast will be assembled from local area students, based on either a recommendation by their dance/theatre teachers or at an audition. The cast will rehearse with the Company for 1.75 hours the day before the show and then 3 to 4 hours directly prior to the performance. All participants are invited to watch Company class on stage and if students are advanced enough in their training they will be encouraged to join the Company class.

The candidates will need to learn the choreography quickly, listen well, and follow and retain directions easily. They must have good stage presence and carry themselves well. There are a few ‘formal’ dance steps.

How the Program Works

To gain a role and perform in your local performance of Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet™, students must apply for a role and teachers must submit a recommendation for that student. Teachers making recommendations will need the password – contact us for this.

To register, we will be collecting the student’s name, date of birth, phone number, email address, height, waist & chest measurements, and guardian contact information.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s Education Manager will select the student dancers from the list of online recommendations for your region and then contact the teachers and participants with the casting results.

The main goal for the Local Participant program is to give the participants up close exposure and access to the workings of professional dance – all the detailed work that goes on backstage to prepare for each and every show, the technical and artistic expertise required by all, and the need for every single performer to give their 100% at all times throughout the process and the show – this is how magic is created for our audiences, it is how we infinitely grow as artists and it is who we are as a Company. The Local Participants are invited to dance their roles at 100%, adding to the magic and have an inspiring experience!

All cities will be cast through a Recommendation process unless you are notified of an audition.

Apply for a Role

The recommendation process has 2 steps.

Step 1: To apply for the recommendation process, please click on the Apply For A Role button to the right and complete the online application form.

Step 2: Have your dance teacher contact us at cbjeducation@balletjorgen.ca for the password to access and complete the Teacher Recommendation online form using the Recommend a Student button to the right.

Please refer to the table below to find out if when Applications and Recommendations are due for each performance city.

Local Participant Performance Cities

Performance CityRecommend Due Date Audition DateAudition TimeAudition LocationPerformance Date(s)Performance Location
Halifax, NSSept 6 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/ASept 28 & 29 2019Dalhousie Arts Centre
Markham, ONSept 13 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 4, 5 & 6 2019Flato Markham Theatre
Orem, UTSept 20 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 11 2019Noorda Center for the Performing Arts
Logan, UTSept 20 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 14 2019Ellen Eccles Theatre
Fort Collins, COSept 20 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AOct 16 2019Lincoln Center
Rexburg, IDSept 27 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/A N/AOct 19 2019John W. Hart Auditorium
Victoriaville, QCOct 18 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/ANov 6 2019Espace Culturel de Victoriaville
Saguenay, QCOct 18 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/ANov 8 2019Theatre Banque Nationale
Guelph, ONDec 27 2019 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AJan 12 2020River Run Centre
Cranbrook, BCJan 3 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AJan 24 2020Key City Theatre
Oliver, BCJan 3 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AJan 28 2020Venables Theatre
Nelson, BCJan 3 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AJan 30 2020Capitol Theatre Nelson
Vernon, BCJan 10 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 2 2020Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Campbell River BCJan 10 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 5 2020Tidemark Theatre
Duncan, BCJan 17 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 7 2020Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
Maple Ridge, BCJan 17 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 12 2020ACT Arts Centre
Chilliwack, BCJan 24 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 14 2020Chilliwack Cultural Centre
West Vancouver, BCJan 31 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 16 2020Kay Meek Centre
Terrace, BCJan 31 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 21 2020REM Lee Theatre
Kitimat, BCFeb 7 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 23 2020Kitimat Concert Association
Prince Rupert, BCFeb 7 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 26 2020Lester Centre for the Arts
Burns Lake, BCFeb 7 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AFeb 28 2020Lakes District Secondary School
Ft. Saskatchewan, ABFeb 14 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 6 2020Shell Centre Theatre
Ft. McMurray, ABFeb 21 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 8 2020Keyano Theatre
Camrose, ABFeb 21 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 11 2020Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
Medicine Hat, ABFeb 21 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 13 2020Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
North Battleford, SKFeb 23 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 15 2020The Decker Centre
Saskatoon, SKFeb 26 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 18 2020TCU Place
Yorkton, SKFeb 28 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 20 2020Anne Portnuff Theatre
Brandon, MBMar 1 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMarch 22 2020Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
Moncton, NBMar 12 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 2 2020Capitol Theatre Moncton
Saint John, NBMar 14 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 4 2020Imperial Theatre
Fredericton, NBMar 17 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 7 & 8 2020Fredericton Playhouse
Summerside, PEMar 19 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 9 2020Harbourfront Theatre
Mabou, NSMar 24 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AApril 14 2020Strathspey Performing Arts Centre
Manhattan, KSApr 12 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 3 2020McCain Auditorium
Fort Hays, KSApr 14 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 5 2020Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Centre
Iola, KSApr 16 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 7 2020Bowlus Fine Arts Centre
Ottawa, ONMay 1 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 20 2020Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe
London, ONMay 9 2020 @ 5:00pm ESTN/AN/AN/AMay 30 2020Centennial Hall

