The Nutcracker

Touring Participant Program

The Nutcracker – Touring Participant Program

The Nutcracker Youth Touring Participant Program gives young dancers aged 12 and up the opportunity to travel and perform with a professional dance company! They interact and dance with professional dancers, professional dance and theatre coaches and gain invaluable performance experience as they dance and tour Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition. This program is unique with its full integration and integral inclusion of the participants roles in the show coupled with the fact that participants are immersed in the real lifestyle and expectations of being a member of a professional dance Company.

Audition Information

General Requirements
Aged 12 – 17 years
Dance training required, ballet is a definite asset

How To Register
Students interested in auditioning must register for a specific audition by filling out our online registration. Participants auditioning for the Touring Cast must audition in either Toronto or Kitchener-Waterloo and be 12 years of age or older.

How the Program Works

  • After completing your online registration, you will be contacted individually to confirm your audition time. This usually takes 7-10 days.
  • The audition is approximately 40-60 minutes, during which time excerpts of the Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition choreography are taught by the Canada’s Ballet Jörgen repetiteur. The students are assessed for their musicality, technique, poise, ability to learn choreography, characterization and performance quality. While some decisions are made within that initial audition time, some students may be asked to dance again for a Final Selection.
  • It is during the course of the Final Selection Audition that Touring Cast selections are made. The final assignment of specific Tour Cast roles, including understudies, is made during the subsequent weekly rehearsal process as the CBJ repetiteur and the company’s Artistic Director become more familiar with each young tour member. All the show choreography is taught and rehearsed by a CBJ repetiteur.
  • The rehearsals for the touring cast will be extensive and they take place in both Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto on weekends and weeknights for the lead roles. The Cast will have studio dress rehearsals and may be required to view performances. Rehearsals with the Full Company will take place in Toronto in November and December and will require attendance during week day school hours.
  • The Tour performances will be divided amongst the cast members, no cast member will be expected to dance for the whole duration of the tour. Some locations incur overnight stays other do not. When there are overnight stays, the Company provides transportation from Toronto and back. All food and lodging expenses are covered by the Company.

2018 Nutcracker Tour Audition Dates and Times

Performing CityAudition Registrations CloseAudition DateAudition TimeAudition LocationPerformance Date(s)Performance Location
Toronto (Touring Cast)Thurs Sept 13 2018 @ 5:00pmFri Sept 14 20185:30-7:00pmCanada's Ballet Jörgen Studios in
George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus,
160 Kendal Ave. Bldg. C, Rm. 126, Toronto, ON M5R 1M3
Nov 14-Dec 30 20178Across Ontario & Saskatchewan
Kitchener-Waterloo
(Touring Cast)
Fri Sept 14 2018 @ 5:00pm Sun Sept 16 2018 3:00-5:00pm Carousel Dance Centre,
550 D7 Parkside Drive, Waterloo
Nov 14-Dec 30 2018Across Ontario & Saskatchewan
Touring Cast (Call Back)N/A - Call BackMon Sept 17 20186:00-7:30pmCanada's Ballet Jörgen Studios in
George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus,
160 Kendal Ave. Bldg. C, Rm. 126, Toronto, ON M5R 1M3
Nov 14-Dec 30 2018Across Ontario & Saskatchewan

2018 Nutcracker Tour Performance Cities

Performance CityPerformance Date(s)Performance VenueNumber of Performances
Weyburn, SKNovember 14 2018Cugnet Theatre1
Regina, SKNovember 16 2018Conexus Centre1
Saskatoon, SKNovember 18 2018TCU Place1
Swift Current, SKNovember 21 2018The Sky Centre1
Peterborough, ONNovember 29 2018Showplace Performance Centre1
North Bay, ONDecember 2 2018Capitol Theatre1
Hamilton, ONDecember 8 2018Hamilton Place1
Ottawa, ONDecember 12 & 13 2018Shenkman Arts Centre3
Ottawa, ONDecember 15 2018Centrepointe Theatre2
St. Catharines, ONDecember 19 2018FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre2
Guelph, ONDecember 20 & 21 2018River Run Centre2
London, ONDecember 23 2018Centennial Hall1
Kitchener-Waterloo, ONDecember 28 2018Centre in the Square2
Markham, ONDecember 30 2018Flato Markham Theatre2
Click here for full performance calendar

Important Information

Participants who are selected to perform will be required to attend all weekly rehearsals as per the schedule. You are not required to be available for all touring performances but must be available for a minimum of 70% of all performances. Typically it is a cast of 6 dancers that perform in each show. Every year we aim to cast between 12 and 14 young dancers, this means that every role is double cast.

 

Touring Youth Cast Roles in The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition

Roles – Touring cast members
# to be cast – 12-14
Approximate Heights – 4’11″ – 5’7″
Approximate Ages – 12-17yrs

Breakdown of Youth Tour Cast Members by Role

Role# To Be CastGender
Klara2 - 3Female
Family Child &
Nutcracker Prince
2 - 3Male or Female
Family Children8 - 10Male or Female

Other roles danced by those cast as Family Children include:

Role# To Be CastGender
Sock Bunny
2 - 3Male or Female
Rats5 - 6Male or Female
Dragonfly2 - 3Male or Female
Beaver2 - 3Male or Female
White-Tailed Deer5 - 6Male or Female
When the Company travels on tour, six cast members will travel with the Company. When the Company is closer to home, often there are additional cast members in each performance. No cast member is expected to dance in all performances but we ask that all cast members be available for at least 70% of the tour. Availability may affect role casting.

 

 

 

Touring Youth Cast Role Descriptions in the Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition

Klara – Klara is the lead youth female character in the ballet and dances throughout the show, starting at the beginning in the School House Scene, right until the end, asleep after her dream.

Family Child/Nutcracker Prince – The family child /Nutcracker Prince is the lead youth male character in the ballet and dances throughout the show, starting as a member of the Farm Family at the beginning of the ballet in the School House Scene, and as the Nutcracker Prince beginning in the Battle Scene.

Family Children – The Family Children are the children of the town’s families and dance at the beginning of the ballet in the School House Scene.

Sock Bunny – The Sock Bunny fights against the Owl, Bat, Wolf, and Fox along with the Nutcracker Prince, Klara, the Mounties and Skipping Rope Handles. The battle is the second scene in the first act.

Rats – The rats skulk in the School House after dark when Klara wakes all alone after a nap.

Dragonflies (sometimes danced by the touring cast) – The Dragonflies are from the Summer Land, in the second act, and they perform with the Dragonfly dancer from the Company.

Beavers – The Beaver pushes Klara and the Nutcracker Prince in the canoe. They take them from the Kingdom of Snow to the Summer Land in the Second Act.

White-tailed Deer – The Deer push Klara and the Nutcracker Prince’s sleigh. They transport them after the battle to the Kingdom of Snow and then back again to the School House at the very end of the show.

What is provided?

Accommodation for the cast members while performing on tour is provided, along with all meals. Cast members are chaperoned at all times. Transportation for touring performances is provided from Toronto (and direct vicinity) and back to Toronto. Cast members travel in the Company mini-vans driven by either Clea Iveson, education manager or Bengt Jörgen, artistic director. On theatre days, when there isn’t an overnight meals are provided as needed. Detailed itineraries with all travel, accommodation, venue and logistic details are provided to each cast member as well as a copy for the family.

Are there forms to sign?

Yes, we will ask for a consent form and a health form to be completed and signed prior to any cast member travelling with the Company on tour. This is in addition to the regular participation and permission form.

Am I expected at every rehearsal?

Yes, at every rehearsal you are called to be at. If a rehearsal is missed, cast members must be prepared for changes to be made in casting or performing. All casting is subject to change and is based from the progress at rehearsals and on stage. Rehearsal schedules are subject to change but you will always be notified.

Am I expected at every show?

No, we will ask your availability early on but we do expect you to be available for a minimum of 50% of the performances. You must attend every onstage rehearsal at any venue in which you are scheduled to perform. Failure to attend a spacing or notes and corrections rehearsal on stage will mean that you will not perform in that venue at all.

When will I know my performance schedule & show casting?

We will provide a basic touring schedule by early October, the detailed itinerary will come about 1 week or more prior to departure on tour. The Show casting will be published in early November and will always be subject to change.

What do I need to bring on tour?

When packing to go on tour, bring what you would bring if you were going on a trip. Just remember that you must be able to carry your bag and it has to fit in the van!

You should pack the following:

  • Comfortable, warm casual clothing for travelling, including boots, hats, mitts
  • Dance clothes, to wear during rehearsals
  • Sweat pants/warm-up pants, sweaters to wear at the theatre over your dance clothes
  • Your wardrobe for the show, including tights, body suits
  • One nice pair of pants and shirt (in case of a reception following the show)
  • Make-up, hair brushes, toothbrushes, etc
  • Books/quiet games
  • Homework
  • Important Phone Numbers (your parents, other relatives)
  • Your Itinerary (you must have this with you at all times)
  • Tupperware (to store left-overs and snacks)
  • Anything else that will make you feel comfortable while on tour

During tour, it is helpful to have 3 bags – a suitcase, a backpack and a dance bag.

A Dance Bag, referred to on tour and on your itinerary as ‘Bee Bags’

This bag should contain everything you need while in the theatre. After every show, the Bee Bags are packed up and put on the truck and unloaded into the theatre before the show. You will not have access to these bags between shows.

A Backpack

Pack in your backpack things you would like to keep with you at the theatre, and as you travel in the van, such as books, homework, your itinerary, tupperware, toothbrush, hairbrush, make-up.

A Suitcase

Your suitcase will stay in the van when travelling and live at the hotel, so you will not have access to it in the theatre. Just pack everything else you need in here, such as pyjamas and extra clothes.

It is a good idea to have two sets of toiletries, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush etc to pack in your suitcase in the hotel, and one in a bag at the theatre, so you will never forget anything important.

If you have any medications you need to take while away, please let the chaperone know. The chaperone is available to answer any questions and deal with any problems that may come up.

What you need

What You Need for the Audition

There is no need to prepare a dance piece nor bring a portfolio or bio to the audition. Students should wear the dance clothes normally worn at their local dance classes. You will be asked to dance choreography that we teach you.

What You Need for the Tour

Costumes and shoes for the show are provided by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen but participants will need their own undergarments, equipment students already own for their regular dance classes. Upon cast member registration each participant will have the opportunity to order a keepsake Nutcracker Tour Shirt. A Company and Youth Cast photo will be taken at each performance and be made available to Cast members at the end of the Nutcracker performance season.

What to Bring on Tour

When packing to go on tour, bring what you would bring if you were going on a trip. Just remember that you must be able to carry your bag and it has to fit in the van!

You should pack the following:

  • Comfortable, warm casual clothing for travelling, including boots, hats, mitts
  • Dance clothes, to wear during rehearsals
  • Sweat pants/warm-up pants, sweaters to wear at the theatre over your dance clothes
  • Your wardrobe for the show, including tights, body suits
  • One nice pair of pants and shirt (in case of a reception following the show)
  • Make-up, hair brushes, toothbrushes, etc
  • Books/quiet games
  • Homework
  • Important Phone Numbers (your parents, other relatives)
  • Your Itinerary (you must have this with you at all times)
  • Tupperware (to store left-overs and snacks)
  • Anything else that will make you feel comfortable while on tour

During tour, it is helpful to have 3 bags – a suitcase, a backpack and a dance bag.
A Dance Bag, referred to on tour and on your itinerary as ‘Bee Bags’
This bag should contain everything you need while in the theatre.  After every show, the Bee Bags are packed up and put on the truck and unloaded into the theatre before the show. You will not have access to these bags between shows.

