Student Auditions for The Nutcracker

2023 Student Auditions for The Nutcracker

The Washington Ballet’s 2023 production of The Nutcracker runs Nov 25 – Dec 30

Student Auditions are Sept 23 & 24

Participation Information

  • Auditions are open to students who are enrolled in 2023.24 School Year programs at our NW and SE campuses in levels Pre-Ballet 3, Lower Division levels 1a, 1b, 2, 3, and Upper Division levels 4a, 4b, 5, 6, 7, 8.
    • Teen program students who have the appropriate level of training for the available roles may be invited to audition by the Principal of the SE Campus.
    • Professional Training Division participation is mandatory and audition or casting information will be communicated to those levels directly. PTD students do not need to register for the audition.
  • Auditions are level-specific and cannot be rescheduled. If a student is unable to participate in the audition, they will not be cast.
  • Students should only audition if they are available for all rehearsals and performances. This includes rehearsals and performances that take place over Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
  • Casting is determined by both the TWB repetiteurs and the TWB artistic team. Depending on the cast size or other changes to the production, not every auditioning student may be cast.
  • If your child plans to participate they must be present at auditions, ALL following rehearsal weekends, and for tech and dress rehearsals at each theater. Please note that student enrollment must be in good standing and students must maintain a minimum of 80% attendance rate in classes to participate in performances. Please see the below schedule (subject to change).

Parent Meetings

Parent orientation session – Thursday, August 31 at 7:00pm online. This meeting is for all families interested in the Nutcracker. All enrolled students in eligible levels will receive an email from by the end of the day on 8/30 with the meeting link.

  • Did you miss the orientation? Don’t worry! Read the notes HERE.

Parent Volunteer Meeting – Friday, October 13 via Microsoft or Zoom (TBD). This meeting is for all parents of cast members who sign up to volunteer at performances.

Audition Registration

Audition registration for enrolled students opens via the Parent Portal on Sept 9 and closes Sept 22. Early or late registrations will not be accepted. Students who are auditioning should bring a signed copy of the Nutcracker Participation Agreement with them. PTD students are required to attend and therefore do not need to register for the audition. 

2023 Nutcracker Audition Dates

Location: Main Building 3515 Wisc Ave NW
Sat, Sept 23 – Auditions Boys/Men Level Pre-Ballet 3 – Level 8, Women Levels 6-8, PTD can see specifics on the Studio Schedule. 
Sun, Sept 24 – Auditions Girls/Women Levels Pre-Ballet B3 – Level 5
Expand for detailed audition levels and times

Parents are asked to drop off at check-in time and pick up at the end of Audition time at the main entrance at 3515 Wisconsin Ave.
Boys/Men only attend the audition on September 23, not class level on September 24.

Level 6, 7, and 8 – Women’s Roles
Check-in 4:00-4:15
Audition 4:30-5:30

Check-in 4:15-4:30
Audition 4:45-6:30

PTD – Women’s Roles
Check-in 5:15-5:30
Audition 5:45-7:30

Pre-Ballet 3 – Girl’s Roles
Check-in between 3:15-3:45
Audition 4:00-5:30

Level 1A – Girl’s Roles
Check-in between 2:30-2:45
Audition 3:00-4:30

Level 1B – Girl’s Roles
Check-in between 1:00-1:15
Audition 1:30-3:15

Level 2 – Girl’s Roles
Check-in between 11:45-12;00
Audition 12:15-2:00

Level 3 & Invited SE Teens – Girl’s Roles
Check-in 10:45-11:00
Audition 11:15-1:00

Level 4A – Women’s Roles
Check-in 9:45-10:00
Audition 10:15-12:00

Level 4B, Level 5 – Women’s Roles
Check-in 8:45-9:00
Audition 9:15-11:00

2023 Nutcracker Rehearsal Dates

Week 1 – Sat, Sept 30 & Sun, Oct 1

No Rehearsals – Sat, Oct 7 & Sun, Oct 8

Week 2 – Sat, Oct 14 & Sun, Oct 15

Week 3 – Sat, Oct 21 & Sun, Oct 22

Week 4 – Sat, Oct 28 & Sun, Oct 29

Week 5 – Sat, Nov 4 & Sun, Nov 5

Week 6 – Sat, Nov 11 & Sun, Nov 12

Week 7 – Sat, Nov 18 & Sun, Nov 19

Mon, Nov 20, Tues, Nov 21, & Fri, Nov 24

Sat, Nov 25 & Sun, Nov 26

Tue, Nov 28 – Fri, Dec 1

Sat, Dec 2 – Sat, Dec 30

Tickets for THEARC
Tickets for the Warner Theatre

Casting for 2023 will be announced by Nov. 5 via the Parent Portal.


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