Eligibility Criteria

Ages 9-17 with a dance background.

Young Children & Nature Character
Height: 4’2 – 4’9          2-4 roles

School-age Children & Nature Character
Height: 4’10-5’3           3-5 roles

Teenagers/Young Adults & Nature Character
Height: 5’4-5’6             1-3 roles

What You Need

Please note that we do not expect anyone to have to purchase special items in order to participate in the show. We can provide most anything a student does not already own or borrow for the show.

For the audition:
Please wear your regular ballet class dancewear and ballet shoes. Be warm and ready to dance.

For your first rehearsal:
Please wear your regular ballet class dancewear and ballet shoes. Where possible, please bring footwear that pertains to the roles you are eligible for, see below for requirements.

For your wardrobe fittings and stage rehearsals:
As well as your own regular dance wear and dance footwear please bring the following:

Wardrobe Requirements:

Girls: Skin-tone, sleeveless bodysuit, pink tights, ballet slippers

Boys: White or black ballet slippers

Hair: All to bring basic hair supplies (elastics, hairspray, bobby pins, hair pins etc) Girls – Hair will be worn in a bun. Boys – as is.

For the performance(s):

Wardrobe, footwear and hair as determined at the fittings.

Make-up: Basic make-up – brown/black eyeliner. Girls – lipstick & mascara too.

Testimonials

I just wanted to forward you our heartfelt thanks for allowing Sarah the opportunity to perform in Toronto.

It was quite an honour and privilege for her to be part of the show and we are very thankful for the opportunity. The young dancers learn so much from the experience and the entire process of the audition, rehearsals and performances. The experience resonates with young dancers for quite a while and not only does it build their confidence but it also builds on their love of ballet.

Sarah found inspiration from a number of the company dancers and she has returned to her ballet classes full of spirit and determination. I also wanted to say how thankful we are that the company members are so great with the young dancers. They take time to go out of their way to ensure the young dancers feel confident and feel like little stars for the performances. I applaud you all on doing such a wonderful job inspiring and encouraging our youth.

Thank you again for such a wonderful time. Good luck with the remainder of your tour!

Dance Studio Owner and Parent Kim

Best of luck with everything and keep doing what you do!  The dance students in Ontario are very thankful.

Dance Studio Owner Briana

One little story – on Wednesday morning I was making the rounds of Lakes District Secondary School, to make sure the 100 borrowed chairs and 20 borrowed tables, the clothes racks and microwaves and soup bowls and spoons and all the other paraphernalia had made their way back to their ‘homes’ in the school, and that all was well at the high school (where the Arts Council is a valued ‘tenant’). I walked back stage in the Multi-Purpose Room. It felt like the magic was gone. The props and sets and costumes – not to mention the dancers – were on their way to Chilliwack. The stage was closed off, the lights were dark, there was no music – and students were quietly waiting for a class, on the exact spot where last night swans danced, Von Rothbart lurked, and Swan Lake captivated 370 people. But … one of the girls waiting for her class had been in the production the night before. She was wearing a Ballet Jörgen 25th anniversary tour T-shirt, and in the middle of her back, along with Toronto and Ottawa and Medicine Hat and Yorkton and St. John, it said “Burns Lake, BC”. She was telling her friends excitedly about the production the night before. The show and the experience lives on, in the hearts and minds of those kids who took part in it.

Thank you, and all at Ballet Jörgen who design and implement and support the Local Participant program, for giving our young people the opportunity to learn and grow, and the memories.

John and Sandra Barth for the Lakes District Arts Council, Burns Lake, BC

For program information, please contact Clea Iveson
education@balletjorgen.ca or 416.415.5000 x 4928