Nutcracker Raleigh

THEATRE WEEK GUIDE  : click here for a downloadable pdf.

AUDITION SCHEDULE: click here for a downloadable pdf.

AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM: click herefor a downloadable pdf.

MASTER SCHEDULE: click here for a downloadable pdf.

REHEARSAL POLICY: click here for a downloadable pdf

CAST LIST: click here for a downloadable pdf.


Party Children






Pine Fairies

Snow Queen




Little Stars


Little Angels

Ribbon Candy


Spanish Chocolate

Arabian Coffee

Chinese Tea




Dewdrop Fairy



Entire Cast

THEATRE SCHEDULE: click here for a downloadable pdf.

STEWART THEATRE PARKING MAP: click here for a downloadable pdf

November 12, 2017

PHOTO SCHEDULE: click here for a downloadable pdf. - Time listed is when you should ARRIVE!

ALL-IN-ONE FORM: click here for a downloadable pdf. - not avaible

DVD ORDER FORM: click here for a downloadable pdf. (after October 15)

AD AGREEMENT: click here for a downloadable pdf.

AD SPECS: click here for a downloadable pdf.


SIGNUPGENIUS: click below for the appropriate volunteer opportunities

Nutcracker Volunteers


GENERAL TICKET INFO: click here for a downloadable pdf.

STEWART THEATRE SEATING CHART: click here for a downloadable pdf.

Cast: Glenna Durbin, Jillian Nguyen, Ivy Rosario, Kendall Terashima, Anna Vassallo, Kate Wirth

Alternate: Eszti Williford

Saturday, December 2: 2:00-4:00

Wednesday, December 6 @ 7:45-8:45pm: Filming for adjudication at Stewart Theatre

CAST LIST: click here for a downloadable pdf.

THEATRE SCHEDULE: click here for a downloadable pdf.

April 28, 2018

PHOTO SCHEDULE: click here for a downloadable pdf.

ALL-IN-ONE FORM: click here for a downloadable pdf.

DVD ORDER FORM: click here for a downloadable pdf.

AD AGREEMENT: click here for a downloadable pdf.

AD SPECS: click here for a downloadable pdf.

PERSONAL AD FORM: click here for a downloadable pdf.


GENERAL TICKET INFO: click here for a downloadable pdf. Reminder: the code will not work if there is a balance on your City Ballet account.

eTIX INSTRUCTIONS: click here for a downloadable pdf.

Costume Parent Volunteers

Theatre Volunteers


You can always call or email the City Ballet office at (919) 844-9799 or Office staff is usually available to answer your questions Monday through Friday between 3 and 6pm. Messages can be left and we will make every effort to return all inquiries within 24 hours during the business week.

A season with City Ballet Raleigh has a distinct pattern (click here to see a year in review) that seeks to nurture a love of movement, music, and performance while training dancers through a structured syllabus that builds their technical expertise and their physical strength over the course of a dance year. A year of regular classes runs from late August to mid-May. Summer classes are offered in May, June, July, and August.

Please click here for City Ballet’s Dress Requirements.

Hair must be secured and pulled off shoulders for all classes. This is necessary for the teacher to evaluate placement of shoulders, head and neck. Buns are preferred, but in the case of shorter hair, pony-tails and pull-backs are acceptable if the teacher is able to adequately see the head, neck and shoulders.

Attending class is the responsibility of each student. No refunds/credits are issued for classes not attended. Classes missed should be made-up in a level-appropriate class within 30 days; please ask your teacher if you have any questions.

City Ballet does NOT follow Wake County Public Schools for inclement weather. Please look to our website and our Facebook page for the most up to date information about studio closings.
We will also leave a message on our studio phone.


The spring recital will take place on May 11 and 12, 2018. Shows are performed Friday night, and two shows on Saturday.

All students are expected to participate in the recital in May. Performance experience is considered an integral part of a student’s dance training.

All dancers should attend all classes leading up to the spring recital so that the class piece can be choreographed and taught to all students. It is very difficult for the dancers to learn the dance and proper spacing when fellow classmates are missing classes prior to the recital. The week prior to the recital week is very intense. Dancers will need to be present for blocking (scheduled times on the Saturday and/or Sunday the week prior to the recital), for two evenings during the week prior (one for tech rehearsal, and one for dress rehearsal), and for their assigned shows.

The number of shows a dancer performs in depends on the number, type, and level of classes they participate in. A dancer can perform in anywhere from one to three performances for the spring recital. Level One and Level Two classes will typically perform in one performance per class, while higher level classes may perform the same dance in more than one performance.

Any conflicts with on-stage rehearsals and recital performances must be communicated to the Directors in writing ( no later than December 20, 2016. Any conflicts that arise after this date should be communicated with the dancer’s teacher as soon as possible. Missing rehearsals the week prior to recital makes preparations very difficult for all dancers and the teachers.

Many volunteers are needed in order for the Spring Recital to be possible and successful; assistance from each family ensures an experience in which the dancers come away with feelings of accomplishment. Please plan now to help with the Spring Recital in some way. Possible volunteer positions include, but are not limited to, dressing room parent, floater, seamstress, usher, ticket sales, costume parent, and wrangler. Descriptions of each of the volunteer positions can be found by clicking here or you can direct any questions to Amanda Mueller, our Volunteer Coordinator. Time commitments can range from a few hours one evening, to several hours at all of the rehearsals and/or performances. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO HELP MAKE OUR SPRING RECITAL A SUCCESS!

Sign-up sheets will be available on the parent information board at the studio, as well as on Signup Genius as we get closer to recital time.

Girls’ hair should should be pulled into a clean bun at the back of the head - not a “low” bun at the nape, or “high” bun on top of the head. Hairnets and bobby pins are required. Boys’ hair should be neatly combed/brushed and out of their faces, with long hair tied back. All dancers should use gel or hairspray to keep the hair neat and prevent “wispies”.

Stage makeup is required of all dancers. Please be aware that stage makeup should be much stronger and more defined than street makeup to enhance performers’ features under harsh lighting.

  • Eyeliner: Black or brown, applied under the eyes in a straight line beginning under the iris and outward to the corner. Eyeliner should not hug the bottom of the eye as it will make eyes small and black from the audience.
  • Eyeshadow: Brown eyeshadow below the eyebrows. NO BLUE, NO GLITTER
  • Blush: Applied over the cheekbones
  • Lipstick: Girls should wear Covergirl Outlast Ever Red-dy #507, or for the very fair: Wine-to-five #538.

Please remove all nail polish before arriving at the theatre.


City Ballet performs a full length, richly costumed and staged version of The Nutcracker in December. This is a wonderful, professional performing opportunity for students, and is made possible through the efforts of City Ballet staff and parent volunteers. City Ballet dancers are joined by guest artists from Carolina Ballet.

Students currently enrolled in a Ballet class at City Ballet that are placed in Primary 2 or higher.

Auditions are held in early Fall for enrolled students. Auditions will be held on September 9, 2017 with possible callbacks on September 10, 2017.

Parents and dancers alike must realize ahead of time that a dancer who receives a role in the Nutcracker is making a serious commitment of time and energy. Dancers should be prepared to be at the studio at least one day each weekend from the beginning of rehearsals in September through the performance in December. Please see the Rehearsal Policy above.

There is a $90 Nutcracker fee for each participating dancer which helps to cover admin costs as well as care and construction of the studio’s Nutcracker costumes and sets.

Rehearsal schedules will be posted online at the Client Portal and at the studio. We will do our best to try to schedule at least two weeks in advance. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct dates and times for rehearsals depending upon your child's casting. Check this portal regularly for updates.

Most rehearsals are called by role, however many are called by scene and some by act. All roles called each day are listed at the top of the schedule. If you have any questions about which scenes/acts your child is in, please ask.

Rehearsals are critical and attendance is mandatory (both at the studio and at the theatre). Dancers must arrive on time, warmed up and ready to dance. For the shows to be successful, commitment is required. Missing one cast member will make the entire rehearsal inefficient. Dancers should remain focused with all of their attention and energy when they are in the studio. Please help us by sharing this expectation with your child.

Dancers should wear leotards and tights to all rehearsals but are not required to wear their class leotard. Dancers are also encouraged to bring sweatpants and jackets/sweaters as there will be times that they are not active but need to stay warm.

The week before the performances is a particularly exciting time as we are bringing the show to the stage. With this excitement also comes rather long rehearsals during the week and on school nights. It is important that parents and performers prepare for this and understand the time commitment, balancing that with other demands at home and school. While we recognize that these rehearsals may involve a lot of sitting and waiting, we are cognizant of people’s time and make every effort to keep the schedule tight and minimize your time spent at the theatre. Thank you for your understanding.

Parents will not be allowed backstage during rehearsals and performances unless they are volunteering. Students should be dropped off and picked up at the stage door. Parents are free to sit in the house for rehearsals, but please keep in mind that friends and other family members are not permitted to attend. The Dress Rehearsal will be open to a limited number of school and community groups arranged in advance who will be given priority seating.

Yes! There will be volunteer opportunities before the performance week, during the performance week, with the management of costumes, etc. and these will be discussed in detail at the Parent Meeting. Volunteering for a backstage position is a great way to view The Nutcracker from a perspective that you would not otherwise be able to experience!


City Ballet Raleigh is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet raining to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Pre-Primary through Level 3 classes will be taught by ABT® Certified Teachers, Andrew Lamar & Cherilyn J. Lee, who have successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

More information regarding the exams will be available soon.

You may ask Andrew and Cherilyn for more information concerning the ABT® National Training Curriculum exam. Your child may also participate in the open ABT® National Training Curriculum review classes. Additional exam preparation classes are offered to students chosen to take the exam in order to be successful during the exam process. Attendance is then required for testing at City Ballet.