A Backpack
Pack in your backpack things you would like to keep with you at the theatre, and as you travel in the van, such as books, homework, your itinerary, tupperware, toothbrush, hairbrush, make-up.

A Suitcase
Your suitcase will stay in the van when travelling and live at the hotel, so you will not have access to it in the theatre. Just pack everything else you need in here, such as pyjamas and extra clothes.

It is a good idea to have two sets of toiletries, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush etc to pack in your suitcase in the hotel, and one in a bag at the theatre, so you will never forget anything important.

If you have any medications you need to take while away, please let the chaperone know. The chaperone is available to answer any questions and deal with any problems that may come up.

Wardrobe Requirements By Role

These items are to be worn under costumes during the show. See the attached sheet for the items for the part(s) you will be playing. Please write your initials inside your tights and body suits, as they will be put in the laundry after the show. Make-up and hair requirements are also included on the attached sheet. You are required to do your own hair and make-up while on tour.

Klara
*Pink tights
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve) body suit
*Hair: braided
Child & Prince*Black shoes
*Black socks
*Underwear, undershirt and dance belt
*Tights are provided by the company
Family Children
*Pink tights
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve or tank) body suit
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Hair: individualized and looking good with a bow in it
Dragonfly*Black footed tights
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve or tank) body suit
*Hair: tucked into hood so it will stay
Deer*Pink tights
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve or tank) body suit
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Hair: tucked into hood so that it stays hidden
Sock Bunny*Pink tights
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve or tank) body suit
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Hair: tucked into hood so that it stays hidden
Beaver*Pink Tights
*Pink ballet slippers
*Black ballet slippers (provided by CBJ)
*Light coloured spaghetti strap (or short sleeve) body suit
*Hair: tucked into hood so that it stays hidden

Make-Up

  • Eye liner (brown)
  • Eye shadow (brown)
  • Blush
  • Lipstick
  • Mascara

Testimonials

This has been such a cool experience for me!  It has given me a window in on the life of a professional dancer and everything that goes in to making a professional production. The company dancers don’t make you feel any less for being young.  They talk to you just like they talk to one another.  They’re sharing advice with you and telling you funny stories about their experiences.  You can ask them questions and they take the time to really talk to you. You take your weekly classes and you train for something like this but let’s face it, you’re still the rookie by comparison to everything they have accomplished.  Everyone at CBJ has been so patient and supportive!

Shelby Ward
4-Time Tour Cast Member 2012-2015


So impressed with this whole experience for the kids.  Feel very grateful that my daughter is a part of this touring cast!

Diane Fisher
Parent of 2015 Tour Cast Member


We also wanted to thank you and Bengt once again for providing such a wonderful and memorable experience for Celeste for the past 3 years as ‘Klara’.  

Lisa and Sylvain Brillon
Parents of Tour Cast Member 2012-2014


I truly cannot possibly say enough good things about the whole artistic community at CBJ.  They have welcomed her so warmly over the years and have been the kind of mentors that you hope and dream that your child will have along the way.  They inspire her and support her and, as a result, she has grown so much as a dancer in her confidence and stage presence . Shelby was a Toronto Local Participant for 2 years before she was asked to join the Nutcracker’s Youth Touring Cast.  She has played various roles over the years but this year is playing the lead role of Klara.  She opened this year’s Nutcracker Tour with 2 performances in Milton.

Penny Ward
Parent of Tour Cast Member 2012-2015


I think it is amazing all the little extras these kids have been learning about the dance world. I know it must be so much work for you but I think it has really been a real education for Katelyn. I will recommend this to anybody I know that has a dancer who thinks they are interested in dancing at a serious level. Thank you for all the little things that go on to make this all possible.

Patti Charbonneau
Parent of Tour Cast Member 2010

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For program information, please contact Clea Iveson

education@balletjorgen.ca or 416.415.5000 x 4928