As the official school of the American Repertory Ballet, students have the opportunity to audition to perform with the company in its annual production of The Nutcracker in theaters throughout New Jersey. There are also frequent occasions for students to appear with the professional company in other ballets. At the end of the school year, students may participate in a school production of a classical ballet. Rehearsals are held outside the regular class, allowing students to continue learning throughout the year, and also to have a better understanding of the process of putting together a ballet production.
ARB’s Nutcracker is a professional production of American Repertory Ballet in which students from Princeton Ballet School appear as guests.
Auditions for children’s roles are open to Princeton Ballet School students registered in Primary B, Primary C, Level 1-5 FLEX and Level 1-4 Conservatory.
Performances will take place between November 23 and December 23, 2018, at Union County
Performing Arts Center in Rahway, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, South Orange Performing Arts Center, State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick and Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ.
If cast, you may dance alongside Clara in the party scene, taunt her as a mouse or battle evil rats as a toy soldier in the epic battle scene, or float through a magical snow scene as an angel. If cast, you will appear in approximately 1/4 to 1/2 of the performances.
As a student of Princeton Ballet School enrolled in Primary B through Level 5 FLEX, your child may choose to audition if s/he measures 3’8” (44 inches) or taller and is at least 6 years old by October 1. We will be using both new and existing costumes for the production, so there are very specific height requirements to audition.
To learn more click on the link below to download the Nutcracker Audition Information Packet. You must pre-register no later than Wednesday, September 12 if you would like to audition.
The link to Nutcracker Audition Online Registration can be found at the end of the information packet
Audition date: September 16.
Rehearsals begin Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23.
Each Spring, Princeton Ballet School produces a classical ballet. These performances give students in level Children’s Ballet 1 and up the opportunity to present a full-length classical ballet at a local theatre. Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Swan Lake, are amongst the past ballets performed.
Described by George Balanchine as “ballet’s great comedy,” Coppélia is a classic love story, originally choreographed and presented by Arthur Saint Léon in 1870, and set to music by Léo Delibes. The School’s adaptation includes additional re-staging and choreography by Princeton Ballet’s faculty.
Question: Is the School Show a mandatory recital?
No, we are not a recital school. Every spring, the school presents a full length ballet that all students in Children’s Ballet 1 and up are eligible to perform in. There is no audition. It is an optional activity. Rehearsals take place on the weekends outside of class time.