Casting

Ah, casting… every year there will be tears of joy and tears of sorrow. This is part of the process, and GCB encourages good sportsmanship from dancers and parents alike.

Please understand that casting decisions will be made in order to produce the best show possible. Casting depends on many factors, including the number and skill level of all dancers who audition, our costume inventory, and the types of roles offered by any given Artistic Director.

There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will receive a part — at the same time, certain dancers may be cast in more than one role. There is no automatic progression from one role to another (i.e. a Gingersnap does not always become a Mouse the following year). Furthermore, performers may be cast in the same role year after year (i.e. Snow Scene). The Artistic Director will make an effort to consider prior roles of each dancer, but it is not always possible to give every dancer a “new” role.

Casting Committee
The Casting Committee (which includes the Artistic Director, Assistant Director, all choreographers for the season, and an independent adjudicator hired specifically to attend auditions for the older age groups) is responsible for casting. Only members of the committee are allowed to view auditions — parents may not watch. It is the job of the independent adjudicator to identify and rank order all soloists (including Clara), then make recommendations to the Artistic Director. The Artistic Director has final authority over all casting decisions. The GCB Board of Directors is not involved with casting.
Understudies
The role of understudy is critical to the success of our show. Understudies learn essential parts of the ballet, knowing they may never perform these roles. It is likely that many upper level dancers will be assigned an understudy role, and we appreciate those who generously agree to contribute their hard work, time, and talent.
Declining a Role
Parents, please read this article — your response to your dancer’s disappointment will have tremendous impact.
Helping Dancers Deal with Disappointment” by Nichelle Suzanne (Founder/Editor at Dance Advantage)

If a dancer needs to decline a role (including an understudy role) due to a scheduling conflict, please follow these instructions:

Notify the Artistic Director (director@gardencityballet.org) by email stating “Thank you for casting me/my dancer in the role of _______________. Unfortunately, I am/my dancer is not able to accept this part due to a scheduling conflict.”

If a dancer is unhappy with casting, and wishes to decline a role, please follow these instructions:

Notify the Artistic Director (director@gardencityballet.org) by email stating “Thank you for casting me/my dancer in the role of _______________. Unfortunately, I am/my dancer is not able to accept this part.”

If, furthermore, a dancer and/or parent would like to meet in person with the Artistic Director to discuss casting concerns, please add:

“I/we would like to discuss casting decisions, and I/we will contact you to schedule a meeting in January, after the production is over.”

The process of casting is complex and challenging. When roles are declined, the entire casting process must start all over again — this is a time consuming process to complete before rehearsals begin that coming weekend.

When distressing emails are sent (by dancers or parents) that criticize casting decisions, it is damaging to the Artistic Team — it also demonstrates unprofessional behavior. Dancers and parents are always welcome to have a conversation about casting, but the appropriate time for these meetings is after the production is over. Our goal is to prepare dancers for the real world of auditions, and teach them how to manage disappointment. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Final Cast

(2021 TBA)

Act One: Party Scene

Drosselmeyer:

Drosselmeyer’s Assistant / Nutcracker Prince:

Clara:

Fritz:

Mother:

Father:

Maid:

Butler:

Aunts:

Uncles:

Girl Cousins:

Boy Cousins:

Ballerina Doll:

Harlequin Doll:

Toy Soldier Doll:

 

Act One: The Magical Battle (Fight Scene)

Rat King:

Hench Mice:

Lead Mice:

Little Mice:

Soldier General:

Soldier Corps:

Ornaments:

 

Act One:  Snow Scene

Snow Queen:

Snow King:

Demi-Soloists:

Snowflakes:

 

Act Two: Kingdom of Sweets

Angels:

Butterflies:

Royal Servants:

Welcome Garden ~

Irises:

Peonies:

Chocolate from Spain ~

Soloist:

Corps:

Coffee from Arabia ~

Soloists:

Corps:

Marzipan from Denmark ~

Shepherdesses:

Sheep:

Tea from China ~

Soloist:

Corps:

Trepak from Russia:

 

Act Two:  Waltz of the Flowers

Rose Queen:

Demi-Soloists:

Corps:

Rosebuds: